There are bass and bluegill in the upper stretches around Mission Gorge, but access to the shoreline can be tough and I sure would'nt want to get in the water. All the storm drains in Mission Valley run into the river. My suggestion would be to take up saltwater fishing or bass fishing in SD lakes. These two types of fishing is really where San Diego fishing shines. Good luck.
HGWT, Like Scotty said the most success is from a float tube. There are a couple spots that I fish out in the east county,ie.:santee, lakeside. Most of the places are posted no tresspassing, but it's maily to keep the vagrants away. I always try to go with a buddy if I'm going to be out there past dark. I always do real well for bass, at least 3-4 per trip(usually about 4-5 hours afterwork). The SD river starts out by San Vicente and runs all the way down through Mission Valley then onto the big blue.
I'm a little busy for the next couple of weeks, but if you want to send me an emial I'll give you some other spots. I'm trying to move and my wife is 8months pregnant. I don't think things are going to slow down any!
P.S. Welcome to Jesses! Great group of folks here with lots of info!
Hey guys you are talking about something I would like to get some more info on. I have seen lake poway and Miramar but I have heard you have to pay to fish on them and also with Lake Cauymaca????. I looking for a place that I could do some bass fishing with only have a liscense around San Diego and do pretty decent. I am trying to adjust to California slowly but surely. I am to used to the midwest farm ponds LOL.
Thanks for any help you guys can give me.