Where they're biting

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.

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COVID-19 UPDATES

Most waters are finally reopen to fishing and parking, but many places still have restrictions on hours and rules on social distancing and use of masks. Where relevant, updates and news on Coronavirus closures and restrictions is included in individual water reports.

Fishing reports and photos of catch reports from readers are especially helpful during this time of closures when most marinas and stores — our usual sources of information — are closed. Information should be sent to Jim Matthews at odwriter@verizon.net or call 909-887-3444.

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. Pyramid Lake jumped into the top spot with an excellent bass bite and wide open bluegill fishing. The water is crystal clear all around the lake, and there are mobs of crusing bass visible down into 25 feet of water. The same is true for bluegill still protecting spawning beds. Both have been best on fly-lined or split-shotted nightcrawlers toss to fish. For an update on the bite, check with Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155, the boat shop at 661-294-9403, Tackle Express at 661-251-8700, or Amayzing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

2. Quail Lake is having an excellent striper bite with topwater boils throughout the night and into the morning. Lots of fish from two to four pounds being caught on frozen shad fished to the boils or on a drop-shot rig. Some stripers topping 10 pounds have been reported. The parking lot opened this past week, and it has been packed with anglers cashing in on this action. For an update on this bite, check with Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

3. The bluegill bite in Castaic Lake’s after bay continues good to excellent. A lot of nice stringers of fish continue to be caught on nightcrawlers, wax worms, meal worms, and red worms. Fish to a pound or better have been reported again this week, but most are hand-sized. Great bite for the kids. For an update on this action call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

HIGH DESERT WATERS

VICTORVILLE REGION

HESPERIA LAKE: The park and campground are open. There has been a fair to good bite on catfish after plants this week and two weeks ago. Best action has been on cut baits, especially shad or sardines with scent added. The lake is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Fishing is limited to 200 anglers at a time and they all must have a wrist band, and only two customers at a time will be allowed in the store. Plants are every two weeks this season. 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. For updates, you can also call the park at 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: The trout bite has been fair to good on both lakes over the past week. The top bait has been Power Bait in salmon peach, rainbow, and fluorescent orange, but nightcrawlers, trout jigs and Mice Tails, and other small lures are also getting fish. Hot spots have been the northern and eastern shores of lake 2 and the grassy point and western shore near the drain of lake 3. Besides the trout, the bass and bluegill are also pretty good. Bass have been best on Senko-type baits, nightcrawlers, and spinnerbaits with some nice fish to six pounds reported. The have been best on meal worms, wax worms, and red worms with a few up to a pound. Anglers can call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com for updates and rules.

MOJAVE NARROWS: The park is open. The catfish bite is pretty fair now that weekly stocks have begun every Thursday. The first plant of the season was last week and another went in this week. Weekly plants continue through Sept. 3. Plants will be 740 pounds per week. Everyone is asked to continue to wear face masks and practice social distancing in line with Coronavirus safety precautions. The lake is closed Tuesday and Wednesday each week. Information, call 760-245-2226.

HIGH DESERT WATERS

ANTELOPE VALLEY REGION

APOLLO PARK LAKE: Little change here. The heat has both the carp and panfish bites sizzling. The carp are running from three to six pounds with some up to 10-plus pounds. The best bite on carp has been on dough baits, and they are showing around much of the lake. The action on little bluegill and warmouth is very good on red worms fished under a bobber around the dock or most shoreline areas. Most are very small, under five inches long, but a lot of fun to catch. For more information on plants and events, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: The trout bite has slowed, but some Lightning Trout and rainbows continue to show in deeper water at the inlet for the dedicated trout anglers. The best bite has been on catfish to 10 pounds for anglers fishing fly-lined or drifted cut baits or nightcrawlers both from shore and boat. Frozen shad fished in conjunction with nightcrawlers and scent added has been particularly good. The largemouth bass are showing early and late in the day all around lake and at all the docks and aggressively chasing baitfish. Spinnerbaits and chatter baits with the skirts doused with scent and nightcrawlers or plastics have been the best baits. The bluegill bite is very good off any of the docks on fly-lined nightcrawlers with a lot of hand-sized and bigger fish. Many fish are still protecting beds. For more information on membership, call 661-947-2884 or e-mail palmdalefinandfeatherclub@gmail.com. The club’s Facebook page is the best source for the latest fishing and news updates.

