SOCAL FISH REPORT June 17, 2009

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SOCAL FISH REPORT June 17, 2009

Compiled by Jim Matthews, Outdoor News Service
JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. Diamond Valley Lake is still our No. 1 pick mostly because of the excellent largemouth bass bite, but there are so many good things happening that we’ve fudged our way into having six picks this week. But DVL is still at the top of the list because it just has it all right now: Awesome largemouth action (a 50-fish day is likely for a good angler), some quality stripers, excellent catfish action, and quality bluegill. Bass anglers are seeing just about everything work, from trolling Rapalas to hurling plastics, to throwing swim baits or topwater at surface boils. If you need more, call the marina staff at 951-926-7201 or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410.
2. There’s a tie for the No. 2 spot this week because of two promotional events going on with planted fish. First, sturgeon are going into Santa Ana River Lakes and Corona Lake (together they are just one pick, cut us some slack here), and second, Hesperia Lake is being planted with wipers, hybred striped and white bass. The sturgeon can now be kept (if under 15 pounds) at both SARL and Corona, and this first plant will consist of three to five pounders. They are touting the gourmet qualities of these fish on the table, but you should go to The Lakes web site (fishinglakes.com, Santa Ana River Lakes - Corona Lake - Anaheim Lake) to get cleaning, aging, and preparation instruction. The wipers going into Hesperia Lake are smaller fish, mostly from a half to one-pound with some to three pounds, but these hard-fighting fish have become really popular at Lake Elsinore. For an update on the sturgeon, call SARL at 714-632-7851 or Corona at 951-277-3321. For news on the wipers, call Hesperia at 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.
3. There’s a tie this week for the No. 3 spot, and both picks are for panfish anglers. First, the Salton Sea just remains wide open. One angler reported that he and a buddy caught over 300 fish on Tuesday this week, and the big fish was a 3 1/2-pounder. It seems like more quality fish are showing further away from the shoreline for those making long casts or going out in boats. Lots of wind this past week didn’t seem to hamper the bite. For an update on this bite, check with the Salton Sea State Recreation Area ranger station at 760-393-3052. The second panfish pick is the excellent crappie bite at Lopez Lake on the Central Coast. Catches of 50 to 60 fish have not been uncommon and the fish are averaging an honest pound each, and slabs to nearly three pounds have been reported this week. They have been showing on chartreuse crappie jigs near the bridge, boat house, and point opposite the marina. For an update on this action, call the marina at 805-489-1006.

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: The local mountain waters are starting to turn on with good action at Big Bear Lake, Green Valley Lake, Lake Gregory, and Lake Hemet. Green Valley cranked out fish to nearly seven pounds this week after setting it’s lake record the week before. In the Sierra, a lot of places are just fair, but there continues to be an excellent bite at Kirman Lake, the East Walker River, the Virginia Lakes, and South Lake. Crowley Lake is kicking back into gear for fly anglers. In the High Desert, Jess Ranch is still a good bet.
LARGEMOUTH BASS: The largemouth bass bites are turning back on with a lot of excellent morning and evening topwater bites. That action has stretched longer into the day when the June Gloom hovers. Top picks are Diamond Valley and Casitas. Both are producing great average-sized fish, perhaps in the three to four-pound range. Other good bets including Santa Margarita on the Central Coast, Castaic, Piru, Skinner, and Silvewood. In San Diego County, the Barrett remains awesome with nearly 2,800 bass reported, but that is way off from two weeks ago. Sutherland, Wohlford, El Capitan, Hodges, and both Upper and Lower Otay are all worth fishing. On the lower Colorado River, the smallmouth bass bite from Parker downstream is very good in the main river, and the largemouth bite is pretty darn good all in the backwaters and in Lake Havasu.
STRIPED BASS: There is pretty good striper action at all of the Southern California striper spots with Pyramid, Skinner, Silverwood, Castaic and Diamond Valley all cranking out fish, mostly on anchovies. Best fish are showing at Diamond Valley, which had a couple in the 20-pound class this week. The California aqueduct near Taft is also excellent (and anglers are reminded there is an 18-inch minimum size here). On the Colorado River, Lake Mohave is good on fish to five pounds on anchovies, but most are one to three, and they are now in a deep water bite. Havasu also has a fair to good deep-water bite. Willow Beach showed signs of life with a couple of fish over 20 this week. A few big wipers are being caught at Elsinore each week, and wipers were planted at Hesperia Lake this week.
PANFISH: Excellent action a Lopez Lake with crappie to three pounds and a solid one-pound average. Nearby Santa Margarita is nearly as good. The Lake Isabella crappie bite is still going but the fish have moved off into deeper water and the fish are getting smaller. Casitas remains a spot for a chance at a bigger crappie to three pounds, but this is a live shad-only bite and it is tough. Other crappie bites off. The bluegill and redear bites are wide open just about everywhere this week. Diamond Valley and Lake Perris are hot. But just about every water with bluegill is really cranking. Also the tilapia bite at the Salton Sea just won’t go away. Still excellent action. Tilapia are also being planted each week now at Corona Lake.
CATFISH: The lower Colorado River flathead and channel catfish action remains good. The Blythe-Palo Verde region to Yuma is hot for the big flatheads, and the channels are showing from Mead to Mexico. Other places of note include Hesperia Lake (which is getting double loads of catfish plants each week), Jean’s Channel Cats, along with Corona Lake, Santa Ana River Lakes and Irvine Lake. Irvine is getting a big bonus plant this week to kick off its catfish season. And where do we put sturgeon. Big plants of three to five pounders are going into Santa Ana and Corona this week.

