SOCAL FISHING REPORT July 15, 2009

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SOCAL FISH REPORT

July 15, 2009

Compiled by Jim Matthews
Outdoor News Service

JIM MATTHEWS’
PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. There has been a surprisingly good crappie bite at Irvine Lake in the heart of Orange County for the past couple of weeks and it doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing down. The fish are stacked up on structure and fish over a pound are not uncommon. Add in some pretty darn good catfish, bluegill, and bass action, and this is our top pick this week. Is it better than the Diamond Valley Lake’s crappie and bluegill action? Well, no! But how many weeks in a row can Diamond Valley be in the top spot? For an update on this close-to-home bite, call the Irvine pro shop at 714-649-9111 or go to Irvine Lake - Fishing and Camping in Orange County, Southern California.
2. For diligent anglers who chase big striped bass, there are two bites of real note this week, so I’m going to let you pick the destination. First, Willow Beach on the Colorado River has cranked out a number of fish over 20 pounds for the past two weeks. Second, Diamond Valley Lake has been spitting out fish over 20 pounds, too. Close or far. Rental boat or your boat. You choose. For updates on the big fish action, call Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747 or the Diamond Valley Marina at 951-926-7201.
3. For anglers wanting to get out of the serious heat, the upper Kern River above Isabella is an ideal spot for wading fly and lure anglers to catch some wild trout. The best stretch is from the Johnsondale Bridge upstream in the barbless, catch-and-release stretch. Flows have come down and the dry fly action is excellent early and late in the day. Kern River rainbows to 18 inches and better are common. Caddis, mayflies, and small, yellow stoneflies are all hatching. For an update, call Kern River Fly Shop at 760-376-2040 or go to Fly Fishing the Kern River.

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: The local mountain waters are seeing good action. Big Bear Lake, Green Valley Lake, Lake Gregory, and Lake Hemet are all worth fishing and all were stocked by the DFG this week. Green Valley also is getting private plants each week now, too. In the Sierra, the bites are good on planted fish from north to south, especially the Bishop Creek drainage and waters around Tioga Pass and the East Walker River is good, and.... Oh, heck, the whole Eastern Sierra is good now with runoff over just about everywhere, water dropping, and the fishing good after weeks of plants. For fly anglers, the Kirman Lake, the East Walker River, upper Owens River, Hot Creek, and Crowley Lake all have very good bites. In the Western Sierra, the Kern River is excellent with a lot of dry fly action now morning and evening.
LARGEMOUTH BASS: The largemouth bass bites are mostly just fair right now, but there are flurries of excellent morning and evening topwater bites. Top top picks are again Diamond Valley, Sutherland, and Casitas. All three are producing good average-sized fish, perhaps in the three to four-pound range. Other decent bets include Castaic, Piru, Skinner, and Silverwood. In San Diego County, Barrett remains good, but Upper Otay, Wohlford, Lower Otay, El Capitan, and Hodges are all worth fishing. On the lower Colorado River, the smallmouth bass bite from Lake Havasu downstream through about Palo Verde is very good in the main river, but the largemouth bite is just fair in the backwaters and major reservoirs thanks to scalding heat this week.
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 with fish topping 20 pounds this past week. The California aqueduct near Taft is also good (and anglers are reminded there is an 18-inch minimum size here) and it produced a 20-pounder, too. On the Colorado River, Willow Beach broke open two weeks ago and has been producing quite a few 20-pound class fish since on big, trout-like baits. Lake Mohave is good on fish to four pounds on anchovies in the coves by the power lines, while Havasu is slow. A few big wipers are being caught at Elsinore each week, and wipers planted at Hesperia Lake are showing in decent numbers.
PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good just about everywhere. Diamond Valley and Lake Perris are hot. But just about every water with bluegill are still seeing very good fishing, even if the fish are mostly smaller now. Crappie bites have lulled most places, but Irvine Lake remains good to excellent. The bie at Lake Cachuma is also surprisingly good, and some fish are still showing at Isabella, Lopez, and Piru. Also the tilapia bite at the Salton Sea just won’t go away, but it is finally slowing with just fair action early and late in the day when the heat isn’t so oppressive. Tilapia are also being planted each week now at Santa Ana River Lakes and Corona Lake.
CATFISH: The lower Colorado River flathead and channel catfish action remains fair to good with the Blythe-Palo Verde area to Yuma the hotspot for big fish. Other places of note include Hesperia Lake, Jean’s Channel Cats, Irvine Lake, and Corona Lake. Also a lot of catfish showing at Pyramid, Silverwood, Perris, Skinner, and especially Diamond Valley Lake.

