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Fish Report

June 19, 1998


CASTAIC LAKE--Recent trout plant has the striped bass in a biting mood. Surface plugs are getting fish to 15 pounds and more. Largemouth are biting as well, but the fish are on the small side, averaging 3-5 pounds and biting on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. The lower lake is producing steady catches of trout. Power Bait and small spinners are the top catchers.

LAKE PIRU--Trout fishing remains the best bet, with limits common for those arriving early and using night crawlers and yellow Power Bait at the north end. Trollers using trout- and shad-pattern Rapalas also are doing well. Red ear perch are being caught regularly on red worms and night crawlers in backs of coves.

LAKE CACHUMA--Trout fishing remains good, with rainbows from 2-3 pounds showing daily at the scales. Night crawler-flasher combos and Needlefish lures trolled at the dam or in front of the marina are getting most, though shore fishermen using Power Bait are getting some. Largemouth bass fishing is good one day, bad the next. Red ear perch are biting sporadically on mealworms and night crawlers. Trout derby scheduled June 27-28. Details: (805) 966-4266.

LAKE CASITAS--Larger bass are starting to show. An 11-pounder by Sean Bailey, Agoura Hills, was the biggest. He used a RoboWorm. Smaller bass are being caught mostly on spinnerbaits and night crawlers. Trout limits are still fairly common, with Needlefish lures trolled at 30-40 feet getting most. Catfish remain active in the shallows.

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES--Soukanh Soukkaseum from Anaheim caught a tagged catfish worth $25,000 during last weekend's fishing derby. Fishing is fantastic for catfish, but the derby is over so you'll have to fish merely for enjoyment. Biggest fish, 16-9 by Enrique Larres, Fullerton, on a marshmallow-mealworm combination. Some trout.

CORONA LAKE--Ted Serna, Riverside, caught a tagged catfish worth $2,000 during last weekend's derby. Catfish are active throughout the south end, biting on mackerel, marshmallows and mealworms, or any combination thereof. Some trout.

IRVINE LAKE--A 58-pound catfish was caught by Paul Coberly, Harbor City, on mackerel and 8-pound test line. It falls way short of the lake-record 76 1/2-pounder. A catfish derby begins today. Details: (714) 649-9111. Trout are still being caught sporadically, and some anglers are working the shoreline for bass, enjoying fair success using plastics and spinnerbaits.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE--Night fishing for catfish is good on mackerel and shrimp. Charlie Harvey, Los Angeles, 14-pound catfish, on shrimp. Some bass. Try spinnerbaits and crankbaits.

SILVERWOOD LAKE--Largemouth bass activity has picked up, mainly at the quarry and dam. Trollers fishing deep water are doing OK for trout, though limits are hard to come by. Needlefish lures are working best. A 2-pound-plus crappie was caught at Cleghorn Canyon on a red and white mini-jig.

BIG BEAR LAKE--Trout fishing is fair to good, not so much for limits but for big fish. A 7 3/4-pounder tops the list. It was caught by Dale Alt, Covina, on Power Bait at the west ramp. Some catfish. The bass bite refuses to get going.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE--Trout fishing slowed some in the early part of the week but has bounced back to where some limits are being caught. Jeff Smock, Covina, 4 1/2-pound Alpers rainbow, on rainbow Power Bait. A kids' fishing derby is scheduled Saturday 8 a.m.-noon. Details: (909) 867-2009.

LAKE SKINNER--Striped bass are being caught fairly regularly at the inlet, mostly on anchovies and chicken livers. Very little surface activity. Lam Bunlot, San Bernardino, filled a 10-fish stringer with 40 pounds of stripers using anchovies. Catfish activity is fair, with the dam producing most and night crawlers and mackerel catching most. Some largemouth bass are being caught on spinnerbaits at the south shore.

LAKE PERRIS--Darrell Jordan, Ontario, 11-6 bass, on a waterdog near the island. Mike Alvarez, Corona, 8-pound bass, on a crawdad at the dam. Lots of smaller bass are being caught on plastics and spinnerbaits at the east end. Bluegill action is picking up, mainly in the trees at the east end, but in several other areas as well, with mealworms the top catchers. Shore fishermen soaking night crawlers near the dam are catching an occasional trout.

SAN DIEGO CITY LAKES--An 11-pound bass was caught by Greg Keyser, Ramona, on a waterdog at Sutherland. The bluegill bite remains excellent at both lower Otay (2,324 fish caught this past week) and San Vicente (1,814 fish). The crappie bite is good at Hodges.

LAKE CUYAMACA--Top catch, an 11-5 largemouth by Jeff Hamm, Ranchita, on three night crawlers dipped in Smelly Jelly. Top stringer of trout weighed 14-14 and was caught by Lloyd Ling, Ramona. Crappie also are active.

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