FISH REPORT – ONS – Matthews – 24 June 2020digivue
FISH REPORT — ONS-matthews – 24 June 2020 Compiled by Jim Matthews www.OutdoorNewsService.com
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The biggest news is that the DFW is again posting its trout plants on line (see below).
Most waters again open to fishing and parking, but many places still have restrictions on hours and rules on social distancing and use of masks. Where relevant, updates and news on Coronavirus closures and restrictions is included in individual water reports. Most recreational accommodations (campgrounds, motels, and restaurants) have also reopened for anglers who travel to Eastern Sierra, Colorado River, or other areas to fish.
JIM MATTHEWS’S PICKS OF THE WEEK
1. Castaic Lake stays in the top picks this week, but instead of bluegill in the afterbay, it is for the good largemouth and smallmouth bass bite as these fish herd and chop through schools of shad. Anglers able to dip-net some live shad have wide open fishing, but shad-like cranks, jerkbaits, and topwater baits are also getting a lot of fish to four pounds early most morning. For an update on this action, call the marina at 661-775-6232, Tackle Express at 661-251-8700, or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824. The bluegill are still pretty good in the lower lake, too.
2.The Kern River’s trout bite moves into the top spots because it has been planted with DFW fish for the past three weeks, and there are trout stacked up in the pools throughout the upper river above Kernville. Limits have been pretty common on small spinners, salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers. For an update on the bite, call Gateway Market at 760-376-2424, Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657, Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351.
3. Quail Lake has continued to have pretty good action on both striper and catfish with frozen shad or lug worms the hot bait for both. Some stripers are also showing in topwater boils at night and early and late in the day. The stripers are best along the north shore, while catfish are showing around the lake. Most of the stripers are two to four pounds, while the catfish are running up to 10 pounds. For an update on this bite, check with Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.
HIGH DESERT WATERS
HESPERIA LAKE: The park and campground are open. There has been a fair to good bite on catfish on cut baits, especially shad or sardines with scent added with quite a few limits posted. Big fish was a nine-pound channel landed by Bruce Greer, Palmdale, on garlic shrimp off the north shore. Jess Viveros, Victorville, landed a six-pounder, while Douglas Lewis, Hesperia, had a five-pound cat. The lake is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Fishing is limited to 200 anglers at a time and they all must have a wrist band, and only two customers at a time will be allowed in the store. Plants are every two weeks this season, and there was a plant last week. For more information go to the park’s website at https://www.hesperiaparks.com/hesperia-lake-park or Hesperia Lake’s Facebook or Instagram pages. For updates, you can also call the park at 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.
JESS RANCH LAKES: Hot Temperatures and little to no wind made for a tough fishing over the past week, and the trout action has been very slow except for short flurries of fair action early in the morning. The bite is done by 10 a.m. The top baits continue to be PowerBait in salmon peach, garlic, and rainbow, nightcrawlers, small trout jigs, or trout plastics like Mice Tails or Pinches Crawlers. Top spots include the northern and western shores of lake 2 and the eastern logged shore and western shore near the drain of lake 3. Bass are fair to good on Senko-type plastics or nightcrawlers. Some over four pounds reported. A few bluegill are being caught on mealworms, wax worms, red worms, or small jigs tipped with bait. Also a few catfish starting to show on shrimp along the western shore of Lake 2 and near the pump house on Lake 3. Top cat reported in the past week was an eight pounder. For an update, call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com. The site also has COVID-19 protocols.
MOJAVE NARROWS: The catfish bite is pretty fair with plants every Thursday. Weekly plants continue through Sept. 3. Plants will be 740 pounds per week. Everyone is asked to continue to wear face masks and practice social distancing in line with Coronavirus safety precautions. The lake is closed Tuesday and Wednesday each week. Information, call 760-245-2226.
HIGH DESERT WATERS
ANTELOPE VALLEY REGION
APOLLO PARK LAKE:
APOLLO PARK LAKE: Good action on small panfish continues with both bluegill and warmouth showing in good numbers, especially mornings and evenings. Best action is on a piece nightcrawler or a wax worm fished beneath a bobber. The fish are small. The carp action is fair on dough baits with a wide range of sizes from a pound to nearly 10 pounds being caught. For more information on plants and events, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.
