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SOCAL FISH REPORT -- ONS-matthews -- 06oct10

Compiled by Bo Matthews and Jim Matthews, Outdoor News Service

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1. Even with the weather changes over the past week, the tuna bite out of San Diego lived up to our top billing last week and it remains in the top spot for this week because the hot action should survive at least through this weekend. The best action is only 40 to 60 miles from San Diego and even the overnight boats are seeing limits or near-limits of mixed yellowfin and bluefin tuna, most from 15 to 35 pounds. Light loads and light boat coverage have made for pristine fishing conditions, and this may be the season’s best tuna fishing. For an update or to check on boat availability and costs in San Diego, call Fisherman’s Landing at 619-221-8500, H&M Landing at 619-222-1144, Seaforth Landing at 619-224-3383 or Point Loma Sportfishing at 619-223-1627.
2. While striper bites are good all over the region, with all our local striper lakes producing a lot of fish in topwater bites, Lake Skinner is earning the top pick of these spots because it seems to be breaking wide open. Each cloudy, rainy day just seems to have made this bite even better. A weather change could change things, but the fall bite will probably stay hot here. For an update on this bite, call the marina at 951-926-8515.
3. Urban trout season kicks off this week in Southern California with plants this week at Santa Ana River Lakes and Corona Lake. Unseasonably cool weather this summer and early fall have made this possible at these two lake complexes. This is nearly a full month ahead of schedule. Yes, this is the first plant of the season and all the trout will just be pan-sized (up to two pounds), but for those of you who can’t wait for trout season, this pick is for you. For an update, call SARL at 714-632-7851 or Corona at 951-277-3321, or go to The Lakes web site at, Santa Ana River Lakes - Corona Lake - Anaheim Lake.

TROUT: Trout plants start this week in urban Southern California with plants at Santa Ana River Lakes and Corona Lake. There was also a big plant (4,000 pounds) at Cachuma Lake this past week. Local mountain waters are a mixed bag. Lake Hemet has been pretty good with a DFG plant this week. Big Bear Lake has been up and down with the weather really affecting its bite. Green Valley Lake has been fair with some fish to six pounds even though it hasn’t been planted for a month. Both Green Valley and Gregory as seeing water levels dropped. In the Sierra, the hot fall fishing is starting to kick in across the region with generally good fishing everywhere on holdover and wild fish. Top bets included Bridgeport Reservoir, Lake Crowley, Silver Lake, South Lake, Lake Sabrina, and most of the Bishop Creek drainage streams, Virgina Lakes, and West Walker River. For fly guys, the East Walker River improved again this week, but Bridgeport Reservoir and Crowley remain hot spots. At Crowley, the big browns on working perch minnows in the bays with water inflows.
BLACK BASS: This cold snap has seemed to kick the fall topwater bites into high gear and help push shad to the surface. Top places for topwater include Diamond Valley Lake, Casitas, Castaic, Piru, Pyramid, Skinner, El Capitan, Otay, Irvine, Perris, Silverwood, and Puddingstone. The smallmouth action on the Colorado River has been very good in the lower river stretches and Topoc Gorge, but slowish in Lake Havasu with only a few fish showing over submerged weed beds.
STRIPED BASS: Great surface action throughout the region, with very good action at Skinner, Diamond Valley Lake, Castaic, Pyramid, and even Silverwood. On the Colorado River, Willow Beach and Havasu are top bets. Willow for size and Havasu for topwater action on smaller fish. San Antonio Lake is still good for six to 10-pound fish with a few into the mid-20s each week, but there were darn few reports from there again this week. The California Aqueduct near Taft continues to be tough to fish because of moss and weed growth, but anglers walk-drifting baits in the main flow continue to get a few fish.
PANFISH: Redear and bluegill bites were stalled by last week’s heat, but most have kicked back into gear with this cooler weather. Perris, Diamond Valley, Casitas, Lower Otay, and Puddingstone are some of the top picks. Crappie are off most places, but Isabella was seeing some signs of improvement with Cachuma slowed down another notch.
CATFISH: Still generally fair to good action just about everywhere. Hesperia Lake continued to crank out a few bigger fish and have very good action for pan-sized fish, while Irvine Lake also punched out some big blues this past week. Santa Ana River Lake and Corona Lake are both still pretty decent. Other top bets include Diamond Valley and Henshaw. Silverwood, Skinner, and Casitas are also good with a lot of cats to eight pounds, but Elsinore stayed tough. Isabella has been fair to good for cats from 1-8 to three pounds. The channel and flathead action is still good along the whole lower Colorado River, especially in the backwaters and irrigation ditches.