WATER BY WATER REPORTS
SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: The striper action is good with the best bite on cut baits, mostly anchovies. Hot spots for stripers this past week included the dam, the dock, and the Chemise area. The trout action has been slow to fair with the best bite in Miller's Canyon in the early morning. The largemouth bass bite has been good on swim baits, plastics, and Rapalas in Miller's Canyon and Outhouse Cove. The catfish bite is good in Chemise on chicken liver, shrimp, and mackerel. Matt Hodge, Rancho Cucamonga, landed a mix of seven catfish and stripers totaling 18 pounds with catfish to six pounds while fishing anchovies in Chemise. The bluegill bite is also good with most of the action reported off the rocks by 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. DFG trout plant this week. 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. A few catfish are showing, especially in the evenings and at night. 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: DFG trout plant this week. Information: 909-338-2233.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The trout bite slowed some from last week but is still good with many anglers catching three to four fish and a few limits reported. Power Bait and nightcrawlers have been the best bet. The lake will be receiving a 1,000-pound plant of rainbows each week now, and there will be a bonus plant of DFG fish. Anglers who catch a rainbow over six pounds get a free "Green Valley Lake Six-Pound-and-Over Club" tee-shirt. Recorded information: 909-867-2009.
ARROWBEAR LAKE: DFG trout plant four weeks ago.
JENKS LAKE: DFG trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909-382-2881.

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: There continues to be excellent catfish action with a lot of limits and many quality fish showing. 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 was with 2,500 pounds last Thursday and plants included some trophy broodstock fish. Another 2,000 pounds went in this week. Julian Moore, Hesperia, caught a five fish limit of catfish totaling over 58 pounds on mackerel with Sonny's Catfish Bait. Jereme Taylor, San Bernardino, landed a 14-pound channel catfish off the east bank. Ken Shepard, Los Angeles, caught a 12-8 cat on shrimp. Nate Iborra, Barstow, hooked into a 10-pound catfish on mackerel fishing the north shore. Wipers, a striped bass-white bass hybrid, were planted four weeks ago and action has been consistent on half to two pounders. Seth Benjamin, Ontario, caught a 2-12 wiper on a nightcrawler. Some sturgeon continue to show each week. 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 slowed some this past week with the best bite in the early morning. Power Bait continues to be the best bet, especially in colors rainbow, orange, and garlic. Nightcrawlers and a variety of jigs and lures are also working well for trout. Fred Winterswyk, Rancho Cucamonga, landed a 4-2 rainbow on a crappie jig near the north shore of lake two. The catfish bite is good on Power Bait, nightcrawlers, and shrimp. The bass bite is fair with the best action on Senkos and tubes. The bluegill bite is good on mealworms and small jigs. 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 has put the stocking of catfish on hold due to a hatchery conflict. Lake information: 760-240-1107 or Jess Ranch Lakes-The Official Site.
MOJAVE NARROWS: Very good catfish action thanks to weekly county plant. Most of the fish are around two to 2 1/2 pounds and the best action has been on nightcrawlers and meal worms. Bluegill have been very good with most fish hand-sized. A few largemouth bass in the pound range have been caught on dark plastics off the island, but the carp and trout are slow. 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: Catfish action is good. There is a fair bass bite and excellent bluegill action. The carp bite is also good. 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. Ruth Perkins, San Bernardino, caught a limit of catfish with fish to 3-8 on anchovies and shrimp. The bluegill bite is also good with a lot of smaller fish showing on small worms, meal worms, and crickets fished under bobber. Carp are fair to good 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: The bluegill bite remains excellent with the best action along the dams on jigs, crickets, wax worms, and nightcrawler pieces. There have been quite a few fish in the one-pound class. The largemouth bass bite remained very good. The fish are still showing on just about any presentation or bait, from trolling to topwater. Most of the fish are in 20 to 35 feet of water. The trout bite is still 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 spotty, but a few quality fish are showing on swimbaits. Gregg Silks, Rancho Cucamona, caught 12 stripers on Monday from 10 to 22 pounds fishing his baits. Catfish are very consistent with a lot of quality fish showing for boat and shore anglers on cut baits. The saddle dam, Rawson Cove, near the quarry, and along the east dam have been the top areas. The launch ramp remains closed due to low water levels. A launch ramp extension project is expected to begin in October and be completed by February. 