WATER BY WATER REPORTS
SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: The striper action is excellent with a lot of smaller fish from one to three pounds being caught, with some bigger. The best bite has been on cut baits, mostly anchovies, fished off Ski Beach or at the spillway. Clayton Brardye, Fontana, landed three stripers to seven pounds on mackerel fishing Ski Beach. Blake Edger, Adelanto, caught six stripers on anchovies at the dock. Edger's top fish was 5-8. The trout action has been very good in Miller's Canyon with the best bite on salmon eggs. Trout plant slated for this week. The largemouth bass bite has been good on plastics in Miller's Canyon. The catfish bite is good in the coves on chicken liver, shrimp, and mackerel. Jack Chadbourne, Montclair, caught a 4-8 catfish at Chemise. The bluegill bite is also good with most of the action reported at the docks. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423.
BIG BEAR LAKE: Fair trout action with the best bite for trollers working deeper water or still fishermen fishing 20-plus feet of water. Bass action is fair on spinnerbaits and spoons in the shallows, with quite a few smallmouth reported this past week. Crappie are spotty in the east end. Fishing information: Big Bear Marina 909-866-3218, Big Bear Sporting Goods 909-866-3222 or Big Bear Boat Rentals Fishing Big Bear Marina.
GREGORY LAKE: Fair trout action after a DFG plant two weeks ago. The boat dock and other county facilities opened the end of April. Information: 909-338-2233.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: Continued good trout action with a lot of limits posted along with some quality trout. Top fish was a 6-13 landed by Matt Justiniano, Dana Point, on a silver and red Thomas Buoyant, while Danny Yematsu, Los Angeles, landed a 6-3 on a chartreuse mini jig. Anglers who catch a rainbow over six pounds they get a free “Green Valley Lake Six-Pound-and-Over Club” tee- shirt. Plants of 2,000 pounds of Calaveras rainbow trout went this week and two weeks ago. Next plant will be the week of June 29. Each plant will have fish to six pounds and better. There is also a fair catch-and-release bite on largemouth bass. Recorded information: 909-867-2009.
ARROWBEAR LAKE: DFG trout plant four weeks ago.
JENKS LAKE: DFG trout plants last week and four weeks ago. Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909-382-2881.

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: Wipers, a striped bass-white bass hybrid, are being planted this week. The fish will all be from 1/2 to three pounds, and over 750 pounds will be planted. There also continues to be excellent catfish action with a lot of limits caught early in the morning and late in the evening. Mackerel, shrimp, inflated nightcrawlers, and the marshmallow-meal worm combo have been the top baits, especially if dipped in Sonny's Catfish Bait. The lake is planted with 2,200 pounds of cats every Thursday and each plant includes some trophy broodstock fish. Top fish this week was an 18-pound blue caught by Ismael Gresham, Barstow, on the marshmallow-meal worm combo. A 15-8 was caught by Billy Higgins, Adelanto, on shrip. Robert Stanley, Bloomington, landed a 12-8 on mackerel with garlic scent, while Paul Madison, Rialto, caught a 12-pound blue on Power Bait. A few sturgeon continue to show, and an 18-pounder was caught by Miguel Gutierrez, Fontana, on an anchovy off the north shore. Lake hours are 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the night session from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cost is $15 per angler. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.
JESS RANCH: Trout action was good this past week with most fish near or over two pounds. The best bite has been on Power Bait, especially in colors salmon peach, spring green, garlic, and orange. Nightcrawlers and a variety of jigs and lures are also working for trout. The best times to fish for trout were in the morning before 10 a.m. or after 1 p.m. Armando Gonzales, Fontana, landed a limit of trout including a 4-15 on nightcrawlers. Sarah Shandor, 8, Riverside, caught a 4-14 rainbow on Power Bait at the north shore of lake two. Catfish are showing on nightcrawlers, shrimp, mackerel, and some are even being caught on Power Bait. The bass and bluegill bites slowed some this past week, but some are still being caught by the wall of lake two and the north shore of lake three near the pumphouse. The lake is open Wednesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and it is stocked with trout each week on Fridays from its own hatchery. The lake will also be stocking catfish every Thursday all summer long. Lake information: 760-240-1107 or Jess Ranch Lakes-The Official Site.
MOJAVE NARROWS: No report. DFG trout plants this week and three weeks ago. County catfish plants are weekly now. For lake information: 760-245-2226.

INLAND VALLEY LAKES
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY


CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: County catfish plants are weekly through the summer. Information: 909-481-4205.
PRADO: The county is planting catfish each week and the bite has been fair to good with the best bite at the points off lot one, six, and eight. There is a good bass and bluegill bite, along with a fair bite on trout and carp. Information: 909-597-4260.
YUCAIPA: County catfish are planted weekly through the summer. Lake information: 909-790-3127.
GLEN HELEN: Excellent catfish action with county catfish plants each week through the summer. Ayer Perez, Fontana, caught a two-pound catfish on shrimp. The bluegill bite is also good with a lot of smaller fish showing on small worms, meal worms, and crickets fished under bobber. The carp are spawning and a few quality carp have been caught on dough baits. Information: 909-887-7540.
MOUNT BALDY TROUT POOLS: The heavily stocked pools are open every Saturday and Sunday. No fishing license is needed. Information: 909-982-4246.
SECCOMBE LAKE: No DFG plants in over a month. Information: 909-384-5233.

