* 22nd Street Landing, San Pedro: 832-8304
* L.A. Harbor Sportfishing,
San Pedro: 547-9916
* Redondo Sportfishing: 372-2111
* Pierpoint Landing,
Long Beach: 562-983-9300
* Marina del Rey Sportfishing: 822-3625
* Long Beach Sportfishing:
* Marina Sportfishing, Long Beach: 562-598-6649
* Davey’s Locker, Newport Beach: 949-673-1434
* Newport Landing, Newport Beach: 949-675-0550
* Dana Wharf Sportfishing:
949-496-5794Compiled by Mike Bennett
Outdoor News Service
The fish report is weekly. Its accuracy depends on marina operators, tackle shops and local fishermen we contact. Anglers catching large fish should send the information to Outdoor News Service, P.O. Box 9007, San Bernardino, CA 92427, or telephone 909- 887-3444, so it can be included in this report. Faxes can be sent to 909-887-8180. E-Mail messages or fishing reports can also be posted to Jim Matthews at email@example.com or Mike Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org. This report is updated daily by Mike Bennett at www.calfreshwater.com.
PICKS OF THE WEEK
1. At Lake Isabella, crappie from half-pound to 2-4 pounds have been moving up in shallow water along Camp Nine and the French Gulch area. The only thing slowing the bite is that rain and cold weather have reduced angler pressure. This is the time of year when waves of fish head shallow to spawn and can be taken from flooded brush or near any of the lakes’ marinas on mini-jigs or live minnows fished under a bobber. The best method to take a limit is to stay mobile and find multiple schools of fish. If you are fishing a school of crappie and fishing slows, move on immediately and find another one. Most anglers are using a four- to eight-foot leader between bobber and mini-jig.
2. Good yellowtail action continues at Catalina Island where fish from 5-0 to 20-0 are being caught on live squid. Cold weather and rain pushed away some of the squid that were floating around the island at night, but the squid are still around. Many boats have bait tanks loaded with the candy bait, and the only problem has been making the crossing to the island in rough weather. Good news is that the weather is forecast to improve, and a full moon next week should get the squid back to the island in good numbers.
3. Striper fishing has been excellent for anglers targeting the California Aqueduct near Taft. The stripers are mostly from 1-0 to 8- 0 and the bite has been on Lug Worms. Many anglers have reported catching and releasing up to 100 fish each near the Buena Vista golf course just off Highway 119 and in the Tupman area. The best news is that a number of bigger stripers are being caught on Lucky Craft LV1500’s. The biggest fish of the week was a 41-0 that hit a Lucky Craft jerkbait. Many stripers from 20-0 to 30-0 have been landed by locals, but are going unreported since many are trying to keep word of this bite from spreading.
FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS
STRIPED BASS: Striper action erupted along the California Aqueduct near Taft where anglers are scoring up to 100 fish a day from 1-0 to 8-0 on Lug Worms and many fish from 20-0 to 40-0 are showing on big Lucky Craft jerkbaits. Many are saying that they have never seen so many big fish caught from the aqueduct in a year, let alone a week. At Lake Skinner near Temecula striper fishing has been fair overall, but local anglers are taking lots of big fish from 9- 0 to 20-0 on swimbaits or topwater plugs. Some reports say that the bulk of the big fish are hanging in schools along the south shore and in coves along the east shore. Best method is to cover lots of water fast with a big topwater plug or swimbait to locate feeding fish. Lake Silverwood has been fair on fish from 2-0 to 8-0 with the best action on cut anchovies or Rat-L-Traps fished from 20 to 60 feet deep. At Lake Castaic, striper fishing continues to be good for both shore anglers fishing cut anchovies on the bottom in 20 feet of water.