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 good with a lot of 1/2 to 1 1/2-pound fish showing. The best bet for bluegill continues to be in deeper water for boat and float tube anglers, but the marina is also a good bet. Best action on crickets, meal worms, wax worms, or small jigs tipped with a bait. The bass bite is fair with the best action on plastics and nightcrawlers, and there has also been the occasional striped bass showing. Ching Yang, Moreno Valley, landed a 15-pound striped bass on a Rapala. Albert Medina, Moreno Valley, caught three largemouth totaling 10 pounds with fish to five pounds on plastic worms. Ben Vera, Perris, caught and released 15 bass totaling 30 pounds with an eight-pounder topping the catch. The catfish bite has come alive and is very good with most fish in the one to two-pound range. Good carp bite at Lots 5 and 6, the east end, and Rock Climber's Cove area. Some trout are still showing, but all from deep water off Sail Cove and along the dam. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.
SKINNER: The catfish bite really turned on this past week with mackerel and chicken liver fished at the dam or the inlet the best bet. Shore anglers were also having success for catfish near ramp no. 2 on chicken liver or anchovies. Vic Lawrence, Moreno Valley, caught six catfish with fish to eight pounds on chicken liver at ramp no. 2. The striped bass action was excellent for boat anglers but mostly spotty for shore anglers. Chicken liver has been the top bait for striper with anchovies also working well. Joel Asistio, Indio, landed 10 striper with fish to six pounds on chicken liver at the dam. The largemouth bite is best on dark plastics and nightcrawlers but the fish are deeper due to warm weather. Just fair overall. Some bluegill are showing in the early morning or late afternoon on mealworms and nightcrawlers. Carp action is fair on dough baits. Crappie and trout are slow. Information: store 951-926-1505 or marina 951-926-8515.
ELSINORE: Good channel catfish action on the public fishing beaches, especially early and late in the day. Carp are also good in these areas on dough baits. The threadfin shad are no longer swarming along the shoreline but are balling up in open water during the day and dispersing at night. The largemouth bass, wipers, crappie and even catfish are working the shad in these open water zones of the lake, and there can be flurries of good action on shad-like cranks, jigs, or swimbaits. Even anglers on the three public fishing beaches sometimes can score on these fish. The bluegill bite has been fair to good. Information: Seaport Boat Launch at 951-245-9308, Elsinore West Marina at 951-678-1300.
CORONA LAKE: The catfish bite finally kicked into gear over the past week with good action and a lot of full stringers reported, including some quality fish. Meanwhile, the sturgeon remain mostly no shows in the warm water. The best catfish action has been for boat anglers fishing along the tree line or in deeper water along the east side of the lake with mackerel or shrimp. Top fish was an eight-pounder caught by D.J. Berry, Lakeland Village, fishing with a homemade dough bait from a boat. He also had four other fish to fill out his limit that averaged two pounds each. Joe Sokoloski, Riverside, landed a 6 1/2-pound catfish, and he had a five-fish limit of catfish taken another day that weighed 13 pounds. Alexis and Aileen Reyes, Chino, had 10 cats that weighed 22 1/2 pounds fishing shrimp from a boat, while Bryan and Cotey Ramsey, Murrieta, landed 15 fish that weighed 18 pounds on mackerel from a boat. Discount coupons available on the web site at fishinglakes.com, Santa Ana River Lakes - Corona Lake - Anaheim Lake. 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. Fair to good bluegill action around shoreline structure, rocks, and tules.
RANCHO JURUPA: Good catfish action and the lake was supposed to be planted this 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. DFG trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Very good bluegill action continued this week with a few nice stringers reported. Fair to good bass action. There is also a very good carp bite for those targeting them. There is a carp tournament running for the month of July and prizes are awarded for top fish. Lake open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Information: Lake Hemet Market 951-659-2350, campground 951-659-2680.
FULMOR LAKE: DFG trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Information: 951-659-2117.

