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JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK
1. Silverwood, Pyramid, and Castaic continue to share the top spot for one more week. The trout bites have remained excellent at these three major reservoirs thanks to Department of Water Resources-funded plants two to four weeks ago. Limits of rainbows running around a pound and up to three have been still been reported at all three waters, but the fish have been thinned out and spread out since the wide open fishing the last two weeks. The best action at all three is still fair to good near the marina launch ramps where the fish were stocked, and small spoons or PowerBait are getting the most fish. For updates, you can call Silverwood marina at 760-389-2299, the Pyramid entrance booth at 661-295-7155, or the Castaic marina at 661-775-6232.
2. Staying in this second spot is the California aqueduct ñ the while things from Hesperia to Taft ñ because it remains a hotspot in the southern half of the state. The action is good on stripers and catfish. 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.
3. This may be the last week, but the Lake Isabella crappie bite is still very good 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 now 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.
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. Top fish landed was an 8-11 landed by Matthew Bosales, West Covina, on mackerel off the Grassy Bank. Michael Moore, visiting from Alabama, landed a five-fish stringer that weighed in at 25 pounds on shrimp off the North Shore. Edward Correia, Apple Valley, landed a five cats and his two biggest were at four and five pounds. He was using the M&M combo off the Finger. Lake information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.
JESS RANCH LAKES: The bass action has been 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: There is non-stop bluegill action on small fish on just about any small baits (meal worms, wax worms, nightcrawler pieces, red worms, crickets). 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): A fair number of trout continue to show this week, and the weekend bite was pretty good with a lot of limits reported after a DFW plant last week. PowerBait, MiceTails, and small spinners were getting the fish. The bluegill remains wide open with excellent 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 are all very good. 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 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. The bass are showing early in the morning on plastics and reaction baits in rocky areas. Trout are still fair with some surface action early, otherwise the bite is 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, but the day bite has improved this week. Most cutbaits with scent added and paste baits are getting fish 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. There have been stripers to 10-plus reported again this past week, while most are three to five pounds, and the catfish running to 15 pounds. 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. Stripers are eating the same baits early and late in the day, while the catfish are showing around the clock this past week. Top spots continue to be where the flows change and slow -- especially road crossings, weirs, and siphons, but also where the canal bends. There were bluegill reported this past week at the 130th West bridge. Flows are variable now, so less weight is needed some days. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.
CENTRAL PARK LAKE (CALIFORNIA CITY): There continues to be an 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: One report from a walk-in angler (the gate remains locked) was for good bass action 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 very good after the big plants two and three 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 five-fish limits were harder in recent days. Most of the fish 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. There has continued to be pretty fair crappie and bluegill action off the docks on small jigs with Crappie Nibbles. The largemouth are fair on plastics and reaction baits. Most three pounds or under, but some bigger fish on trout-like swimbaits. Catfish have been pretty fair at the dam and in Miller Canyon over the past week, especially on mackerel chunks, but also other cut baits or lug, blood, or sand worms. Kane Guzman, Long Beach, landed a seven-pound catfish at the dam on sardines. 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: Little change here, with the summer pattern still the norm. The trout bite remains fair to good in the west end of the lake (toward the dam), 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 8 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 two 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. 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) are expected to continue. 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 very good after the big plants two and three weeks ago by the Department of Water Resources, but the fish have spread out around the lake. The areas around the marina and launch ramp are producing the most fish on PowerBait (chartreuse with garlic scent has been best), Mice Tails, and small spoons (Kastmasters) and spinners, but five-fish limits were harder in recent days. 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. Chison Yi, Los Angeles, had six stripers to four pounds on sardnes. 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. Robert Wood, Porter Ranch, had four largemouths to three pounds on nightcrawlers. The bluegill action is excellent along most shoreline structure in four to 20 feet of water on small baits or jigs. A few crappie reported. The lake is 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 very good, but the fish have spread out with 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 bite is also very good on two to four-pound stripers and catfish in the same range. The stripers and stripers are both showing on blood, lug, and sand worms, but frozen sardines, anchovies, and shad are nearly as good. 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 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. David Romero, Moorpark, caught and released over a dozen bass to three pounds on a wide variety of baits. 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 is 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.
