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CALIFORNIA: Striped Bass Action Remains Excellent

Monday, November 7th, 2011

The wind was the big story with gusts and peat dirt blowing all over the Delta.

Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait said, “No boats went out on Tuesday, but the bank guys are still in here buying bullheads like crazy.” They got in 400 bullheads on Monday; and even with the winds, a big dent was made in this supply by Tuesday afternoon.

B and S Bait in Pittsburg said the sturgeon action has slowed a bit since last week’s hot bite, but the action is still good.

Striped bass action remains excellent. A young man came in bragging about the 44-pounder he landed on a bullhead from the bank near the point at McAvoy’s on Tuesday, and the fish went home for dinner. The winds really knocked things down on Tuesday. They have plenty of bullheads in the shop since these have been the most requested bait.

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CALIFORNIA: We Are Seeing Fall Run Trophy Sized Fish

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Upper Owens River:
The bigs are finally on the move and we are seeing increasing numbers of fall run trophy sized fish moving into spawning areas. The numbers of browns remain on the skinny side due to the warm weather, however it will not be long until their maternal alarm goes off and we see good numbers move upstream out of Crowley Lake. The flows have come down for the time being and water conditions are excellent both above and below the confluence of Hot Creek. The section DOWNSTREAM from the fishing monument (third dirt turn-off south of the campground on Hwy 120) to Crowley will remain open until November 15th with special regulations. The section from the Benton Bridge down to this monument is now CLOSED to all fishing. Upstream from the bridge will remain open year around with special regulations. Debarb your hooks, NO BAIT, and don’t keep any fish and you will be fine in the open areas. This time of year it is possible to fish streamers, nymphs, and dries here. Loebergs, leeches, Punk Perch, and Spruce-a-bu’s will all get grabs when used with a light to moderate sinking tip line. Flashback PT’s, bird’s nest, broken back midges, crystal olive caddis larva, San Juan worms #14-20 are all solid patterns for nymphing with or without an Under-cator. Para midge adults, hoppers, and BWO imitations are also good choices when you see the hungry little snouts poking up late morning and mid-day.

I believe this to be an absolute outrage! The annual occurrence of cattle ranchers blocking and bypassing the many irrigation canals along the Upper Owens stranding and killing hundreds, if not thousands of “wild” juvenile trout and allowing cattle inside the fences during spawning periods or at any other time as they spread mud snails by trampling the stream bed is beyond me. I have contacted both local & state DFG biologists, and a LADWP supervisor to look into this matter and resolve it before we lose these valuable wild fish. I will keep you posted as to the outcome of this matter and if need be ask you all to contact the necessary agencies and demand that this and other areas be policed for the protection of wild trout and the streambeds they inhabit.

There are pictures on the website Fish’n Conditions page of one of the many “de-watered” irrigation canals on the Upper Owens River above the Benton Crossing Bridge.
I estimated in this one pool alone that 200 TWO HUNDRED juvenile rainbow and brown trout are stranded and destined to die without continuous flow. Wild trout are a valuable and precious resource that needs to be enhanced in fisheries that are managed as such. How can this be allowed to happen? Makes me sick. What the hell good is this fence? Cattle trample streambeds spreading MUDSNAILS and causing bank erosion especially during the spawn. All of Long Valley to graze and they have to use the riverside as well!

Crowley Lake:
Better late than never…Crowley is fishing excellent now for both numbers and size. Conditions have improved greatly since the middle of October and weather permitting this bite may last until the closer on 11-15. Unfortunately the launch ramp closes (10-31) before the fishing season closing for some reason??? So get up here soon, this has been a long time coming. We will continue guiding from tubes after the landing closes so if you need some help give us a call. Tubing and trolling or casting streamers has been right near “epic” recently in a number of areas including the North Arm, McGee Bay (more towards the south shore.), Hilton Bay, and Layton Springs. Two Bug Doug at one point said he could not go fifty feet without a hookup this week! Loebergs and Punk Perch #10-12, you are done changing flies until they get shredded! The DFG has put thousands of sub-catchables in this year so you may have to re-locate if you get into the dinks. Next season and the following-Crowley will be back in form. Still water nymphing has also picked up as the algae are on its way out in most areas. The water level has dropped significantly enough to allow reasonable setting of your depth below the Under-cator. 10-12 feet is average along the weed lines. The usual chironomid patterns will work as long as it remains mild, but I suggest you use PT’s and bird’s nest patterns. I have been using my version of a B nest bead head pattern all year on Crowley, Bridgeport, and Eagle Lake that is proven deadly and will be available for you to buy this winter. I call it the Drifters “Assassin” #14-18. Get this bug, it really works.

