Regional Fishing Report

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. E-Mail messages or fishing reports can also be posted to Jim Matthews at odwriter@verizon.net.

This report is posted weekly on the Outdoor News Service web site (www.OutdoorNewsService.com) by Thursday afternoon. The fish report is copyrighted and any use or reposting of the report, or portions of the report, is prohibited without written permission.

JIM MATTHEWS’

PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. Apollo Park Lake was stocked with trout again this week and has been very good since Tuesday’s plant, especially on the front lake on Mice Tails. The fish are running from 1-8 to two pounds with some rainbows up to seven pounds or better. The plants are twice a month this season. For an update on this bite, call Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

2. The California Aqueduct throughout the Antelope Valley and the southern Joaquin Valley has been very good over the past week for stripers. Lots of three to four pound fish with some bigger. Most are showing on shad-like artificials. White jigs bounced down the opposite bank and then fished back slowly near the bottom have been best. For an update on this fishing, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824 in the Antelope Valley or Bob’s Bait Bucket at 661-833-8657 for an update on the Taft Region.

3. The Castaic Lake striped bass bite has stayed pretty good in spite of the weather this week with fish to 11 pounds reported. The bigger fish are coming on trolled umbrella rigs with bigger shad-like baits, and the sardine and lug worm bite has been best for the smaller fish to three pounds. For the latest on this bite, check with the marina at 661-775-6232 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

HIGH DESERT WATERS

VICTORVILLE REGION

HESPERIA LAKE: The trout bite is fair to good after a plant just before the holiday weekend last week. There will be 1,000 pounds of fish planted from Jess Ranch each week. Final catfish plant of the season was three weeks ago, but the bite has continued to be pretty good for the die-hard catfish anglers even though it has been cold in the mornings and evenings when the bite is best. Best bite has been on shrimp, mackerel, or nightcrawlers and adding scent improves their effectiveness. Fish to 10 pounds have been reported. The north shore, Sandy Point, and the finger have been the best spots this week. While most of the cats have been around two pounds, there were a number of bigger fish up to 10 pounds again this week. Lake information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Trout bite was slow to fair on both lakes again this week. The best bite has been on PowerBait, especially in garlic, spring green and rainbow or nightcrawlers. Only a few showing on small trout jigs, Mice Tails, or trout plastics. Most of the fish caught are right around two pounds. Best spots include the northern and western shores of lake 2 and the eastern logged shore and western shore near the drain of lake 3. Cold nights have really shut down the bass and bluegill bites. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: The first county trout plants of the season went in just before Thanksgiving weekend and the county fish are now going in weekly. Quite a few catfish still showing, but little fishing pressure. The cold weather has really hammering the remnant bluebill and bass bite. The park is closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Information, call 760-245-2226.

HIGH DESERT WATERS

ANTELOPE VALLEY REGION

APOLLO PARK LAKE: Good to excellent trout action in spite of cold weather. There was another plant Tuesday this week, and most of the fish are 1-8 to two pounds with fish to seven pounds reported in recent days. The first lake has been the hot spot and most anglers are fishing PowerBait, Mice Tails Texas or Carolina-rigged, wacky-rigged Power Worms, or the nightcrawler-salmon egg combo. Stocks will be twice a month this season with about 900 pounds per stock. There should be another plant in two weeks. The panfish, carp, and catfish bites have finally slowed down. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

JACKSON LAKE (NEAR WRIGHTWOOD): The bite on small bluegill finally died this week with the cold weather. No trout plants yet, and no bass reported. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: The lake is closed to fishing until February, when trout season will kick off with heavy stocks of fish. 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 is pretty fair striper bite that has been quietly building as the water cools. The fish are showing around much of the lake on sardines, but the outlet and north shoreline have been the hotspots with fish to six pounds reported this week. Other species have slowed way down, but a few catfish continue to show at the outlet on cutbaits. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Littlerock to Quail Lake stretch): There has been a steady striper bite throughout the aqueduct across the Antelope Valley. The fish are mostly one to three pounds but some bigger fish. The best bite has been on white jigs fished at the gates and any current break. Catfish are slower, but a few continue to show on cut baits. Stripers have been best in the west end of the valley 25th Avenue East, the 130th, 180th, and 235th west areas. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CENTRAL PARK LAKE (CALIFORNIA CITY): The carp action has been slow to fair on dough baits with cooler weather slowing this bite and keeping anglers away. The bluegill and catfish bite have really slow down.

LITTLEROCK RESERVOIR: Light fishing pressure, and access remains restricted some days because of heavy equipment use. Few walk-in angler reports this week. Only a few bass, and crappie and bluegill are very slow. The Palmdale Water District has an ongoing sediment removal project, and the U.S. Forest Service (Angeles National Forest) may close the area in the future. 

SAN BERNARDINO

MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: The striped bass bite has continued pretty fair over the past week, but wind and rain has really hampered the fishing and cut down on pressure. Trolling umbrella rigs, throwing swim baits, or bait fishing are all getting some fish up to six pounds. The marina area, the dam, and main channel points have been the best spots. The crappie and bluegill bites slowed way down, and the trout bite is fair at best with the most recent plants three and four weeks ago. No largemouth or catfish reported. A reminder: the dam is closed to angler access. 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: Snow, but continued fair to good autumn trout action for shore anglers braving the cold and roads. Lots of the rainbows are from 1-8 to three pounds with some to six. The best bite is still early in the morning from the buoy line east to the west public launch ramp along the north shore. Chartreuse garlic and salmon egg PowerBait have been the best bets, but inflated nightcrawlers on slip bobber rigs is still a good bet. All of the private marinas have shut down, but the west public ramp is through Friday. For information on fishing, call Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago. While the bite has slowed way down, there is still an occasional trout showing, especially on PowerBait or MiceTails fished in deep water early and late in the day. Lake 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: Very slow. No plants in over a month. The lake facilities closed Oct. 31 and plants won’t begin again until next April. The website is www.gvlfishing.com and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.

