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Fish Report

June 12, 1998


CASTAIC LAKE--How's this for a striped bass haul? Guide Erik Stepanek, with his father, Bill, and friend, Ray Merrill, used live shad to catch 23 stripers totaling 300 pounds, the largest a 17-pounder. Live shad is the key here. Largemouth bass are biting throughout the upper lake. Sam Amormino and Ed Puente, Los Angeles, caught 58 bass in a day, the largest a four-pounder, on plastic worms. Top bass, a 10-pounder by Richard Nelson, Lake View Terrace, on a crawdad. A good trout bite is in progress on the lower lake, with yellow and orange Power Bait accounting for most limits.

LAKE PIRU--Trout fishing has actually picked up, even though it is mid-June. Drifting with night crawlers or Power Bait has been effective for fish averaging one-two pounds. Bass, crappie and catfish, which should be active now, are not. All of this, of course, is being blamed on El Nino and the absence of summer weather.

PYRAMID LAKE--Striped bass fishing is steady and the fish are big. A 27-pounder--the heaviest of the year--was caught on a sardine near the dam. Most limits are being caught on anchovies fished on the bottom. Bluegills and crappie also have begun to feed heartily. Red worms, mealworms and mini-jigs are all producing.

LAKE CACHUMA--Trout remain the best bet, with trollers using Needlefish getting periodic strikes and reeling in rainbows from up to four pounds. Rapalas are getting some too. Red-ear perch are being caught in fairly large numbers, mostly on red worms.

LAKE CASITAS--Very few bass over 10 pounds, but lots of smaller fish are being caught on plastic worms and crawdads. Trout are still cooperating, with trollers fishing Needlefish and Rapalas in the middle of the lake and near the dam getting fish to about four pounds. Catfish bite remains steady, with mackerel producing the best catches.

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES/CORONA LAKE--A $50,000 tagged-fish contest is under way at both lakes, which means crowds that might hamper the bite. Otherwise, fishing for catfish has been great. If you're in the derby, try mackerel soaked in Hog Wild. Some trout are being caught as well. Corona also has a decent crappie bite going.

IRVINE LAKE--Recently stocked brown trout are showing occasionally at the cleaning station, but not at the weigh station, where all anyone cares about are the lunker rainbows, which are still showing occasionally. The biggest was a 13-pounder by Dan Barton, Rancho Santa Margarita, on an unspecified bait. Catfish season opens June 19. Expect heavy plants beforehand.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE--Catfish, catfish and more catfish. OK, and a few bass. The cats are in the shallows, biting on mackerel and night crawlers. The bass are sporadically striking crankbaits, especially in the afternoon.

OSO RESERVOIR--Lots of bass being caught by fly and conventional fishermen. Double-digit catches are common, but the bigger fish are line shy. Top bass, a 5 1/2-pounder by Patrick Gutman, Corona, on a crankbait at south shore.

SILVERWOOD LAKE--Largemouth bass remain fairly active, biting at 12 feet off rocky areas and bushes. Try spinnerbaits, plastic worms or night crawlers. A 6 3/4-pounder was caught on a night crawler. Lots of trout are being caught too, mostly by trollers using Rapalas and Kastmasters near the dam.

LAKE PERRIS--Dwayne Brisco, Ontario, 7 1/2-pound largemouth bass, on a waterdog in the marina area. Lots of smaller bass biting on plastic worms at the east end. Bluegill are also biting at the east end. Greg Moore and Greg Mobley, Long Beach, 40 bluegill, on crickets and night crawlers at the east end. Trout limits fairly common, with trollers using Needlefish and Kastmaster along buoy line doing best.

LAKE SKINNER--Striped bass are deep, but biting on anchovies early in the morning, especially at the dam and inlet. Average weight is four to seven pounds. Catfish action is picking up, with most fish caught at the dam on chicken livers or mackerel. Some largemouth bass. Try casting spinnerbaits along the south shore. Top catch, a stringer of catfish totaling 60 pounds by Don Sonora, Los Alamitos, who used mackerel.

BIG BEAR LAKE--Trout are still the main fare, with Power Bait and trolled lures getting mostly small fish but some to five pounds, holdovers from the May Trout Classic. Largemouth bass are beginning to show signs of a spring bite, even though it's almost summer. They're starting to move into the shallows and taking plastic worms and crankbaits.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE--The Southland's only lake with Alpers-raised rainbows so popular in the Eastern Sierra is not disappointing many people. Top trout, a 5 1/2-pounder on Sierra Gold. Lots of fish in the two-four-pound range. A kids' derby is scheduled for June 20. Details: (909) 867-2009.

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