Lower Owens:
Flows continue to be very high; however they appear to have settled in just below 600 cfs. Not good news for wading and accessing the LO on foot. There are areas that can be reached in the wild trout section and fishing is actually pretty good in some limited sections, but crossing and positioning can be dangerous and difficult in much of the river at this time. Sorry to report that these high flows will remain for much of the fall and perhaps into early winter this year. Drifting is the best way to fish the river currently and it has been pretty good using streamer patterns with heavy sinking tip lines. We see some big fish in the fall and early winter from the drift boats and with the mild weather pattern setting in we will see some fine “catching” going on this season.

East Walker River:
Flows remain great for the fall season but should begin to fall some in the near future. The EW has been a popular destination lately especially in the miracle mile section immediately below the dam. All methods of fly fishing are proving to get grabs currently but you will get a better shot at a trophy fish staying below the surface using nymphs and streamers. I suggest you use patterns that have some red in them this time of year on the EW; they can incite aggressive behavior with the browns. Perch fry imitations are good choices for streamers.

Hot Creek:
The water conditions are very good for this time of year. With the mild weather so far this fall we are still seeing some excellent hatches and opportunities to fish hoppers & dries on the surface. Dry dropper bead head combos work well in the riffle water and tailouts.

Bridgeport Reservoir:
I am sorry to say I have not been able to get up here and fish it because the reports I get are very good from tubers trolling streamers. Hit the drop-off right near the marina and then towards the launch ramp area working back towards the south. Perch fry patterns and leeches are the hot ticket. Jeffery at the Marina sells our flies and will be happy to get you on the fish, just say BAAAAAH when you see him.

Pleasant Valley and the Gorge:
Too much water moving in the river inlet to PV right now as power generation is going full blast. The rez is fishing ok near the inlet and launch ramp, use streamers and still water nymph the drop-off on the west side across form the road. Lots of rainbow stockers and the brown bite is picking up near the inlet.
The Gorge is still very over grown but should thin out here by mid-November. It is fishing very well in the areas that can be easily accessed. Still some hoppers and caddis around as well as a decent mayfly hatch. Dry dropper bead head combo’s are the ticket.

Alpine Lakes:
Even if you don’t catch anything, it is worth a drive up here to see how beautiful it is. The “second summer” stocking program is providing some nice IAG fish along with the late continuation of DFG plants. Temps are cooling down up here so you will need to fish a full sinking line and streamers down to the 15 foot range to find the fish around the drop-offs. Look for the wild browns and brookies in areas that have them to begin staging near the inlets and outflow areas.

Adobe Pond:
We have until November 15th to fish this fertile piece of private water. It has been very good lately with a some 16 inch plus fish showing on nymphs.

Be the Fly…

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CALIFORNIA: Bodega Bay – Rockfish Action is Much Faster

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Indian summer returned to the Sonoma coast on Saturday 10-22.

Rick Powers on the New Sea Angler ran north on calm seas with a light load of 14 anglers. They put in easy limits of rockfish adding 12 lings to 14 pounds. Rick said the red tide has finally cleared up and with the clearer waters the rockfish action is much faster then the past few weeks.

We haven’t hear of any salmon caught the past few days and interest is very low.

The dungeness crab season opens in just two weeks. Private boaters need to get their gear in order and bait lined up and party boat anglers need to get their reservations in. We keep hearing rumors of test pots coming up stuffed with crabs and some local are saying that this season could be as good as last year. Both Rick and Vince on the Miss Anita are taking reservations.

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CALIFORNIA: Best Striper Action was Around the Brothers and the Brick Yard

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Captain Bob Wright after boating limits of rockfish outside the Gate returned to the Bays and put his customers on to 8 stripers and 5 halibut on Saturday and 14 stripers to 15-pounds and one halibut on Sunday 10-9.

