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JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK
1. Moving into the top spot is the never-ending good action in the California aqueduct ñ the entire length of it from Hesperia to Taft and points north. The action is good on stripers and catfish, with stripers best north of I-5 and catfish better in the Antelope Valley stretch. The best bite throughout and for both species has been on lug or blood worms fish alone or mixed with chicken liver or other cut bait and drifted along the bottom, especially in areas where the flow is constricted, interrupted, or bends. For updates on this bite, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824 for the Palmdale to Hesperia stretch and Bob’s Bait Bucket at 661-833-8657 for the Taft region.
2. The good crappie bite continues to hang in there at Lake Isabella, with good action for boat and float tube anglers who can fish in eight to 18 feet of water. The shore bite is tough. The fish are averaging around half- to three-quarter pound with fewer big fish spicing up the bite, but still a few to three pounds reported. Most of the action is around structure on small jigs or small minnows. The South Fork, Jackrabbit Flats, and Camp Nine are the top areas, but fish are still showing in most of the coves. For an update on this bite, check with Bob’s Bait Bucket in Bakersfield at 661-833-8657.
3. The sleeper pick of the week is the very good trout action at Green Valley Lake in the cool elevation of the San Bernardino Mountains. The lake has been getting 450-pound plants each week, with 50 pounds trophy topping three pounds. The bite has been best early and late in the day on PowerBait, slow-fished MiceTails, or small trout jigs. Good anglers are getting pretty easy limits. Updates on plants are post on the website at www.gvlfishing.com and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing. There’s a phone, but you just get an outdated recording.
HIGH DESERT WATERS
HESPERIA LAKE: Good catfish action continues with weekly plants of fish running from 1-8 to six pounds. Lots of five-fish limits reported. Top baits over the past week have been shrimp, M&M (marshmallow-meal worm) combo, and nightcrawlers. Lake information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.
JESS RANCH LAKES: The bass action has been slow to fair on Senkos, nightcrawlers, and swimbaits from the northern and eastern shores of lake 2. Largemouth up to five-pounds reported in the past week. Trout remain mostly slow with only a few fish in the two-pound range showing on PowerBait, nightcrawlers, Mice Tails, or small jigs. The bluegill remain pretty good on crickets, meal worms, wax worms, and red worms. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.
MOJAVE NARROWS: There continues to be a good catfish bite here thanks to weekly plants. Most of the fish are in the two to three-pound range, but some bigger each week. Best bite on frozen sardines, anchovies, or shad with Triple X Blood Bait scent added. The carp are also fair to good on dough baits. Bluegill are very good, but most of the fish are small and showing on wax worms or crickets. Information, call 760-245-2226.
HIGH DESERT WATERS
ANTELOPE VALLEY REGION
APOLLO PARK LAKE: Very good carp and panfish action here. The bite on bluegill and warmouth is just non-stop on small fish with just about any small bait like meal worms, wax worms, nightcrawler pieces, red worms, or crickets. Great for kids. The carp action is as good, and they are running from two to four pounds on a variety of dough baits, with the Triple X Amazing Carp Bait a top bet. The trout bite is pretty much done as water temps skyrocket. Also a few bass and catfish reported. For more information or updates on the plants, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.
JACKSON LAKE (NEAR WRIGHTWOOD): Few trout showing now, but it has been two weeks since the DFW plant. PowerBait, MiceTails, and small spinners still getting an occasional trout. The bluegill bite remains wide open with good numbers of very small fish caught. Any small bait suspended under a bobber fished near the weeds is getting fish. Keep the hook size 14 or smaller. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.
LAKE PALMDALE: The carp, catfish, and bass bites all remain very good. The catfish are running up to 15 pounds with most three to eight pounds, and they have been showing on cut baits, with the chicken liver-blood worm or nightcrawler combo still a good bet. There have been a lot of carp topping 10 pounds landed, and the average fish are five pounds or bigger. The carp are biting on a wide variety of home-made and production dough baits. The largemouth bass are showing early in the morning on plastics and reaction baits in rocky areas. A few trout are still being caught in deeper water at the inlet. The redear and bluegill remain good on fly-lined nightcrawlers off the docks. 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: The largemouth bass, catfish, and bluegill bites all remain good. The bass are best on reaction baits and nightcrawlers along the tules on the south shore and the points on the north side. The night bite on catfish has been good, and the daytime action nearly as good. Most cut baits with scent added and paste baits are getting catfish when fished along the south shore tules. A few stripers at night on the north shore and outlet. The bluegill bite is wide open with a lot of hand-sized or bigger fish still being caught on red worms, wax worms, meal worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces, mostly along the south shore tules. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.
CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Littlerock to Quail Lake stretch): The bite remains excellent throughout the aqueduct from Quail Lake to Hesperia. The top catfish reported this week was a 10 pounder, but most anglers are reporting eight or nine fish per night of fishing . There are fewer stripers in the bite, but some good fish to three to five pounds reports. Both are showing on a wide range of cut baits, blood or lug worms, and nightcrawlers. However, frozen shad with scent added and Triple X blood bait chicken liver have been the hot baits, especially when nightcrawlers or blood worms are added for wiggle and scent. Many anglers are fishing baits with little or no weight while drifting them into and through bends and down under bridges. Top spots continue to be where the flows change and slow -- especially road crossings, weirs, and siphons, but also where the canal curves. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.
CENTRAL PARK LAKE (CALIFORNIA CITY): There continues to be a good to excellent bluegill bite, and the catfish bite is good at night. The bluegill are being caught on the usual array of small baits with red worms perhaps the best. The cats are showing on chunks of mackerel and running from two to five pounds. Carp are also pretty decent on dough baits, and a few bass are showing on cranks, plastics, swimbaits, and nightcrawlers.
LITTLEROCK RESERVOIR: No reports this week, but recently the bass bite has been pretty good on plastic worms. 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.
SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS
SILVERWOOD: The trout bite continues to be fair after the big plants three and four weeks ago by the Department of Water Resources, but the fish have spread out around the lake. Miller and Cleghorn canyon areas and around the marina are still producing the most fish on PowerBait, Mice Tails, and small spoons (Kastmasters) and spinners, but few five-fish limits reported this week. Most of the trout are around a pound with some to three. The stripers also continue to be good. Most are from one to two pounds and showing at the dam, the main lake points, Chemise, and around the marina and up into both Miller and Cleghorn. Top baits continue to be sardines, nightcrawlers, frozen shad, and blood or lug worms. Trollers are using umbrella rigs with shad-like swimbaits. Kenny Smith, Montclair, had a seven-pound striper on a sardine this past week. The catfish bite has picked up in most of the coves and near where creeks are flowing into the lake. Best bite on cut baits (chicken liver and blood or lug worm combos have been very good). Dave Fisher, Adelanto, landed a four-pound catfish on cut mackerel. There has continued to be a few crappie and bluegill caught off the docks on small jigs with Crappie Nibbles or in most coves on deeper flooded brush. The largemouth are fair on plastics and reaction baits. Most three pounds or under, but some bigger fish on trout-like swimbaits. Silverwood is 91 percent full. 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: The trout bite improved to very good over the past week with a lot of limits of 1 Ω to three-pound trout caught by both boat trollers or bait fishermen, and shore anglers. The west end of the lake (toward the dam) has been the best area to fish, mostly from Windy Point to the Buoy Line. The best bite has been early in the morning and then again in the evening. Bait anglers are mostly using PowerBait in bright colors in the corn, cheese, and garlic flavors or inflated nightcrawlers fished on Carolina rigs with two to three-foot or longer leaders. Mice Tails are also good. Trollers are dragging two to three colors of leadcore (or at eight to 12 feet on downriggers) along the south shore, Trout Alley, the west end from the west public launch to the dam. A wide variety of small spoons and Rapala-like lures in gold with red or orange highlights are the best baits to troll. The bass and crappie bites are good, on cranks and small jigs tipped with meal or wax worms, respectively. The carp bowfishing is also excellent in all shallow areas of the lake. All the lakes’ public and private launch ramps are open. For information on fishing, call Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.
GREGORY LAKE: The trout bite has been slow to fair with the most recent 1,000-pound DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Top spots have been in the cove by the baseball field and the cove near the dam. PowerBait, Mice Tails, small trout jigs, and small trout spoons have all been getting fish. Early morning and early evening are the times to fish. There have been a few largemouth bass landed, including at least one fish in the five-pound class (released). 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: Trout have been planted every week since mid-May, and the weekly 450-pound plants (with 50 pounds of trophy trout) from Jess Ranch are expected to continue. DFW plants have been one per month this season. The bite has been very good on small trout jigs, Mice Tails, trout spoons, inflated nightcrawlers with garlic, and PowerBait in yellow or chartreuse. The best bite is early morning for both shore and boat anglers, and the fish are congregating in the deeper water at the dam. The website is www.gvlfishing.com and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.