SILVERWOOD: Good action on striped bass and catfish, and fair largemouth bass action. The stripers are boiling in the mornings in Miller Canyon and at the dam, and the best action has been on swim baits and anchovies. Jack White, Barstow, had eight stripers to 5-4 fishing swim baits and anchovies. Catfish are best in the main channel, at the dam, and off the points on chicken liver or other cut baits. Jose Gomez, Fontana, landed six cats to 7-8 on cut baits. The largemouth bass bite is improving with the best action on the outside edges of the weed lines on small plastics early and late in the day. A few trout are starting to show with the cooler weather and DFG plants should begin soon. Terry Pratchet, Fountain Valley, had three trout to three pounds on Power Bait in Miller. Bluegill are fair all along the marina rip-rap on small plastics, wax worms, red worms, or crickets. The park is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423.
BIG BEAR LAKE: Tough fishing conditions this past week but still a fair bite in spite of the weather extremes. The cool weather should perk the action. The best bite has been for both trollers and bait anglers fishing near the surface down to 20 feet, going deeper as the day progresses. DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago, plus there was a big plant for the derby this past weekend. Catfish are still fair, mostly on cut baits fished on sandy bottoms. Smallmouth and largemouth are fair to good in the bays and along the rocky jetties on small jigs and spinners. The crappie and bluegill are also pretty good on mini-jigs tipped with Gulp! Nuggets. Carp slow for anglers and bow fishermen. Fishing information: Big Bear Marina 909-866-3218, Big Bear Sporting Goods 909-866-3222.
GREGORY LAKE: Slow trout action with no DFG plants in three weeks. Quite a few small crappie continue to be caught, along with a few bluegill and the odd bass. The boat house is open. Information: 909-338-2233.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The lake water level is being lowered for maintenance, but the lake will remain open for fishing while this occurs so long as conditions permit. Slow to fair action with a few fish to six pounds reported in the past week. No plants for over a month. Recorded information: 909-867-2009.
ARROWBEAR LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
JENKS LAKE REGION: Last DFG trout plant over a month ago, and the bite is slowing for the rainbows. A few still showing on Power Bait, small jigs, and trout plastics, with the float tube anglers having the best luck. Both the Santa Ana River in the Seven Oaks area and the South Fork were planted by the DFG last week and four weeks ago, and the bite is fair good. Also quite a few wild brown trout being caught. Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909-382-2881.


HESPERIA LAKE: Catfish plants are continuing here each week through October and the bite has been very good with several fish over 15 pounds caught again this past week. Best action has been on cut baits, Sonny’s dip bait, and nightcrawlers. A few sturgeon and wipers also continue to be caught, but both are slow. Trout plants will begin in late October. 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. There are $2 off coupons available at Bass Pro Shops. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.
JESS RANCH: Trout action really picked up with the change in weather. Limits have been reported from both lakes and the best bite has been on Power Bait, nightcrawlers, and small trout jigs. Trout are planted every Friday with more and bigger fish going in now. George Frasier, Apple Valley, caught a limit of trout with a 4-2 rainbow topping the catch. John Cranson, Rancho Cucamonga, scored a 3-14 rainbow on a crappie jig while fishing the eastern shore of lake 3. The catfish are fair on shrimp, mackerel, and nightcrawlers. A few largemouth are showing on Senkos, spinnerbaits, and nightcrawlers with fish to three pounds reported. Bluegill action remains fair on meal worms and small jigs. The lake is open Friday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and it is stocked with trout each week on Friday from its own hatchery. Lake information: 760-240-1107 or Jess Ranch Lakes-The Official Site.
MOJAVE NARROWS: Trout plants will begin in mid-November. Slowish catfish bite on two to three pounders. Few other reports. Horseshoe Lake is still temporarily closed due to flood damage. Pelican Lake is remains open. For lake information: 760-245-2226.


CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: Trout plants will begin in mid-November. Catfish action has been slow with the marshmallow and mealworm combo working best. Information: 909-481-4205.
PRADO: Trout plants will begin in mid-November. Slow catfish action with only a few anglers having success. Nightcrawlers, shrimp, or mackerel have been working best for catfish in a slow bite. There is also a slow to fair bite on bluegill with wax worms, meal worms, or nightcrawler pieces. Catfish baits are also now being sold at the park, and small boats (non-inflatable) under 16 feet with electric motors are now allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.
YUCAIPA: Trout plants will begin in mid-November. Catfish bite is slow on one to three-pound fish. There is a decent carp bite for those targeting them as well. Other species are slow. Lake information: 909-790-3127.
GLEN HELEN: Trout plants will begin in mid-November. The catfish bite has been slow on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and mackerel. Most of the cats are from 1 1/2 to two pounds. There is also pretty good action for bluegill and largemouth. 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: Fair to good action on small bluegill, and the occasional largemouth is also being caught. Information: 909-384-5233.

