PICKS OF THE WEEK
1. Crowley Lake stays the top pick this week, in spite of tough conditions over the weekend. The bite remains wide open on rainbows and cutthroats to five pounds and some brown trout in that same size range. There have been a number of reports of 30-fish days over the past couple of weeks. The bite has been almost exclusively on midge fly patterns fished under a strike indicator, but the perch fry are starting to hatch. For an update on this action, check with the Troutfitter in Mammoth Lakes at 760-934-2517.
2. The trout bite at Big Bear Lake has remains good with a lot of quality fish. The big fish are thanks to trophy fish plants for a pair of recent derbies, and the DFW has been adding keeper rainbows every other week. There have been fish to six-plus pounds reported over the past week. For an update on this bite, check with Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222. They stay on top of where the trout are best and what is working.
3. The flathead catfish bite in the lower river is really starting to sizzle with a lot of 15 to 20-pound class fish showing in the Palo Verde stretch of the Colorado River. The best this past week was a 32-pounder at Walter’s Camp. All are showing on live bluegill or goldfish. For an update on this bite, check with Walter’s Campo at 760-854-3322. Oh, just FYI, it’s supposed to be around 115 degrees here this weekend.
FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS
TROUT: In the Eastern Sierra Nevada the trout bite has been fair to good this past week at most waters in the region not overly impacted by the high runoff. The best bets are Crowley Lake, which has simply been wide open for fly-anglers fishing midge patterns below strike indicators. There is also a very good bite Bridgeport Reservoir, and Twin Lakes out of Bridgeport and Lake Sabrina are good. In Southern California, Big Bear Lake is a top bet with a chance at a quality trout planted recently for a pair of big derbies. Fish to six-plus pounds reported this past week. Silverwood Lake slowed, but still pretty fair for trout. Jenks Lake and Green Valley Lake are also both fair to good. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca is fair with plants most weeks.
BLACK BASS: The bass action is good across the region with the bass up chasing baitfish early and late in the day. Top bets are Barrett Lake, Lower Otay, San Vicente, Skinner, Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Puddingstone, Piru, Pyramid, Castaic, Casitas, and Cachuma. On the Colorado River, the bites are pretty good in Havasu and Mohave along with the lower river backwaters.
STRIPED BASS: The California aqueduct near Taft is still good on frozen sardines and blood worms, but not wide open like it had been for the past month and most of the fish are small. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week, with Castaic, Pyramid, Skinner, and Silverwood all fair with flurries of very good action, but Diamond Valley remains slow. The best action in all three has been to fish cut baits or lug worms, or shad-like topwater and swimbaits. Fly trolling is a good bet, and growing in popularity. The Colorado River’s Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair to good with good numbers and fish to 10 pounds.
PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are good all over the region. Top bets for bluegill and/or redear are Lake Havasu, Topoc Gorge, and the Palo Verde Lagoon on the Colorado River, Lower Otay, Perris, Skinner, and Diamond Valley. Lopez and Santa Margarita on the Central Coast are also pretty good for bluegill. Few reports on hot crappie bites, but anglers might want to keep an eye on Cachuma and Isabella, both of which are producing a few fish in relatively inconsistent bites. Lots of small crappie showing at Green Valley Lake.
CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have been improving across the region with the warmer weather. Ssome decent catches beginning at Skinner, Elsinore, Silverwood, and Diamond Valley. Cachuma also is turning on. By far the best action has been on the lower Colorado River where both the channel and flathead catfish bites are pretty good. Flatheads to 30-plus pounds again reported in the past week in the Palo Verde to Yuma region.
The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (June 11-17):
VENTURE: Casitas Lake, Reyes Creek.
ORANGE: Trabuco Creek.
INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (lower, Intake II, Middle Fork, South Fork), Georges Creek, Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, Lake Sabrina, Lone Pine Creek, Rock Creek Lake, Shepherd Creek, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek, Tuttle Creek.
MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir, Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Crowley Lake, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Little Walker River, Lundy Lake, Mammoth Creek, Mill Creek, Owens River (section 3), Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Twin Lakes (Upper and Lower lakes near Bridgeport), Virginia Creek.
TULARE: Balch Park Lake (upper and lower), Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake, Peppermint Creek (upper), Stoney Creek, Tule River Middle Fork, Tule River North Fork (Middle Fork No. 1), Tule River South Fork (Middle Fork No. 2), Tule River South Fork (Middle Fork No. 3).