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: Wide open largemouth bass action with the fish showing on just about any presentation or bait, from trolling to topwater. Most of the fish are in 20 to 35 feet of water. Top fish weighed in was a 7.2-pounder caught by Dominic Alaniz, Murietta, on a purple Robo Worm. Shawn Cooley, Quail Valley, caught and released 110 bass on his own Cool Baits, while Kevin Deemer, Hemet, had 40 fish to five pounds. Jesse Dinkins, Hemet, hand an 18.5 limit of five fish trolling, all released. Trout spotty with the best action for anglers fishing in boats off the two dams. Trolling slow, but some fish showing on drifted nightcrawlers. Stripers have been pretty good on topwater baits. John Balderson, Temecula, landed a 23-pounder, while Russ Niever, also Temecula, caught a 20-pounder. Both were fishing swim baits. Catfish are also excellent with a lot of quality fish showing for boat and shore anglers on cut baits. Steven Prihisztal, Ontario, landed a 10.1-pounder, while Sherry Orndoff, caught an 8.96-pound cat. Mike Baca, Redlands, caught a 6.61-pounder, and Breanna Miller, Landers, had a 5.26-pound cat. Bluegill and redear remain fair to good on small jigs or wax worms off both dams. The launch ramp remains closed due to low water levels. There is a petition going around to get a launch ramp extension (check with Last Chance B&T). Lake information: 800-590-LAKE, marina 951-926-7201, Last Chance Bait and Tackle 951-658-7410 or Diamond Valley Marina.
PERRIS: The bluegill and redear bite remains wide open with a lot of 1/2 to 1 1/2-pound fish showing. The best bet for bluegill continues to be at the marina on crickets, meal worms, wax worms, or small jigs tipped with a bait. Lorenzo Martinez, Moreno Valley, caught three bluegill, each weighing three pounds, on nightcrawlers at the marina. The bass bite remained very good this past week with several nice fish reported once again. Trout action is fair to good. Good carp bite at Lots 5 and 6, the east end, Rock Climber's Cove area. A few catfish are also being caught, but mostly by accident by bluegill, bass, and trout anglers. Steven Lee, Ontario, landed a 13-9 catfish on a nightcrawler while fishing near the island. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.
SKINNER: Fishing for all species has been spotty this past week with some days providing good action, and others being very slow. The striped bass action was at times very good for smaller fish at the dam and inlet on anchovies. Damon Smith, Riverside, caught six stripers to three pounds, and Maitho Mednez, Los Angeles, caught eight striped bass to two pounds. Both anglers were with fishing with anchovies at the inlet. The largemouth bite is best on dark plastics and nightcrawlers fished along the south shore. Carp action is good on dough baits with a lot more fish showing shallow. The catfish bite is fair on mackerel and chicken liver. Some bluegill are showing along the south shore and at the east end. Crappie and trout are slow. Information: store 951-926-1505 or marina 951-926-8515.
ELSINORE: There continues to be a fair to good catfish and carp bite, with the best action early and late in the day, when the sun is out, but all day on the overcast days. Also a pretty good bite on largemouth bass, and a few wipers to eight pounds continue to show. There is an 18-inch minimum size on the wipers. Crappie are tough now with only a few being caught. Small bluegill are good. Information: Seaport Boat Launch at 951-245-9308, Elsinore West Marina at 951-678-1300.
CORONA LAKE: Catchable-sized and “keepable” sturgeon have been planted here this week. This will be the first time anglers will be allowed to catch and keep sturgeon here, which has been planted in the past with trophy sturgeon up to 100 pounds or more. This first plant of catchable fish will consist of three to five pounders, and anglers will be able to keep two sturgeon under five pounds or one fish from five to 15 pounds. Catfish and tilapia also planted this week for the Father’s Day weekend kickoff of the summer fishing season. Anglers have been seeing good action on catfish, tilapia, and bluegill over the past week, but most of the fish are showing in deeper water spots, especially around the structure at mid-lake for boat and float tube anglers. Limits of catfish to two pounds have been the most common catch, with some bigger. Top baits have been J.D.’s Mackerel, shrimp, nightcrawlers, or the marshmallow-meal worm combo, and all are improved if doused with Gravy. The bluegill and tilapia are best on nightcrawler pieces fished close to brush, and the bluegill have mostly been half- to 3/4-pounders, while the tilapia are running up to two pounds with some a little better. The catfish plants are twice a week this season and the tilapia are going in each week. Catchable-sized sturgeon will be planted at least through the summer. There is 24-hour fishing every Friday and Saturday night. Information: 951-277-4489 or fishinglakes.com, Santa Ana River Lakes - Corona Lake - Anaheim Lake.
EVANS LAKE: Slow to fair bass action on plastics and small reaction baits. Good bluegill action around shoreline structure, rocks, and tules.
RANCHO JURUPA: Good catfish action after plant May 21 and last week. Plants are now every other week, and the best bite has been on mackerel. Also the odd bass and carp showing up. Information: 951-684-7032.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: No report. Information: 909-795-2411.
ANGLER’S LAKE: The lake is currently closed.
REFLECTION LAKE: Good catfish action with nightcrawlers working well. Catfish are planted on Thursday every other week. The lake's hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Information: 951-654-7906 or Reflection Lake RV Park, a Hemet California RV Park and Family Campground.
JEAN’S CHANNEL CATS: Excellent catfish action on chicken liver, dough baits, and nightcrawlers. The lake is open Wednesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on all Monday holidays. Information: 951-679-6562 or 951-259-2021.

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: Good trout action after a DFG plant last week. Jose Machicote, Palm Springs, caught a three-pound trout on nightcrawlers. There is a very good carp bite for those targeting them. Some largemouth bass, bluegill, and catfish have also been showing. Lake open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Information: Lake Hemet Market 951-659-2350, campground 951-659-2680.
FULMOR LAKE: No recent plants. Information: 951-659-2117.

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: There will be a huge plant of three- to five-pound sturgeon, a bonus load of channel catfish, and a plant of tilapia for Father’s Day weekend. Anglers can now keep sturgeon (under 15 pounds) here. The twice-weekly catfish plants have kept the catfish action sizzling with a lot of limits posted by anglers over the past week, and most stringers have had fish in the four to five-pound class. Rick Haney, Garden Grove, had a five-fish limit that weighed in at 19-8 pounds and included a 4-8, while Robert Ralpakian, Whittier, and Ed Chinarian, Orange, caught 15 cats that weighed in at 33-4 with a 4-8 the top fish. Top catfish this past week was a 5 1/2 pounder caught by Jimmy Suchi, Anaheim. William Solis, Lancaster, caught and released an 80-pound class sturgeon fishing chicken liver at the boat dock this past week as sort of an oversize preview of what is coming this week. The catfish have been best on cut baits. There is 24-hour fishing every Friday and Saturday night. Information: 714-632-7830 or log on at fishinglakes.com, Santa Ana River Lakes - Corona Lake - Anaheim Lake.
ANAHEIM LAKE: Closed. Anaheim Lake only opens when Santa Ana River Lakes is closed for cleaning and maintenance. Information: (714) 996-3508 or fishinglakes.com, Santa Ana River Lakes - Corona Lake - Anaheim Lake.
IRVINE LAKE: Catfish action is excellent with shrimp, chicken liver, and mackerel fished down to 15 feet working best. Boat dock cove, the west shore, and Santiago Flats were the hot spots for catfish. No exceptionally big fish this week, but anglers reported many limits of catfish in the two to eight-pound range. Crappie action was good this week with the best bite on white Atomic tubes fished near structure. The bass action was good with spinnerbaits working best. Trout action was fair to good with trollers seeing the best results but not many anglers were targeting the trout. Good numbers of bluegill are showing for those using meal worms or wax worms in the shallows near the docks. The lake will be open until 11 p.m. Thursday nights and until 2 a.m. every Friday and Saturday night all summer long. Lake information: 714-649-9111 or Irvine Lake - Fishing and Camping in Orange County, Southern California.
LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: No report. Catfish were planted last week. The lake is open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Information: 949-362-3885 or Laguna Niguel Lake.

