Where they're biting

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1. The California Aqueduct striped bass action moves into the top pick this week with excellent action, especially in the southern San Joaquin Valley near Taft. Stripers to 28 inches (and most over the 18-inch minimum size) have been the rule. Top baits have been anchovies and blood worms, but the fish are showing on a wide variety of baits and lures. The action is nearly as good in the Antelope Valley stretch, especially in the west end of the valley. The stripers here have been best on Rat-L-Traps. For updates on this bite, check with Bob’s Bait Bucket in the San Joaquin at 661-833-8657 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824 for the Antelope Valley. 

2. Quail Lake stripers move into the top picks this week with some pretty good reports over the past week. The fish are showing on both bait and lures, but the Rat-L-Traps have been the best bet, with frozen shad the next best bet (if you can find some). Most of the fish are two to four pounds with some bigger. There are also a good number of catfish showing for the cut bait anglers. For an update on this action, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

 3. While the Lake Isabella crappie bite has been quiet this past week (but likely to break open with the warm weather forecast for the coming days), the catfish action has been good with a lot of fish to six pounds showing on shad, clams, or sardines. This action has been very strong for about a week. For an update on this action and top spots at either lake, check with Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.



HESPERIA LAKE: All of the park facilities are closed, but the public can still fish and use the park. The park district recommends that all anglers practice correct social distancing during the Coronavirus outbreak. No fishing reports. For more information go to the park’s website at https://www.hesperiaparks.com/hesperia-lake-park or Hesperia Lake’s Facebook or Instagram pages. While not being answered with staff not on the job, the phones are 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: This lake has also been closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com

MOJAVE NARROWS: This facility and fishing lake are closed to the public because of Coronavirus safety precautions. Information, call 760-245-2226.



APOLLO PARK LAKE: This par is still open to the public, and the lake was stocked with trout last week. The action is fair to good with the trout spreading around the lake quickly. There was also a plant three weeks ago. The best bite has been on PowerBait with some limits of fish up to three pounds. Small trout jigs are also still getting trout, especially Drew’s and Black Minnow brands. The hot PowerBait has been the natural scent garlic in Orange and Nymph colors (alone or mixed together). A few carp are also starting to show on dough baits, but mostly small fish right now. Still no bluegill or catfish reports. For more information on plants and events, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

JACKSON LAKE (NEAR WRIGHTWOOD): No fishing reports. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: This lake remains open, and the trout bite is fair to good with excellent quality fish showing. Many of the trout being caught are four-plus pounds. Apparently the last plant was mostly bigger fish, and the next plant is tentatively set for next week. The trout are showing on a variety of baits and lures, but red has definitely been the hot color, especially for small jigs or small swimbaits (up to four-inches for the bigger trout). Dock anglers are doing as well as boat anglers. Other species are not getting any pressure, but the largemouth bass bite is good as the fish stage to spawn. A drop-shot nightcrawler or plastic worm around the tules or docks are getting fish. A few catfish and crappie are also showing. The derby April 3 has been postponed. The lake is open to members and their guests only, but memberships for 2020 are still available. Call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club for membership and fishing information at 661-947-2884 or go to website at www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com

QUAIL LAKE: There has continued to be a fair to good striper bite, and the catfish as just as good. Anglers fishing cut baits ñ sardine, anchovies, chicken liver, or frozen shad (if you can find it) ñ have been getting both species, including a few catfish right at the outlet on big chunks of fly-lined mackerel, but most anglers are fishing the north shore of the lake all the way to the inlet. Stripers are probably best on Rat-L-Traps, but the cut baits are also getting them. The cats are running from two to 10 pounds, while the stripers are mostly three to four pounds. The largemouth bite is still fair, but they are still showing along the south shore 10 to 30 feet off the tules in slightly deeper water staging for the spawn. Nightcrawlers or plastics have been good bets with added scent. Lots of two to three-pound class fish and some bigger. Few anglers targeting bluegill. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Hesperia to Quail Lake stretch): The catfish and striper bites are still fair to good throughout the aqueduct, east and west. The stripers have been best on Rat-L-Trap-type lures or swimbaits and mostly two to four pounds, but fish to 10 pounds. The catfish are mostly showing on shrimp, chicken liver, sardines, or mackerel, and added scent helps. Most of the fish are two to 10 pounds. The best action for both stripers and catfish is at road crossings, siphons, or any spot where the flow of the water is changed, slowed, or increased. Quite a few stripers reported in the 300th West region this past week. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CENTRAL PARK LAKE (CALIFORNIA CITY): Just a few bluegill and carp are starting to show. Next week’s warm weather should break open this bite. The bluegill are small, hand-sized fish on nightcrawlers. The carp are also small and showing on dough baits. No bass or catfish reports.

