Freshwater fishing

first_img Kern River The Lower Kern through Kern River Canyon is a little muddy and high but still is fishing fairly well. Most anglers are scoring with Pautzke Orange Label or Green Label Balls ‘O Fire eggs, worms and crickets. The Upper Kern is fair, and when the wind isn’t blowing, anglers are catching pan-size trout near the launch ramp at Lake Isabella. Power Bait has been the best bet for anglers fishing Buena Vista Lakes. For more info: Bob’s Bait Bucket (661) 833-8657. Orange County Irvine Lake Trout fishing was fair the past week. Bait fishing has been generally more productive than trolling, with night crawlers and chartreuse or rainbow Power Bait on short 6- to 10-inch leaders best near Trout Island, the docks, Woody’s Cove and Santiago Flats. Trout range from 1-0 to 4-0. Some incidental bluegill and small bass have hit on night crawlers intended for trout. Crappie fishing is really taking off, with many limits of hand-size crappie and a few larger slabs being seen. Best bet is white/yellow mini jigs fished near the fence line on Trout Island. For more info: Irvine Lake Pro Shop (714) 649-9111. Santa Barbara County Lake Cachuma Anglers are reporting a good smallmouth bass bite on deep diving crankbaits and slow retrieved spinnerbaits in Santa Cruz Bay on Jackrabbit Flat in 15-25 feet of water. The trout bite has slowed a little, but trollers fishing from Santa Cruz Bay to The Narrows are doing well on fish that are running a half-pound to a pound. The shore action is pretty slow still. For more info: Lake Cachuma Marina (805) 688-4040. Riverside County Diamond Valley Reservoir The typical winter bite is on here. Anglers are taking some swimbait fish off points and in coves, but most folks are chasing trout in the marina area. Trout are being caught on jigs, worms and by casting spinners and spoons. For more info: Diamond Valley Marina (951) 926-7201. San Diego County Lake Cuyamaca Snow fell here Saturday, but that didn’t hurt the fishing. The bite has turned to a shoreline bait gig. Anglers floating Pautzke Balls ‘O Fire salmon eggs off the bottom are scoring easy limits, and another trout plant of 1,000 fish this week should keep the bite steady. Others are doing well with night crawlers fished on a 24- to 36-inch leader. For best results, inject Liquid Krill into the night crawlers. Other species slow. For more info: Lake Cuyamaca (877) 581-9904. Lake Jennings The trout bite finally is improving. Anglers fishing in Hermit Cove with worms are doing OK, but it’s those with rental or private boats that are doing best. Trout are still in deep water. Another 1,200 pounds of trout are going to be planted Friday. The channel catfish bite is fair for anglers working mackerel soaked in red Nectar along the buoy line. Bass anglers are scoring with ice jigs and swimbaits. The biggest bass this week went 8-0. For more info: Lake Jennings (619) 390-1300. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Lake Casitas Swimbaits were the only way to catch big bass again this week. Bass to nearly 13 pounds were taken on various swimbaits. Although a 17-pound catfish was caught on mackerel dipped in Catmando sauce, the catfish bite has slowed. A trout plant took place last Wednesday, but trout fishing was good only the day the fish were stocked. Trout action is poor now. For more info: Lake Casitas Boat Rentals (805) 649-2043. Lake Piru The trout bite is good following a plant of 3,600 fish last Wednesday. Trout are being caught by trollers near the dam, 35-40 feet deep, with Needlefish, Kastmasters, Roostertails or just about anything you want to troll. On shore, trout are being caught near the marina on salmon eggs, night crawlers and Power Bait. Bluegill are still available in 20 feet of water near the dam. Fishing pressure is way down. For more info: Lake Piru Marina (805) 521-1231. Kern County The bite is fair for largemouth and stripers. Anglers able to net live shad are doing best, but they aren’t always available, with only some pods of shad moving into shallow water areas. If you can’t get shad, jigs, spoons, spinnerbaits, swimbaits and reaction baits are your best bet. A trout plant of 1,500 pounds went in Jan. 9 at the West Ramp – not the main ramp this time. The purpose was to plant the trout in an area that anglers would have more access to fish for trout, but the trout bite is slow. For more info: Castaic Landing (661) 775-6232. Ventura County center_img Los Angeles County Castaic Lake last_img

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