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May 30, 1997


CASTAIC LAKE--Largemouth bass fair when winds aren't keeping boats off lake. Lots of smaller fish coming from upper and lower lake.

LAKE PIRU--Some trout taken by trollers using Needlefish and Kastmasters deeper than 15 feet. Few limits. Occasional bass caught at north end. Inflated night crawlers getting most. Crappie fair on mini-jigs and mealworms at east end.

PYRAMID LAKE--A few stripers being caught on anchovies and plugs, but the bite is not at all reliable. Largemouth and smallmouth bass continue to be caught on a daily basis, mostly on plastics. Catfish picking up.

LAKE CACHUMA--Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and plastic worms at 15-20 feet. Red ear perch fair on night crawlers at east end. Some limits of trout, most coming between harbor and dam.

LAKE CASITAS--Lots of small bass, but few lunkers. Plastic worms and night crawlers getting most.

CORONA LAKE--Sizzling temperatures keeping the lake still during day. Mostly catfish coming alive in the afternoons. Hybrid striped bass beginning to boil in afternoons as well.

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES--Catfish have replaced trout as the predominant bait-taker and are biting on mackerel and shrimp.

IRVINE LAKE--Trout still fairly active, despite the heat. Scott Genkeros, Irvine, five trout topped by an 8-4, on Power Bait at West Bank. Catfish active in shallows, feeding on chunks of mackerel.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE--The lake is so full of catfish it's hard not to catch one, especially in afternoons and evenings. Bass bite fair. Small crank baits getting most.

LAKE SKINNER--Bite is on the slow side, but catfish (mackerel and chicken livers) and striped bass (anchovies, plugs) are showing at the scales daily.

LAKE PERRIS--Lots of small bass and bluegill.

SAN DIEGO CITY LAKES--Bass action has slowed, but lots of fish are still being caught at El Capitan, Hodges and San Vicente. If it's bluegill you want, San Vicente is the place--1,390 were caught in the past week.

LAKE CUYAMACA--Trout fishermen have given up on night crawlers because crappie strike them before the trout can make their move.

BIG BEAR LAKE--A lake-record 7-pound 4-ounce largemouth bass was caught by Danny Robinson, Apple Valley, on a spinnerbait at Grout Bay.

BISHOP--Lots of limits of pan-sized trout taken from all upper-elevation lakes. Road to North Lake has finally opened.

MAMMOTH LAKES--Hot creek dry fly action is superb, thanks to a caddis hatch that begins at about 11 a.m. Gray parachute caddis fly is a good bet. Limits of trout fairly common at Crowley Lake, but perch "are coming out by the buckets," according to one report.

JUNE LAKE LOOP--Trollers using Rapalas and Needlefish and bait fishermen using Power Bait and Sierra Gold are getting quality fish at all lakes on the loop.

BRIDGEPORT--Vast improvement throughout region. Little Virginia Lake is yielding fish to 10 pounds, and lots of limits of the pan-size variety. The hot bite at Kirman Lake is believed to be over for the season.


MORRO BAY (Virg's Landing)--20 anglers (1 boat): 11 ling cod, 50 red rock cod, 50 rock cod, 200 rockfish. (Bob's Sportfishing)--11 anglers (1 boat): 120 red rock cod, 45 rockfish, 1 salmon, 1 soupfin shark.

AVILA BAY (Avila Beach)--17 anglers (1 boat): 255 rock cod, 2 halibut, 12 ling cod, 5 cabezon.

SANTA BARBARA (Sea Landing)--20 anglers (2 boats): 170 calico bass, 10 sand bass, 1 halibut, 6 whitefish, 3 rockfish. (Hornet's Landing)--10 anglers (1 boat): 95 calico bass, 5 sand bass, 1 halibut, 2 barracuda, 4 rockfish, 5 mackerel.

VENTURA--16 anglers (1 boat): 90 calico bass, 70 sand bass, 3 barracuda, 1 halibut, 12 rockfish, 3 sculpin, 1 sheephead, 1 yellowtail. (Harbor Village)--15 anglers (1 boat): 150 calico bass, 1 yellowtail.

OXNARD (Cisco's)--63 anglers (3 boats): 18 barracuda, 2 white sea bass, 151 calico bass, 1 halibut, 1 ling cod, 30 rockfish, 2 sand bass, 19 sculpin, 52 whitefish, 25 black smith perch, 30 island shiner perch. (Gold Coast)--14 anglers (1 boat): 125 calico bass, 1 halibut, 15 rockfish, 15 sand bass, 1 sculpin.

PORT HUENEME--28 anglers (2 boats): 2 white sea bass, 232 calico bass, 24 sand bass, 42 barracuda, 3 rockfish, 1 lingcod.

MARINA DEL REY--106 anglers (5 boats): 1 halibut, 303 barracuda, 138 sand bass, 22 calico bass, 3 bonito, 1 sculpin. (In-Seine Sportfishing)--22 anglers (1 boat): 35 calico bass, 25 sand bass, 20 barracuda, 2 halibut, 10 sculpin.

REDONDO BEACH--160 anglers (4 boats): 73 yellowtail, 27 albacore, 14 bonito, 106 calico bass, 573 barracuda, 1 halibut, 1 sheephead.

SAN PEDRO (L.A. Harbor Sportfishing)--100 anglers (4 boats): 35 albacore, 139 yellowtail, 1 white sea bass, 3 halibut, 275 barracuda, 150 calico bass, 24 sand bass, 14 sculpin, 10 bonito, 1 sheephead. (22nd St. Landing)--153 anglers (5 boats): 7 albacore, 13 yellowtail, 129 calico bass, 1 halibut, 244 barracuda, 107 sand bass, 5 bonito, 12 sculpin

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