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Trout action is fair for trollers and bait fishermen at the dam working 20 to 30 feet of water. The fish are running up to two pounds, and the most recent DFG plant was four weeks ago. The bass bite, for both smallmouth and largemouth, has been fair to good with a lot of fish showing on plastics and topwater. There is still a fair crappie bite in the narrows on small jigs and cranks, but more of the fish are under a pound than over now, and this bite is slowing. The bluegill and redear bites are both pretty good, mostly on nightcrawler pieces. Catfish are also starting to show in the narrows on cut baits. For quagga mussel and the new boat launching information, log on at Santa Barbara County Parks. Fishing information: 805-688-4040.
CASITAS: The largemouth bass bite remains good, still mostly on live shad, but also a lot of fish showing on nightcrawlers, plastics, spinnerbaits, and cranks now. The catfish bite is improving each day and quite a few fish are showing on mackerel chunks or shad. The crappie bite is tough, but a few anglers targeting the fish with live shad are still getting a handful of quality crappie. The bluegill and redear bites are both good now on nightcrawler pieces, red worms, or crickets, with the best bite off the Sunken Island and in Station Canyon. Private boats are being allowed at Casitas, but boats will be inspected and face a 10-day dry dock requirement because of fears of quagga mussel infestation. The lake is open every day, including all holidays from dusk to dawn. Information: 805-649-2043.
CASTAIC: There is a good bite on stripers in the three to seven-pound range along the main dam with anchovies, sardines, and nightcrawlers. Some bigger striper have been showing on trout-like plugs and swimbaits along the shoreline near the marina. The largemouth action is good to excellent with plastics, nightcrawlers, and Senkos all working well in the coves. Some catfish are showing in the two to three-pound range on mackerel, shad, and nightcrawlers. Trout were planted two and three weeks ago, and the lagoon was planted last week. The rainbows have been slow to fair, but there will be a DFG trout plant in the lagoon this week. Few bluegill or crappie reports, but there's a good carp bite for anglers targeting them. Information: 661-775-6232.
PIRU: Still generally fair to good action overall, with trout highlighting the bite for both trollers and shore anglers fishing floating baits. The bass and crappie are also fair to good, with the bass showing on nightcrawlers, plastics, and some topwater early in the day. The crappie bite is best on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles, but there are fewer of the bigger class fish being caught. Lots in the 1/2- to 3/4-pound range. The bluegill and redear are also part of this mix with a pretty good bite on these panfish, along with some fish at 3/4-pound or better. Catfish slow. Information: marina 805-521-1500, x208.
PYRAMID: Trout were planted on Tuesday and Wednesday this week and the bite has taken off. Lots of fish up to a little better than a pound on spinners and floating baits. John Say, Rosemead, had four ranbows averaging just under a pound each on bloodworms and anchovies. The striper action is also very good to excellent with a lot of fish to three pounds showing, mostly on cut baits, in the channel and Yellow Bar. Most of the fish are small, under a pound. Chris Aghajanian, 7, Glendale, caught four stripers to two pounds on chicken liver. Ron Morgan, Santa Clarita, landed 10 stripers and one trout on chicken liver and anchovies. All were under a pound. Antonio Vargas, Van Nuys, had five stripers and five trout with his best striper a 3-8. All were caught on blood worms and anchovies. Gabriel and Victor Vaooejo, Arleta, caught nine stripers averaging just over a pound each and a couple of catfish, all on chicken livers. Catfish are also fair with most of the fish being caught by striper anglers. Manny Oliver, Los Angeles had two catfish to three pounds. Good bluegill action with a lot of fish shallow now. Information: USFS 661-296-9710, concession 661-257-2790.
QUAIL LAKE: No reports.
PUDDINGSTONE: DFG trout and catfish plants four weeks ago. Just fair action on cats. Trout are slow. But the bluegill bite is very good to excellent on meal worms, crickets or wax worms fished in four to 15 feet of water. Information: 909-599-8411.
SANTA FE DAM: DFG trout and catfish plants four weeks ago. Trout slow, but the catfish bite is pretty fair on cut baits. Good bluegill bite on wax worms and nightcrawlers. Some largemouth bass on plastics. Information: 626-334-1065.
ALONDRA PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant two weeks ago.
BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent plants.
BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant two weeks ago.
CERRITOS PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant four weeks ago.
DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: DFG catfish plant four weeks ago.
ECHO PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant two weeks ago.
EL DORADO PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant four weeks ago.
ELIZABETH LAKE: The catfish and bullhead are really starting to bite with fair to good action on cut baits with scent fished in eight to 12 feet of water. DFG trout plant three weeks ago. Slow action.
HANSEN DAM LAKE: DFG catfish plant two weeks ago. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.
HOLLENBECK LAKE: DFG catfish plant two weeks ago. Information: 213-261-0113.
JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant two weeks ago.
LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant four weeks ago.
LEGG LAKES: DFG trout plant three weeks ago and a DFG catfish plant four weeks ago.
LINCOLN PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant two weeks ago.
MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: DFG catfish plant two weeks ago.
PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant four weeks ago. Information: 818-448-7317.