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Diligent anglers continue to catch full limits of catfish, but overall the bite is just fair with light fishing pressure. While more sturgeon are now being caught, the bite is still far from wide open. Both the sturgeon and catfish are being caught on shrimp and nightcrawlers, and the deep water bite for boat anglers has been the bet for a limit. Most of the catfish are running right at two pounds, but fish from one to four pounds or a little better have been the average. Most of the sturgeon being caught are in the four- to five-pound class. Gilbert Ahumada, Bellflower, had one of the top catfish stringers this week landing five cats that weighed 16 pounds. His top fish was a 4 1/2 pounder and all were caught on shrimp while fishing from a boat. D’Mondre Garner and Jalen Chanthea, both Long Beach, had 15 catfish for a total of 30 pounds, while Edward Chinarian, Orange, landed 10 cats totaling 20 pounds on mackerel. Robert Castro, Cypress, had a 4 3/4-pound sturgeon to top off his nine fish stringer, with his eight catfish weighing in at 10 1/4 pounds total. He was using nightcrawlers with garlic scent at Levitz’ Corner. Daisy Vasquz, Burbank, landed a four-pound sturgeon on mackerel, also at Levitz. Discount coupons on web site at fishinglakes.com, Santa Ana River Lakes - Corona Lake - Anaheim Lake. Catfish plants are twice a week, with the tilapia going in each week now. Sturgeon will be planted regularly throughout the summer with fish to 15 pounds planted with each stock. There is 24-hour fishing every Thursday, 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 very good with mackerel, shrimp, Gulp!, and DuMong's. Boat Dock Cove and Santiago Flats were the hot spots again this past week. Floriano Jimenez, Orange, caught and released a 22-4 blue catfish on chicken liver. Art "Dr. Hook" Villa, El Modeno, landed an 18-pound catfish on mackerel on the flats. Alex Becerra, Anaheim, got a 15-14 catfish on beef liver on the flats. Crappie action was wide open this week with the best bite on white Atomic tubes tipped with a mealworm fished near structure. Most crappie are around one-pound with some a bigger. The bass action was best near Red Clay Cliffs and Rocky Point. Trout action was slow to fair with trollers seeing the best results. 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. 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 pretty good for trollers and still fishermen working deep water off Johnson Cliffs and along the dam. The fish are in 30 feet in the mornings and 50 to 60 feet in the afternoons. Best action on flasher-crawler combos, Needlefish, nightcrawers or Power Bait. The catfish bite is very good with a lot of fish over 10 pounds. The fish are in two to 20 feet of water and showing on cut baits and nightcrawlers. The crappie remain fair to good at the narrows on small jigs and Rapalas. The bite had been off the hook for the past month and the slight slowing might be more to less fishing pressure. Gary Schmitt, Chuy Viramontes, Rick Sisco, all Simi Valley, caught over 80 crappie fishing two days recently. The fish were all taken in 20 to 26 feet of water with small jigs and Power Minnows at the mouth of the narrows and they averaged 1 1/2 pounds with some topping two pounds. Bluegill and redear are fair and improving on Stock Flats and the east end on nightcrawler pieces, wax worms, and small jigs. For quagga mussel and the new boat launching information, log on at Santa Barbara County Parks. Fishing information: 805-688-4040.
CASITAS: Continued good bass action on plastics, with some fish still showing on live shad. The shad have become a little harder to dip, but still available. Also some topwater action early. Chris Loe, Ojai, had bass at four, six, and 10 pounds, all on drop-shotted plastics. Ed Earnest, Ventura, landed a nine-pounder on a live shad. At the Angler’s Choice Night Tournament this past weekend, Brian Evans, Ojai, and Matt McKinzie, Ventura, won the event and big fish prize with a 27-8 five-fish limit topped with a 10-1 fishing Creature Jigs and plastics. Trout remain very good for trollers working Needlefish at the dam in 30 feet of water. Limits have been common with the fish averaging from 1-4 to 1-8, but there have been trout to 2-8 this week. The catfish bite is slow, but there is still fair action on bluegill and redear action on the outside edges of the weed beds on nightcrawlers, red worms, or crickets. 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: Continued good action for both largemouth bass and striped bass this past week. The dam has been a little slow for stripers, but the forebay buoy line continues to be the hot spot with anchovies the top bait. The largemouth bite is very good on nearly any bait or presentation but nightcrawlers have been working best. Some catfish are showing in the two to three-pound range on mackerel, shad, and nightcrawlers. The trout are slow with only a few holdover fish showing for diligent trollers or bait anglers. Very good bluegill action on wax worms and meal worms. Also good carp action. Information: 661-775-6232.
PIRU: Good bass action on plastics, nightcrawlers, and surface baits early and late in the day. Trout are also still fair for trollers working deep water. The crappie bite is still fair to good on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles with most three-quarter pounders. The fish are off most shorelines in 12 to 18 feet of water. The bluegill and redear are also part of this mix with a pretty good bite on these panfish, along with some fish at 1/2-pound or better. Catfish slow to fair. Information: marina 805-521-1500, x208.
PYRAMID: Catfish action has really taken off in the past couple of weeks with very good action for shore and boat anglers on cut baits. Some fish topping 10 pounds, but most are 1-8 to four pounds. Stripers continue to be fair with some flurries of good action, and there are increasing boils early and late in the day. Most of the action is off the main channel points, and the fish are mostly under two pounds. Bass action has been consistent on plastics and nightcrawlers. Trout have slowed way down with few fish reported in the past week. Good bluegill action, but most fish small. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth, 661-295-7155, concession 661-257-2790, or Forest Service 661-296-9710.
QUAIL LAKE: No reports.
PUDDINGSTONE: Just fair action on cats, but the bluegill bite is good on meal worms, crickets or wax worms fished in four to 15 feet of water. No recent DFG plants. Information: 909-599-8411.
SANTA FE DAM: Catfish bite is pretty fair on cut baits. Good bluegill bite on wax worms and nightcrawlers. Some largemouth bass on plastics. No recent DFG plants. Information: 626-334-1065.
ALONDRA PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
CERRITOS PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant three weeks ago.
DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: DFG catfish plant three weeks ago.
ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
EL DORADO PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant three weeks ago.
ELIZABETH LAKE: The catfish and bullhead are fair on cut baits with scent fished in eight to 12 feet of water. 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.
KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant three weeks ago.
LEGG LAKES: DFG catfish plant three weeks ago.
LINCOLN PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: DFG catfish plant three weeks ago. Information: 818-448-7317.