FRESNO: Dinkey Creek, Hume Lake, Huntington Lake, Shaver Lake, Tenmile Creek (Upper).
The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (June 18-24):
INYO: Lake Sabrina, Owens River (below Tinnemaha, section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir, Rock Creek Lake, South Lake.
MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir, Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Deadman Creek, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Little Walker River, Lundy Lake, Mammoth Creek, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Molybdenite Creek, Owens River (section 3), Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Twin Lakes (Upper and Lower, Bridgeport), Virginia Creek, West Walker River (section 3).
KERN: Alder Creek, Cedar Creek, Kern River (sections 4 and 5).
FRESNO: Bearskin Creek, Big Creek (Huntington), Dinkey Creek, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Rancheria Creek, Tamarack Creek, Tenmile Creek, Wishon Reservoir.
TULARE: Big Meadows Creek, Deer Creek, Kaweah Reservoir, Kern River (sections 5 and 6), Stoney Creek, White River.
OCEAN FISHING REPORT
SAN DIEGO BLUEFIN TUNA NEWS: The three-quarter day to 1 1/2-day trips running out of San Diego landings had a tough week on the bluefin with blanks some days. The skippers are still reporting schools of fish under birds, but finding fish willing to bite has been tough. There also have been as many yellowtail and bonito this past week to fill in the gaps on bluefin. Conditions were also pretty tough much of the past week with a big swell and winds. The scores really tell the story.
The Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had eight anglers on its Tuesday overnight trip, and they caught three bluefin. The New Lo-an out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 11 anglers on its Wednesday overnight trip and they returned with just one bluefin. The Sunday 1 1/2-day trip with 21 anglers produced four bluefin and one yellowfin. The Sea Adventure 80 out of H&M Landing had 25 anglers on its 1 1/2-day trip Sunday and they landed 24 yellowtail and 40 quality bonito. The Oceanside 95 out of Helgren’s Sportfishing had 17 anglers on its Sunday 1 1/2-day trip and they landed one yellowfin, eight yellowtail, and two bonito.
It was as bad or worse for the three-quarter day fleet, most falling back to local fishing. The Legend, running a three-quarter day trip out of H&M Landing on Wednesday, had 11 anglers and they landed 25 barracuda, 13 calico bass, 12 bonito, five whitefish, four sand bass, two sculpin, and one lingcod. The Point Loma out of Point Loma Sportfishing had seven anglers on its Sunday three-quarter day and they landed one yellowtail along with 34 keeper calico bass (and 125-plus released), 20 rockfish, two bonito, one sand bass, and one sheephead. The Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing had 16 anglers it Wednesday three-quarter day trip, and they landed just two bonito. The Tuesday trip with 16 anglers returned with one bluefin and two yellowtail, while the Sunday trip with 21 anglers reported seven bluefin and one yellowfin. The San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing also continues to hammer on the bluefin. The Wednesday trip with 21 anglers produced one bluefin, while the Tuesday three-quarter day with 22 anglers returned with four bluefin.
CATALINA AND CLEMENTE UPDATE: The Los Angeles and Orange county overnight boats making the run to San Clemente Island and Catalina Island continue to see a pick on yellowtail and good action on bottom fish with a few bass and barracuda mixed in.
At Clemente, the Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing had 15 anglers on its Wednesday overnight trip, and they landed 22 yellowtail, 125 rockfish, 31 whitefishing, 15 sheephead, five calico bass, and four barracuda. The Tuesday trip with 22 anglers reported in with 11 yellowtail, 110 rockfish, 75 whitefish, eight sheephead, seven bonito, and two sculpin. The Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had 30 anglers on its Sunday overnight trip and they landed 120 yellowtail
At Catalina, the Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 35 anglers on its Tuesday three-quarter day and they landed 45 yellowtail, 23 calico bass, five barracuda, and two bonito.
LOCAL NEARSHORE BITES: While the hot flurry of barracuda action backed off since last Friday, there continues to be generally fair to good action on a wide variety of both surface and bottom fish all along the coast.
The Enterprise out of Pierpoint Landing had 29 anglers on its Wednesday three-quarter day trip, and they landed limits of 145 keeper sand bass, 135 sculpin, along with 30 barracuda. This was probably the best trip of the past week. More typical, the Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 52 anglers on its Wednesday three-quarter day trip, and they landed 87 sculpin, 38 sand bass, 18 rockfish, and one sheephead. The Native Sun out of 22nd Street Landing had 36 anglers on its Wednesday three-quarter day, and they caught 82 sculpin, 64 sand bass, 20 rockfish, 10 calico bass, two barracuda, and one sheephead.