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

BARRETT: Excellent bass fishing. This past week there were 171 anglers checked and they reported catching 2,764 bass and 83 bluegill. Fees to fish here have gone up, making it $20 per angler and $46 for motor rentals. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or City Lakes and Recreation Program | Water Department. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-3274 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.
HODGES: There were 222 anglers checked and they reported catching 208 bass, eight bluegill, and 87 crappie. The lake is open on a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday schedule with boat rentals on the weekends only. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or City Lakes and Recreation Program | Water Department. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-3274 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.
EL CAPITAN: The 11 anglers checked reported catching 20 bass and 40 bluegill. The lake is open Thursday through Monday for fishing. Rental boats are available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. On Sundays rentals stop at 10 a.m. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or City Lakes and Recreation Program | Water Department. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-3274 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.
LOWER OTAY: Fair to good bass and bluegill action with some other fish showing as well. There were 192 anglers checked who reported catching 160 bass to 9.8 pounds, 387 bluegill, and two catfish. Rod Green, Chula Vista, landed the top bass at 9.8 pounds on a crawdad fishing Harvey Arm. Lonnie Wheaton, Lakeside, caught a 9.5-pound bass on a crawdad at the rock pile. Brayden York, Lakeside, got a 7.7-pound bass. Billy Dixon, La Mesa, caught a 6.9-pound bass. The lake is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday schedule. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or City Lakes and Recreation Program | Water Department. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-3274 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.
UPPER OTAY: Good bass action for walk-in anglers. The eight anglers checked reported landing 22 bass to 3.15 pounds. The lake is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday for fishing, sunrise to sunset. The road to Upper Otay is closed to vehicles, but anglers may walk in to fish during lake hours. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or City Lakes and Recreation Program | Water Department. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-3274 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.
MURRAY: The 68 anglers checked reported catching seven bass, 140 bluegill, and two trout. The lake is open for fishing and boating seven days a week. Boat rentals are available Saturday and Sunday only. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or City Lakes and Recreation Program | Water Department. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-3274 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.
MIRAMAR: Mostly spotty action on all species. There were 82 anglers checked and they reported catching one rainbow trout, 29 bass, 28 bluegill, and five catfish. The lake is open for fishing seven days a week. Boat rentals are available on Saturday and Sunday only. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or City Lakes and Recreation Program | Water Department. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-3274 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.
SUTHERLAND: No creel checks are being conducted, but the bite is fair for bass and a few cats and panfish are showing. The lake is open on weekends only, but will not have rental boats available. Water level is very low and boat launch is allowed at your own risk. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or City Lakes and Recreation Program | Water Department. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-3274 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.
WOHLFORD: Catfish action is good for smaller fish all around the lake. Mackerel and chicken liver are the top baits and the top spots are the buoy line areas. Alan Solis, Escondido, caught a 4-4 catfish on a nightcrawler. The bass fishing is good, mostly for smaller males in an early morning or late afternoon bite. Crappie can now be found around submerged willows and the fish are averaging better than a pound each. Bluegill are hitting red worms or meal worms in good numbers. Trout are slow with only a few showing in deep water at the mouth of the canal or along the west buoy line. Carp action has been good on dough baits. There are four new bass boat-type rentals available. Quagga mussel fears still have a private boating ban. Information: 760-839-4346 or www.wohlfordlake.com.
DOANE POND: No DFG plants in over a month.
DIXON LAKE: The bluegill bite is fair to good in the shallows with some fish topping a pound. The trout action is all but gone with the last plant of the season over a month ago. Bass and catfish are both slow to fair. The catfish bite should pick up significantly when the lake begins stocking catfish in July. Pier No. 2 has completed construction and is now open. A daily permit is required for entry. The Fishing Pier No. 1 remains closed until further notice. Fees have increased; adults are $7, seniors are $5 and youths are $5. Boats rent for 17, half boats are $14, motorboats are $35, half motorboats are $30, and bass boat rentals are $46 to $50. Lake information: 760-839-4345 or www.dixonlake.com.
POWAY: The catfish bite picked up and is good all over the lake for mostly smaller fish. Bass action is good with lots of nice sized fish reported. Matthew Wetmore, Poway, caught an 8.5-pound bass on a plastic worm at the north shore. Paris Fallet, Poway, landed an eight-pound bass at Jump-Off Point. Mike Collins, San Diego, hooked into a 7.75-pound bass. Louie Ianniello, Poway, caught a 7.5 and 6.5-pound bass. Some bluegill are showing in Hidden Bay. Trout action slow. Lake information: 858-668-4770, tackle shop 858-486-1234.
JENNINGS: Catfish action is good with the best bite around the bird trees and Hermit Cove on nightcrawlers and mackerel, both doused with scent. Catfish will be planted every other week all summer long. Bass are scattered and post-spawn. Plastics are best with some sporadic topwater action. The trout bite has disappeared completely. Upcoming events: Free fishing class on bait fishing for rainbow trout 1 p.m. Sunday hosted by Ranger Hugh Marx. For information call 619-443-2510. Lake information: 619-390-1300 or Lake Jennings - Helix Water District Drinking Water Reservoir.
MORENA: No recent reports. Water temperature 68 degrees. Bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish are fair, trout slow. Price of boats and permits has been reduced Monday through Thursday. Permits are $3.50 and boat rentals just $20 for the whole day. Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101.
CUYAMACA: Continued good trout action on nightcrawlers, Power Bait, and wax worms have been best with Lone Pine, the dock, and the west jetty being the hot spots. Trout have been planted each of the last three of last four weeks. The largemouth bass bite is really starting to turn on, and there is also a good crappie bite for those targeting them. Upcoming events: Supervising ranger Willard Lepley offers a free fishing class every Saturday at 10 a.m. Private boats are allowed on the lake again, but the boats must be sprayed for quagga mussels by a high-pressure heated wash prior to entering the lake. The cost is $10 for the spraying and it lasts for multiple trips to Cuyamaca as long as the boat is not used in another reservoir. The decontamination wash down station is for all craft and items used in the water, including boats, motors, kayak, canoes, float tubes and waders. Information: 760-765-0515 or Lake Cuyamaca Home Page.
HENSHAW: Fishing pressure has been light but catfish action has been good. The best bite has been all along the shoreline using shrimp, chicken liver, and mackerel. Caesar Torres, Oceanside, caught a four-pound catfish on shrimp while fishing from boat. Some bass, crappie, and bluegill are also showing. Information: 760-782-3501.