DIAMOND VALLEY: The wild weather swings didn’t really slow down the striper action much here this past week with a continued good topwater bite on fish to 20 pounds, with the best action still at the west dam and the marina. The fish are busting schools of shad on the surface, and most shad-like baits have been doing well. Find the shad, you find the stripers. These fish are running from under two pounds to over 20 pounds. Largemouth action has also been good for anglers tossing shad-like surface baits, cranks, and jerk baits of the right size and color. Most reports show bass between 15 and 30 feet on the points. Slow trout action. Catfish action is good on anchovies, mackerel, or chicken liver. Bluegill bite is still strong with a couple decent sized fish reported. For general lake, launch, and fishing information, call 800-590-LAKE, the marina at 951-926-7201 or Diamond Valley Marina | Diamond Valley Lake, or Last Chance Bait and Tackle 951-658-7410 or Last Chance Tackle - Home.
PERRIS: The lake was schedule to be bluestoned (coppersulfate) on Tuesday or Thursday this week, but weather may delay or cancel the application of the chemical designed to reduce the blue-green algae. While the chemical doesn’t harm fish, it usually messes up the fishing for several days. There has been a continued good bass and redear/bluegill bite this past week. Bass have been best in Sail Cove and Bernasconi Beach, while the bluegill and redear are still best off the marina docks and dove points. James Skeen, Moreno Valley, had a pair of bass to 5.9 pounds fishing Robo worms and Rapalas. Lorenzo Martinez, Moreno Valley, caught a limit of 25 bluegill off the marina docks. Also some action on crappie at Bernasconi Beach, but other species are slow. The park is open seven days a week, and hours are from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.
SKINNER: There has been much better striper action this week with the change in the weather, with some very good surface action reported. Bait fish are also still showing at the inlet and off main lake points and the channel in the east end. Eugene Taylor, San Diego, had nine stripers to four pounds on anchovies at the inlet. The largemouth bass also improved with the cooler weather with some fish on topwater and an improved worm and crankbait bite this week. Darren Porter, Temecula, landed five bass to five pounds fishing topwater along the south shore. The catfish bite has backed off some with fair action in deep water at the dam and inlet. Brian Harrison, Corona, had five cats to seven pounds. That bite has continued to slow with this cool weather. The bluegill bite is fair, and carp are fair for those targeting them. Information: store 951-926-1505 or marina 951-926-8515.
ELSINORE: The weather change just about eliminated this fishing pressure here the past few days, but there has still been a pretty fair bluegill bite for anglers fishing worms, crickets, wax worms or meal worms two to four feet under a bobber on the outside edges of weeds. Few catfish reports this past week. The wiper bite is also slow with a few fish on shad-like swim baits. Carp are not in the shallows for bowfishermen, but there is a slow to fair bite on corn or dough baits. Boat rentals are available through the William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental out of Elsinore West Marina. For more information, contact William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to Lake Elsinore Boat Rental, Lake Elsinore Bait and Tackle Shop – William’s Bait, Tackle and Boat Rental.
CORONA LAKE: First trout plant of the season slated for Thursday this week. These will be rainbows averaging one to two pounds. The catfish action remains good with a lot of one to three pound cats showing, along with a few bigger fish over five pounds. The cats are all concentrated in deeper water, so boat anglers fishing the deeper, mid-lake spots are having the best luck. The shore-based anglers fishing near the dam and from JD’s Point and making long cats into the deep pockets are getting just as many fish. There is 24-hour fishing every Friday and Saturday night. For Corona Lake fishing information, call 951-277-4489 or log on at, Santa Ana River Lakes - Corona Lake - Anaheim Lake.
EVANS LAKE: Improved bass action this week on small plastics and tiny jerk baits along the rocky shorelines early and late in the day with some fish to two pounds. Also a pretty decent bite on small bluegill and warmouth. No carp reports.
RANCHO JURUPA: Light fishing pressure and slowish overall fishing. Only a few cats being caught and the odd bluegill or carp. There is now a bait and tackle shop at the lake. Information: 951-684-7032.
FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: No report. Information: 909-795-0171.
ANGLER’S LAKE: The lake is currently closed.
REFLECTION LAKE: Catfish remain good on cut baits, and plants are every two weeks with 500 pounds planted each time. There are monthly derbies. A few bass are showing. Bluegill fair. Information: 951-654-7906 or Reflection Lake RV Park, a Hemet California RV Park and Family Campground.
JEAN'S CHANNEL CATS: The lake is closed and will remain closed through October for maintenance. Trout plants will begin November 1, or possibly even sooner if the weather cools down. Once the lake reopens it will be open only on weekends Friday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on all Monday holidays. Information: 951-679-6562 or 951-259-2021.

LAKE HEMET: Light fishing pressure but there has been a fair to good trout bite with a few limits reported. There was a DFG plant this week and four weeks ago. The bluegill bite has also been pretty good. Lake open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Information: Lake Hemet Market 951-659-2350, campground 951-659-2680.
LAKE FULMORE: No DFG trout plants in over a month. Slow trout action, but a few small bass and bluegill are being caught. Information: 951-659-2117.


SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Starting its trout season nearly a month earlier than normal, trout will be planted here Thursday and continue each week the rest of the fall. The plants this week and next week will be one to two-pound rainbows. First plants of trophy fish will be Nov. 3 and Nov. 10. Anglers can get more information on the trout plants program from The Lakes web site at, Santa Ana River Lakes - Corona Lake - Anaheim Lake. Videos of all this season’s trout plants will be posted on The Lakes’ You-Tube page as soon as they take place, so you can actually see the fish being planted. The catfish action also continues good. Jim Barnett, Redondo Beach, had a six-pound cat to top off his stringer while fishing mackerel off the Sandy Beach. Ed and Anna Homister, Los Angeles, landed 10 cats for 22 1/2 pounds, including a 5 1/2-pounder, while fishing nightcrawlers off the east shoreline. There is 24-hour fishing every Friday and Saturday night. Private boats are no longer allowed at Santa Ana River Lakes due to fears of invasive quagga mussels being introduced into the water system. Information: 714-632-7830 or log on at, 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, Santa Ana River Lakes - Corona Lake - Anaheim Lake.
IRVINE LAKE: The catfish bite has been fair to good with a lot of two to six-pound fish reported once again this past week. Many bigger blue catfish are also starting to show, which is typical for this time of year. Top spots continue to be along the west shore, Santiago Flats, and Boat Dock Cove. Nathan Simpsons, 7, Long Beach, caught an 18-4 blue catfish on mackerel in the flats. Elaine Dickerhoof, Artesia, also got an 18-4 blue catfish, while Don Didion, Long Beach, landed a 16-8 blue. Tony Williams, Lynwood, scored a 13-6 blue cat. The bass bite is still pretty good with some fish showing in 20 to 40 feet of water during the day with the fish closer to the surface early and late in the day. Plastics and jigs are best during the day with cranks and surface baits best when the bass are up. Jimmy Getty, Silverado, caught a 5-1 largemouth on plastics near Trout Island. Some crappie showing for anglers jigging on the suspended schools of fish, but this bite is tough. The bluegill bite has also been slow. The lake is closed on Tuesdays. The road to Trout Island is open. Trout season is set to kick off Nov. 5. Lake information: 714-649-9111 or Irvine Lake - Fishing and Camping in Orange County, Southern California.
LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: No report. The lake is open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Information: 949-362-3885 or Laguna Niguel Lake.


CACHUMA: The first trout plant of the season went in Oct. 1 with a 4,000-pound plant from Calvaras Trout Farm, and the bite on the rainbows has improved. Most of the action is in Cachuma Bay and out at the dam. The shad are on the surface, and there is a pretty good topwater bite with the smallmouth and largemouth up busting the bait fish, and some anglers are report 20-fish days. Catfish have been fair to good in the backs of the coves and on Stock and Jackrabbit flats. The crappie slowed this past week with only a few fish showing on small jigs. Carp are still fair to good for anglers targeting them. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at Santa Barbara County Parks Department Home. The marina is open again with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.
CASITAS: Weather extremes made for a wild week of fishing here, but the bass action has improved with the cooler weather after a lull during the record-setting heat. The best bite is still on nightcrawlers and plastics with some topwater in the rain. Reilly Weaver, Ventura, caught a six-pound bass on a plastic worm. Still a decent redear bite with fish to 1 1/2 pounds reported this past week on nightcrawler pieces and red worms. Few cats this week, and no trout anglers. Private boats will be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 10-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. The lake is open every day, including all holidays from dusk to dawn. Information: 805-649-2043.
CASTAIC: While there was a small fish dieoff this past week affecting shad and largemouth bass, there is still a wild striper boil most evenings and morning near the west ramp and the action has been good over much of the lake on anchovies. Most of these fish are up to three or four pounds with an occasional bigger fish. The largemouth bass remain good with some very good surface action morning and evenings some days and none the next. For both the stripers and the largemouth, shad-like baits have been the ticket. Few reports on panfish or catfish this past week, but both had been fair. Information: 661-775-6232 or Castaic Lake | Home.
PIRU: Light fishing pressure but fair to good overall action. There continues to be a decent pick on the crappie, and good bluegill and redear action on fish to a pound or so. The bass are showing on topwater early and then on plastics and swimbaits in the day with some quality fish showing. Information: bait shop at 805-521-1500, x208 or Lake Piru Recreation Area.
PYRAMID: There continues to be a good topwater bite on the stripers with most of the fish still up on the surface busting schools of shad. They were mostly in the one to three-pound range with some bigger. After the surface action, there is still a deep water bite near the dam, in the main channel and off the island. Largemouth and smallmouth bass action is fair to good on one to three-pound fish on nightcrawlers and plastics and some topwater in most coves and points. Few reports on bluegill and crappie. Catfish fair to good on fish to 10 pounds or better in the evenings on cut baits. Trout spotty, but some showing for deep trollers. DFG plants are expected to begin soon. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155, concession at 661-257-2790, or Forest Service at 661-296-9710.
QUAIL LAKE: No reports.
PUDDINGSTONE: Few reports, but there is a fair bass bite with most anglers tossing nightcrawlers and plastics. Bluegill action is still fair on crickets, wax worms and meal worms. Most are hand-sized and smaller but some bigger fish also showing. The weather change also has a few bigger redear showing. Carp are getting little pressure. Catfish slow. No DFG catfish plants since state budget year ended because of lack of funding. Information: East Shore RV Park: 909-599-8355 (ask for the market).
SANTA FE DAM: No recent DFG plants. Slow to fair bass and bluegill action. Information: 626-334-1065.
ALONDRA PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
CERRITOS PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
EL DORADO PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
ELIZABETH LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
HANSEN DAM LAKE: No recent DFG plants. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.
HOLLENBECK LAKE: No recent DFG plants. Information: 213-261-0113.
JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
LEGG LAKES: No recent DFG plants.
LINCOLN PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants. Information: 818-448-7317.