I have a bit more detail on Sunday’s catch with Stephanie Medina of Oakland landing the jackpot striper on the 2nd to last drift. She was screaming and jumping around in excitement while fighting the fish, providing a moment of joy for those on board. The best striper action was around the Brothers and the Brick Yard. The halibut was a whopping 22.5-inch fish landed by Steve Smith of Ninilchik, Alaska. Steve along with his brother Chris are both down from the Great Land and will be running the Cal Dawn and or helping out on the Happy Hooker during the upcoming crab and rockfish season while their brother James concentrates on commercial crabbing on his second boat the Mad Dog. The Cal Dawn will be in good hands between deckhand Darren, Chris past owner of the Captain Hook in Emeryville and Steve who is still trying to get use to the size of our local halibut.

Captain Jim Smith will be back at the helm of the Happy Hooker next weekend. The entire family is sticking close together after the passing of their mom Goldie “Greg” this past week.

Kevin Wolf of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael said, “Most boats were on the bay to watch the Fleet Week activities, but the Blue Angels shut it down early on Sunday due to the fog.” There were few boats out fishing in the bay, but some halibut have been taken on Loch Lomond shiners at Red Rock. Bullheads are still working for stripers from the shorelines, and salmon fishing is ‘hit or miss’ at California City with some good days mixed in with the number of slow days.

John Akina of Oyster Point Bait, Tackle, and Deli in South San Francisco reported an occasional halibut has been landed in the Brisbane area, but the big story has been the number of thresher sharks near the Swirl. There is a lot of bait in the area, and anglers are targeting sharks with threshers of 100 and 70-pounds landed this week. A few stripers are in the area, including a 25-incher taken from the pier on Sunday. The pier is mostly producing rays and sharks, and perch fishing has been fair for the few fishermen trying.

Joel Sinkay of Leonard’s Bait in Port Sonoma reported a ‘Red Hot’ striper bite from the Port Sonoma shoreline on Thursday and Friday of last week, but the action slowed a bite on the weekend. The Napa River was also slower over the weekend. Live bullheads or grass shrimp have been the top baits, and Sinkay touts the best spots as Port Sonoma, Sonoma Creek, and China Camp.

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CALIFORNIA: Good Striper Bite in San Pablo Bay

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Weather was ‘plain god awful’ in the words of Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael.

This was a complete turnaround from Wednesday’s 90 degree sizzler in the area. Fraser said, “Shore line bass fishing remains outstanding with live bullheads and pile worms doing the trick.” The same faces are coming in on a daily basis for their fix of bullheads. Fraser said, “California City has slowed down the past couple of days, and there were big rollers out there on Thursday, making it nearly impossible to troll,” adding, “That is significant because it normally doesn’t get that windy in this sheltered location.” Fraser liked the tides for sitting on the anchor over the weekend, and he was planning on fishing for sturgeon himself until it became, “Too Damn Hot!” He has plenty of bullheads, pile worms, Loch Lomond shiners, and ghost shrimp for the variety of species available in the bay – oh, I almost forgot tray herring and anchovies.

Joel Sinkay of Leonard’s Bait in Port Sonoma also has been stocking up on bullheads to meet the demand for shore anglers in the Petaluma and Napa Rivers and Sonoma Creek.

Mike at Mike’s Bait in Oakland is also watching bullheads fly out of bait shop doors in response to the good striper bite in San Pablo Bay. There were a couple of sturgeon landed off of the banks at Bay Farm Island, including a 58-incher taken on grass shrimp on Wednesday. A few diamondbacks are starting to show up down in this portion of the bay. Perch fishing is best from the Alameda Rockwall, Point Molate, or the 7th Street Pier with grass shrimp or pile worms. Mike’s father picked up four white perch averaging 1.5-pounds on pile worms at the 7th Street Pier.

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CALIFORNIA: After a Couple of Days of Better Action the Salmon Bite Slowed

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

After a couple of days of better action the salmon bite slowed again on Sunday and Monday Labor Day.

Vince on the Miss Anita said he had a couple of great family groups each day and both got a bit bored with the slow salmon action and opted to switch to rockfish. Vince had 1 salmon and 6 limits of rockfish on Sunday. On Labor Day they never did land a salmon after three hours of trolling and did great on the bottom fish with 6 limits of rockfish and 11 lings to 12 pounds.

Salmon fishing was very slow for the majority of boats and high scores may have reached 4 fish. Rick on the New Sea Angler ran south to Pt Reyes where they boated 37 limits of rockfish but just two lings. Rick said they had brown water and a fast drift below the Point and the reason for their lack of lings.