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

BARRETT: Excellent bass fishing. This past week there were 137 anglers checked and they reported catching 1,568 bass, 43 bluegill, and 11 crappie. 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 227 anglers checked and they reported catching 289 bass, 26 catfish, and seven crappie. Tim O'Connor, Santee, caught an 8.2-pound blue catfish and a 5.05-pound bass on crawdads fishing the boat dock. 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 anglers checked reported catching 43 bass, 28 bluegill, and four catfish. The lake is open Thursday through Saturday and Monday for fishing. There are no boat rentals during June, July, and August. 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 catfish showing as well. There were 214 anglers checked who reported catching 181 bass, 583 bluegill, and 11 catfish to 15 pounds. Cecil L. Brookins, San Diego, landed a 2.3-pound bluegill on waxworms at the Harvey Arm. Lonnie Wheaton, Lakeside, caught a 9.2-pound largemouth on a crawdad in the Otay Arm. 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. The seven anglers checked reported landing 26 bass to 2.95 pounds. The lake is open on a Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday for fishing, sunrise to sunset. The road to Upper Otay is open. 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 66 anglers checked reported catching 24 bass, seven bluegill, and three catfish. 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 104 anglers checked and they reported catching 45 bass, 36 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: There were 54 anglers checked and they reported catching 86 bass, 30 crappie, 18 carp, and 14 catfish. Mark Dodson, San Diego, landed a seven-pound bass on a crawdad. Greg LeRoy, Ramona, caught a 6.25-pound bass. Del Lambert, Ramona, caught a 5.45-pound bass. Zack Balcone, 8, Mesa Grange, caught two carp totaling 19.2 pounds with a 10.55-pounder topping the catch. Sydney Honadle, 7, Ramona, landed a 12.5-pound carp. Kenny Morytko, Ramona, hooked into a 10.7-pound carp. 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 and another plant is slated for this week to keep the action going. Mackerel and chicken liver are the top baits and the top spots are the buoy line areas. Catfish will be planted every other week through August. Robert Adams, Escondido, caught a limit of catfish with fish to 2-15. The bass fishing is fair to good, mostly for smaller males in an early morning or late afternoon bite. Crawdads have been working best for bass, with some showing on dark plastics and anything shad-like. 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: DFG trout plant this week and two weeks ago.
DIXON LAKE: The catfish bite is good after plants each of the last two weeks. The bluegill action is good in the shallows with some fish up to a pound. Mealworms or small nightcrawler pieces have been the best bet for bluegill. The bass bite slowed a bit but some action has been reported at Pier No. 3 for anglers using nightcrawlers. The lake is now open for night fishing on Thursday and Friday nights until 11:45 p.m. for shore anglers and 10:45 for boaters. 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: Good catfish action after the plant last week. Many limits of catfish have been reported from anglers fishing all over the lake. The bass action is also good with shad boils over many parts the lake but the bite goes completely cold during the warm parts of the day. Some bluegill are showing in Hidden Bay. Trout action slow. Lake information: 858-668-4770, tackle shop 858-486-1234.
JENNINGS: Fishing was fair this past week. Despite shad being on the surface the topwater bite for bass has not been very consistent. The best bet for catfish was on nightcrawlers or mackerel with scent. Hermit Cove and the floating boating have been the top spots. Some redear are still showing on mealworms and wax worms. 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: The catfish bite is picking up and are starting to show in fair numbers. Mackerel, chicken liver, and nightcrawlers have all been working for catfish. Anglers are requested to release any blue catfish they catch under five pounds. Bass action is fair with the best bite on crawdads. The bluegill bite has picked up and they are being caught in good numbers. Some crappie are starting to show as well but no limits. 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 very good trout action. Power Bait and nightcrawlers have been the best bet for rainbows and the hot spots have been the dike, north shore, and the T-Dock. The largemouth bass bite is fair to good. The crappie bite is still very good for those targeting them. The occasional catfish is also showing. DFG trout plant this week. 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: Continued good catfish action. The best bite has been all along the shoreline using shrimp, chicken liver, and mackerel. The bluegill bite has really turned on with several limits reported. The crappie action is also picking up with fish averaging around a pound each and some bigger. There is also a fair to good bass bite with a couple nice fish reported. Darrel Langley, Mesa Grande, caught 6.25- and 5.5-pound bass. John Lowell, Temecula, landed a four-pound bass. 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: There continues to be a fair number of quality striped bass caught in this stretch of the river. In the past week, Daniel Aquerra, Las Vegas, landed a 20.36-pounder on an A.C. Plug, while Josh King, Las Vegas, caught a 19-8. Alex Stover, Dana Point, speared a 12-pounder. The trout bite has been good, but only right after the Friday plants before the fish disperse. A few catfish are showing in the bigger pools down river, along with a few holdover rainbows. Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.