COLORADO RIVER

LAKE MEAD: Stripers fair to good over much of the lake, with Hemenway, Boulder Bay, Gypsum Wash, the 33 Hole, and dam all producing fish on cut anchovies or live shad. Fewer fish on artificials. Some catfish action reported on anchovies or shrimp. The largemouth bass action is fair off the points.
WILLOW BEACH: More and more big stripers are starting to show up in this stretch of the river. Top fish reported here was a 20-pounder caught John Sivigny, Las Vegas, at Mile Marker 52, while Dave Worley, Las Vegas, landed a 17-pounder at marker 53. Scott Peterson, Boulder City, landed a 12-8 striper at marker 48. All three fish were caught on A.C. Plugs. Trout action remains good after the Friday plants. Small spinners, salmon eggs, nightcrawlers, and floating baits best for the rainbows. A few catfish are showing in the bigger pools down river, along with holdover rainbows. Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.
LAKE MOHAVE: Just fair stripers this past week, mostly on fish from two to five pounds. Most of the fish are still showing in deep water from all areas, with the Cottonwood Cove region, Arizona Bay, Katherine's Landing, the Power Lines, and the dam areas all decent spots. A 3.61-pound striper was caught by Emilio Vicente, Bullhead, near dam. It was his first striper. Most of the fish are showing in 20-plus feet of water and most of the bite has been on anchovies. A spotty largemouth bass bite. Catfish are improving and the shoreline areas on cut baits. Bluegill are also showing in good numbers in most coves and around structure. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.
LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Spotty action right now with only a few stripers showing in this stretch of the river, mostly on anchovies drifted in the deeper pools. A few catfish are also being caught on the same baits striper anglers are using. Even though there hasn’t been a trout plant since March, there are still a few rainbows to 15 inches showing, mostly on small spinners and nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite is very good with the fish in a full-spawn mode along the river margins, around docks and ramps, and in backwaters. Information: Riveria Marina at 928-763-8550.
NEEDLES AREA: Fair striper action downriver, with the best bite early in the morning on fish under three pounds. A few catfish showing. Fair largemouth bass action. Information: Needles Marina at 760-326-2197.
TOPOCK AREA: The striped bass bite has been just fair with the best bite early in the morning from the I-40 bridge down into Topoc Gorge for anglers drifting anchovies or anchoring up in the bigger pools and fishing the bait. Most of the stripers are small, in the one- to two-pound range. Quite a few catfish to 15 pounds are showing up in this bite, too. Topoc Marsh has been fair for catfish, spotty for largemouth bass, but good for bluegill. River margins and backwaters are also good for the small bluegill. Topoc Marsh can be accessed by boat at North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. Information: Park Moabi at 760-326-3831 or Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954.
HAVASU: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good for anglers, mostly on plastics around structure and there has been a pretty good topwater bite on frogs or buzz baits early and late in the day. Most of the largemouth are around two pounds. The stripers are scattered and the action is just fair with the best bite in 40 to 50 feet of water south of the island on cut anchovies. Most of the stripers are in the two-pound range, but a few bigger fish continue to show. Some fish are also moving up into the river on the upper end of the lake to spawn. Smallmouth bass are fair to good on the main lake’s rocky points, including an early morning topwater bite. Redear are in full spawn in most coves and the bite very good. Catfish are fair, mostly showing in deep water. Information: Angler’s Pro Shop at 928-854-2277, Black Meadow Landing at 760-663-3811, or Havasu Springs Resort at 928-667-2205.
PARKER STRIP: Channel catfish have been very good this past week and the smallmouth bass in the main river along the rip rap are good. Bluegill and redear are both spawning in backwaters and quiet water in the main river and the action is good. Flatheads are also pretty good on goldfish and shiners.
BLYTHE: Good action on catfish, especially at night. Both channel and flatheads are back to showing in good numbers, but not a lot of big fish over 15 pounds this week. The largemouth bass action is fair in the main river, canals, and backwaters, and Joe Adame, Blythe, landed a 10 pound largemouth this past week. The striped bass bite has lulled for quality fish at the diversion dam north of town, but a few fish are still showing. There are also small fish showing in the main river on cut baits. The bluegill action is excellent all along the lower river, backwaters, and ditches. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.
PALO VERDE: Generally good catfish action all along this stretch of the lower river, but few big fish have been reported. Live bluegill, tilapia, goldfish, and crawdads are all producing with fish to 15 pounds reported in the past week. Channel catfish just as good with lots of fish showing on cut baits and nightcrawlers. The largemouth bass remain fair to good in backwater lakes with a lot of topwater action at first and last light. Cranks, plastics, and spinnerbaits, all working on fish to two pounds, but few bigger. Bluegill good everywhere. Stripers spotty, with only a few showing in the main river, and nothing topping two or three pounds. Weather unseasonably cool with highs only in the mid-90s early this week. Cool evenings. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.
PICACHO AREA: Good largemouth bass action on plastic worms or nightcrawlers, with a topwater bite early and late in the day, wind allowing. The channel catfish action is good on mackerel, shrimp or nightcrawlers. Fish from one to three pounds, with only a few better ones. The flathead action is also taking off with some quality fish showing on goldfish, shiners, tilapia, and bluegill.
MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action fair to good on plastics cranks, and spinnerbaits, with more and more topwater action each week now. Channel catfish and flatheads are both good. The crappie bite has lulled, but the bluegill action is very good in all the backwater lakes and along the tules in the main river. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or Martinez Lake Resort.
YUMA AREA: Bass action is fair to good in the main river and river backwaters on minnows and plastics and there’s a morning topwater bite now. Both channel catfish and flathead action is good in the main river with some quality flatheads showing on live minnows, bluegill, or big crawdads each week. The Gila Main Canal area in East Yuma continues to good for channel catfish action with some bass, redear and bluegill.

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: The tilapia bite is off the hook. There have been reports of 25 to 400-fish catches this past week. Ed Rister, Hesperia, and Russ Nicholson, Santa Ana, caught over 300 fish on Tuesday this week fishing nightcrawler pieces on small circle hooks with a red bead attractor above the hook. Nicholson had a 3 1/2-pounder for the top fish. The action is good all along the east shoreline (the Highway 111 side) from Bombay Beach to Mecca Beach to Salt Creek and up to the state park headquarters fishing jetty, where most of the fishing pressure is concentrated. The fish are averaging from 3/4-pound up to nearly two pounds or better, with the bigger fish further off shore. Information: Salton Sea State Recreation Area ranger station 760-393-3052.
ALAMO RIVER: Few reports, but the catfish action has improved in the past two weeks with quite a few fishing showing on nightcrawlers and cut baits.
COACHELLA, HIGHLINE CANALS: Few reports, but the catfish action has improved in the past two weeks with quite a few fishing showing on nightcrawlers and cut baits. A few stripers, largemouth, and bluegill.
ALL AMERICAN CANAL: No reports.
FINNEY-RAMER: No reports.
WEIST LAKE: Last No report. Information: 760-352-3308.
SUNBEAM LAKE: No Report.
LAKE CAHUILLA: No report. Information: 760-564-4712.