TROUT: Hesperia Lake continues to be the best bet for trout, particularly since the lake receives very little runoff from rain. Trout action has varied from fair to very good depending on angler pressure and weather. Trout to 16-0 were landed this week long with plenty of Lightning and Thunder trout to 5-0. Most fish have been averaging from 1-8 to 3-0. Best baits have been mini jigs, Power Bait or plastic trout worms fished with a split-shot and a two-foot leader. Anglers fishing 2-pound line have had much better action than those fishing 4-pound line or heavier. At Diamond Valley Reservoir trout fishing has been good for boat anglers trolling a Needlefish or drifting a nightcrawler or plastic trout worm over schools of shad. Shore anglers are doing best near the marina on Power Bait or Kastmasters. Many bigger trout from 4-0 to 9-0 have been landed. San Diego County’s Lake Poway trout action has been excellent thanks to recent heavy trout plants have kept the bite hot. Many anglers are getting limits of fish from 1-0 to 8-0 in a few hours. Heavy plants have kept both of Orange County’s premier trout waters good. Irvine Lake and Santa Ana River Lakes are both producing trout from 1-0 to 3-0 and floating baits, plastic trout worms, small jigs or trolled Rapala-type lures are all taking limits of fish for persistent anglers.
PANFISH: At Lake Isabella, crappie are heading shallow and shore anglers are reporting fair to wide-open action on fish from 1-0 to 2- 8. Best action has been around Camp Nine and near the marina at French Gulch. Top baits have been live minnows or mini-jigs fished under a bobber. Anglers who stay mobile and fish multiple schools of fish are getting 25-fish limits. In San Diego County, El Capitan continues to pump out good numbers of crappie on live minnows or mini-jigs. Only problem is that the lake and surrounding park will close on any rainy day due to severe fire and mud damage.
LARGEMOUTH BASS: Rain and cold weather moved through the region late last week and early this week slowing many bass bites and pushing some fish from beds to deeper water. At San Vicente, bass fishing continues to be very good to excellent on fish to 4-8. Top baits have been live crawdads, live shiners, plastics or crankbaits fished in five to 10 feet of water. Diamond Valley continues to have a good bite on bass from 3-0 to 7-0 on Carolina-rigged lizards, drop- shotted plastics, Senkos or swimbaits. Most fish are holding to lake points and in coves. Lake Casitas kicked out some good bass action on a better grade of fish. Many fish from 2-8 to 7-0 have been landed on plastic worms.
CATFISH: Rains hit the region again last week which means catfish will be feeding in shallow waters where runoff is entering lakes. Lake Casitas, Lake Castaic, Lake Silverwood, Lake Skinner, San Vicente, and Lake Puddingstone have all produced a few quality catfish from 8-0 to 20-0 for anglers fishing mackerel along heavy mud lines near shore. San Vicente Lake near San Diego usually pumps out big catfish during rain storms, and a 35-0 blue catfish was landed last week by a bass angler on a live shiner. Anglers targeting the big catfish are using 7/0 hooks tied to 30- or 40- pound fishing line.
HIGH DESERT LAKES
HESPERIA LAKE: Trout fishing has been up and down depending on weather. Best action continues to on Power Bait, mini-jigs or Lip Ripperz. Most anglers are getting a mixed catch of rainbows, Lightning and Thunder trout. Catfish continue to show in a fair to good numbers thanks to weekly stockings. Best action continues to be from the finger point or the north shore. From both spots anglers are using long rods and heavy weights needed to make the long cast that will reach the island in the middle of the lake. 800-521-6332
JESS RANCH: Trout fishing has been good and many anglers are leaving with limits of fish to 3-0. Power Bait, inflated nightcrawlers, mini-jigs, or trout worms have been the top baits. 760-240-1107
INLAND VALLEY LAKES
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY
CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: Trout fishing has been fair on Power Bait, mini- jigs, or inflated nightcrawlers. 909-481-4205
YUCAIPA: Trout fishing has been fair to good on trout to 3-0. Mini-jigs, trout worms, and Power Bait have been the top producers. 909-790-3127
DIAMOND VALLEY: Bass fishing has been a bit tougher with rain and cold weather, but good fishing has continued between rain storms. Many fish from 2-0 to 7-0 are holding in 10 to 20 feet of water off points and in coves and are showing on Senkos, Ikas, or plastic worms. The best colors for plastics have been greens, blues and yellow. There is a strong early morning swimbait bite is on the east end of the lake on sub-surface baits. 951-926-7201
