Compiled by Jim Matthews
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JIM MATTHEWS’S PICKS OF THE WEEK
- Apollo Park Lake trout action has been very good since the weekend trout trout derby and the first plants of the season (4,500 pounds). Lots of rainbows from two to four pounds and some big fish are still swimming n the lake. For an update on this bite, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or
- Big Bear Lake has also been very good for trout. These are mostly holdover trout from plants earlier this season and last year, and they are running from 1 1/2 to four pounds. The action has been good for both trollers and shore anglers, with the shore anglers fishing inflated nightcrawlers drop-shot style at the dam early in the morning getting the best fish. For an update on this action, check with Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page for photos of some of the latest catches.
- The California Aqueduct throughout the Antelope Valley has been very good for catfish this week with a lot of fish from five to eight pounds reported by anglers fishing cut baits at all the gates, road crossings, and sand traps. For an update on this fishing, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.
HIGH DESERT WATERS
HESPERIA LAKE: Still no word on when trout season will start, but the weekly plants of catfish are continuing with 1,000-pound plants. The best bite has been on shrimp, mackerel, or nightcrawlers and adding scent improves their effectiveness. The north shore, Sandy Point, and the inlet have been the best spots. Most are one to two pounds, but bigger cats go in with each plant. Jose Cervera, Hesperia, landed an 11-pound cat on mackerel at Sandy Point. Terry Scott, Victorville, had a five-fish limit that weight 44-8, all on nightcrawlers at Catfish Point. Lake information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.
JESS RANCH LAKES: The trout bite has been very good in both lakes on PowerBait (especially chartreuse, salmon egg and salmon peach), nightcrawlers, and a variety of small trout lures, especially small jigs and scented plastics. Most of the fish are at two pounds, and the best spots this week have been the northern and western shores of lake 2 and the eastern logged shore and western shore near the drain of lake 3. Fair bass action on the northern and southern shores of lake 2 near the inlets and on lake 3 near pump house. Senkos, spinnerbaits, and drop-shotted nightcrawlers have been the best baits, with fish up to four pounds reported. Top trout reported was a 6-3 rainbow landed by Guillermo Garcia, Hesperia, on a nightcrawler-Powerbait combo on the western shore of Lake 3. A few catfish and bluegill are also still showing. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.
MOJAVE NARROWS: The first DFW trout plant of the season went in last week, but county trout plants are not expected to start until mid-November. No trout reports. Catfish plants are over for the season. The catfish bite is slow with only a few cats showing early or late in the day on the shrimp and marshmallow combo. There is still a fair bluegill bite on fish up to hand-sized on small baits fished beneath bobbers around the tules. The park is closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Information, call 760-245-2226.
HIGH DESERT WATERS
ANTELOPE VALLEY REGION
APOLLO PARK LAKE: Very good action on rainbows to four pounds during the derby this past weekend, and the bite has been pretty good since. Fish to four pounds caught over the weekend, but that means rainbow trout up to 10-plus pounds are still in the lake. The trout have been showing on a variety of baits, including PowerBait in garlic and nymph flavors, small trout jigs, Kastmasters, and Amazying Cheese Balls. Lost of 1-8 to three-pound trout. Stocks will be twice a month this season with about 900 pounds per stock. Still good action on the panfish and catfish, but few anglers targeting these species. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.
JACKSON LAKE (NEAR WRIGHTWOOD): The bite remains good on small bluegill (under four inches), but a few hand-sized ‘gills are showing on small jigs tipped with meal worms. No trout or bass reports. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.
LAKE PALMDALE: The lake is closed to fishing until February, when trout season will kick off with heavy stocks of fish. 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 catfish bite has continued pretty fair with fish to eight pounds pretty common. The catfish have been best at the outlet but some fish off the north shoreline. Cut baits are still the best baits and adding scent (or pre-scented baits) has been the hot ticket. A few stripers are showing, and there has been a pretty good bite on the far northeast end of the lake for anglers fishing white swimbaits. Most of two to four pounds, but some bigger. Few bluegill or largemouth reported over the past week. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.
CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Little Rock to Quail Lake stretch): The whole aqueduct has been on fire for channel catfish with a lot of five to nine pound fish reported, but most are two to four pounds. They are mostly showing on cut baits with scent. There have also been a lot more bullheads showing, especially in the Pearblossom area. There are also still big schools of small largemouth bass eight to 14 inches long that have been providing fun action on Road Runner-type bladed jigs ripped near the surface. Fewer striper reports this week. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.
ENTRAL PARK LAKE (CALIFORNIA CITY): The carp action has been very good on dough baits, with a lot of smaller fish reported, but some to 15 pounds landed. Also still a fair bite on small bluegill on meal worms and wax worms. Still some catfish showing around the reeds in the main lake on chicken liver.