BARRETT: There were 26 anglers checked and they reported catching 381 bass and 30 bluegill. Reservations are available for August by calling Tickemaster at 800-745-3000. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or City Lakes and Recreation Program | Water. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-3274 or
HODGES: There were 24 anglers checked and they reported catching just 18 bass. The lake is open to fishing Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday with rental boats only available on the weekend. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or City Lakes and Recreation Program | Water. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-3274 or
EL CAPITAN: There were 49 anglers who landed 148 bass, five bluegill, and four catfish. The lake is open Thursday through Saturday and on Monday for fishing. Rental boats are available Saturday and Sunday only. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or City Lakes and Recreation Program | Water. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-3274 or
LOWER OTAY: There were 157 anglers checked and they reported catching 260 bass to 7.28 pounds, 190 bluegill to 1.32 pounds, and 25 catfish to 14.7 pounds. Ella Aroneson, San Diego, caught two catfish at 14.7 and 14.3 pounds on mackerel in Harvey Arm. Aroneson also caught four bluegill to one-pound fishing the near buoy line. Michael Williams, San Diego, caught three catfish totaling 27.6 pounds with an 11.3-pounder topping the catch. Williams also caught a limit of bluegill totaling 11.3 pounds. The lake is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday schedule. The lake only has boat rentals on Saturday and Sunday. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or City Lakes and Recreation Program | Water. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-3274 or
UPPER OTAY: There were 20 anglers checked and they reported catching 20 bass to 4.6 pounds and 11 bluegill to one-pound this past week. The lake is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday for catch-and-release fishing (only artificial lures with single, barbless hooks), sunrise to sunset. The road to Upper Otay is open. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or City Lakes and Recreation Program | Water. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-3274 or
MURRAY: No report. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or City Lakes and Recreation Program | Water. The lake is no longer renting boats of any kind.
MIRAMAR: There were 27 anglers checked and they reported catching just eight bass, five bluegill, and three catfish. The lake is open for fishing seven days a week. The lake is no longer renting boats of any kind, and the launch ramp is closed due to low water levels. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or City Lakes and Recreation Program | Water.
SUTHERLAND: The lake is now closed and will reopen in March of next year. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or City Lakes and Recreation Program | Water. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-3274 or
WOHLFORD: The catfish bite is just fair with the last catfish plant of the season going in over a month ago. Some pretty good reports have come in from boaters fishing near the easy buoy line and in Oakvale Cove. Edward Sehoebel, Borrego Springs, caught a 7.9-pound catfish in Oakvale Cove on chicken liver. Largemouth action has been slow with the best action early in the day when the fish are up chasing baitfish. Crappie are showing in small numbers around reeds and submerged willows. Some bluegill showing in Oakvale Cove and Boat Dock Cove. The lake now closed weekdays and will only be open on Saturdays and Sundays through December 6. Seniors can rent boats for $20 every Tuesday (whenever the lake is open on Tuesdays). Active military will get the same $20 motor boat rentals on the first and third Saturday of every month. Quagga mussel fears still have a private boating ban. Information: 760-839-4346 or
DOANE POND: DFG trout plant three weeks ago.
DIXON LAKE: Catfish action has been mostly slow. Last plant of the season went in over a month ago. The early morning and late evening have been the best times for catfish. Slow to fair bass action with most of the fish reported from 15 to 20 feet of water on plastic worms and jigs. Boat Dock Cove and Trout Cove have seen the best action with lots of bass chasing schools of shad on the surface. Bluegill are fair along piers near weed covered areas but the bite has slowed the last few days. Trout season is set kick off next month with a plant of 1,500 pounds set for November 3. Lake hours are from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the boat dock closing at 6 p.m. Lake information: 760-839-4345 or
POWAY: Slow to fair catfish action this past week. Good bass action with a very good topwater bite whenever shad are boiling near the rock pile in front of the Log Boom. Few panfish reports came in this week but the bite is still good in Hidden Bay. Night fishing is over for the season. Lake information: 858-668-4770, tackle shop 858-486-1234.
JENNINGS: Trout plants are set to begin the week of October 18, but they could begin sooner if the water temperature drops sooner than that. Bass action was very good this past week with quite a few nice catches reported. Crawdads were the bait of choice with a few anglers having success using topwater lures and throwing to boils. T.J. McGuire, Chula Vista, caught a 10-pound largemouth on a crawdad in Hermit Cove. Ray Monfera, San Diego, scored a 9-12 bass on a topwater lure in Hermit Cove. The catfish bite is still fair to good, but no limits were reported. Panfish slow. Night fishing season is now over. The lake will now be open 6 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only. Information: 619-390-1300 or Lake Jennings - Helix Water District Drinking Water Reservoir.
MORENA: Overall slow fishing with a very tough bite on catfish and bluegill. Just a fair bass bite on crankbaits and jerkbaits in the morning and evening. Carp still fair to good on homemade baits and for the fly anglers targeting them. Most of the action for carp has also been in the morning and evening. Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or *Lake Morena, Fishing,Camping, picnics, hiking, Real Estate, Insurance, Lake Morena, Campo.
CUYAMACA: Fair to good trout action but only a few limits reported. Nightcrawlers and Power Bait are working best and the top spot has been the T-dock. There is also a decent crappie bite with a lot of small fish reported. No recent plants. Few bass and catfish reports. Private boats are allowed on the lake, 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: Catfish action fair to good with a few limits reported. Most fish in the one to two-pound range with a few bigger. Bass are fair, but few anglers are targeting them. There is also a fair carp bite. Henshaw is open to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, dusk the rest of the week. Information: 760-782-3501.


FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: Bureau of Reclamation: Lower Colorado Region - Lower Colorado River Operations Schedule.
LAKE MEAD: Little change with slow to fair striper action under schools of shad in 40 to 50 feet of water in the main channel and mouths of most of the coves on cut anchovies, sardines, shad-like lures. Most fish under four pounds. Increasing reports of topwater fish early and late in the day. The largemouth bass are slow to fair in eight to 25 feet of water on plastics, and the smallmouth have also been fair. Also some topwater early and late. Generally good catfish action in the coves on cut baits, and the panfish bite is fair with some good action near weeds most morning.
WILLOW BEACH: Few striper reports this past week with very light fishing pressure. The weather change didn’t affect the trout bite, with continued fair to good action on salmon eggs, Power Bait, worms and Super Dupers after the weekly plants. Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.
LAKE MOHAVE: Still mostly tough fishing. The bass bite has been fair on plastics with some reaction bait and topwater fish. Slow-trolling or drifting with anchovies in 30 to 50 feet of water has been producing some stripers out of Katherine’s Landing off the island and some flurries of surface action are being reported. Fair catfish action on cut baits in most coves. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.
LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Still very light fishing pressure, but the striped bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of one to six-pound fish showing on anchovies. Jack Coverdale, Bullhead City, caught three stripers in the Rio Lomos area from 2-8 to six pounds this week. A few trout are still showing and monthly plants begin next Tuesday (Oct. 12), with 4,000 pounds stocked each month. Smallmouth are fair along rip-rap on small cranks, and a few catfish are showing from the deeper pools. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.
NEEDLES AREA: There is fair smallmouth action in the main river from Needles south to the I-40 bridge and on down into Topoc Gorge, mostly on small cranks, plastics, and nightcrawlers. Fair to good striper action on anchovies in the main river from the upper end of Topoc Gorge to Needles. The bite has improved slowly over the past month with quite a few two to four-pound fish showing now. Catfish fair on cut baits, and a few rainbow trout continue to show but most are nice quality fish up to four pounds. Information: Needles Marina at 760-326-2197.
TOPOCK AREA: Overall fair to good action, especially in the gorge. Best action on stripers is down near the mouth of the gorge and Havasu with fish running from dinks to three pounds on anchovies and some topwater. Bluegill remain fair to good in gorge backwaters. Catfish have been good in both the main river and in Topoc Marsh. There continues to be a good bite on smallmouth bass throughout Topoc Gorge with the best action on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, and small crankbaits. Early and late in the day has been best for everything. Topock Marsh can be accessed by boat at North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing at 928-768-2667.
HAVASU: There are still sporadic striper boils most mornings until 11 a.m. in the main basin and upriver to Havasu Landing and the mouth of the gorge with shad-like baits the best bet, Sassy Shads and Rat-L-Trap-type lures. Most of the stripers are under four pounds, but a few to 15 pounds have been reported. The largemouth bass are fair for anglers flipping tules and cattails or tossing frog-patterns. The smallmouth are still over submerged grass beds and taking wacky-rigged plastics or split-shot worms, but the cooling water has them schooling up and the fall wolf packs are starting to form and some crankbait fish are being reported. Catfish are still decent on cut baits, but the redear action is slowing with cooling water. Information: Bass Tackle Master (formerly Angler’s Pro Shop) at 928-854-2277.
PARKER STRIP: Fair to good catfish and smallmouth bass action. The cats are showing in most of the pools on cut baits, while the smallmouth bass are along the rip rap and best on small cranks and swim baits. Bluegill and redear are good in the backwaters and quiet water in the main river. Few flathead reports.
BLYTHE: Continued fair to good flathead catfish action. Most are showing in live goldfish, bluegill, and tilapia fished in deeper holes. Channel cats are good in the main canals, backwaters with most running from three to four pounds. The smallmouth bass bite is good in the main river along the rip-rap and in the canals. Most are small, but the action is very good on surface baits, cranks, and small plastics. Largemouth are good in the backwaters and ditches on plastics, cranks, and surface baits. Fair bluegill action in both the main river and canals. Stripers slow. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.
PALO VERDE: Excellent catfish action with a lot of quality fish over 10 pounds being landed. The big flatheads are showing in the big pools and backwaters. There was an excellent spawn because the backwaters are just filled with fry this year. Bass improving with fish to six pounds showing, mostly on topwater. Few reports on smallmouth in the main river, and still no crappie reports. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.
PICACHO AREA: Fair to good largemouth bass action in the backwaters and river margins with the best bite early and late in the day, and the catfish -- both flatheads and channels -- are very good with some quality flatheads being caught. Bluegill good, too.
MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been good with some flurries of excellent topwater action, mostly at backwater entrances. Flatheads are really good on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel cats are good on cut baits in both the main river and backwater lakes. Bluegill also showing in excellent numbers, but most are small. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or Martinez Lake Resort.
YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action is good in the whole region with the fish whacking plastics, cranks, and spinnerbaits. There is also a good topwater bite early and late in the day. The catfish bite is also good with some good catches on channels on cut baits and continued decent action on quality flatheads with live goldfish and bluegill.