PERRIS: Bass fishing has ranged from very slow to very good depending on weather and angler expertise. Lots of fish from 1-0 to 3-0 are showing along with some quality fish from 7-0 to 12-8 showing weekly. Best fishing has been in 10 to 25 feet of water, with a few fish holding on beds all over the shallows. Hottest baits have been purple or green plastics, live crawdads or swimbaits. 951- 657-2179
CORONA LAKE: Good trout action rain or shine. Boat and float tube anglers are still having the best luck but shore anglers also getting limits. Top action continues to be on chartreuse Nitro Bait soaked in garlic-flavored Eagle Claw Gravy, but white Nitro Worms on a LipRipperz jig is also a good bet. 951-277-4489
SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: There were 15 rainbow trout over the 10- pound mark caught in the past week, but the potential state record rainbow weighing over 27 1/2 pounds and planted two weeks ago wasn’t landed. The best action has been on floating baits — either Power Bait or Nitro Bait — doused with Eagle Claw Gravy. Anglers fishing plastic trout worms, especially the LipRipperz, or small jigs are also getting fish. 714-632-7830
IRVINE LAKE: Trout fishing has been fair to very good with many anglers taking limits of trout from 1-0 to 6-0. There continues to be a good mixed-catch of browns, brookies and rainbows. Brook and brown trout have been best on nightcrawlers, mini-jigs or Power Bait. Bass fishing has been very good for anglers throwing spinnerbaits or plastics over flooded brush. 714-649-9111
LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: Trout fishing continues to be fair to good even with the stained water. Boat anglers have had the best action, but some limits are being taken from shore. Top baits have been Power Bait, salmon eggs, inflated nightcrawlers or mini-jigs. There has been some good bass action on nightcrawlers and Senkos. 949-362- 3885
LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES
CACHUMA: Trout continue to be the number one biters at the lake with good action for trollers fishing 15 to 25 feet deep. Trout to 2- 0 are showing near the island. 805-688-4040
CASITAS: Bass from 2-0 to 6-0 continue to show in fair to good numbers for anglers fishing plastics or swimbaits. Action on the big fish from 7-0 to 14-0 has been spotty, but plenty of the bigger grade of fish show each week. 805-649-2043
CASTAIC: Striper fishing was improving before more rain moved in. Anglers using cut anchovies fished on the bottom in 20 feet of water have had fair action on fish from 1-0 to 6-0. Trollers are scoring better numbers of quality fish while trolling Bomber jerkbaits in 10 to 25 feet of water. 661-775-6232
SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES
EL CAPITAN: On the days the lake was open, anglers enjoyed good action on bass and crappie. Last week 180 anglers checked in with 336 bass and 108 crappie. Best bass action continues to be on plastics or reaction baits. Best crappie action has been on live minnows or mini-jigs. 619-465-3474
SAN VICENTE: Bass fishing continues to be very good even with heavy pressure and poor weather. Last week 702 anglers checked in with 1,456 bass to 6-14. Top baits continue to be live shiners, crawdads, plastic worms, or crankbaits. Some fair trout action reported on nightcrawlers with 92 fish checked in last week. There has been a fair redear bite on quality fish from 1-8 to 3-0 for anglers drifting nightcrawlers in 20 feet of water. 619-465-3474
MURRAY: Trout and bass continued to be the best biters last week with 634 anglers checking in with 231 bass and 221 trout. Bass to 10- 14 were landed. 619-465-3474
MIRAMAR: Trout fishing was good last week with 308 anglers checking in with 353 trout to 5-0. Power Bait, mini-jigs, or trout worms continue to be best. 619-465-3474
POWAY: Trout fishing was very good over the weekend with lots of trout from 3-0 to 8-0 landed. Power Worms, Power Bait, mini-jigs or nightcrawlers have been the top baits. Top methods have been trolling spinners or slow drifting nightcrawlers or trout worms. 858- 679-5465
LAKE MEAD: Largemouth bass continue to bite at a good pace on fish from 1-0 to 3-0. Top baits have been spinnerbaits or drop- shotted plastics fished over brush. Big stripers from 4-0 to 18-0 were landed on trout swim baits. 702-452-8299.