LITTLE ROCK RESERVOIR: Access has been restricted some days this past week because of heavy equipment use, but walk-in anglers fishing on days when the lake is open have been finding pretty good crappie action again in the past week, with some fish topping 3/4-pound. Also decent bass on jigs and small swimbaits, and the bluegill are still being caught in good numbers and there have been a few catfish. The Palmdale Water District has an ongoing sediment removal project, and the U.S. Forest Service (Angeles National Forest) may close the area in the future.
SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS
SILVERWOOD: There is a fair to good bite on mostly small stripers at the inlet and dam area. Most of the fish are showing on anchovies, blood, worms, and lug worms. Most are under two pounds. Mike Murphy, Adelanto, had five stripers to 1-8 on sardines off the dock. The bluegill bite is fair to good at the docks and along the edges of the weeds on worms and jigs tipped with wax worms or meal worms. The largemouth have been fair off the dock and in most coves on cranks and swimbaits. Some catfish showing on cutbaits. John Thomas, San Bernardino, had a four-pound cat on chicken liver in Miller Canyon. First DFW trout plant of the season went into Cleghorn two weeks ago, and another plant is slated for this week. Few trout reports yet. A reminder: the dam is closed to angler access. 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: Good autumn trout bite for both shoreline and trolling anglers. Lots of the rainbows are from 1-8 to three pounds with some to five pounds. Bank anglers are using PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers on slip bobber rigs from the dam Red House east to Gray’s Landing. There is also a good bite early in the morning from the old dam to the buoy line with a lot of nice holdover rainbows showing in this area on small jigs or drop-shot nightcrawlers and trout plastics. Trolling and drifting from boats has been best from the observatory to Windy Point or in the Trout Alley area (SS Relief to the west public ramp and off the south shoreline. The fish are mostly in six to 14 feet of water. Rapalas, Needlefish, and nightcrawlers drifted on a wedding ring harness are getting the most fish. Most of the private marinas will shut down by mid-November, but the west public ramp should remain open to Nov. 30. For information on fishing, call Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.
GREGORY LAKE: Slow to fair trout action on small jigs and trout plastics fished in deep water early and late in the day have been producing a few rainbows to two pounds. There was a 500-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows Oct. 19, and the county and DFW are scheduled to plant this week just before the Veteran’s Day Trout Derby Saturday. Pre-registration is $30 for adults (16 and older) and $20 for youths. Day-of-event registration is $40 and $25. Veterans entry is $15. First prize for the longest fish (not heaviest) is $1,000 for adults, $500 for second, and $250 for third. There will also be prize drawings among all entrants. Some of the fish in the plants will be trophy fish. For more derby information, call 909-264-0973. Lake and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at http://lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish. Fishing updates are posted infrequently on the park’s Facebook page or website.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: Very slow. No plants in over a month. The boat rental is now closed for the season, and the lake facilities closed Oct. 31. The website is www.gvlfishing.com and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.
INTERSTATE 5 LAKES
CASTAIC: The striper bite has slowed way down, but still a fair bite. Winds are supposed to return this weekend which hammers the fishing. The shad are mostly in deeper water, so not as many surface fish, but the stripers are still showing on trolled umbrella rigs and cut baits. The largemouth are still whacking reaction at mid-depths or deeper water on plastics in deeper water in a fair bite. Also a pretty consistent bite on crappie and bluegill in the upper lake on wax worms and jigs tipped with wax worms or meal worms. The lower lake is still very good for panfish, both redear and bluegill, but most of the fish are hand-sized now. The best bite has been on wax worms, meal worms, and nightcrawler pieces. The catfish bite has been slow to fair in the evenings on cut baits doused with scent in both the upper and lower lakes. DFW trout plant slated for this week, the first of the season. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PYRAMID: The action slowed way down going into the new moon this week. Only a few stripers reported by shore anglers fishing the rip rap in front of the boat shop and in the canal by the entrance booth. Boat anglers are also getting fewer fish, but some are still being caught at Yellowbar, Spanish Point, and in the marina area on sardines, lug worms, nightcrawlers, and chicken liver. Most of the fish remain under two pounds. The largemouth and smallmouth bass have been fair on nightcrawlers, plastics and reaction baits, especially cranks and jerk baits along most shorelines and along the edges of the vegetation. Lots of fish to three pounds, but the bite is mostly in the morning. The catfish bite is slowing with just fair action on sardines, chicken liver and nightcrawlers in deeper water in all coves and rip rap areas, with the boat launch area a top spots. Bluegill are fair on meal worms, wax worms, and small jigs. No crappie reports. DFW trout plant slated for this week, the first of the season. 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 water level is again very low, but the catfish action remains fair to good with most of the fish from two to four pounds. They are showing on mackerel, super meal worms, shad, clams, Triple S Channel Catfish Bait (Sonny’s), and cut baits doused with scent. Cats to 10-plus pounds have been reported in this bite. The bite on crappie from three-quarter pound to a little better than a pound has continued to be good for boat and float tube anglers fishing in 20 to 30 feet of water with small jigs and minnows, especially in the French Gulch area. Fewer bluegill this week, but the bite is still fair on on meal worms or wax worms, and the Boulder Gulch area has been the best bet.