SALTON SEA: Good action continues on the tilapia with some fish up into the two-pound class fish showing on the usual bait, nightcrawler pieces, at the state park headquarters and the Yacht Club jetty. Steve and Kyle Hills, Riverside, caught over 50 tilapia each just north of Mecca Beach last Friday. The fish were mostly from one to 1 1/2 pounds. Information: Salton Sea State Recreation Area ranger station 760-393-3052 or visitor center at 760-393-3810 Friday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
ALAMO RIVER: No reports.
FINNEY-RAMER: No reports.
WEIST LAKE: No reports. Information: 760-352-3308.
SUNBEAM LAKE: No reports.
LAKE CAHUILLA: No reports. Information: 760-564-4712.

For up-to-date road and campground information can call the following U.S. Forest Service offices: For the Big Pine to Lone Pine region, call 760-876-6222; for the Bishop Region, call 760-873-2500; for the Mammoth Lakes region, call 760-924-5500; for the Lee Vining region, call 760-647-3044; and for the Bridgeport region call 760-932-7070. Lodging and guide information: Bishop Chamber of Commerce 760-873-8405 or Bishop Chamber of Commerce - Bishop, CA -, Mono County Tourism 760-924-1743. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: Ken's Sporting Goods - Home (Bridgeport region), The Trout Fly Mammoth Lakes, California, and Sierra Drifters Fly Fishing Guide Service, Mammoth Lakes. Flyfishing Guide Service for Trout. Fly Fish Owens River from guided driftboats in Bishop. Flyfish Crowley Lake and Bridgeport in guided flats boats named the Trout Magnet. Full service outfit.
WEST WALKER RIVER REGION: The West Walker River is excellent on bait, lures, and flies from Pickle Meadows downstream through the canyon with a lot of fish to three pounds. The Little Walker River very fishable and has been good. Kirman Lake has continued to improve with cool nights knocking weeds back. Best action on scuds and leeches with brookies to 18 inches and cutts to 24 inches. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: The trout action has been very good at the Twin Lakes. Most are pan-sized and the best action in both lakes at the inlets. The East Walker River flows are down and the bite improved with the best action on midges and caddis patternsp, and the streamer bite is kicking in. Bridgeport is still excellent with the best action in the Walker River channel or at the dam for trollers, fly anglers, and bait anglers. Most fish are one to two pounds with some up to six pounds. Virginia Lakes remain good for fly, lure, and bait anglers. Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or Ken's Sporting Goods - Home, Twin Lakes Resort (Lower Twin) 760-932-7751, Annett’s Mono Village (Upper Twin) 760-932-7071.
JUNE LAKE LOOP REGION: Good trout action on all four lakes, June, Gull, Silver and Grant, on the usual floating dough baits, inflated nightcrawlers, cast or trolled flies, especially at the stream mouths and outlets. Silver is getting Alpers trout each Monday. The Lee Vining high country lakes have all been excellent for planted and holdover trout, especially at the inlets and dams. Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7525 or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.
MAMMOTH AREA: The Crowley Lake action for fly anglers has been good in the bays with a lot of fish to 22 inches on midges and perch imitations. Convict Lake is good for planted fish. Fair action in Twin Lakes out of Mammoth. Rock Creek drainage has been just fair with no recent plants. Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517, Convict Lake Resort at 760-934-3800, Crowley Lake Fish Camp at 760-935-4301.
BISHOP AREA: North Lake, South Lake and Sabrina are all pretty good with light crowds again this past week. South Lake is still best at stream inlets. There have also been a lot of holdover rainbows in the past week. Tim Carnahan, Rancho Mirage, landed a 4-12 on a grasshopper mini jig. North Lake very good. Sabrina has been good all around the lake on a wide variety of baits and lures, with the inlets perhaps the best spots. All the forks of the Bishop Creek have been good for stream anglers, and the weir has cranked out some super fish this past week, including a four-pounder for Nancy Myers, Orange. Pleasant Valley Reservoir is good for planted rainbows on floating baits and small lures, especially at the inlet. Lower Owens just fair to good with some very good dry fly action. 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 again this week on all the small streams. Information: 760-876-4444 or go to Lone PineChamber of Commerce | the Other Side of California.