QUAIL LAKE: The parking lots has been jammed, and there is good action for stripers, catfish, and bluegill. The carp anglers are also reporting very good catches. The stripers have been boiling all along the north shore this past week, mostly early, late, and at night, and anglers hurling surface poppers, especially Zara Spooks, are getting a lot of fish to four pounds. The stripers are also showing on spoons and frozen shad. The largemouth bass are fair to good on plastics and nightcrawlers, and catfish are also being caught on the frozen shad and other cut baits, mostly at the outlet and along the south shore tules. There is a good bluegill bite on nightcrawlers along the south shore tules. The water level was down this week, and anglers were able to walk the south shore road and fish on both sides. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Hesperia to Quail Lake stretch): Flows increased a little this week, and the action has continued to be good for largemouth bass, stripers, and catfish. The bass are cruising the weed beds and whacking nightcrawlers on shad-line lures. Most anglers are sight fishing them, and fish to three pounds reported. The stripers are good on frozen shad or F13 Rapalas and Rat-L-Traps in blue and white. Most of the stripers are two to four pounds with some up to 12 pounds reported. Lots of boils. Catfish are showing on cut baits with a lot of fish to five pounds, and even a few bluegill. Best fishing for all species is at weirs, bridges, and bends. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CENTRAL PARK LAKE (CALIFORNIA CITY): The bluegill and carp bites are both good. While the bluegill are small, the bite on nightcrawler pieces fly-lined or fished under a bobber is excellent. The carp bite has also broken open on dough baits. Most or small fish under three pounds, but they are showing in good numbers. A few bass and catfish reports this past week, too.

LITTLEROCK RESERVOIR: The U.S. Forest Service has been asking anglers to leave who have been walking in and fishing the lake. Anglers are encouraged to call the Angeles National Forest office (747-322-6574) and leave a message, asking for a return call to explain why the lake is closed to fishing. Most of the lake is well outside of the habitat of the endangered arroyo toad. Anglers not harassed and continuing to walk into the lake are finding good action on largemouth bass to three pounds and hand-sized bluegill with early morning and evening the best. Best bite has been on fly-lined nightcrawlers. Palmdale Water District has an ongoing sediment removal project and access is restricted by the water district at times. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

JACKSON LAKE (NEAR WRIGHTWOOD): Open to fishing, but few fishing reports. A few anglers have reported a very good bite on very small bluegill. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: The fishing has been fair to good. There is a good bluegill and crappie bite off the marina docks and around most flooded brush. Stripers have remained fair to good at the dam, in Miller Canyon, and on the main lake points on swimbaits early and late in the day and cut baits in deep water later in the day. The largemouth bite has been fair to good with some topwater already early and then a pretty good plastic and nightcrawler bite. There have been some 10-plus pound catfish reported in Cleghorn. A few trout are still showing in Miller and Cleghorn canyons on PowerBait, MiceTails, and small trout lures, mostly trout jigs, but this action has slowed with the warmer weather. The water level elevation was 3,348.59 feet on Wednesday this week, up .29 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: The east public launch ramp is open, but the lot is limited to 25 vehicles/trailers. Shore fishing remains open. The trout bite is slow to fair, but the carp bite is very good. The trout are running from a pound to 2-8, but the fish are on the outside edges of the weed beds and tough to get for shore anglers. Early and late are best times to fish. The best areas have been at the dam and all along the north shoreline on PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers with garlic scent, MiceTails, and small spoons. Carp are wide open for both regular anglers fishing dough bait and bowfishermen sticking them in the shallows. The carp are congregating in the shallows for the spawn. The bass bite is fair, especially on warmer days, both largemouth and smallmouth on nightcrawlers or plastics. For information on fishing, call Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page. There have been nearly daily fishing reports posted on the Big Bear Lake Fishing Facebook group page.