LITTLEROCK RESERVOIR: No reports again this week. The lake is normally open to walk-in fishing, but the Palmdale Water District has an ongoing sediment removal project and access is restricted at times. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.


SILVERWOOD: The park and marina facilities are still open because of very low crowds, but the campground is closed. The fishing remains pretty fair for both stripers and trout. The stripers have been showing off the docks and at the dam, mostly on sardines and nightcrawlers. The trout, with the most recent plants three and four weeks ago, are also still showing in pretty fair numbers around the dock, boat launch, Cleghorn and Miller Canyons, with some bigger holdover fish at the dam and through the main channel. Shore anglers are using small spinners, spoons, trout jigs, plastics or PowerBait, and the fish are running up to three pounds. Trollers are working the dam and channel areas with Needlefish or similar lures or drifting nightcrawlers. A few more largemouth have been reported for anglers fishing plastics off the points with the fish moving up into less than 30 feet of water, with some as shallow as six feet. A few catfish also starting to show. Lake elevation was 3,347.02 feet on Wednesday this wee3k, up 1.46 feet from last week. Anglers should be aware of health advisories for the consumption of fish from this lake because of high PCB and mercury levels in the fish flesh and skin. Here’s the direct link to a PDF brochure explaining consumption recommendations: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pdf_zip/081013KioskadvySilverwood.pdf. Dock fishing is allowed for $3 for adults, $2 for kids and seniors. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged at Diamond Valley and Perris will be allowed at Silverwood. The park is open seven days a week. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423. 

BIG BEAR LAKE: While the weather remains cold, the trout action has been fair to good. Many shore anglers are still reporting two to four fish stringers with a lot of trout to three pounds ñ nice holdover rainbows. PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers with garlic scent, and small spoons have all been getting fish. The north shoreline from the dam east to the Observatory is the place to fish, with the rocky, gravelly beaches the best stretches. The bass bite is still mostly tough, but a few smallmouth are starting to show. For information on fishing, call Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: The county park closed all of its facilities to use and fishing. Information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish. Fishing updates are posted infrequently on the park’s Facebook page or website.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: No fishing reports. Plants won’t begin until late April or May. The website is www.gvlfishing.com and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.


CASTAIC: The trout action has been slow, but the DFW planted about 1,000 pounds of rainbows at the main launch ramp on Thursday this week, which should perk this action around the marina and ramp. PowerBait and small jigs (or Mice Tail-type baits) are usually the best bet for the trout. The largemouth and smallmouth bites have continued slow to fair with the fish still stuck off in deeper water and not up staging for the spawn. The lower lake is a different story, with a pretty fair bass action in relatively shallow water (less than 20 feet), mostly on drop-shot plastics or nightcrawlers. There has also been a pretty fair crappie bite in the lower lake with fish to 1-8, while the crappie bite in the upper lake is lagging behind the action in the lower lake. The stripers have been tough, and most of the fish have been caught on cut baits, mostly sardines, anchovies, or lug worms. A few catfish have been reported in deep water off sandy beaches on sardines or chicken liver. The bluegill bite is slow. The lake’s elevation was 1,493.54 feet on Wednesday this week, up 2.94 feet from last week. The lake is at 85 percent of full pool. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700. 

PYRAMID: The water level continues to rocket up (another seven feet in the past week), and the bite is slow to fair. There was a DFW trout plant this week that should perk this bite, which has been slowing way down. Best action on PowerBait and small jigs. A few stripers are showing for shore anglers fishing the canal by the fish cleaning station and the front entrance booth in the moving water. Anchovies, sardines, lug worms or blood worms have been the best. A few are also showing on jigging spoons or trolling with umbrella rigs for boat anglers The largemouth and smallmouth bites are both fair with fish starting to move up out of deep water for the spawn. The fish are mostly still in 20 to 30 feet of water with some action shallower in the afternoons on good-weather days. Drop-shot plastics off the points or walls has been the best bet, with some fish showing on deep-diving cranks and jerkbaits. Catfish may be the best bet for anglers with quite a few early-season fish showing on for shore anglers and boat anglers fishing in the coves. The swimbeach has been a hot spot with chicken liver, sardines, or anchovies, but most sandy, gravelly beaches are producing. The lake’s elevation was 2,575.11 feet on Wednesday this week, up 7.08 feet from last week. The lake is 92 percent of full pool. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.


ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado Rivers. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.

FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.