VENTURA AND SANTA BARBARA NEWS: Except for the odd yellowtail and white seabass, the action for the Ventura and Santa Barbara boats continues to be class A bottom fish action with limits the rule on all-day and overnight boats. But even the half-day boats are getting limits or near-limits of bottomfish. The surface season is also starting to kick in.
The Mirage out of Channel Islands Sportfishing was on an overnight trip Wednesday and the 22 anglers on board caught 220 mixed rockfish, 14 lingcod, five whitefish, and one sheephead. The Mirage, also out of Channel Islands on a half-day trip, had 28 anglers who landed 236 rockfish, 19 whitefish, two lingcod, and one calico bass. On Tuesday trips, the Aloha Spirit and Sea Jay each had one white seabass on full-day trips on trips targeting these fish, while the Island Tak had eight bass anglers on Tuesday and they landed 40 keeper calicos.
MORRO BAY UPDATE: Windy, tough conditions some days this past week, but when the boats could get out, the bite on rockfish has remained excellent. The Fiesta out of Virg’s Sportfishing got out on a half-day trip Wednesday with 25 anglers and they landed 140 mixed rockfish, 10 red snapper, and 14 ling cod. At Morro Bay Sportfishing, they had eight trips from Saturday to Saturday with 165 anglers, and they landed a total of 1,693 fish, including 71 lings and 669 vermillions — full limits on all trips. The Fiesta went up above Piedras Blancas lighthouse on a long trip Friday, and the 22 anglers on board landed 28 lings, 217 reds, and three cabezon. Rick Both, Ontario, won the jackpot with a 12-pound ling.
The surf perch action remains good in the local surf and bay, and leopard sharks are making a good showing in the bay with most anglers report two or three per outing.
GRUNION UPDATE: The next grunion runs are June 24-27, July 9-12, July 23-26, Aug. 7-10, and Aug. 21-24. The runs in late July and August start to thin out with fewer and fewer fish showing on beaches. The hand-catching season is back open again after a season closure in April and May.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: 976-TUNA offers instructional charters throughout the season. The next available trip is a two-day aboard the Ocean Odyssey out of H&M Landing leaving June 25. The early-booking price is $400 (normal price $550). These trips are held from early spring through fall, offering advice to beginning or veteran anglers and on-the-water teaching of techniques for different saltwater species. For more information, check on www.976-TUNA.com or call 562-352-0012 for details.
Southern California: Virg’s Sportfishing, Morro Bay, 805-772-1222; Patriot Sportfishing, Avila Beach, 805-595-7200; Sea Landing, Santa Barbara, 805-963-3564; Harbor Village Sportfishing, Ventura, 805-658-1060; Channel Islands Sportfishing Center, Oxnard, 805-985-8511; Hook’s Landing, Oxnard, 805-382-6233 (Port Hueneme Sportfishing has merged with Channel Islands Sportfishing); Malibu Pier Sportfishing, 310-328-8426; Marina Del Rey Sportfishing, Marina del Rey, 310-822-3625; Redondo Sportfishing, Redondo Beach, 310-372-2111; Rocky Point Fuel Dock (skiff rentals for King Harbor), Redondo Beach, 310-374-9858; 22nd Street Landing, San Pedro, 310-832-8304; L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing, San Pedro, 310-547-9916; Long Beach Sportfishing, Long Beach, 562-432-8993; Pierpoint Landing, Long Beach, 562-983-9300; Marina Sportfishing, Long Beach, 562-598-6649; Newport Landing, Newport Beach, 949-675-0550; Davey’s Locker, Newport Beach, 949-673-1434; Dana Wharf Sportfishing, Dana Point, 949-496-5794; Helgren’s Sportfishing, Oceanside, 760-722-2133; Fisherman’s Landing, San Diego, 619-221-8500; H&M Landing, San Diego, 619-222-1144; Seaforth Landing, San Diego, 619-224-3383; Point Loma Sportfishing, San Diego, 619-223-1627; Islandia Sportfishing, San Diego, 619-222-1164.
Mexico Landings: Sergio’s Sportfishing, Ensenada, 011-526-178-2185; San Quintin Sportfishing, San Quintin, 011-526-162-1455.
YOUR FISHING REPORTS
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