LAKE ISABELLA: Cooler weather has started to turn on the fishing here with reports of decent crappe action in the flooded trees and rocky point son jigs and minnows. The bass bite is also improving on jigs, plastics, Senkos, and some cranks in eight to 20 feet of water. Catfish remain good on frozen shad, clams, and Sonny’s dip bait with lots of fish from two pounds and up. Trout action is very slow. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.
KERN RIVER: Flows are down in both the upper and lower river stretches. The upper river is good to excellent for trout with a lot of quality holdover rainbows on salmon eggs, nightcrawlers, and flies. Lower river flows are down to 600 cfs this week and the smallmouth bass action is really starting to take off. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or Fly Fishing the Kern River) or James Store 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Still mostly slow. The moss and vegetation is a nightmare and has been keeping most anglers away. The few anglers fishing the canal walking technique (drifting baits in the main flow out of the most) are getting a few three- to six-pound stripers, mostly on blood worms. The same tactic is working for a few catfish. Cool weather should get ride of the vegetation quickly. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.
HART PARK LAKE: Good bite on bluegill with wax worms or crickets. Most of the bluegill are hand-sized. The bass action has been improving this week with cooler weather with some fishing showing on plastics and cranks. The carp are good on homemade dough baits or Powder Bait.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Improving bass action and still a good bluegill bite. Bass are best on plastics, nightcrawlers, and some spinnerbait action. Carp are also fair to good on Powder Bait. Fair catfish bite on nightcrawlers and shad.
RIVER WALK PARK: The bluegill bite is good on wax worms, meal worms, and crickets, and the carp action is good on homemade dough baits and Powder Bait. There are a few bass showing on minnows, nightcralwers, and plastics early in the day and this bite is improving.
MING LAKE: The carp bite is good on Powder Bait and other dough baits. There has also been a good bite on bluegill, mostly on wax worms and meal worms, and the bass action is improving on plastics, spinnerbaits, and topwater.
BRITE LAKE: No reports.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Continued good catfish action on frozen shad, dip baits, or green garlic nightcrawlers, with most of the cats running from two to five pounds and showing from the small lake. Some reported of crappie this week on minnows. Fair bite on largemouth bass this past week with a few fish on topwater and live bait. The bluegill action has been fair to good on wax worms. Carp good for those targeting them. No striper reports. Trout plants are tentatively set to begin around the first of November and the Taft Chamber of Commerce Trout Derby will be Nov. 13. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: The bluegill bite is good on red worms, meal worms, or wax worms, and a few bass are showing on plastics, spinnerbait, or jerk baits early in the day. Pretty good carp action on dough baits.
SUCCESS LAKE: Pretty good bass action Senkos and plastics, and some bluegill and catfish also starting to show. Water level coming up. Information: 559-781-2078.
KAWEAH LAKE: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish on plastics and some on topwater and reaction baits. The redear and bluegill are really starting to take off in the shallows. Some catfish beginning to show. Information: 559-597-2526.


SAN ANTONIO: Few reports from here this past week, but the striped bass bite appears to be continuing at a pretty good clip for both trollers and anglers working boils with surface poppers. Lots of six to 12 pounds and some fish over 20 pounds. The catfish action is fair, and there has been a pretty fair bass bite, with the some quality smallmouth showing. Carp are wide open if you target them. Information: 805-472-2818.
NACIMIENTO: Both the smallmouth and largemouth bites have been fair. Some topwater early and late in the day and then better action in deep water after the dawn-dusk flurries on top. The white bass action is slow to fair on slow-trolled Roostertails and silver spoons. The crappie bite has slowed down with spotty action on live minnows or small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. The catfish bite is improving, and anglers targeting carp are seeing excellent action. Information: 805-238-1056 or Lake Nacimiento Resort and Marina.
SANTA MARGARITA: The bass bite has been pretty good morning and evening, with some topwater action and a good bite on plastics. The bluegill and redear bite is excellent on hand-sized fish with some bigger. Catfish bites have been pretty fair with some fish over 10 pounds most on cut baits. Crappie are very slow. The marina store is open Wednesday through Sunday. Information: 805-438-1522.
LOPEZ: Fair to good bass action, and a good bluegill bite in the mornings, especially off the F Dock on meal worms and red worms. The bass have been best on swim baits and cranks with the best action at the bridge. The crappie bite has slowed, and some catfish are showing. Information: 805-489-1006.

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.
RIVERSIDE: Hemet Lake.
INYO: Lower Owens River from Stewart Lane to Laws, Pleasant Valley Reservoir.
MONO: Convict Lake, June Lake, Lake Mary, lower Virginia Lake, Saddlebag Lake, Silver Lake, Tioga Lake, Twin Lakes, upper Virginia Lake.
KERN: Kern River from Powerhouse No. 3 to Riverside Park, Kernville.
TULARE: Kern River from Brush Creek to Fairview Dam, Kern River from Fairview Dam to Falling Waters Lodge, North Fork of Middle Fork Tule River at Wishon Campground, South Fork of Middle Fork Tule River at Camp Nelson.
FRESNO: Kings River below the Pine Flat Reservoir, San Joaquin River below the Friant Dam.
MERCED: Yosemite Lake.
TUOLUMNE: Lyons Canal, Moccasin Creek, Powerhouse Stream.

The following lakes, listed by county, will be stocked this week with one-pound catfish by private hatcheries under contract with the Department of Fish and Game.
No catfish plans this week.

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