WILLOW BEACH: Trout fishing has been fair to good and some quality trout to 7-0 have been landed along with limits of trout in the 1-0 to 3-0 range. Kastmasters or Power Bait have been the best producers. 928-767-4747.
LAKE MOHAVE: Fishing for stripers from 1-0 to 4-0 has been good for anglers fishing cut anchovies in the Cottonwood Cove area. 702- 297-1464
BISHOP AREA: Good trout fishing continues on the Owens River near Bishop where plenty of trout in the 1-0 to 4-0 range are showing on nightcrawlers or Power Bait. There has also been good action in the Owens gorge above Pleasant Valley and in the Wild Trout section for fly anglers. 760-872-8361
ISABELLA: Crappie fishing continues to improve even with the bad weather. Tons of fish are moving shallow and good fishing has been reported near Camp Nine and the French Gulch area. Best action has been along brushy areas and around marinas. Top baits have been a live minnow or a mini-jig fished under a bobber. 661-379-1007
AQUEDUCT AT TAFT: Striper fishing has been excellent on two grades of fish. Lug worms are taking excellent numbers of fish from 1-0 to 5-0, while the Lucky Craft LV1500 continues to take bigger fish. Best areas have been near the Buena Vista golf course along Highway 119 and in the Tupman area. 661-833-8657
SUCCESS LAKE: Bass fishing erupted at the lake with very good fishing reported on fish to 13-0. Best method has been drop- shotting small Senkos or plastic worms. 559-781-6878
KAWEAH LAKE: Bass action broke wide-open and fishing is excellent with many bass from 1-0 to 5-0 showing tight to the bank on plastic worms. 559-597-2526
Barring adverse weather, water or road conditions, the following lakes and streams, listed by county, will be planted with catchable- size rainbow trout from the Department of Fish and Game hatcheries this week:
LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake, Castaic Lagoon, Cuddy Creek Pond, Elizabeth Lake, Piru Creek Frenchman’s Flat), Pyramid Lake. ORANGE: Carr Park Lake, Centennial Lake, Eisenhower Park Lake, Greer Park Lake, Huntington Park Lake, Mile Square Park Lake, Ralph Clark Regional Park Lake, Trabucco Creek, Tri-City Lake, Yorba Regional Park Pond. RIVERSIDE: Cahuilla Park Lake, Evans Lake, Fulmor Lake, Perris Lake, Rancho Jurupa Park Pond. SAN BERNARDINO: Cucamonga Guasti Park Lake, Glen Helen Park Lake, Mojave Narrows Regional Park Lake, Seccombe Park Lake, Yucaipa Lake. VENTURA: Rancho Simi Park Lake, Reyes Creek, Rose Valley Lake. SANTA BARBARA: Cachuma Lake, Lion Canyon Creek, Santa Ynez River. SAN LUIS OBISPO: Atascadero Lake, Lopez Lake, Santa Margarita Lake. SAN DIEGO: Chollas Park Lake, Lindo Lake. IMPERIAL: Sunbeam Lake, Weist Lake. INYO: Cottonwood Creek, Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, Shepards Creek, Symmes Creek, Tuttle Creek.
OCEAN FISHING REPORT
By Terrence Berg, 976-TUNA
YELLOWTAIL: Good yellowtail action continues at Catalina Island where fish from 5-0 to 20-0 are being caught on live squid. The rain and cold weather drove some squid from the island, but not the yellowtail. In fact, boats that had live squid in the bait tanks have had good action even in the rain. Better numbers of yellowtail are starting to show at San Clemente Island where yellowtail to 25- 0 have been caught by private boat anglers.
GIANT SQUID: Giant squid from 20-0 to 35-0 are holding off waters in San Diego, Newport Beach and Long Beach. Twilight boats have had wide-open action, but day-time boats have also been scoring squid in the afternoon.
WHITE SEABASS: A few schools of white seabass continue to be picked at by sportboats fishing live squid for yellowtail. More and more fish are stacking at Catalina Island and with a full-moon next week this bite could pop open.
ROCKFISH: Rockfish continue to be an excellent back-up bite for boats not able to find biting yellowtail or squid.
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