FISH REPORT – ONS – Matthews – August 21

FISH REPORT — Compiled by Jim Matthews |

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

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  1. No change in the top bite. The entire California Aqueduct remains the top pick with good to excellent catfish action in both the Antelope Valley and the southern San Joaquin valley stretches. The best bite throughout has been on lug or blood worms fished 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. Adding a scent also increases the number of bites. Cats to 10 pounds reported in both stretches even with the lighter fishing pressure this past week. 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. Apollo Park Lake’s bluegill and carp fishing remain non-stop and great for kids. The bluegill are best when fishing a worm under a bobber, especially mornings and evenings, while the carp have been best on dough baits with fish averaging two pounds. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.
  3. The topwater stripers and black bass (both largemouth and some smallmouth) has been good most morning at Castaic Lake over the past week. The key for both species has been to use smaller baits that match the size of the shad and silversides the fish are eating. While most of the fish of all three types are under three pounds, there have been excellent flurries of action – and nothing is more fun that surface action. For information on this bite, call the marina at 661-775-6232 or Tackle Express in Castaic at 661-251-8700.



HESPERIA LAKE: Catfish stocks are weekly on Thursdays with most of the catfish from 1-8 to 2-8, but some bigger are planted each week. The bite has been fair to good. Lake information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: While the trout bite remains very slow, there are still a few bass showing on Senkos or nightcrawlers off the northern and eastern shores of lake 2 with fish up to four pounds. Bluegill are being caught in pretty decent numbers early and late in the day on meal worms and jigs on western shore of lake 2 and western shore near the pump house. The few trout reported have been in the two-pound range and have been caught on PowerBait, nightcrawlers, Mice Tails, or small jigs, especially off the northern shore of lake two and the grassy point and the eastern logged shore of Lake 3. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to

MOJAVE NARROWS: Weekly catfish plants with most of the fish are in the two to three-pound range. No other reports. Information, call 760-245-2226.



APOLLO PARK LAKE: The bluegill and warmouth bite is still excellent on small fish. Any small bait under a bobber in working. There is also a fair to good carp bite on a wide variety of dough and paste baits with most two to four pounds, but some bigger. Few catfish reported this past week, but there have been some to five pounds with the duck feeding area on the front lake the hot spot. For more information or updates on plant, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

JACKSON LAKE (NEAR WRIGHTWOOD): No trout plants in nearly two months, but the bite on small bluegill remains very good on any small bait suspended under a bobber fished near the weeds. Keep the hook size 14 or smaller. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: There continues to be a good bite for a variety of fish, but there is very light fishing pressure. The largemouth bass have been good on nightcrawlers pitched into holes in the weed beds around all of the docks. The evening catfish bite has been good to excellent for anglers fishing fly-lined cut baits best with a lot of one to three-pounders, but also some holdover and wild fish to 10 pounds. The best action has been on sardine or beef liver doused with Triple X Blood Bait scent with a nightcrawler added for wiggle. Suspending a bait under a bobber so it sits on top of the weeds or fly-lining out gets the same result. The inlet and Catfish Alley or the deep water near the entrance are the best places. The crappie, bluegill, and redear bites have slowed, but that is a weed issue. The carp are fair to good at the back end of the lake. The best bite has been on dough baits. There is a $100 bounty for the angler who catches and weighs in the most poundage of carp each month. Call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club for membership and fishing information at 661-947-2884 or go to website at

QUAIL LAKE: There continue to be boiling stripers early mornings in the past week with the fish chasing shad. Most are three to seven pounds and showing on Pencil Popper, Zara Spooks, or Whopper Plopper baits on the surface. Some also on jerk baits. Grey shad and bone colors are best. The largemouth bite is very good on nightcrawlers along the 138 side of the lake around the tules. Also some fair topwater, spinnerbait, and small cranks early around the tules. Most fish are one to three pounds with some to five, and there was an eight-pounder landed this past week. The catfish bite also remains pretty good for anglers are drifting frozen shad under a slip bobber set so the bait runs six to 15 feet, or big hunks of mackerel with no weight fly-lined at the outlet. Night and early and late in the day have been the best times to fish for the cats. The bluegill bite remains pretty fair along the south shore tules on red worms, wax worms, meal worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces fished under a bobber. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Hesperia to Quail Lake stretch): The catfish action is still pretty much wide open and has been for several weeks. The action is good along the whole length of the aqueduct from Quail Lake to Silverwood. The hot bait has been chicken liver doused with Triple X Blood Bait and then enhanced with a wigging nightcrawler or blood or lug worm. But other cut baits are also getting fish. The striped bass are also being caught in fair numbers. The best bite is before 8 a.m. or after 8 p.m., but heat is keeping most anglers away during the day. Top spots continue to be where the flows change and slow, especially road crossings, weirs, siphons, and 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 bluegill bite along with a few carp. No catfish or bass reports this week. The bluegill are being caught on the usual array of small baits with red worms perhaps the best. The carp are best on dough baits.

LITTLE ROCK RESERVOIR: No reports again this week. 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.


