February 22, 2007
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949-496-5794Compiled by Jim Matthews
Outdoor News Service
The fish report is weekly. Its accuracy depends on marina operators, tackle shops and local fishermen we contact. The Cal TIP number, the Department of Fish and Game poacher hotline, is 1-888- DFG-CALTIP.
PICKS OF THE WEEK
1. Lake Casitas earns top honors again this week for its consistently good action on big largemouth bass. For the forth week in a row, Casitas has produced largemouth bass over 11 pounds, and it continues to have a good bite on smaller fish.
2. Diamond Valley Lake's bass bite is excellent with more and more fish moving out of the depths.
3. There's an impressive crappie bite at El Capitan in San Diego County with some anglers getting 25-fish stringers that weigh more than 30 pounds.
FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS
TROUT: For big trout and big numbers of fish, the top bets continue to be Santa Ana River Lakes, Corona Lake, Irvine Lake, Laguna Niguel Park Lake, and Jess Ranch Lakes in the High Desert are all very good.
LARGEMOUTH BASS: Lower Otay, and upper Otay for shore anglers, has been good in San Diego County. Bass are showing with increasingly regularity at Perris, Castaic, Silverwood, Piru, Pyramid, El Capitan and Murray.
STRIPED BASS: For Southern California waters, Castaic, Skinner and Pyramid are the top picks with a number of 2- to 5-pound fish showing on swimbaits, shad, anchovies, and sardines, with the odd double-digit fish. Silverwood has had a decent bite, also on smaller fish, mostly on cut baits. On the Colorado River, Mead broke wide open this past week.
PANFISH: Of note and worth fishing is the good action at El Capitan. Lower Otay also has a quite bite on fish to 2 pounds, and Buena Vista Lakes in the southern San Joaquin Valley is pretty good.
CATFISH: Another lake record catch was caught this past week. This time at Diamond Valley Lake, where a 32.8-pound cat was landed. Two weeks ago, Lower Otay cranked out a 92.1-pound blue catfish on its season opener. Bites worth noting include a sleeper bite on catfish at Santa Ana River Lakes, mostly on trout guts. There is also a consistent bite at Hesperia Lake, and budding action at the Buena Vista Lakes.
SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS
SILVERWOOD: Trout bite excellent off the docks and by the dam on orange Power Bait. The striper bite is hit-and-miss off the docks and near the dam. There is also some decent action in the coves. The catfish and carp bites are hit-and-miss also. 760-389-2299.
BIG BEAR LAKE: A few trout are showing at the dam and in the Stanfield area on Power Bait or inflated nightcrawlers doused with scent. 909-866-3218.
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY
CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: Trout bite good on yellow Power Bait and nightcrawlers. 909-481-4205.
YUCAIPA: Good trout action. Most of the rainbows have been 1-8 to 2-8 and the bite has been best on floating baits. 909-790-3127.
GLEN HELEN: Trout bite remains good on jigs and Power Bait.
DIAMOND VALLEY: Trout fishing still good with many shoreline anglers posting limits. Power Bait, mini jigs, trout worms and Kastmasters have worked best. The marina is the hot spot for stockers, while the holdovers have been elusive. Bass bite good on swimbaits, Senkos, or Carolina rigging 6-inch plastics. The marina, main points, and along the dams are the best spots. Fair striper bite. A 9.02-pound striper was caught on a swimbait. A lake-record 32.8-pound catfish was landed on a Pig N Jig in 60 feet of water around the first island on the north shore. 800- 590-LAKE.
PERRIS: The bass action improved with the best bite off shore on crankbaits. Best to keep retrieve very slow. Some trout are still being landed at lots 11 and 12, however most of the action is in deeper water. There are some signs of bluegill action showing at the eastern end of the lake on mealworms. Crappie bite fair, but slower than last week. 951-657-2179.
SKINNER: Warm weather made for a good striper bite. Excellent trout bite and the holdover trout are still showing strong from last week's plant. The ramps and the east end areas are boiling with trout action. Good bass bite. 951-926-1505.
CORONA LAKE: Very good trout action this past week, with Lightning Trout showing in good numbers after being planted last week. Top rainbow was a 19-pounder landed on chartreuse Nitro Bait near the dam. Boat anglers are seeing the best action, and the top bait combination is still chartreuse Nitro Bait doused with corn- flavored Nitro Gravy. 951-277-4489.
EVANS LAKE: Fair trout bite on Power Bait.
RANCHO JURUPA: Fair trout action. 951-684-7032.
FISHERMAN'S RETREAT: Good trout bite from all three lakes on pieces of nightcrawlers, Power Bait, mackerel or anchovies. 909-795- 2411.
ANGLER'S LAKE: Trout bite fair to good with most fish to 3 pounds and the best bite on lime twist or spring green Power Bait. Nightcrawlers have also been successful. Catfish action slowed, but a few fish are still showing on the M&M (marshmallow and mealworm) combo, mackerel or nightcrawlers. 951-927-2614.
REFLECTION LAKE: Trout action fair to good on Power Bait. 951- 654-7906.
SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Lightning trout planted last week and good action on these fish and the regular rainbows. There were at least six big 'bows over the 10-pound mark reported. The biggest were a pair of 14 1/2-pounders. The Lightning Trout seem to prefer the orange to red-colored Nitro Bait, while the rainbows prefer the yellow to green spectrum of colors in the floating baits. Adding Nitro Grease helps the action along. Top spots have been the Bubble Hole, the road, along the sandy beach, and off La Palma Point. Trolling is working the middle part of the lake with gold or silver Kastmasters are posting very good scores on the trout. 714-632- 7830.
IRVINE LAKE: Good overall trout bite. Bite best in the early morning by the running intake pipe in Sierra Cove. Shore fishing best off the west shoreline on salmon eggs, or the Power Bait/ nightcrawler combo, while trollers are fishing mid-lake with firetiger-colored Rapalas or Roostertails. 714-649-9111.
LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: Trout fishing good to excellent with lots of limits. Fish to 3 pounds. Best trout bite on Power Bait, Power worms, inflated nightcrawlers dipped in sauce, and gold Kastmasters. Largemouth bite fair with fish to 2 pounds. Pig n