LAKE ISABELLA: There has been a good catfish bite through the cold weather this past week with a lot of nice fish from two to six pounds caught, mostly on shad and clams. Few reports on crappie this week, but the weather is expected to warm up through the weekend and some are predicting Crappie Mania. Before the bite lulled, the best action was in the South Fork Arm at the cages on small minnows or small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. A few more largemouth starting to be caught as the spawn approaches. No bluegill or carp reports. There was a DFW trout plant last week and three weeks ago, but few trout reported. The lake elevation on Wednesday was 2,561.92 feet, up .33 feet from last week. The lake is 32 percent full and very stable right now. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com, North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812, or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com

KERN RIVER: The trout bite have been fair to good after plants in sections 4 and 5 last week, and section 4 is slated to get more trout next week. There are also still pretty decent numbers of holdover fish spread throughout the plant areas in both the upper and lower river. Salmon eggs, nightcrawlers, Roostertails and Blue Fox spinners, and SuperDupers are the best baits and lures. Excellent, stable fishing flows in both the upper (530 cfs) and lower river (323 cfs). Fly-fishing action fair and improving on the upper river from Kernville up to the Johnsondale Bridge and above, and there is increasing dry fly activity. The bass and catfish action remains slow in the lower river. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424. 

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Very good striper action right now with some quality fish up to nearly 30 inches showing on sardines, live minnows, bloodworms, Rat-L-Traps, and bucktails. Most of the fish are at or above the keeper-size minimum. The catfish bite is slow on cut baits, but more and more fish are starting to show. Anglers are reminded the limit on stripers is two fish greater than 18 inches, while the largemouth limit is five fish. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: The carp bite is picking up on dough baits. A few catfish continue to show here for anglers fishing nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The bass action is fair to good, at least on better weather days, on plastics and Flukes in pretty decent numbers. Some fish are already on beds. Even some bluegill starting to be caught on wax worms and this bite is likely to break wide open as the weather warms this coming weekend. A few trout are still showing from the big plant for the derby four weeks ago. The best bite has been on PowerBait, small trout jigs, and flies. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The bass and bluegill bites were picking up steadily, and the bass bite has been pretty good with some fish already on beds. Plastics and Brush Hawgs have been the best baits. The bluegill have been slow to fair on wax worms and meal worms, but the bite is poised to break open with warmer days.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The bass have been up and down with the weather, with the action has steadily been getting better with some fish already on beds. Plastic worms and Senko-type baits are still the best bet. A few bluegill are also starting to show on wax worms, meal worms, or red worms. Still no carp or catfish reports. 

MING LAKE: The largemouth bite has been fair with flurries of good action on better-weather days. Some bass are already on beds. Senkos, Brush Hawgs, and live minnows have been the top baits. More and more bluegill are starting to show, too. Most recent DFW trout plant over a month ago, and no fish are scheduled for this week or next week. Other species still slow. 

BRITE LAKE: There has been a fair bite on hand-sized crappie on small jigs fished under a float, and the trout bite has been slow to fair on Drew’s plastics and PowerBait but there hasn’t been a DFW plant in over a month. Other species are slow.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: This park remains open to fishing. The best action has been on crappie with fair numbers of fish to a pound or so showing on live minnows and small jigs. The most recent trout plant was three weeks ago, and a few rainbows showing in a tough bite. Mini Jigs, Mice Tails, garlic nightcrawlers, and PowerBait are best. Most are 1-8 to two pounds. The bass have also started to show in pretty fair numbers for anglers fishing Senkos along the tules. Few reports of other species. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.


SUCCESS LAKE: Fewer crappie reports over the past week, but some fish continue to show on live minnows. Few limits reports. The fish are showing for both boat and shore anglers. The bass bite was also starting to really take off over the weekend with fish on plastics and reaction baits, but that has lulled to just fair. Other species have been mostly slow. Most recent DFW trout plant was three weeks ago. The lake elevation as of Wednesday this week was 611.34 feet, up 1.90 feet from last week. The lake is 25 percent capacity. Information: Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: DFW trout plants two and five weeks ago. The largemouth bass bite was fair this past week, and weather and fluctuating water levels keep hammering this bite. The fish are trying to move tight for the spawn. Best action has been on plastics or small swimbaits. Still few bluegill and catfish being reported. Lake elevation as of Wednesday was 622.27 feet, up 2.18 feet from last week. The lake is 20 percent capacity. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.


Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com (Mammoth Lakes region), and www.SierraDrifters.com (Bishop and Mammoth Lakes region).


For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking page at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/.

This week’s trout plants: In Los Angeles County, both Castaic Lake and Pyramid Lake are on the stocking list. In Inyo County, Cottonwood Creek, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Shepherd Creek, Symmes Creek, and Tuttle Creek are slated to get rainbows.

Next week’s trout plants (March 29-April 4): In Kern County, section 4 of the Kern River is slated to get trout. In Inyo County, only Lone Pine Creek is on the schedule at this point.


For the most comprehensive and up-to-date ocean fishing available, go to www.976-TUNA.com.


Please feel free to send your freshwater or saltwater fishing reports and fishing photos to Jim Matthews, Outdoor News Service, at odwriter@verizon.net and the information will be included in the weekly report. If you have questions or comments, please call Matthews at 909-887-3444.

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