GREGORY LAKE: The park is open to fishing and hiking, and the parking lots are open. The restroom facilities and group recreation areas remain closed. No fishing reports. 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: The lake will open to members this Saturday and the general public June 8. The lake will be stocked with trout this week, prior to the general opener. Updates are posted on the website at www.gvlfishing.com and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.

INTERSTATE 5 LAKES

CASTAIC: The lake is open for boating and shoreline fishing. However, the hiking trails, playgrounds, and fishing pier are closed. The marina could reopen soon. All swim beaches are closed. The fishing for smallmouth bass off the dam and for boat anglers remains good on nightcrawlers and black plastic worms. The largemouth bite is also very good on plastics in brushy areas. The striper bite is also pretty fair with cut sardines in deep water, and some fish are still showing on trolled umbrella rigs. In both the upper and lower lakes, the bluegill are stacked up in the shallows and pretty much wide open, especially in the lower lake on fly-lined nightcrawlers with fish to a pound or better reported along with a lot of hand-sized fish. The lake’s surface elevation was 1,504.27 on Wednesday this week, up .13 feet from last week. The lake is at 92 percent full pool. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700. 

PYRAMID: The bass fishing has been excellent since the lake reopened with a lot of both largemouth and smallmouth on split-shot nightcrawlers. Some on topwater early and late. The bluegill bite is wide open on nightcrawlers with a lot of hand-sized fish or bigger. There is also a good catfish bite around the docks with some quality fish over eight pounds reported. The lake elevation was 2,573.70 feet on Wednesday this week, down 1.05 feet from last week. The lake is at 91 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. For updates on closures and restrictions, anglers can call: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155, the boat shop at 661-294-9403, 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: Little change here. The heat has driven the crappie out to 20 to 30 feet of water, making them pretty much out of reach of shore anglers, but the bite for boat anglers is still pretty decent, mostly on small minnows. The catfish bite remains fair to good, mostly on frozen shad, clams, other cut baits, and a variety of stink baits. The fish are running from two to six pounds with some bigger. The trout action is fair for trollers or PowerBait anglers fishing at the auxiliary dam or when either the South Fork or the main stem of the Kern River enters the lake. The fish are deep, however. Carp fishing is also wide open on any of the shallow flats on dough baits. There is also still a fair bite on largemouth bass with the fish still in deeper water during the day and moving up early and late, especially during this full moon phase. Best bite has been on plastics, jigs, topwater, and swimbaits. Anglers going here are reminded they need to be self-contained with no camping or restroom facilities open. There are two boat ramps open, one in the South Fork at Red’s Marina and the ramp in the North Fork is open. Beach launching for small boats is also available in Kissack Cove. The lake surface elevation was 2,568.12 feet on Wednesday this week, down .82 feet from last week. The lake is at 40 percent capacity. 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 has continued fair to good with a lot holdover fish along with the new plants that still aren’t announced because the DFW refuses to post stocking information. Best action on Panther Martins, Blue Fox spinners, salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers. 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. Some bass, catfish, and carp showing in the lower river and fishing flows remain excellent, however they are coming up. The flows in the upper river were 985 cfs and the lower river was at 1,136 cfs on Wednesday this week. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Heat has many anglers fishing at night or early and late. The striper and catfish action has remained very good. While there are still a lot of small, undersize stripers, there are more and more fishing over over the 18-inch minimum keeper size, including some bigger fish over 10 pounds. The fish are showing on jerk baits, blood worms, lug worms, sand worms, and sardines. The catfish bite is also pretty good on sardines, mackerel, and other cut baits and paste baits. 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 good on dough baits and just keeps getting better with warmer weather. Bluegill are also good on wax worms. A few catfish and bass are also showing for anglers fishing nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The carp and bluegill bites are both good to excellent. The ëgills are best on wax worms or other small baits. Carp are best on dough baits. The bass action is fair to good on plastics, Flukes, and Brush Hawg-type lures are the best bets, and the heat has moved the action to early and late. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: Good to excellent carp and bluegill bites, and the bass are still decent early and late in the day. The bass are best on plastic worms and Brush Hawgs. The bluegill bite is best on wax worms, red worms, or meal worms. Carp to eight pounds are reported on homemade dough baits, Triple S, or Wussy Bait.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The bluegill action is good on wax worms, meal worms, or red worms. The carp bite is also good on dough baits, especially Wussy Bait, and a few more catfish are showing. The bass action is fair on plastics, Senko-type baits, and topwater, mostly early and late in the day.

