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JIM MATTHEWS TM PICKS OF THE WEEK
1. Immune to the fluctuations in weather, the San Diego rockfish bite is staying in the top picks for yet another week. The local landings continue to run trips into Mexican waters for rockfish on overnight, 1 1/2 day, and even two day trips. The rockfish have been averaging from five to seven pounds with lings to nearly 25 pounds on these jaunts. There is limit style fishing on many of these trips targeting the rockfish off Colonet. If you want to go, check with one of the landings to see what trips are running. http://www.nikefreerunireland.nu Call Fisherman TMs Landing at 619 221 8500, H Landing at 619 222 1144, Seaforth Landing at 619 224 3383, or Point Loma Sportfishing at 619 223 1627.
2. The striped bass bite in the California aqueduct near Taft has been excellent for two weeks now, with 15 to 20 fish days pretty common. There are still a lot of dinks in the catch, nike shox dublin but there are more and more quality fish showing. There were several fish from eight to 10 pounds reported this past week. Anglers are mostly fly lining either sardines chunks or lug worms, but anchovies and blood worms are also working pretty well. For an update on this bite, call Bob TMs Bait at 661 833 8657.
3. The crappie action at Lower Otay remains one of the best panfish bites in the region and the action was improving this week after a lull last week during the weather fronts. http://www.nikefreerunireland.nu There is also a good bass and growing bluegill bite here, so you have options. Most of the crappie are around a pound and the best bite remains on small shiners or small jigs fished around structure. For an update on this great winter bite, check with the rental boat and concession staff at 619 397 5212.
FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS
TROUT: The urban trout fishing program is at its peak, with weekly plants at the best waters. Those include Santa Ana River Lakes, Corona Lake, Irvine Lake, and Laguna Niguel Lake. In the High Desert, Jess Ranch, Hesperia Lake, and Mojave Narrows are all pretty good. Four of the five San Bernardino County Park Lakes Mojave Narrows, Glen Helen, Cucamonga Guasti, and Yucaipa are very good with only Prado a step behind. All are getting weekly county plants and DFW fish alternating weeks. In San Diego County, almost all the lakes are now getting trout plants, but Jennings continues to be a top spot with trophy fish in each week TMs plant this year.
BLACK BASS: The warm weather has again pushed a lot of fish back into shallower water in a major movement of fish before the spawn. Notable bites include El Capitan and Lower Otay Reservoir. While most fish remain on deeper structure or suspended, there are more and more fish showing in less than 10 feet of water.http://www.nikeshoxdublin.nu There also continue to be quite a few big bass up chasing trout after DFW plants. On the Colorado River, the bite is pretty tough, but there is still fair action on river smallmouth in the lower river.
STRIPED BASS: The winter striper action is fair with flurries of good action most places. The aqueduct at Taft is the top pick for volume and better quality fish to over 10 pounds this week, nike shox dublin but Lake Skinner remains good, especially on dipped live shad. Diamond Valley, Silverwood, and Pyramid are also pretty decent on small swimbaits or cut baits for smaller fish and bigger trout swimbaits for the odd bigger fish. All three have cranked out 20 pound class fish in the past three weeks. Havasu and the Willow Beach stretch of the Colorado River are both getting very little pressure and the bite is pretty tough.
PANFISH: The redear and/or bluegill bites have been fair with some good action this week. The Lake Perris bite is one of the best for redear on red worms. The Lower Otay crappie bite is also still pretty good with fish around a pound in pretty decent numbers. Lake Isabella continues to produce decent numbers of crappie but the action is restricted to one area. Few other bites of note.
CATFISH: Everything slowed this week. The best bites are at Lake Skinner in Riverside County and Lake Isabella in Kern County. Diamond Valley and Silverwood are spotty bets. http://www.nikeshoxdublin.nu The Colorado River has also continued to slow way down. Santa Ana River Lakes just restarted stocking blue catfish each Wednesday, but it hasn TMt resulted in a wide open bite, yet.
SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS
SILVERWOOD: The striper bite is the best bet here with fair to good action on fish running from two to four pounds along with some bigger fish. The best action has been in Miller Canyon and off the docks with swimbaits, anchovies, and sardines. The best fish this week was a 13 pounder caught by Richard Pustilinskov, Rancho Cucamonga, on a swim bait in the channel. Ernie, Joe, and Lyn Carlson, all Azusa, hand nine stripers to three pounds fishing anchovies off the dock. Jesse Dominguez, Whittier, had five stripers to three pounds, also fishing anchovies off the dock. The trout bite has been fair to good after a DFW plant last week and three weeks ago. The bite has been best around the marina and into Miller and Cleghorn canyons. Catfish are fair with most showing for striper anglers or those targeting the cats marina and cove mouths on shrimp and chicken liver. Anglers should be aware of health warnings for the consumption of fish from this lake because of high PCB and mercury levels in the fish flesh and skin. 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: Very little fishing pressure. The trout bite remains slow to fair. Best bite in the east end of the lake on PowerBait and small lures. The mouth of Metcalf Bay to Windy Point over to Lagonita are the top spots now. The marinas and public boat launches are all closed. For more information: Big Bear Sporting Goods 909 866 3222.
GREGORY LAKE: No reports. DFW recent DFW trout plants.http://www.nikeshoxdublin.nu Lake and fishing information at 909 338 2233.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: No more plants are scheduled until next year. The lake facilities will reopen the third Friday in May.
ARROWBEAR LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
JENKS LAKE REGION: No report. Facilities are now closed. The Santa Ana River and the South Fork have not been planted recently. General Information: Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909 382 2881.
LYTLE CREEK: No recent DFW trout plants.
HIGH DESERT LAKES
HESPERIA LAKE: Trout action remains good with plants Tuesday this week and Wednesday next week. The best action has been on PowerBaits, nightcrawlers, and small trout jigs.nike free run ireland Big fish of the week was a 10.2 pound rainbow caught by Sang Nguyen, San Bernardino, on rainbow PowerBait. Alex Duran, Rosemead, landed an 8.4 pounder, while Tom Rodriguez, Victorville, had an eight pounder. Seven pound rainbows were reported by Steve Holland, Santa Clarita, and Marcos Alcantar, San Bernardino. Ruben Rodrigues, Victorville, had a five fish limit that weighed in at 16.8 pounds total. Information: 800 521 6332 or 760 244 5951.
JESS RANCH: Good trout action on PowerBait in garlic, rainbow, orange and salmon peach, nightcrawlers, and small trout jigs and lures. Top trout reported was a 5 2 rainbow landed by Jerry Young, Apple Valley, on rainbow and garlic PowerBaits mixed together. Mark Logan, Rancho Cucamonga, had a 4 3 rainbo, while Kim Paulson, Yorba Linda, landed a 3 6 trout.
MOJAVE NARROWS: Good trout action. The best bite has continued to be on garlic scented nightcrawlers and floating baits. County trout plants are Thursday each week and the DFW also added trout last week and is slated to plant next week. Top rainbow was a seven pounder caught by Brad West, Hesperia,nike free run ireland on sherbert PowerBait from Horseshoe Lake. Eric Espinoza, Colton, landed three trout and his best was a three pounder. The fourth derby in the San Bernardino County Park five derby circuit will be held here Mar. 22. Entry fee for all events is $20 plus vehicle entry fee. There is over $1,000 in cash and prizes for top anglers. For lake information: 760 245 2226.
INLAND VALEY LAKES
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY
CUCAMONGA GUASTI: The trout action has been fair to good this past week with few limits but a lot of one to three fish stringers. The best trout of the week was a four pounder landed by Mark Cadena, nike free run ireland Monterey Park, on a white jig. Armando Ramirez, Rancho Cucamonga, have a limit of rainbow averaging a pound on rainbow PowerBait on the north side of the big lake. County plants are each week on Thursday, and DFW rainbows went in last week and are slated for next week. A Junior Fishing Workshop has been slated for Feb. 22. Information: 909 481 4205.