LAKE MOHAVE: Fishing for stripers is fair in the southern portion of the lake, especially in the coves around the power lines with a lot of three to five pounders showing on cutbaits, mostly anchovies, in 15 to 25 feet of water. Also still fair action in the Cottonwood Cove region, Arizona Bay, Katherine's Landing, and the dam areas. Bass spotty, but some topwater action early and fish on plastics around structure the rest of the time.. 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: The catfish action is fair to good through this whole stretch of river, with the Big Bend area having the best action on cats to three pounds. Stripers spotty with only a few fish to five pounds reported this week. Also still the odd holdover rainbow showing from bigger, deeper pools. The bluegill bite is fair. Information: Riveria Marina at 928-763-8550.
NEEDLES AREA: Slow to 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: Heat wave! It was 119 degrees Wednesday and few anglers were fishing. The striped bass bite has been slow 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. Anglers are getting more catfish in this bite than stripers right now, but the cats are slow, too. There’s a fair bite on the cats in Topoc Marsh for anglers braving the mosquitos at night or early morning. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites are mostly pretty fair in Topoc Gorge with some topwater, crankbait, and plastic action, and a fair number of bluegill are showing along the river margins and backwaters. 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: Smallmouth bass are still very good with a lot of fish over two pounds up in the river or off rocky points. Great jig and plastic bite on crawdad-colored bats. Topwater improving, especially on frog-pattern baits. Largemouth fair on slow-falling finesse plastics around the weed mats and cattails. Very good redear and bluegill action with fish to two pounds on nightcrawlers fish over and around the weed beds. Striper fishing has been slow with only a few scattered fish showing on drifted baits or an occasional topwater boil. Shad numbers are way down and the stripers aren’t schooled up on the bait. Catfish good in evening with flatheads to 20 pounds and a lot of channels two to three pounds. 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 fair this past week and the smallmouth bass in the main river along the rip rap are also good. Bluegill and redear are good in backwaters and quiet water in the main river. Flatheads are also pretty good on goldfish and shiners.
BLYTHE: The heat has slowed the fishing pressure and there have been fewer reports the past week with catfish just fair at night. Temps have been between 113 and 115 this week, and it was supposed to get warmer. Both channel and flatheads are still showing but in fewer numbers. The largemouth bass action is fair in the main river, canals, and backwaters, while the smallmouth are still pretty good in the main river, especially along rocky rip-rap. The striped bass bite has lulled for quality fish at the diversion dam north of town, with no reports in the past week. The bluegill action is still fair to good all along the lower river, backwaters, and ditches. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.
PALO VERDE: Generally just fair 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 but no bruisers. Channel catfish are best 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 still fair to good in backwaters and main river. Stripers slow. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.
PICACHO AREA: Fair largemouth bass action on plastic worms or nightcrawlers, with a topwater bite early and late in the day. The channel catfish action slowed with just fair action on mackerel, shrimp or nightcrawlers. Fish from one to three pounds, with only a few better ones. The flathead action is also just fair 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 early and late in the day. Channel catfish and flatheads are both just fair with the heat. Few crappie, but the bluegill are still fair with some flurries of good action early in the morning. 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. Both channel catfish and flathead are just fair in the main river with the flatheads showing on live minnows, bluegill, or big crawdads. The Gila Main Canal area in East Yuma continues to fair to good for channel catfish action with some bass, redear and bluegill.