INTERSTATE 5 LAKES

CASTAIC: Windy and stormy much of the past week, but the striped bass bite has continued pretty decent for both shore and boat anglers fishing sardines, nightcrawlers, and lug worms, and for trollers using umbrella rigs with four to six-inch shad imitations. The troll method is getting bigger fish and has been best for fish to 11 pounds. Most of the bait fish are showing near the main dam at the tower for shore anglers, and boat anglers are getting fish at the buoy line at Elderberry Dam, Sharon’s Rest, and C-Point. The largemouth and smallmouth bite also still fair with some flurries of pretty fair action. The crappie and bluegill bite have slowed in the upper lake, but some panfish are still being caught in the lower lake. The best bite has been on wax worms, meal worms, and nightcrawler pieces. The catfish bite has been slow in the evenings on cut baits doused with scent in the upper lake, with a little better action in the lower lake. DFW trout plant went in three weeks ago, but none on the list in the near future. First plant was small. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700. 

PYRAMID: The striper bite has been fair to good on sardines, lug worms, and chicken liver for both boat and shore anglers. The fish are in deeper water off the points and (for shore anglers) in the canal by the front entrance booth and the rocks near the boat shop. Zac McIntyre, Frazier Park, caught eight stripers to 1-8 fishing chicken liver on the rip-rap. The trout bite has been slow, and the most recent plant was three weeks ago and the lake isn’t on the stocking list any time soon. The largemouth and smallmouth bass have been fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and jigs fished in 20-plus feet of water on the points. The catfish, bluegill, and crappie bites are slow. 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. 

COLORADO RIVER

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.

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish action remains fair to good with most of the fish from two to four pounds and an occasional larger fish. Top baits have been super meal worms, shad, and clams, but fish are showing on a wide variety of dip baits and cut baits. The best action has been early and late in the day. No reports of crappie again this past week, and very few bass reported. For fishing 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 remains pretty fair but getting light fishing pressure. The upper river was planted with trout last week and two weeks ago in sections 4, 5, and 6. The best bite has been on crickets, nightcrawlers, and salmon eggs. Fly anglers are seeing tougher fishing with the cold weather, but some fish are still showing on small numphs fished in deeper runs in the low flows, especially in the upper reaches of the roadside water and up into the wild trout water past the Johnsondale bridge. The lower river flows are very low and the bite has been fair on bass with nightcrawlers or plastic worms. No DFW plants slated for the lower river this fall-winter season. The catfish action has been pretty slow to fair in the pools on clams and nightcrawlers. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424. 

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striped bass bite has remained good with a lot of fish over the 18-inch minimum. Jumbo and large minnows along with Gitzit and Fluke-style baits have been the best bet. Light pressure on cats, but some fish continue to show on shad, sardines, anchovies, blood worms, chicken liver, and Wussy Bait. 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: Very slow, no reports of catfish or carp this week.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: No trout are slated to be planted by the DFW this fall/winter season, but that could change. The bluegill and carp action is slow. Carp are best on Powder Bait or Wussy Bait and other dough baits. Very slow other species with only an occasional bass being caught on plastics or nightcrawlers. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: No trout are slated to be planted by the DFW this fall/winter season. The bluegill bite has slowed way down this week with very few reports of fish on wax worms, meal worms, and nightcrawler pieces. The bass bite is also pretty slow on nightcrawlers and small plastics. The carp bite slowed way down, too, with few reports this week.

TRUXTUN LAKE: No trout are slated to be planted by the DFW this fall/winter season. The bass bite has slowed, but a few still showing on plastics and nightcrawlers. The bluegill and carp bites are also slow with a few bluegill still being caught by anglers fishing nightcrawler pieces on the bottom, and a few carp still being caught on dough baits.

MING LAKE: Trout plants have been reduced with a single 500-pound plant slated for December and another 500-pound plant scheduled for January. The bluegill bite has all but died this week, and the bass bite is also slow with only a few reported on slow-fished nightcrawlers and plastics. All other species are slow.

BRITE LAKE: There continues to be a fair bite on small crappie on jigs tipped with meal worms. The bass bite has slowed down, but a few small bass continue to show on garlic nightcrawlers. Few other reports and no trout plants by the DFW so far this season and none on the schedule. 

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The trout bite has been slow but a few fish are being caught on Mice Tails, garlic nightcrawlers, and garlic-scented PowerBait. A few diligent crappie anglers are getting a few fish, but the bass and bluegill bites are slow. A few catfish are also being caught on nightcrawlers, chicken liver, or shad. The carp are fair on Powder Bait and Wussy Bait but getting little pressure. 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.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bite here has slowed way down. A few bass continue to show on smaller plastics fished drop-shot and split-shot style in deeper water. Most of the bass are in the two-pound range. The crappie are getting little pressure but a few continue to be caught on small minnows. Bluegill very slow and few catfish reported. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has slowed way down with some decent deep-water action on finesse baits fished on structure. Other bites have slowed way down. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

EASTERN SIERRA

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).

TROUT PLANTS

For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking page at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/. This page is frequently updated after this news report is published so the current week, next week’s, and even previous week’s plant information may change. 

OCEAN FISHING REPORT

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

YOUR FISHING REPORTS

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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