Private boater Billy G was out and had limits of rockfish plus two lings fishing off the river. Billy said that they too had brown water and a slow pick on the rockies.

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CALIFORNIA: Good Opportunities to Fish Small Mayfly & Para-midge Patterns

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Howdy friends and Sierra Drifters.

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer and have had several opportunities to come visit us here in the Sierra. We have been enjoying a prolonged period of warm stable weather with no significant changes in the mid-range forecasts.

Fish’N conditions are pretty good in most areas with the majority of the run-off behind us. The alpine regions are fantastic and have benefited from the huge snowpack. The freestone creeks are clear and running at fishable levels in all areas. Above average flows remain on the tailwaters of the East Walker; Lower Owens, and Rush Creek. You can expect this trend to remain for the time being. Look for an untimely increase on the Upper Owens in the future as well.

Crowley Lake & Bridgeport Reservoir
Hard for me to pick which one to fish! They are both fishing as good as they get, and have the best conditions fly fishers have seen all season with good numbers of bigs showing daily. You can experience some painfully slow bites in both areas especially during the late morning/ middle of the day doldrums before the breeze picks up. The non-stop, Under-cator plunging all day, 50-100 fish to net we saw only a handful of years ago are just not to be in either location anymore. I said as good as they get, not as good as they have ever been. Stocking programs on both lakes are increasing since the declines in recent years and both fisheries will improve for numbers in the future. Crowley received DFG browns this spring and has been planted earlier due to excellent water conditions. Both locations have significant numbers of small rainbows that have been recently planted. They have infiltrated all areas of Crowley and you can’t avoid them currently.

Elbow yourself into good spot and you can have fun with some trophy sized fish in between the dinks (new arrivals). Early mornings have been the most consistent on both bodies of water. The Bridge & Crowley are both full pool with fine water clarity. Weed lines end in the 18-20 foot range so you must locate clearings near creek inlets, submerged creek channels, or large “holes” in the grass. Stillwater nymphing has been productive in both areas with the most consistent fishing in the 11-15 foot depths with some “trout-codders” hanging bugs down 18-21 feet.

Wet years always make for a significant callibaetis emergence and you will have more opportunities using these imitations as opposed to chironomids near the inlets in McGee Bay, Hilton, and the Upper Owens on Crowley; Robinson & Buckeye inlets, or the EW channel on the Bridge. Trolling damsel nymphs and small perch fry from your tube can also be productive in these locations if you have the room to roam. The east shoreline around the marina to the launch ramp along the “drop off” is very consistent on the Bridge using our Punk Perch patterns or Loebergs #10-14. Loebergs on Crowley seem to be the ticket out in deep water along the weed lines, and then close to the shoreline along the protruding grass during low light periods. Use a “killa-baetis” callibaetis nymph as a trail fly in both areas.

The chironomids are showing in McGee Bay out in the deeper water where the bottom did not go dry when it was lowered this spring. Both larva and pupa/emerger patterns are performing on the mud. The deeper water has perhaps been more consistent, but it not nearly as fun as hooking them in short water and seeing your backing!

Both lakes have reached their high levels this year and will begin lowering steadily in the future. The weed lines will become more apparent and make it easier for those without GPS and sonar to find spots to fish and spread out. Shaping up to be a solid fall season in both locations.

East Walker River
The EW is pretty fun right now despite above average flows. This river can fish well even up to 400 cfs if you use enough weight this time of year. Example: I had high confidence that a number of fish were holding in a 30 foot section in a popular stretch of the Miracle Mile. A handful of well-placed casts and drifts from my client Jim Chase got NO LOVE. I added additional weight, lengthened the depth below the Under-cator and we went back to work. First drift with the additional weight-bendo! Same flies, same drift, more weight did the trick.

Seeing some good opportunities to fish small mayfly and para-midge patterns in the foam as well. The finicky finned veterans of the EW will hit those small dries if you can handle fishing the tiny adults in the soft water eddies along the shoreline. Use a larger high-vis mayfly pattern 2-3 feet above the your point fly to help you locate position and assist with mending. Afternoon caddis always fun after the sun goes behind the hills. Good reports from several clients fishing the sundowner recently.

PT’s and broken back midges in the #16-20 range are good choices for nymphing with, or without an Under-cator. Our Copper and dark zebra broken backs are truly deadly here, you should try them. Grasshoppers are abundant as well, so when the flows drop some use a hopper & a bead head dropper to cover both layers of the water column.