SILVERWOOD: The algae bloom that had closed the lake to swimming and fishing two weeks ago is still lifted. Fair to good fishing action for stripers and catfish, with a few largemouth showing. The catfish are running up to eight pounds and have been best around the marina, off the docks, in Miller Canyon, and at the dam with chicken liver and shrimp the best baits. Jerod Weigand, Rancho Cucamonga, landed nine catfish to eight pounds at the dam on anchovies. The stripers have been good for anglers fishing anchovies or other cut baits at the dam, with some fish topping three pounds reported, but most are smaller. John Simmons, Highland, had nine stripers to three pounds on anchovies at the dam, while Tim Anderson, Fullertong, landed five stripers to three pounds on swim baits in Cleghorn. A few largemouth are showing early mornings on topwater and jerk baits in most coves. Few crappie or bluegill reports this week, and the trout bite has also slowed way down. Silverwood remains high at 93 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: 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 with pretty fair action for anglers following the usual summer fishing patters. For shoreline anglers, fishing from sunrise (or before) until 10 or 11 (but earlier is better). Or fish evening from 7 p.m. or after. Top spots are from Old Grays Landing west to the Sandy Beach near the Red House. The average cast from shore will put the bait in 14 to 22 feet of water, which is the depth the trout are hanging out. Sometimes they move even deeper this time of year, so anglers should try west of the buoy line on either the north or south shores. A slip bobber rig can be set to a depth where the fish are suspending. The depth of which an angler suspends his or her bait can be changed by sliding a bobber stop closer or farther from the slip bobber. Some also use a cast-a-bubber filled with water so it sinks slowly and rests on top of the wed beds on the bottom. Using PowerBait and inflated nightcrawlers helps keep the bait above the weeds. Trollers should work the center part of the lake from the buoy line to the SS Relief with three to four colors or more of leadcore line. Other good circuits are the Trout Alley (the Rock Wall to the Zebra Room) and the West Launch Ramp to Old Gray’s Landing. 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 are fair on cranks and topwater early, and some panfish are showing on small jigs tipped with meal or wax worms, or just those baits under a bobber. 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 most recent DFW trout plant four weeks ago and the bite has slowed to near-nothing. A few crappie reported. The VFW Auxiliary 9624 Trout Derby will be 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7. Entry is $20 per ticket. Big trout plant before the event For derby info, call 909-553-8200 or 909-338-5385. Lake and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at Fishing updates are posted infrequently on the park’s Facebook page or website.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: Fair action overall, but some real quality trout were part of the most recent plants from Jess Ranch, including two fish topping eight pounds that were landed in the past week. The bite is best early and late in the day, and small trout jigs, Mice Tails, trout spoons, inflated nightcrawlers with garlic, and PowerBait in yellow or chartreuse are the best baits. The fish are congregating in the deeper water at the dam. Jess Ranch trout plants are going in most weeks, two weeks ago was skipped, and the plant last week was double normal at 800 pounds. The 400 pound plants always include 50 pounds of trophy fish, so last week’s plant had 100 pounds of bigger trout. There was also a DFW plant four weeks ago. The website is and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.


CASTAIC: Overall pretty good action. More and more boils each day on silversides and shad. The key for the stripers is matching the lure to the bait size, which means smaller baits. The duration of the boils has been short, but there is good action for a period of time early and late in the day. After that the stripers are best on sand worms, lug worms, blood worms, and frozen shad, Triple X sardines or anchovies in deeper water. Timeteo Turcios, Lynwood, had four stripers to three pounds on topwater baits. The largemouth and smallmouth bass also continued to be fair to good. The bite is on smaller topwater or near-surface baits early and late in the day. Pop-R type lures and Flukes have been best. After the surface flurry, plastics worms and nightcrawlers are best with the fish in most coves. The largemouth are mostly under three pounds. The bluegill action is good along most shoreline structure in four to 20 feet of water on small baits, especially in the lower lake. The trout bite has slowed way down but a few fish are showing for trollers working downriggers or leadcore and small spoons, but some also on PowerBaits, Mice Tails, and inflated inflated garlic nightcrawlers. Almost no pressure on the trout. The lake’s elevation is pretty stable, with Castaic 90 percent full this week. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 ( or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: Continued overall fair to good action. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites have been good in most coves on soft plastic worms or drop-shot nightcrawlers during the day, with boiling fish on bait balls in the mornings. Flukes and Senkos (rigged weedless) are best on the boiling fish. Most are 1-8 to 3-0. The striped bass bite remains good on one to four-pound fish with some to seven pounds. There has been good surface boils most mornings in the coves and at Yellowbar, Bear Trap, and Serranno. Bait action has been on sardines, anchovies, and blood or lug worms. A good number of catfish are also showing on cut baits, especially blood, lug, and sand worms, but frozen sardines, anchovies, and shad are nearly as good, especially when scent is added. The fish are deep in most coves, and the channel along the entrance booth is still a hot spot along with the ramp. The bluegill bite is still fair to good along the shoreline structure on meal worm, wax worms, red worms, and crickets. A few trout continue to show from deeper water on inflated nightcrawlers and PowerBait fished with long leaders. The algae bloom has been increasing in the past week, but no warmings or closures have been issued. The lake’s level is not changing much. It was again 93 percent full this week. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link: 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:

FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly:


LAKE ISABELLA: The lake level remains high but has been falling steadily the last few weeks. The level is now 47 percent full, down from 52 percent two weeks ago. The catfish bite has been good on dip baits, shad, and clams, especially in the Camp 9 area at night or early and late in the day. A few crappie continue to show, but only the good anglers are getting them from boats are tubes fishing submerged tree lines in the North Fork area with small minnows. There’s a fair largemouth bite on crankbaits in crawdad colors early and late and then a decent bite on jigs or plastics in deeper water structure. Few trout or carp reports, but the bluegill bite has been OK in most coves with mostly small fish now. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or, North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812, or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or

KERN RIVER: Flows in the upper river have dropped down to just over 700 cfs this week (that’s down another 100 cfs), and there is a fair to good trout bite. Trout were planted in sections 2 through 5 last week. They were also plants in sections 4 and 6 of the upper river two weeks ago. The bite has been fair to good on crickets, salmon eggs, and small spinners. Also improved fly action on the upper river and above the Johnsondale Bridge. Lower river flows were pretty stable over the past week at about 1,800 cfs. This is a more fishable level but still very high. Just a few reports of bass and catfish in the bigger pools. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or ( or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The good bite on small stripers continues, with a lot of 15 to 17 inchers caught, but very few over the 18-inch minimum keeper size. The best bite has been on blood and sand worms, with a few fish on Flukes. Moss is making the fishing a little tougher. There is a pretty good bite on catfish on cut baits and dip baits, especially in the Highway 166 area. 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 or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: Light fishing pressure, but 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. Still some bass showing, mostly early and late. In fact, all the bites are best early and late.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Not much change here, with the carp and bluegill bites still pretty good most mornings and evenings, and a few bass are being caught early mornings. The carp bite is best on dough baits, especially Wussy Bait and Powder Bait. The bass have been best on plastics and Senko-type baits, and the bluegill are hammering the wax worms or red worms. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: Light fishing pressure, but the carp and bluegill bites are good. The bass are still fair and they are showing on plastics, jigs, and reaction baits early and late in the day. The bluegill are best on wax and meal worms or red worms. The carp are best on Powder Bait, Wussy Bait, or other dough baits. A few smaller catfish are being reported on cut baits or paste baits.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The carp and bluegill bites are both good, especially at night, but also early and late in the day. The bass remain fair with a few on plastics or swimbaits early in the morning. The carp are best on Wussy Bait, Powder Bait, or a variety of homemade dough baits. The bluegill are showing in fair numbers on wax worms, red worms, crickets, and meal worms.

MING LAKE: Continued very good carp action on Powder Bait and other dough baits, expecially Wussy and Power baits. The bluegill are fair to good, especially early and late in the day on meal, wax, or red worms. The bass are fair on topwater early and then on live minnows and reaction baits.

BRITE LAKE: There was a 25-pound channel catfish reported this past week on a big chunk of mackerel. Overall, the bite has been very good on small bass on nightcrawlers or small cranks. Some topwater early and late. There are also some crappie showing on the outside edges of the weed lines. Also still a few trout showing on floating dough baits or MiceTails. The bluegill are pretty good off the rocks on small baits.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: Heat has kept a lot of anglers away, but the fish fishing are seeing fair catfish and bluegill bites. The catfish are best on cut baits with scents added, but the Triple S bait 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 is also good with 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. Some morning largemouth action, and still the occasional crappie showing. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or


SUCCESS LAKE: Dropping water levels have scattered the fish or moved the bass out to suspend. The bass action remains fair on reaction baits, with some good topwater on frogs and topwater plugs early. Few crappie reports, but the bluegill action is good on crickets, wax worms, or meal worms, but finding fish has been the challenge. Catfish are fair on cut baits. The lake level continues to plummet, dropping from 82 percent three weeks ago, to just 50 percent this week. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or

KAWEAH LAKE: The lake level continues to come down with the lake at 24 percent full this week, down from 54 percent three weeks ago. The dropping water levels have hammered the bites, but there is a fair bass bite on surface baits, reaction baits, and small swimbaits early mornings on or near the surface. A few bluegill and catfish also showing, but much tougher fishing. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.


Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: (Bridgeport region), (Mammoth Lakes region), and (Bishop and Mammoth Lakes region).


For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking page at

This week’s trout plants: In Inyo County, plants are slated for Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek’s lower stretch, the Middle Fork, South Fork and Intake II, Lake Sabrina, Lone Pine Creek, North Lake, the Owens River below Tinnemaha and near Big Pine (section 2), Rock Creek Lake, and South Lake. In Fresno County, the Kings River below Pine Flat Dam is on the list. No plants scheduled in Kern, Los Angeles, or San Bernardino counties.


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Please feel free to send your freshwater or saltwater fishing reports and fishing photos to Jim Matthews, Outdoor News Service, at 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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