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: The tilapia action has finally started to slow with the summer heat (low 100s this week and getting warmer by the day), but anglers are still getting tilapia in the early morning and evening with some good catches still posted. Most of the fish are in the 1/2 to 3/4-pound range, but each week a few bigger fish show up. The action is best 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. Also more and more anglers are fishing at the jetty at the old yacht club, which has also been just fair this week (no fee charged here). Nightcrawler pieces are still the best bait, and anglers making long casts to get into deeper water and adding red beads on leaders above the bait to attract fish are doing best. Information: Salton Sea State Recreation Area ranger station 760-393-3052.
ALAMO RIVER: Few reports, but the catfish action is fair with quite a few fishing showing on nightcrawlers and cut baits.
COACHELLA, HIGHLINE CANALS: Few reports, but the catfish action has been fair to good 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: Trout plants at most water in the region for the July 4 weekend. 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 flows are finally coming down and the action has been fair to good for both DFG and Alpers fish. Little Walker River is good for brookies and rainbows. Kirman Lake is excellent on brookies weighing up to four pounds, and cutthroat trout in the six- to eight-pound range. Best action on scud and streamer patterns for float-tubing fly anglers or small jigs and spinners for spin fishermen. Shore fishing tough because of tules. Plan on bring in a tube. Information: Toiyabe Motel at 530-495-2281.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Flows have been up and down on the East Walker this past week It's currently at 219 which is a great flow for both wading and fishing. There's been some good streamer action lately, zuddlers and double bunnies, and the ussual caddis nymphs and midge patterns are producing, too. Some excellent evening caddis hatches for dry fly buffs. Tons of small browns showing from recent plant, but lots of 15 to 22 inch fish. Bridgeport Reservoir has been good for float tube and boat anglers fishing mid-lake right off the marina and near Rainbow Point. Power bait and gulp eggs as well as crawlers are all doing well for the bait fishermen. For fly anglers, it's been the best with streamers, but midging under an indicator has also been a hot tip. Fish to four pounds. Twin Lakes are both fair to good on planted rainbows on inflated nightcrawlers and Power Bait. 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: Lower Rush Creek in the special regulation section has been good on small caddis dries or a two-fly rig with fish to 16 inches reported, but water level is already getting low. Below 395, Rush is good but the fish are very small. Tioga, Saddlebag, Ellery and Lundy lakes are all excellent for bait, lure, and fly anglers. Information: Untitled Document.
JUNE LAKE LOOP: Good action throughout the loop, especially for fly anglers fishing streamers around weed beds or midges under an indicator. June is producing a few cutthroat topping three pounds, and Gull has been cranking out a lot of rainbows for bait and lure anglers, too. Silver and Grant a little less consistent, but still good early and late in the day. Walker and Parker lakes are both fair to good, and all higher elevation waters are generally good. Information: Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake has heavy mats of weeds and algae, but the bite is still pretty good for fly anglers fishing midges under indicators in 12 to 15 feet of water, especially in McGee Bay. Bait and lure anglers also facing tougher conditions, but overall fair action. The upper Owens River and Hot Creek are both very good for fly anglers. In the Mammoth Lake, all the lakes have received DFG plants again this week. Shuttle access to Red’s Meadow is running. Good action on planted trout in Rock Creek and Rock Creek Lake. 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: Sabrina Lake fair with some fish in the two-pound class. South Lake and Bishop Creek have been good. North Lake good with shore anglers and float tubers enjoying a solid bite on fish to three pounds. 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 deeply under strike indicators. 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 regular DFG plants. Information: 760-876-4444 or go to Lone PineChamber of Commerce | the Other Side of California.