MING LAKE: The bluegill and carp bite are also good. The bluegill are showing on wax worms or meal worms, and while the carp are best on Wussy Bait or homemade dough baits. The bass action is fair to good early and late in the day on plastic worms, Senkos, Brush Hawgs, and live minnows. 

BRITE LAKE: No reports.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The carp and blugill bite are the best bet here, with some quality carp showing on dough baits, especially Triple S, when available. The bluegill are along most brushy, grassy shoreline and hitting wax worms, meal worms, and red worms. A few crappie continue to show on small minnows, and the bass are fair early and late in the day on plastics, Brush Hawgs, and Senkos along the tules. Only a few catfish reported. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com; Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com; or the park entrance gate at 661-763-1526.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reopened the lake two weeks ago, but it is still only a partial reopening with some boat ramps, parking lots, and restrooms reopening. The reopening does not include all boat ramps, day-use areas, playgrounds or campgrounds. The good crappie bite for shore, float tube, and boat anglers has continued, with a lot of fish to two pounds or better reported on live minnows or small jigs. The largemouth bass action is also good on plastics and reaction baits or topwater early and late in the day. The lake elevation was 632.58 feet on Wednesday this week, up .34 feet from last week. The lake is at 53 percent of capacity. Information: Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reopened the lake two weeks ago. The boat ramp, parking lot, and restroom facilities associated with the privately-operated marina at the Lemon Hill Recreation Area are all open for public use. The partial opening does not include all boat ramps, day-use areas, playgrounds or campgrounds at Lake Kaweah. Fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill has been pretty good, and a few catfish are showing. The water level has stabilized over the past week, after rising 12 feet the previous two weeks. The lake elevation was 692.80 feet on Wednesday this week, up just .78 feet from last week. The lake is at 76 percent full pool. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

EASTERN SIERRA

Both Inyo and Mono County are open to fishing, but the Inyo and Toyiabe national forests still have not opened campgrounds in California. Both Inyo and Mono county facilities, private campgrounds, and marinas are now open, including Crowley Lake Fish Camp. Motels and hotels remain technically closed to recreational visitors, open only to ìessentialî visitors. The fishing has been good throughout the region, with Bridgeport Reservoir and Crowley Lake real hotspots. However, most of the lakes, reservoirs, and streams have light fishing pressure and good action. 

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

The Department of Fish and Wildlife has continued its policy of posting the trout planting schedule on its website ìin order to slow the spread of COVID-19 by preventing public crowding at water bodies. 

ìFishing is still open and CDFW will continue stocking trout at locations where social distancing by anglers and physical distancing of Hatchery Staff can be maintained.

"All Fishing in the City stocking events have been canceled through April 30th.

"We ask that members of the public avoid interacting with Hatchery Staff while fish are being stocked, and to please continue to implement social distancing.

And don’t try to call the local DFW office’s to find what waters will be planted: "Local CDFW offices will not have access to the Fish Plant Schedule.î

Normally, statewide trout plants are available at the DFW’s stocking page at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/.

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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