LAKE PALMDALE:Little change here with continued good catfish action on stink baits, and sponge rigs are the hot ticket. Cut baits like shad, mackerel, chicken liver, or sardines are also good. Top spots have been the north side of the Blacktop or Pier One. The largemouth bass are fair to good and showing early and late in the day all around lake and at all the docks and aggressively chasing baitfish. Spinnerbaits and chatter baits with the skirts doused with scent and nightcrawlers or plastics have been the best baits. The bluegill bite is very good off any of the docks on fly-lined nightcrawlers with a lot of hand-sized and bigger fish. There are still a few rainbows and Lightning Trout showing for anglers fishing where the water is coming into the lake in deeper water on small jigs, but this action is dwindling. For more information on membership, call 661-947-2884 or e-mail email@example.com. The club’s Facebook page is the best source for the latest fishing and news updates.
QUAIL LAKE: There continues to be a good bite on both striped bass and catfish. Stripers also continue boiling early and late in the day and at night at the inlet and along the north shore. The bite for both species has been best on frozen shad or lug worms fished in deeper water. The cats are running from three to six pounds are showing all around the lake, but especially at the outlet. The stripers are mostly a little smaller with the occasional bigger fish over six pounds. There are also a lot of 12 to 14-inch stripers showing on chicken liver. The largemouth bass are fair on plastics and topwater early, and the bluegill action is pretty good. Both of those species are best along the south shore tules. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.
CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Hesperia to Quail Lake stretch): The striper and catfish action remains fair to good, with the best action at night and early and late in the day. Stripers are showing on the F13 blue and white Rapalas and other shad-colored crankbaits. The fish are mostly three pounds with some bigger. The catfish are showing on cut baits, but especially on frozen shad, with a lot of fish to five pounds. Best fishing for all species is at weirs, bridges, and bends, and the west end of the valley has been best. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.
CENTRAL PARK LAKE (CALIFORNIA CITY): The bluegill and carp bites are both good. While the bluegill are small, the bite on nightcrawler pieces fly-lined or fished under a bobber is good. The carp bite is also pretty good on dough baits. Most or small fish under three pounds, but they are showing in good numbers. A few bass and catfish reports this past week, too.
LITTLE ROCK RESERVOIR: The U.S. Forest Service has been asking anglers to leave who have been walking in and fishing the lake. Anglers are encouraged to call the Angeles National Forest office (747-322-6574) and leave a message, asking for a return call to explain why the lake is closed to fishing. Most of the lake is well outside of the habitat of the endangered arroyo toad. The Palmdale Water District has an ongoing sediment removal project and access is restricted by the water district at times. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.
JACKSON LAKE (NEAR WRIGHTWOOD): The bite has finally broken wide open here with a lot of small bluegill being caught, and anglers are reporting very small bass in the mix this year. The best action on bluegill has been on wax worms. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.
SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS
SILVERWOOD: The is a very good striper bite over much of the lake with the fish showing on anchovies and nightcrawlers. The fish are running up to three pounds with an occasional larger fish. A largemouth bass are showing in Cleghorn and off points in the main channel, mostly on plastics with some jerkbait fish early. There is a good bluegill bite off the marina docks and around most flooded brush, and quite a few crappie are showing in this bite. Jigs tipped with meal worms or Crappie Nibbles have been the best bet. Catfish continue to show in Cleghorn and for shoreline anglers fishing in the coves east and west of the dam at night (requiring walks down from the road). No trout reports this week, and there have not been any DFW plants since the first week of March. The water level elevation was 3,338.45 feet on Wednesday this week, down just .11 feet from last week. 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: The trout action is slow to fair, with the best flurries of action early and late in day, with the best action along the north shore from the dam to Grout Bay for shore anglers and in the Trout Triangle for trollers. The trout are running from a pound to 2-8, but the fish are on the outside edges of the weed beds and tough to get for shore anglers. The best action has been on PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers with garlic scent, MiceTails, and small spoons. Carp are fair to good for both regular anglers fishing dough bait and bowfishermen sticking them in the shallows. The bass bite is fair decent topwater action most mornings and evening. Nightcrawlers and plastics are also good bets, with both largemouth and smallmouth in this bite. For information on fishing, call Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page. There have been nearly daily fishing reports posted on the Big Bear Lake Fishing Facebook group page.
GREGORY LAKE:The park is open to fishing and hiking, and the parking lots are open. The restroom facilities and group recreation areas remain closed. No fishing reports. Information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish. Fishing updates are posted infrequently on the park’s Facebook page or website.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: The lake opened to the general public two weeks ago, and there was a 3,000-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows that same week. No reports. Updates are posted on the website at www.gvlfishing.com and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.