WESTERN SIERRA

BAKERSFIELD AREA CATFISH DERBY: Bob’s Bait is having a month-long catfish derby with the largest cat weighed in during July winning a $100 cash prize. The current lead is Jose Vidal, Bakersfield, with a 23-pounder caught from the aqueduct on chicken liver. The catfish derby will be followed by a striper derby in August. For information, call Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.
LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish action has been very good, especially for anglers fishing frozen shad, but Sonny’s Dip Bait and clams are also good. Some fish over four pounds, but most smaller. Trout fishing remains good at the auxiliary dam and near the cemetery, and a three-pound silver salmon was caught this week. Bass fair with some topwater action early in the day. The crappie bite is still hanging on for anglers fishing live minnows in the flooded trees from boats or float tubes. Very good action on bluegill, mostly on wax worms. Carp have moved into the shallows mudding for clams near the river mouth with the flooding of the flats as the lake comes up. Very good action for bait and fly anglers. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.
KERN RIVER: The 20 mile roadside section of the upper Kern has been good for fly anglers fishing pale morning duns, caddis, and yellow stonefly emergers. Flows were down to less than 500 cfs, which is perfect for fishing. Best action early and late during hatches and egg-laying flights. On the lower Kern, the water is still high and the fishing is best from Erskine Creek to the dam. A few anglers getting some large rainbows. Smallmouth are hitting in these areas now that the water temperature has reached 60 degrees. The South Fork of the Kern from Rockhouse upstream has been very good for fly anglers. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or Fly Fishing the Kern River) or James Store 760-376-2424.
TULE RIVER: All of the usual stocking areas, including the lakes at Balch Park, were planted last week by the DFG and the action has been good on crickets, salmon eggs, and Jake’s lures. Information: California Land Management - CLM, operator of outdoor recreation facilities, campgrounds, RV, recreational vehicle, cabins and related hospitality services, ca, calif. or Balch Park Pack Station Home.
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. Lots of moss in water now, so anglers doing the walk-drifting method are the most successful, with a lot of three to five-pounders. Destry Paradise, Bakersfield, landed a 20-pound striper on anchovies this week. The catfish bite is also good on the same baits and cut baits. Jose Vidal, Bakersfield, landed a 23-pounder on chicken liver, and Ray Canchola, Bakersfield, had a 5-8 catfish. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.
HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill bite bite remain good to excellent. The ‘gills are best on wax worms, meal worms, or red worms. The carp action is also still good on Powder Bait. Slowish 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 good on wax worms or crickets. Slow bass action on nightcrawlers and plastics, but the only real hope for bass action is early or late in the day.
RIVER WALK PARK: The bluegill bite is very good on crickets, wax worms, and meal worms. Bass are very spotty with the best action on plastics, nightcrawlers, and small swim baits early and late in the day.
MING LAKE: Good carp action on fish to 10 pounds. Best action has been on Powder Bait, but most dough baits are working. Bluegill very good to excellent on wax worms, crickets, meal worms, and red worms. The bass bite is slow 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: Still good catfish action on Sonny’s Dip Bait, but the plants have ceased and there’s no longer a fishing fee, just a lake entrance fee. Lots of cats to four pounds reported. Also very good carp action on Powder Bait, and the bluegill bite is good on wax worms. The bass action slow with the best bite still on minnows and plastics early and late in the day. Stripers and crappie very 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: Spotty 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 fair to good on plastics, cranks, topwater baits, and the live shad. Fair catfish action on anchovies, mackerel or shrimp. Crappie spotty. The water level is low and dropping and boaters near to be cautious. Information: 805-472-2818.
NACIMIENTO: Continued tough action here. The white bass are schooled up off the points but there have been only a few flurries of action in the past week. Some spotted bass and the odd largemouth on plastics and topwaters, but that has been off, too. Fair crappie action south of the launch ramp, but not a lot of catfish showing. Carp remain pretty fair in the marina area on dough baits. Information: 805-238-1056 or Lake Nacimiento Resort and Marina.
SANTA MARGARITA: A little bit of bass action including some topwater early and late in the day. The crappie action remains slow, but some of the few fish coming in are over a pound. The catfish action was slow this past week, and even the bluegill and redear bites are just fair. The marina store is open Wednesday through Sunday. Information: 805-438-1522.
LOPEZ: Bluegill are good with a lot of fish on red worms, crickets, wax worms and small jigs. Continued fair crappie action with most of the fish right around a pound. Small crappie jigs in chartreuse have been the hot ticket but the big stringers have dwindled. Bass fair with fish to four pounds on swimbaits, plastics, nightcrawlers, and jigs fished on main lake points. 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, Jackson Lake.
RIVERSIDE: Fulmor Lake, Hemet Lake, Strawberry Creek.
SAN BERNARDINO: Big Bear Lake, Green Valley Lake, Gregory Lake, Jenks Lake, Santa Ana River, Santa Ana River South Fork.
SAN DIEGO: Cuyamaca Lake, Doane Pond.
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), Rock Creek Lake, Sabrina Lake, Sheperds Creek, South Lake, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek and Tuttle Creek.
MONO: Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Deadman Creek, Ellery Lake, George Lake, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Lee Vining Creek South Fork, Little Walker River, Mamie Lake, Mammoth Creek, Mary Lake, McGee Creek, Owens River (Section 3), Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (Sections I and II), Rush Creek, Saddlebag Creek, Saddlebag Lake, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Tioga Lake, Trumble Lake, Twin Lakes Bridgeport (Lower and Upper), Twin Lakes Mammoth, Virginia Creek, Virginia Lake (Lower and Upper) and West Walker River (Sections 2 and 3).
FRESNO: Big Creek near Huntington, Courtright Reservoir, Dinkey Creek, Kings River below the Pine Flat Reservoir, Mono Creek, Portal Forebay, San Joaquin River below the Friant Dam, South Fork San Joaquin, South Fork San Joaquin by Mono Hot Springs, Tamarack Creek, Tenmile Creek, Ward Lake.
MADERA: Corrine Lake, Fish Creek, Lewis Creek, lower Chiquito Creek, Manzanita Lake, Starkweather Lake, Upper Big Creek, Upper Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River, West Fork Chiquito Creek.
MARIPOSA: McSwain Reservoir.
MERCED: Merced River from McSwain Dam to Merced Falls.
TULARE: Balch Park (eastern and western lakes), Hedrick Campground Pond.
TUOLUMNE: Beaver Creek, Lyons Canal, Lyons Reservoir, Middle Fork Stanislaus River, Middle Fork Tuolumne River, Moccasin Creek, Pinecrest Lake, Powerhouse Stream, South Fork Tuolumne River, Stanislause River Clark Fork.

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.
No plants this week.
 

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