INTERSTATE 5 LAKES
CASTAIC: The trout bite continues to be fair to good after the big plants three and four weeks ago by the Department of Water Resources, but the fish have spread out around the lake. The best action has been on Power Bait in chartreuse, rainbow and garlic, or inflated garlic nightcrawlers. The areas around the marina and launch ramp are still producing the most fish, but rainbows have been caught all around the lake. Still a few limits reported. The bite for stripers has remained pretty good on sand worms, lug worms, blood worms, and frozen shad, Triple X sardines or anchovies. The fish are still mostly in deeper water, but seem to be on top or near-surface most mornings and whacking jerk baits or topwaters. Juan Garcia, Panorama City, had seven stripers to four pounds on nightcrawlers. The largemouth and smallmouth bass also continued to be fair to good. The bite is best on plastics worms, nightcrawlers, Senko-like baits, or just about any reaction bait. Most are under three pounds. The bluegill action is goodt along most shoreline structure in four to 20 feet of water on small baits or jigs, and crappie are also pretty decent, especially in the lower lake. The lake’s elevation is pretty stable, with Castaic 94 percent full. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PYRAMID: The trout fishing remains fair to good since the big plants recently by the DWR. The fish have spread out, but top spots remain the marina area, the first coves past the marina, Spanish Point, and Bear Trap Canyon area tops. Mice Tails and PowerBait have been the best, but for exploring, small spinners and spoons have been best. Most of the trout are around a pound with some to three pounds reported. Besides the trout, the largemouth and smallmouth bass bites remain pretty good. The best bite has been on nightcrawlers, plastics, and jigs in the mouths of coves and around structure. Some fish are showing on reaction and jerk baits early mornings. The striped bass bite remains good on one to four-pound fish, and a good number of catfish are also showing on the same baits getting the stripers. Top action has been on blood, lug, and sand worms, but frozen sardines, anchovies, and shad are nearly as good, especially when scent is added. Some stripers on jerk baits and trout-line swimbaits early in the morning. Top spots for stripers continues to be the rip rap in front of the boat shop, the shoreline and points past the swim beach, and the canal by the entrance booth. The bluegill bite is very good along the shoreline structure on meal worm, wax worms, red worms, and crickets. Even a few fish bigger than hand-sized. The lake’s level is not changing much. It remains 92 percent full. 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.
LAKE ISABELLA: The lake level remains high, staying at 61 percent full this, which is the same as last week. Flows remain very high in both the upper and lower river, although the outflow is down a little from last week. The crappie bite is still good, but the fish are mostly in eight to 15 feet of water and access to the action for shore anglers is tough (but not impossible). Boat and tube anglers are still getting limits of fish on small jigs or small minnows. Most are from a half- to three-quarter pound, but some bigger fish continue to show. The Camp Nine and South Fork areas are best, but the crappie are showing around much of the lake. The catfish bite remains hot on shad and clams, but also on paste baits (Triple S especially) The cats are showing around much of the lake. The largemouth bass bite is pretty good with topwater action early and then a lot of fish on cranks and plastics. The trout bite is fair for trollers, but also for bait anglers fishing MiceTails or PowerBait near the auxiliary dam. Not much pressure on the trout. Few carp anglers, too, but dedicated carpers are getting fish on flooded flats and fly anglers are finding a lot of gulpers working. Bluegill good for the few anglers fishing them. 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 Kern flows came down a little since last week, with the flow below the damy at 3,500 cfs versus 4,500 cfs last week. The flow at Kernville in the upper river was again 3,500 cfs, about the same as last week. Fishing is tough at these levels, but trout anglers accustomed to big water are seeing a fair bite on mice tails, spinners, crickets, or salmon eggs in the slower pools and edge water. The DFW planted sections 4, 5, and 6 in the upper river two weeks, but no fish since. Fly-fishing for wild fish has also been tough with the best action on small nymphs fished along the edges of heavier flow, especially in the upper reaches of the roadside water and up into the wild trout water past the Johnsondale bridge. The lower river bite has been slow to fair in the very high flows. A few smallmouth on nightcrawlers, small reaction baits, or plastic worms. The catfish also slowed with very few reports. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.