Some sections have significant weed along the bottom and it can be frustrating to keep your flies clean. Don’t get complacent and not clean/check them between presentations.

Upper Owens River
Excellent conditions currently. The section upstream from the Benton Bridge has some larger fish holding in the Long Years area and above the confluence of Hot Creek. Most are small wild fish here that are eager to hit BWO’s or caddis and hopper patterns. The numbers (stockers) are to be found in the stretches below the campground and downstream from the bridge. Nymphing has been best here using PT’s, tiger or zebra midges and SJ worms. We are still a ways off from the fall migration but it should be a good one this season.

Hot Creek
Grasshoppers in the afternoon rock. Fish small mayfly and midge adults for the morning hatches. Weeds are an issue now, you gotta stay in the wider channels and shorten the drifts, lengthen the leaders. Water conditions remain great for this time of year and will be good throughout September for sure. Pretty fun watching the rascals zoom out from under the weeds to whack a large hopper on the top! This is one time where a splashy presentation does not reduce your chances for a grab. Keep the drag off your drifts & as little fly line on the water as possible on Hot Creek or you ain’t getting any love friends.

Alpine Lakes
Tubing Rock Creek Lake has been WFO according to Two Bug Doug. Some 2-3 lbers in the mix as well. Troll near the inlet and south shoreline drop-off with full sinks. Seal buggers, Spruce-a-Bu’s, Loebergs are all good choices with a full sinking or heavy sink tip line. Good reports from Twin Lake Mammoth. Still water nymphing with tigers or zebras and callibaetis patterns working very well near the falls.
Silver has also been hot using the still water nymphing technique near the inlet and along the drop-offs. Frank and Eric Carlsen (veteran drifters) told me they out fished the “darkside” 10-1 recently. Zebras whacked them here. Virginia Lakes is awesome this time of year and is enjoying a consistent bite recently. Streamers will get you a shot at the larger fish and still water nymphing will put you in the numbers. The copper tigers and emergers work better here for nymphing.

San Joaquin River
Beautiful down here this time of year. The wild flowers are really stunning. Still running high but very fishable with increasing opportunities to hit the tailouts and slower riffle water. September should be amazing for dry fly if the weather holds. Dry/ dropper bead head combos work great near the campgrounds, while I suggest you fish caddis or mayfly patterns #14-16 for the wild trout that smack them immediately after a well laid out cast. Terrestrials like ants, beetles, and grasshoppers also get aggressive takes here.

Lower Owens River
Still tough to wade and cross in the wild trout section. The flows have been holding around the 400cfs level for a prolonged period of time so the fish have had adequate time to adapt. Early mornings are a must this time of year or then again in the late afternoons due to the heat. Caddis and PMD’s for your dries and nymphs. #16-18. Once again, proper weighting is crucial for nymphing.

The drift boat sections have picked up nicely since the debris and weed issue has diminished. The bite can slow mid-day during the summer, however we are just beginning to start drifting and the runs are all fresh with water that has not been hit for almost two months. The higher flows once stabilized are not an issue for drifting this time of year as the water is warm and the fish will charge out of the holes and undercuts to grab a streamer pattern. Loebergs, Punk Perch, and crystal Vanderleeches are good choices. The Drifters guides bring along 4wts. with floating lines in the event we get a shot at some afternon caddis or morning mayfly emergences. Nymphing from the drift boats with high water is not as productive as the “dip & strip” technique we perfected utilizing streamers and heavy sinking tip lines. We will have access to ALL 20 miles of river this fall/winter due to above average release rates and I am looking forward to a very productive fall and winter season. Hope you can drift with us soon.

Adobe Pond
This will be a great fall to fish Dobe. Lots of water means lots of food and the wild browns are fat and happy here. The Drifters guide staff all agree that the fish have a larger average this year as well as the numbers being up. This is one of the best places to sight cast to rising browns on a private piece of water in the Sierra. We use our drift boats to cover the water efficiently and in comfort. Click the www.sierradrifters.com/AdobeRanch.html page for booking info please.

Eagle Lake-Now Booking Fall Trips!
Eagle Lake has become my favorite still water destination and has earned its reputation as the best rainbow fishery in California. Eagle’s scenic beauty combined with numbers of quality trophy sized rainbows makes it the premier natural lake fishery in the state. The fall trip will take place from September 21st through October 16th. You are invited to join me up at Eagle for some truly memorable fishing.