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL: For updated road and camping information: Interagency Visitor Center 760-876-6222, Bishop Chamber of Commerce 760-873-8405 or Bishop, Mono County Tourism 760-924-1743.
COLEVILLE-TOPAZ REGION: The West Walker River remains tough because of runoff but it finally clearing a little and heavy plants by the DFG and Alpers’ are turning on the action. Little Walker River is good for brookies and rainbows. Kirman Lake is still very good on brookies to 19 inches, shaped like footballs, and weighing up to four pounds, and cutthroat trout to 24 inches and in the six- to eight-pound range. Twenty-fish days are not uncommon. Best action on scud and streamer patterns for float-tubing fly anglers with small jigs working for shore-bound lure anglers. Information: Toiyabe Motel at 530-495-2281.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Weather has continued to plague the Eastern Sierra, but there’s a good morning bite on the East Walker River before the thunderstorms with excellent action on 12 to 22-inch browns. The best bite has been on midge pupae patterns and caddis nymphs, but there’s also a good streamer bite early and late, and more and more dry fly action each day (mayfly and caddis). Flows have been consistently in the 150 to 200 cfs range over the past month and stay that way. Bridgeport Reservoir has been fair with the best action mid-day on inflated crawlers and Power Bait, with a few on trolled lures in hot colors. Fish to four pounds. Also a daily callibaetis hatch for the fly anglers. Twin Lakes are both fair to good on planted rainbows for trollers, bait anglers, or fly-bubble fishermen. The Virginia Lakes -- Big Virginia, Little Virginia, and Trumbel -- have all been excellent, with the best bite on small jigs and lures, but also fair action on floating baits or inflated nightcrawlers. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or Ken's Sporting Goods - Home.
LEE VINING REGION: High water in most of the creeks in this region as runoff is peaking and more storms just keep muddying up the water. Lee Vining Creek is just fair for bait anglers fishing baby nightcrawlers, chartreuse Power Bait, or salmon eggs. Lure anglers are fishing spinners, while fly anglers are fishing weighted nymphs under and indicator. The areas between the campgrounds are best. Lower Rush Creek in the special regulation section has been fair to good on small caddis dries or a two-fly rig. Tioga Lake is just fair with the best bite on the usual baits, gold spoons, or wooly buggers, olive leeches, or hare’s ears for fly anglers. Ellery Lake is good at the inlet for both bait, lure, and fly anglers. Saddlebag Lakes is mostly open and has been good near the outlet. Lundy Lake’s water level is still coming up and the bite is just fair for bait, lure, and fly anglers. Information: www.dipperflyfishing.com.
JUNE LAKE LOOP: The action has been improving at all of the lakes in the June Lake Loop with more of the quality Alpers’ trout showing this past week in June and Gull on nightcralwers and garlic Power Bait. Silver and Grant also fair to good on floating baits and flies in the evening. Walker and Parker lakes are both fair to good, and most of the trails to higher elevation waters are open. Still quite a bit of snow up high. Weather unseasonably cool this past week. Information: Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.
MAMMOTH AREA: Convict Lake has improved over the past week with more limits hard and some quality fish. Crowley Lake also really improved this past week for fly anglers fishing midges under indicators in 12 to 15 feet of water. Bait and lure anglers also facing tougher conditions, but overall fair action. Several browns up to four pounds were reported this week, but most rainbows in the two to three-pound class. The upper Owens River and Hot Creek are both very good for fly anglers. In the Mammoth Lake, all the lakes are ice-free and getting DFG plants this week for the first time. Only shuttle access to Red’s Meadow started this week. Good action on planted trout in Rock Creek. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517, Performance Anglers at 760-924-2181, Convict Lake Resort at 760-934-3800, Crowley Lake Fish Camp at 760-935-4301, Tom’s Place at 760-935-4239.
BISHOP AREA: South Lake is good after DFG plants the last two weeks. Best action on nightcrawlers floated with an orange or red Gulp Egg. South Fork Bishop Creek still fair but improving with plants and a tagged fish event is ongoing. Best bite on salmon eggs or mini-jigs in Parcher’s Hole, Willow Camp, and Weir Pond. North Lake was again outstanding this week with both shore anglers and float tubers enjoying a solid bite on fish to three pounds. Lake Sabrina has been on the slow side, with only a few Alpers’ trout showing with the DFG stockers. Best bite was at the inlets on nightcrawlers and Power Bait. Bishop Creek Canyon Summer Classic Derby is ongoing on South Lake, Sabrina, North Lake, Intake II, Weir Pond and both forks of Bishop Creek. All waters receive tagged fish for the derby which runs through the end of the month. Registration is $5 per person, and you can register at Parchers Resort, South Lake Landing, Bishop Creek Lodge, Lake Sabrina, Cardinal Village, Creekside RV Park, Culver’s Sporting Goods, Mac’s Sporting Goods and the Bishop Chamber of Commerce. Anglers catching a tagged fish will win prizes worth up to $300. The lower Owens River remains good. Fly anglers are seeing some caddis and mayfly surface activity, but most of the action is subsurface on midge and baetis nymph patterns fished pretty deeply (like right on the bottom) under strike indicators or streamers swept along the undercuts and tailouts. Pleasant Valley Reservoir has been very good for lure, jig, bait and fly anglers, especially for float tubers fishing near the inlet. Owens Gorge good for small browns on small dries with some stones coming off now. Information: Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, Culver’s 760-872- 8361, Brock’s 760-872-3581,
BIG PINE TO LONE PINE AREA: Generally fair to good action after DFG plants last week, and all the streams were slated for stocking by the DFG again this week. Information: 760-876-4444 or go to Lone PineChamber of Commerce | the Other Side of California.

WESTERN SIERRA

BAKERSFIELD AREA CARP DERBY: Bob’s Bait is having a month-long carp derby with the largest carp weighed in during June winning a $100 cash prize. The current leader is still Edward Granillo, Bakersfield, with an 11-0 carp out of Hart Park Lake on Powder Bait. There is no entry fee. This will be followed by a catfish derby in July and a striper derby in August. For information, call Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.
LAKE ISABELLA: Windy and hard to fish over weekend, but there is still a pretty good crappie bite in 20 to 30 feet of water on minnows and jigs. This is making it tougher for bank anglers, but they are having their best luck in the French Gulch and Boulder Gulch areas. Most fish also under a pound now. The bass bite has improved with a fair to good bite on plastics, minnows, and cranks. Jay Rich, Bakersfield, caught and released a 13-pounder this week. Trout action is still very good, with a lot of limits reported on spinners and Power Bait, with fish up to two pounds. Best action has been at the auxiliary dam area. Catfish are also fair to good, mostly on frozen shad and other cut baits. Good action on small bluegill, too. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.
KERN RIVER: Runoff subsiding in the upper Kern, and the wild trout action is fair to good with an excellent palm morning dun hatch each evening at 7:30 p.m. The South Fork has been excellent and all of the upper elevation tribs are also good on the wild trout for catch-and-release anglers. Anglers are reminded this part of the river is not being stocked any longer and catch-and-release fishing is prudent. Lower Kern River has been spotty with only fair action on small bass. Few trout. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or Fly Fishing the Kern River) or James Store 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Stripers remain good with the best bite on the sand worms, but blood worms and shad-like cranks are also decent bets. Ben Smith, Bakersfield, caught a four-pound striper on a nightcrawler. The catfish bite has also really taken off with a lot of nice fish showing. Jackie Toralba, Bakersfield, landed a 23-pounder on a sand worm. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.
HART PARK LAKE: Little change here, with the bluegill carp bites remaining good to excellent. The ‘gills are best on wax worms, meal worms, or red worms, while the carp are best on Powder Bait. Slow to fair bass action on minnows, nightcrawlers and plastics with the best action early and late in the day.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The carp action remains good on dough baits and Powder Bait. Bluegill are also excellent. Lots of good stringers reported on wax worms or crickets. Slow to fair bass action on nightcrawlers and plastics, but the bite is good only early and late in the day.
RIVER WALK PARK: The bluegill bite is very good on crickets, wax worms, and meal worms. Bass are spotty with the best action on plasics, nightcrawlers, and small swim baits early and late in the day.
MING LAKE: Little change here with very good carp action on fish to 10 pounds. Best action has been on Powder Bait, but most dough baits are working. Bluegill are very good on wax worms, crickets, meal worms, and red worms. The bass bite is slow to fair on nightcrawlers, minnows, and plastics early and late in the day. The crappie bite is very slow. The lake is closed to boating now into August while repairs are made, but the lake remains open to fishing during this time.
BRITE LAKE: No report. No DFG trout plants for over a month.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Very good catfish action thanks to plants every two weeks. The planters are all two to four pounds and showing almost exclusively on nightcrawlers. Holdover cats showing on a variety of cut baits. Also very good carp action on Power Bait, and the bluegill bite is excellent on wax worms. The bass action has slowed to just fair with the best bite still on minnows and plastics early and late in the day. Crappie slow. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.
SUCCESS LAKE: Bass fair, bluegill good, and the crappie bite slow. No DFG trout plants in over a month. Information: 559-781-2078.
KAWEAH LAKE: Fair to good bass bite on live bait and plastics. Bluegill are good. No DFG trout plants in over a month. Information: 559-597-2526.