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: The lake level continues to come up and it is now 61 percent full (58 percent last week), and flows remain very high in both the upper and lower river, although down a little from last week. The crappie bite is still very 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 was flowing at 3,500 cfs in Kernville and at 4,500 cfs below the dam on Wednesday this week. Those remain difficult flows for good fishing, but the die-hard trout anglers are still seeing fair action on mice tails, spinners, crickets, or salmon eggs in the slower pools and edge water. The DFW planted sections 4, 5, and 6 last week. 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.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper and catfish bites are both very good. The stripers are showing on blood and sand worms for bait anglers and jerk baits and Flukes for lure hurlers. Most fish right around the minimum keeper size. Catfish are best on shad or mackerel. The flows remain high and anglers need to be prepared to use heavier weight to get down through the heavy current. 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: There is fair bass action on plastics and reaction baits, and the carp and bluegill bites are both pretty good. Carp best on Wussy Bait and Powder Bait, while the bluegill are showing on crickets and wax worms.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The carp bite is good on dough baits. The bass and bluegill bites remain fair to good. The bass have been best on plastics and Senko-type baits, and the bluegill hammering the wax worms or red worms. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.
HART PARK LAKE: The carp action remains excellent on Powder Bait or other dough baits. Lots of fish up to five or six pounds and some bigger. The bass and bluegill bites are also good. The bass are showing on plastics, jigs, and reaction baits, while the bluegill are best on wax and meal worms or red worms.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Fair to good bass bite, and the carp and bluegill bites are both excellent, especially at night. The bass remain best on plastics or swimbaits. The carp are best on Wussy Bait, Powder Bait, or a variety of homemade dough baits. The bluegill are showing on wax worms, red worms, crickets, and meal worms.
MING LAKE: Little change here with very good carp action on Powder Bait and other dough baits. The bass and bluegill are good. The bass are best on dark plastics, but some are also showing on small swimbaits, cranks, buzz baits, or live minnows. the bluegill are showing on meal, wax, or red worms.
BRITE LAKE: The trout bite has been pretty fair again after a recent plant of unknown origin. Mice Tails and PowerBait have been the best bets. The bluegill, crappie, bass, and bullheads are all pretty good. The bluegill and small crappie are showing on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles, meal worms, or wax worms. Evenings and mornings have been best. The bass are shall and showing on small jerkbaits, plastics, and half a nightcrawler.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The catfish and bluegill bites are both very good. The catfish are showing on a variety of cut baits with scents added, but the Triple S baits has been the hot ticket. For the bluegill wax worms, meal worms, red worms, or nightcrawlers pieces have all be good bets, with some on tiny jigs, especially if tipped with bait. The carp action has really taken off with the hot weather, and fish to eight pounds have been reported, but relatively light fishing pressure on the carp. The best bite has been on Powder Bait or other dough baits. The bass and crappie bites have been fair. The bass have been best on plastics, spinnerbaits, and jerk baits. Few crappie reports. 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 bass action has been good again this week. The lake level is 112 percent capacity with Sierra snowmelt runoff in the Tule River very high. The best action has been on reaction baits with some on plastics. A few crappie continue to show in deeper water on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles or small minnows. The bluegill action is also good on crickets, wax worms, or meal worms. Catfish are fair on cut baits. 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: Lake levels have continued to come up. On Wednesday the lake was 97 percent of full (94 percent last week). The crappie bite has continued to be pretty good on small minnows or jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles or other baits. Most fish are three-quarter pound, but some bigger. There is a fair to good bass bite on reaction baits, plastics, and small swimbaits. Bluegill also are good. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.
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 Inyo County include Baker Creek, Bishop Creek’s lower section, Middle Fork, and South Fork along with Intake II, Georges Creek, Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, Lake Sabrina, Lone Pine Creek, North Lake, the Owens River below Tinnemaha and the Bishop region, Pleasant Valley Reservoir, Rock Creek Lake, Shepherd Creek, Symmes Creek, Taboose Creek, Tinnemana Creek, and Tuttle Creek. There are no plants in Kern, Los Angeles, or San Bernardino counties.
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