My friends at Eagle tell me the bite has not stopped since we left this spring and that the water conditions are great. The South Basin and the narrows around Pelican Pt. are still fishing well with solid hatches of caddis, callibaetis, jumbo chironomids, and damsel flies. September will bring schools of chubs migrating into the shallows and the big rainbows will chase them into short water. It is very much like bone fishing for trout in the fall here as we focus on the shallow water structure. I can’t wait, hope you can make up!

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CALIFORNIA: Sturgeon are Still Out There with Live Grass Shrimp

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Warren Howe at Bay Tackle in El Cerrito said, “We finally have grass shrimp and bullheads in the shop, and everyone wants the bullheads for stripers off of the Pinole shoreline.”

He added, “Captain Bryan Chan scored limits of bass at the bottom of the tide on Monday at South Hampton Shoals, and the Berkeley Pier is perking up with 7 halibut taken on a recent weekday.” Howe finished with, “Everybody wants to go salmon fishing, and we are selling lots of 2.5-pound weights at $7.49/apiece to go with Green Label Herring or tray anchovies.” He wants to launch his kayak for white sea bass off of Santa Cruz this week, so we wish him well.

In the Napa River, Tom Dudenhoeffer of Sweeney’s Sports in Napa reported that the water has cleared up, and striper fishing is good with all techniques including trolling with RatLTraps or Rebels, fly fishing with Clowsers, or soaking cut anchovies. Sturgeon are still out there with live grass shrimp for the few anglers even interested.

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CALIFORNIA: Freshwater Hot Spots – Trout, Bass, Panfish & Catfish

Monday, August 15th, 2011

TROUT:
The best action in Southern California has been at Big Bear Lake with limits of holdover rainbows to three pounds or better for trollers working from the West Ramp to the dam. Green Valley Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains has been very good, and Jenks Lake is good. Lake Hemet is also pretty good. There are also a few holdover fish being landed by deep trollers at Silverwood, Cachuma, and Casitas — in about that order. The bite also remains fair to good at Cuyamaca. Trout action in the Sierra Nevada remains fair to good overall, with the June Lake loop (especially Silver), Virgina Lakes, and Bridgeport Reservoir all top bets. Other good bets include Twin Lakes (Bridgeport), South Lake and the South Fork of Bishop Creek. For fly anglers, Hot Creek and the East Walker River are probably the best bets. Also some very good action in Bridgeport Reservoir.

BLACK BASS:
It’s surface bite season and the full moon this weekend should really turn on this bite everywhere. While the overall bass action could probably only be rated fair all across Southern California, almost all lakes have some good topwater and reaction bait action early and late in the day. During the day, the fish generally sound to deeper structure where they can be caught on dark plastics, but that bite is much tougher. Top bet is still Diamond Valley, but the bites are decent at Sutherland, Otay, El Capitan, Skinner, Perris, Silverwood, Casitas, Castaic, Piru, and Cachuma. On the Central Coast, Santa Margarita, Nacimiento, San Antonio, and Lopez are all still pretty fair for bass. On the Colorado River, the Topoc Gorge smallmouth bite has been good, but except for the narrow window of early morning Havasu and the lower river has been tougher.

STRIPED BASS:
Striper bites continued to improve in the region this past week with Diamond Valley breaking wide open, and the bites at Castaic finally getting better, too. San Antonio on the Central Coast remains a top bet with good quality (six to 12 pounds) and Pyramid is very consistent, but on smaller fish (one to three pounds). Silverwood is still a sleeper pick with a pretty fair bite. On the Colorado River, there have been a lot of quality fish to 20 pounds at Willow Beach, while Havasu and Topoc Gorge are producing one to four-pound fish in a tough bite.

PANFISH:
Big news is that the Salton Sea tilapia bite has finally slowed way down with only a few smaller fish showing now. But there’s still very good bluegill and redear action at Diamond Valley Lake. The redear bite is also still fair to good in Havasu and Topoc Gorge area on the Colorado River, but both have slowed. The bluegill and redear bites are also still good at Perris, Casitas, and most other waters with these fish. Piru and Castaic are fair to good. The crappie bite came back on at Henshaw this past week and improved again at Cachuma and Piru. All three a pretty good picks. Also a decent pick on crappie at Castaic, Cuyamaca (small fish), and Santa Margarita and Lopez on the Central Coast.