INTERSTATE 5 LAKES
CASTAIC:Busy with boating traffic, but the bass action has remained good. Largemouths are mostly chasing shad in the backs of coves, and either dipped live shad, or shad cranks and jerkbaits have been the hot ticked early and late in the day. Plastics and nightcrawlers are working the rest of the time. The smallmouth seem to be more along the west ramp on plastics and reaction baits early. The stripers are also keying on shad, but the action is tough without the live shad. Some surface boils and those fish are hitting topwater and jerkbaits. Catfish are fair on cut baits in most coves. There continues to be a good bluegill bite in the lower lake, but the bite is all pretty much morning and evening now. The best action is on wax worms, nightcrawlers, red worms, or meal worms fly-lined or split-shotted, or fished under a bobber. The marina reopened the boat rental facility two weeks ago. The lake’s surface elevation was 1,505.83 feet on Wednesday this week, down .47 feet from last week. The lake is at 93 percent full pool. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PYRAMID: The striped bass are starting to boil most mornings in the marina and around Chumash Island. Shore anglers continue to get stripers throughout the day in the canal up from the boat entrance when the water is flowing. On boiling fish, topwater, spoons, and jerkbaits have been the best bets. Bait anglers are scoring best on lug worms, nightcrawlers, and cut baits. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are showing on split-shot nightcrawlers, plastics, and topwater early and late in the day. Most of the fish are focused on shad, so shad sizes and colors are best. The bluegill bite is good on nightcrawlers with a lot of hand-sized fish or bigger. There is also a good catfish bite around the docks with some quality fish over eight pounds reported, but fish are showing from deep water all over the lake on sardines, anchovies, and dip baits in deeper coves. Trout very slow. The lake elevation was 2,574.66 feet on Wednesday this week, down .33 feet from last week. The lake is at 92 percent of full pool. 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.For updates on closures and restrictions, angler can try to call: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155, the boat shop at 661-294-9403, 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.
CLOSURE UPDATES: Kern County and city parks remain open but anglers should follow distancing guidelines. Some parking areas may be closed.
LAKE ISABELLA:There are still some crappie showing in 20 to 35 feet of water, making them pretty much out of reach of shore anglers. Boat anglers are still getting fish on small minnows and some good scores continue to be posted with fish to two pounds. Top spots have continued to be Rocky Point and Camp Nine. The catfish bite remains good, mostly on frozen shad, clams, other cut baits, and a variety of stink baits with Triple S the most popular. The best bite is at night. The fish are running from two to six pounds with some bigger. The trout action is slow to fair for trollers or PowerBait anglers fishing along with main dam or auxiliary dam. There is also a fair bite where either the South Fork or the main stem of the Kern River enters the lake. The fish are deep, however. Carp fishing is also fair to good on any of the shallow flats on dough baits. There is also still a fair bite on largemouth bass with the fish still in deeper water during the day and moving up early and late. Best bite has been on plastics, jigs, spinnerbaits, topwater, and swimbaits. The warning to avoid contact with algae blooms is ongoing. The warning was issued three weeks ago by the Kern County Public Health Department. Anglers and dog owners should exercise cautions to avoid contact or ingesting water in posted areas. Fishing is allowed, but anglers should take precautions. (Here is the direct link to the website explaining the problem and precautions: https://kernpublichealth.com/cyanobacteria-blooms-blue-green-algae/). The lake surface elevation was 2,566.25 feet on Wednesday this week, down 1.02 feet from last week. The lake is at 36 percent capacity. 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 has continued fair to good with a lot holdover fish. The DFW has planted sections 4 and 5 in both Kern and Tulare counties for the past three weeks and those sections are on the list again this week. Best action on Panther Martins, Blue Fox spinners, salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers. Fly-fishing action fair and improving on the upper river from Kernville up to the Johnsondale Bridge and above, and there is increasing dry fly activity. Some bass, catfish, and carp showing in the lower river and fishing flows remain pretty good. Flows in the upper river at Kernville was 577 cfs on Wednesday this week, up 68 cfs from last week. In the lower river, the flow was 1,096 cfs, up 78 cfs from last week. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT:The striper and catfish action has remained fair to good, especially for anglers working at it. While there are still a lot of small, undersize stripers, there are more and more fish over the 18-inch minimum keeper size, including some bigger fish. A few fish are showing on jerk baits or other artificials, but most of the action is on blood worms, lug worms, sand worms, and sardines. The catfish bite is also pretty good on sardines, mackerel, crickets, and other cut baits and paste baits. 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: The carp bite is good on dough baits. Bluegill are also good on wax worms. A few catfish and bass are also showing for anglers fishing nightcrawlers.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The carp and bluegill bites are both good. The ‘gills are best on wax worms or other small baits. Carp are best on dough baits. The bass action is fair to good on plastics, Flukes, and Brush Hawg-type lures early and late in the day. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.