A few bass continue to show in 12 to 25 feet of water on drop-shot plastics. For fishing 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 remains slow to fair with the most recent plant two weeks ago in sections 4, 5, and 6. There were plants in the same stretches four and six weeks ago. A lot of the fish have been into the 12 to 13-inch range. The best bite has been on crickets, nightcrawlers, and salmon eggs. Fly anglers continue having decent action on wild fish in the low flows, especially in the upper reaches of the roadside water and up into the wild trout water past the Kernville bridge. The lower river flows are very low and the bite has been fair to good on bass with nightcrawlers or plastic worms. The catfish action has also been pretty fair in the pools on clams and nightcrawlers. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striped bass bite has been fair to good and the moss problem is subsiding, but still a problem. The fish are showing on Flukes and Gitzit-type lures in good numbers. Not many keeper fish, but great volume. The largemouth bass bite has also been good on the same baits. The catfish bite is fair on shad, sardines, anchovies, blood worms, chicken liver, and Wussy Bait. 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: A few catfish showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers, especially morning and evening. A few carp also being caught on dough baits and Powder Bait.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The bluegill and carp action remains pretty fair. Bluegill are best on wax worms with meal worms the next best. Carp are best on Powder Bait or Wussy Bait and other dough baits. Slow other species with only an occasional bass being caught on plastics and Senkos early morning or late evening. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.
HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill bite remains a good bet with the best acion on wax worms, meal worms, and nightcrawler pieces. A few bass are also showing very early in the morning or at night on reaction baits. The morning, evening, and night bite on catfish has been stayed pretty fair for anglers fly-lining cut baits. The carp bite is fair on Powder Bait, Wussy Bait, or other dough baits.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Light fishing pressure. The bluegill and carp bites remain fair to good, and a few bass to three pounds have been reported. Bluegill have been best on wax worms, meal worms, or nightcrawler pieces, while the carp are best on dough baits. Bass are best on reaction bait, plastics, or nightcrawlers.
MING LAKE: Continues good bluegill action on meal worms or wax worms, and the bass action has been fair on plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits morning and late afternoon. The carp are fair on Powder Bait or Wussy Bait. Catfish best on super meal worms, but the action is fair, at best but an eight pounder was reported this past week.
BRITE LAKE: There continues to be a good bite on small bass from six to 10 inches on small lures and garlic nightcrawlers with topwater action early and late in the day. There crappie bite remains fair to good for float tubers fishing deeper water off the launch ramp, mostly on small jigs tipped with meals. Also fair to good action on bluegill on small baits like meal worms and jigs, and the odd catfish continues to show.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The Taft Chamber of Commerce Trout Derby is slated for Nov. 17. Entry fee is $20 for adults and $10 for kids 13 and under. Registration forms available at the lake, Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop, and Bob’s Bait Bucket. The lake is expected to be heavily planted just before the derby. There continues to be a fair to good bite on bluegill up to hand-sized with an occasional bigger fish. The best action is on wax worms and meal worms. There is a fair bite on smaller catfish, mostly on nightcrawlers, chicken liver, with a few on shad. The carp are fair to good on Powder Bait and Wussy Bait but getting little pressure. Bass are fair at best, but some are showing along the weed edges on plastics and most are small. 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 crappe bite has continued to be fair to good, while the largemouth bite has finally started to slow down a little. The bass are best on smaller plastics fished drop-shot and split-shot style. Most of the bass are in the two-pound range. The crappie are decent fish around three-quarter pound to a pound and the action is mostly on small minnows with some on jigs. Bluegill are fair on red worms, wax worms, and meal worms, mostly fished under a bobber. Also a few catfish showing on cut baits and dip baits. The water level has dropped enough that the main ramp is not being used, and anglers are launched at Lure Point. 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: The water level continues to drop, but there continues to be a fair bass bite on plastics and small swimbaits, but the fish are mostly in deeper water except early and late in the day. The bluegill bite remains good, and the catfish bite has been pretty fair. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.
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).
For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking page at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/. This page is frequently updated after this news report is published so the current week, next week’s, and even previous week’s plant information may change.
OCEAN FISHING REPORT
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YOUR FISHING REPORTS
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