CENTRAL COAST LAKES

SAN ANTONIO: Oerall the crappie bite has been fair on small jigs and live shad, mostly in the mouth of Harris Creek, and most in the half- to 3/4-pound range. Good action on stripers, with some fish in the 20-pound class showing, mostly on live shad in the north end of the lake. Largemouth and smallmouth action also good on plastics, cranks, topwater baits, and the live shad. Fair to good catfish action on anchovies, mackerel or shrimp. The water level is low and dropping and boaters near to be cautious. Information: 805-472-2818.
NACIMIENTO: Tough bite for everything this past week. The white bass are schooled up off the points but seem to have had lock-jaw this past week. Some spotted bass and the odd largemouth on plastics and topwaters, but that has been off, too. Fair to good crappie action south of the launch ramp, but not a lot of catfish showing either. Carp remain pretty fair in the marina area on dough baits. Information: 805-238-1056 or Lake Nacimiento Resort and Marina.
SANTA MARGARITA: Good crappie action surged back on this week on small jigs and minnows. Some fish over a pound. Fair to good largemouth bass action on plastics, cranks, with a little evening and morning topwater action. The catfish action is also still fair, but improving. The bluegill and redear bites have also been fair to good. Trout slow. The marina store is open Wednesday through Sunday. Information: 805-438-1522.
LOPEZ: Excellent crappie action with most of the fish right around a pound. Small crappie jigs in chartreuse have been the hot ticket and stringers of 50 to 60 fish have been common. Top crappie reported this past week was over three pounds and several others in the mid-twos. Best action has been near the bridge, at the boat house, and off the point opposite the marina. Bass good with fish to four pounds to good on swimbaits, plastics, nightcrawlers, and jigs fished on main lake points. Bluegill are good with a lot of fish on red worms, crickets, wax worms and small jigs. A few catfish. Information: 805-489-1006.

TROUT PLANTS

Barring adverse weather, water or road conditions, the following lakes and streams, listed by county, will be restocked with catchable-size rainbow trout from the Department of Fish and Game hatcheries this week. For updates in Southern California and the Eastern Sierra Nevada, you can call the DFG recording at 562-594-7268, or for updates in the Western Sierra, you can call 559-243-4005, x183. For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFG's web site at California Department of Fish & Game Fisheries Fish Planting Schedule by Regions.
LOS ANGELES: Bouquet Canyon Creek, Castaic Lagoon, Pyramid Lake.
VENTURA: Piru Lake.
INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek Intake II, Bishop Creek Lower, Bishop Creek (Middle and South Forks), Cottonwood Creek, Georges Creek, Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, North Lake, Owens River (below Tinnemaha), Owens River (Section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir, Rock Creek Lake, Sabrina Lake, Sheperds Creek, South Lake, Symms Creek, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek, Tuttle Creek.
MONO: Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Deadman Creek, George Lake, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Little Walker River, Lundy Lake, Mammoth Creek, Mary Lake, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Owens River (Section 3), Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (Sections I and II), Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Twin Lake Bridgeport (Lower and Upper), Twin Lakes Mammoth, Virginia Creek, West Walker River (Sections 2 and 3).
FRESNO: Bearskin Creek, Courtright Reservoir, Dinkey Creek, Kings River below Pine Flat Reservoir, Mono Creek, Portal Forebay, San Joaquin River below Friant Dam, San Joaquin South Fork, San Joaquin South Fork by Mono Hot Springs, Tenmile Creek, Ward Lake, Wishon Reservoir.
KERN: Isabella Lake.
MADERA: Comine Lake, Fish Creek, Granite Creek, Lewis Creek, lower Chiquito Creek, Manzanita Lake, upper Big Creek, Chiquito Creek West Fork.
MARIPOSA: McSwain Reservoir.
TULARE: Balch Park (eastern and western lakes), Big Meadows Creek, Bone Creek, Dry Meadow Creek, Hedrick Campground Pond, lower Peppermint Creek, Tule River Middle Fork, Nobe Young Creek, Tule River (Wishon Campground, Camp Nelson, and Ceder Slopes), upper Peppermint Creek.
TUOLUMNE: Beaver Creek, Lyons Canal, Lyons Reservoir, Stanislaus River (Middle Fork and Clark Fork), Tuolumne River (Middle Fork and South Fork), Moccasin Creek, Powerhouse Stream.

CATFISH PLANTS

The following waters, listed by county, will be planted by the Department of Fish and Game with one-pound channel catfish this week.
ORANGE: Carr Park Lake, Centennial Park Lake, Eisenhower Park Lake, Greer Park Lake, Huntington Park Lake, Laguna Lake, Mile Square Park Lake, Ralph Clark Regional Lake, Tri-City Park Lake, Yorba Regional Park Lake.
 

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