HART PARK LAKE:Good to excellent carp and bluegill bites, and the bass are still decent early and late in the day. The bass are best on plastic worms and Brush Hawgs. The bluegill bite is best on wax worms, red worms, or meal worms. Carp to eight pounds are reported on homemade dough baits, Triple S, or Wussy Bait.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The bluegill action is good on wax worms, meal worms, or red worms. The carp bite is also good on dough baits, especially Wussy Bait, and a few more catfish are showing. The bass action is fair on plastics, Senko-type baits, and topwater, mostly early and late in the day.
MING LAKE:The bluegill and carp bites are pretty good, with the best action early and late in the day. The bluegill are showing on wax worms or meal worms, and while the carp are best on Wussy Bait or homemade dough baits. The bass action is fair to good early and late in the day on plastic worms, Senkos, Brush Hawgs, and live minnows.
BRITE LAKE: Some trout reports in the past week, and a good bite on small bluegill and crappie. The most recent DFW trout plant was the first week of June. There were two plants in April and one in January.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Heat has made morning and evening the best times to fish. The carp and blugill bite are the best bet here, with some quality carp showing on dough baits, especially Triple S. The bluegill are along most brushy, grassy shoreline and hitting wax worms, meal worms, and red worms. A few crappie continue to show on small minnows, and the bass are fair early and late in the day on plastics, Brush Hawgs, and Senkos along the tules, but these bites have gotten tougher with the heat. There have been a lot of catfish in the past week or two, mostly small fish, but some bigger fish on Wussy Bait. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com; Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or Copeís Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.
SUCCESS LAKE: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers web page says that all “boat launch facilities and day-use recreation areas are open. Use of campgrounds, group picnic shelters and playgrounds is prohibited and the project office remains closed to visitors.” The largemouth bass action is still fair to good on plastics and reaction baits or topwater early and late in the day, especially chatter baits (Whopper Ploppers). Also some catfish showing for cut bait anglers or those fishing dip baits, especially Triple S. The bluegill is also pretty good on bluegill for anglers fishing wax worms. The lake elevation was 632.85 feet on Wednesday this week, down .04 feet from last week. The lake is at 54 percent of capacity. Information: Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.
KAWEAH LAKE:The boat ramp, parking lot, and restroom facilities associated with the privately-operated marina at the Lemon Hill Recreation Area are all open for public use. The Kaweah and Slick Ramp ramps are also open. Fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill has been fair, and some crappie and catfish are showing. The rapidly dropping water level has made fishing difficult to pattern. The bass are best on Senkos, creature baits, and jerkbaits, while the crappie are best on live minnows and small jigs with Crappie Nibbles in 12 to 25 feet of water near structure. The lake elevation was 573.06 feet on Wednesday this week, down 11.85 feet from last week. The water level is down nearly 16 vertical feet over the past two weeks. The lake is at 57 percent full pool, losing more than 10 percent of its capacity in just one week. To reserve a rental boat, call the marina at 559-597-2526. Additional fishing information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.
Both Inyo and Mono County are open to fishing, and many of the Inyo National Forest campgrounds are finally opening Friday this week. This means that most of the roadside campgrounds in Inyo and Mono counties are now open. Many sites, including visitor centers and group campsites, remain closed. Anglers can visit the Inyo or Humboldt-Toiyabe national forest websites to get details on exactly which campgrounds are open. Both Inyo and Mono county hotels, private campgrounds, and marinas are also open. The fishing has been good throughout the region, Crowley Lake a real hotspot, but the action is generally good throughout the region.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife has finally started posting its trout plants again on its website at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/.
For the week of June 21-27, the following waters will be planted. They are listed by county.
Kern: The Kern River, sections 4 and 5, in the upper river. These same stretches were also planted each of the past three weeks, and are slated to get fish again next week.
Tulare: Section 5 of the Kern River in Tulare county was also planted this week and the previous three weeks. Also in Tule County, Uppper and Lower Balch Park Lake, Big Meadows Creek, Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake), Nobe Young Creek, lower Peppermint Creek, Stone Creek, and all four forks of the Tule River will get trout.
Oddly, there are no Inyo or Mono county plants on the last since the first week of June, and none are scheduled. Also no plants listed for Southern California counties.
Anglers should check the website regularly because the DFW has updated plants several times since it was reposted late last Friday.
OCEAN FISHING REPORT
For the most comprehensive and up-to-date ocean fishing available, go to www.976-TUNA.com.
YOUR FISHING REPORTS
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