Bass have been the big catch this week at many Southland reservoirs, according to landing operators. At Castaic Lake, Bill Cruse of Hawthorne caught a 16-pound 6-ounce bass in the upper lake.
The Red Hill area of the Salton Sea is a hot spot for large corvina. Jack Poole Jr. of Thermal caught one that weighed 26 pounds 4 ounces.
Good catches of crappie were reported at Lake Henshaw.
WILLOW BEACH--Striped bass fishing picking up. Darryl and Judy Shipp, Phoenix, 12-12 striper at 56-mile marker. Trout good at 63-mile marker up to 3-12.
LAKE MEAD--Largemouth bass picking up in brushy areas and rocky points, from 3 to 6 pounds. Striped bass fair from 20 to 50 feet in lower basin, 1 1/2 to 3 pounds. Larger fish in deeper water.
BULLHEAD CITY--Trout biting on Lake Mohave for trollers, average two-three pounds. A few striped bass and trout in Colorado River.
SALTON SEA--Corvina hot at Red Hill. Good tilapia bite at North Shore. Croaker biting at Bombay Beach.
LAKE CACHUMA--Bass picking up in shallow water.
LAKE CASITAS--Bass biting from 15 feet to surface on variety of baits. Trout good by trolling at 40 feet with several limits reported. Catfish slow.
LAKE PIRU--Bass good at north end, Reasnor cove and east side of lake. Trout good by trolling near dam.
CASTAIC LAKE--Bass best bet. William Huncuff, Sherman Oaks, 22-0 catfish in big lake on mackerel.
LAKE ISABELLA--Good for yellow, white and brown catfish. Bass fair around shore and Lime Dyke. Brown trout good at Paradise and Kissack coves. Bluegill and crappie slow.
SAN DIEGO LAKES--Otay: Bass best bet. Top catch: 14-5 bass, largest of season at lake. San Vicente: Good for bass and rainbow trout. Bluegill and crappie fair. Lake Miramar: Rainbow trout best bet. Top catch: 3-8 trout. Small bass improving. Sutherland: Good for bass. 12-5, 11-4, 10-11, 9-4 bass catches. El Capitan opened Thursday.
IRVINE LAKE--Bass picking up. Trout excellent on west shore. Catfish and crappie good.
LAKE IRWINDALE--Trout bet bet. Peck Choo, Hacienda Heights, limit of trout, largest 4-8; Steve McDowell, Baldwin Park, two trout weighing 7-8; Herb Cross, Azusa, trout limit, largest 4-0.
VAIL LAKE--Good for bass and bluegill. Catfish and crappie fair. Joe Mazzurco, Lemon Grove, 14-5 bass. Good limits of smaller bass reported.
LAKE HENSHAW--Crappie best bet. Bass picking up. Wilbur Moes, San Dimas, 12 crappie; Richard Littlefield, San Dimas, 25 crappie.
BISHOP AREA--Excellent trout fishing at Pleasant Valley Reservoir and Lower Owens River.
Saltwater The Times accepts and publishes the catch count as a public service. Any responsibility for accuracy is that of the landing operator.
MORRO BAY (Virg's Landing)--13 anglers (1 boat): 25 red rock cod, 150 red snapper, 20 bass.
VENTURA (Ventura Landing)--19 anglers (1 boat): 300 rock cod.
OXNARD--70 anglers (3 boats): 8 halibut, 10 calico bass, 1 ling cod, 12 cow cod, 650 rock cod.
PORT HUENEME--27 anglers (2 boats): 403 rock cod, 1 cow cod, 1 ling cod, 1 king salmon.
MALIBU--76 anglers (4 boats): 2 calico bass, 4 sand bass, 13 halibut, 20 rockfish, 150 rock cod, 1 cow cod.
MARINA DEL REY--127 anglers (2 boats): 32 halibut, 38 sand bass, 225 rock cod, 125 mackerel. REDONDO--73 anglers (4 boats): 1 yellowtail, 21 bonito, 246 calico bass, 2 halibut, 40 blue perch, 1 ling cod, 169 rockfish, 150 mackerel.
SAN PEDRO (Ports O' Call)--42 anglers (2 boats): 4 yellowtail 260 calico bass, 36 sand bass, 12 ocean whitefish, 47 rockfish. (22nd St. Landing)--65 anglers (3 boats): 4 white sea bass, 1 halibut, 505 calico bass, 60 blue perch, 25 rockfish.
LONG BEACH (Belmont Pier)--25 anglers (2 boats): 385 rockfish, 35 ocean whitefish. (Queen's Wharf)--30 anglers (1 boat): 111 calico bass, 195 rockfish, 10 ocean whitefish, 112 bonito.
SEAL BEACH--28 anglers (1 boat): 420 rock cod, 10 cow cod.
NEWPORT (Newport Landing)--22 anglers (1 boat): 16 sand bass, 11 rockfish, 10 mackerel. (Davey's Locker)--32 anglers (1 boat): 200 blue perch, 160 calico bass.
DANA WHARF--35 anglers (2 boats): 93 bass, 71 rockfish, 4 mackerel.
OCEANSIDE--39 anglers (1 boat): 12 calico bass, 219 sand bass, 30 rockfish, 63 mackerel.
SAN DIEGO (Islandia)--13 anglers (1 boat): 109 rockfish, 2 sand bass, 50 mackerel.
A list of waters scheduled to be planted by the Department of Fish and Game, weather and road conditions permitting, by counties:
LOS ANGELES--Arroyo Seco Creek, Big Tujunga Creek (Upper and Lower), El Dorado Park Lake, Legg Lakes, Little Rock Reservoir, Peck Road Lake, Piru Creek (Frenchman's Flat), San Gabriel River (East, West, North Forks), Santa Fe Reservoir.
SANTA BARBARA--Lake Cachuma.
RIVERSIDE--Cahuilla Lake, Perris Lake, Skinner Lake.
SAN BERNARDINO--Cucamonga Guasti Park Lake, Glen Helen Park Lake, Mojave Narrows Park Lake, Prado Park Lake.
VENTURA--Lake Casitas, Reyes Creek, Rose Valley Lakes, Sespe Creek (Upper section), Ventura River (North Fork).