CATFISH:
The Colorado River is fair to good for catfish with flatheads and channels showing in good numbers. There are high flows on the lower river, but the action has been good on flatheads to 35 pounds and channels to eight pounds again this week. Southern California lakes are also all starting to turn on with more and more cats showing, and stocking programs are in full swing now at most places that plant. The top picks are Hesperia Lake and Elsinore, but Corona Lake and Santa Ana River Lakes are being planted with cats each week and weekly trophy catfish plants go in each Friday. Other good catfish bets are Irvine, Skinner, Silverwood, and Pyramid. All the San Bernardino County Parks are also being planted weekly, and Dixon Lake is also good with weekly plants.

Jim Matthews
Outdoor News Service


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CALIFORNIA: Best Action in Southern California has Been at Big Bear Lake

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

TROUT:
The best action in Southern California has been at Big Bear Lake with limits of holdover rainbows to three pounds or better for trollers working from the West Ramp to the dam. Green Valley Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains has been very good, and Jenks Lake is good. Lake Hemet is also pretty good. There are also a few holdover fish being landed by deep trollers at Silverwood, Cachuma, and Casitas — in about that order. The bite also remains fair to good at Cuyamaca. Trout action in the Sierra Nevada remains fair to good overall, with the June Lake loop (especially Silver), Virgina Lakes, and Bridgeport Reservoir all top bets. Other good bets include Twin Lakes (Bridgeport), South Lake and the South Fork of Bishop Creek. For fly anglers, Hot Creek and the East Walker River are probably the best bets. Also some very good action in Bridgeport Reservoir.

BLACK BASS:
Not much change here. It’s surface bite season. While the overall bass action could probably only be rated fair all across Southern California, almost all lakes have some topwater (think frogs) and reaction bait (cranks, jerkbaits, and spinnerbaits) action early and late in the day. During the day, the fish generally sound to deeper structure where they can be caught on dark plastics, but that bite is much tougher. Top bet is still Diamond Valley, but the bites are decent at Sutherland, Otay, El Capitan, Skinner, Perris, Silverwood, Casitas, Castaic, Piru, and Cachuma. On the Central Coast, Santa Margarita, Nacimiento, San Antonio, and Lopez are all still pretty fair for bass. On the Colorado River, the Topoc Gorge smallmouth bite has been good, but except for the narrow window of early morning Havasu and the lower river has been tougher.

STRIPED BASS:
Striper bites improved in the region this past week with Diamond Valley breaking wide open, and the bites at Castaic finally getting better, too. San Antonio on the Central Coast remains a top bet with good quality (six to 12 pounds) and Pyramid is very consistent, but on smaller fish (one to three pounds). Silverwood is a sleep pick with a pretty fair bite. There continues to be a fair to good bite at the California aqueduct near Taft. On the Colorado River, there have been a lot of quality fish to 20 pounds at Willow Beach, while Havasu and Topoc Gorge are producing one to four-pound fish in a tough bite.

PANFISH:
Big news is that the Salton Sea tilapia bite has finally slowed way down with only a few smaller fish showing now. But there’s still very good bluegill and redear action at Diamond Valley Lake. The redear bite is also still fair to good in Havasu and Topoc Gorge area on the Colorado River, but both have slowed. The bluegill and redear bites are also still good at Perris, Casitas, and most other waters with these fish. Piru and Castaic are fair to good. The crappie bites slowed most places, including Henshaw, but Cachuma and Piru have been pretty good. Also a decent pick on crappie at Castaic, Cuyamaca (small fish), and Santa Margarita and Lopez on the Central Coast.

CATFISH:
The Colorado River is fair to good for catfish with flatheads and channels showing in good numbers. There are high flows on the lower river, but the action has been good on flatheads to 35 pounds and channels to eight pounds again this week. Southern California lakes are also all starting to turn on with more and more cats showing, and stocking programs are in full swing now at most places that plant. The top picks are Hesperia Lake and Elsinore, but Corona Lake and Santa Ana River Lakes are being planted with cats each week and weekly trophy catfish plants go in each Friday. Other good catfish bets are Irvine, Skinner, Silverwood, and Pyramid. All the San Bernardino County Parks are also being planted weekly, and Dixon Lake is also good with weekly plants.

Jim Matthews
Outdoor News Service


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