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November 10, 2000

Los Angeles County

CASTAIC LAKE--Striped bass are being caught incidentally on trout lures. Toward the end of the week, after a trout plant, they were biting on lures that look like trout. The biggest weighed 14 pounds. The trout bite is slow to fair. Largemouth bass are active, but those showing on hooks are small.

PYRAMID LAKE--Trout are biting, mostly on Power Bait in the marina area. Bass fishing is slower, but some are being caught on plastic worms fished at about 15 feet. Striped bass are being caught sporadically.

Ventura County

LAKE CASITAS--Catfish are biting on mackerel in the shallows. Trout action is fair. Frank Morrison, Ojai, five trout totaling 13 pounds, on night crawlers at the dam. Harry Jioras, Ojai, eight- and six-pound bass, on plastic worms at 40 feet. Smaller bass are much closer to the surface.

LAKE PIRU--Bass fishing has improved and fish to about six pounds are biting on crankbaits and night crawlers. Trout have yet to rise and become hungry.

Santa Barbara County

LAKE CACHUMA--Trout action is fair and some are filling their limits. The fish are biting on lures and bait. Bass on plastic worms at 20-40 feet. Red-ear perch are being caught on night crawlers at Jackrabbit Flats.

Orange County

IRVINE LAKE--Trout season opens today with 20,000 pounds of rainbow trout in the reservoir. Fishing should be good if you can find a good spot. The gate opens at 6 a.m.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE--Catfish action has slowed and the stocking program is suspended as anticipation builds for the trout opener Nov. 24. Bass fishermen are catching a few on dark plastics and night crawlers.

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES--Dozens of trout topping the 10-pound mark have been pulled out in the last several days. One at 20-8 was caught on a mini-jig.

Riverside County

CORONA LAKE--A 14-7 trout highlights a pretty good bite and the cooler weather should make for a great weekend, barring rain. Lots of limits of two-pound fish. Chartreuse Power Bait has been best.

LAKE PERRIS--Top bass was one 11-6 caught on a swimbait at the east end. Mostly smaller fish are being caught. Some trout and bluegills.

LAKE SKINNER--Striped bass are active, a few weighing at close to 10 pounds. Top-water plugs and live shad are the best bets. Largemouth bass and catfish are providing some action.

San Diego County

LAKE CUYAMACA--Trout are biting best on night crawlers, but few limits are being filled. Some catfish.

DIXON LAKE--Trout fishing is good with lures and processed baits but use light line or the fish won't bite. A derby is being held through the weekend. Some bass and catfish.

LAKE POWAY--Trout season is underway and fishing is fair to good on lures and bait. A 14-pound bass was caught on a spoon.

SAN DIEGO CITY LAKES--Trout season is in swing at Miramar and San Vicente, and trying to get in swing at Murray, where the bite remains slow. A seven-pounder was caught on rainbow Power Bait at Miramar. Bass fishing is good at Barrett (open Sundays only) and San Vicente. A 67-pound blue catfish was caught on mackerel at San Vincente.

Eastern Sierra

The general trout season is over, but Pleasant Valley Reservoir and the Lower Owens River remain open to fishing. At the reservoir, a fluctuating water level is keeping the trout moving, and the river leading into it is the best bet. On the Lower Owens, the flow is about 200 cubic feet per second but bait and fly-fishermen are enjoying much better action, on both the regular and wild-trout sections. Streamer patterns are best for fly-fishermen. The Owens River Gorge is productive but difficult to wade because of increased flows.


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)--15 anglers (1 boat): 100 red rockcod, 50 rockfish.

AVILA BEACH (Patriot Sportfishing)--10 anglers (1 boat): 72 rockcod, 24 red rockcod, 2 bolina, 2 red snapper.

SANTA BARBARA--4 anglers (1 boat): 1 rockfish, 3 sculpin, 4 salmon.

OXNARD (Cisco's)--29 anglers (3 boats): 26 yellowtail, 26 whitefish, 3 sheephead, 6 sculpin, 54 rockfish, 13 red snapper, 2 calico bass.

PORT HUENEME--18 anglers (1 boat): 10 yellowtail, 1 sheephead, 1 sculpin, 12 whitefish, 1 red snapper.

MARINA DEL REY--57 anglers (4 boats): 6 halibut, 351 sculpin, 36 sand bass, 2 calico bass, 1 whitefish, 2 sole.

REDONDO BEACH--14 anglers (1 boat): 105 sculpin, 1 bonito, 10 sand bass.

SAN PEDRO (L.A. Harbor Sportfishing)--4 anglers (1 boat): 8 yellowtail, 6 calico bass, 1 black seabass (released). (22nd St. Landing)--18 anglers (1 boat): 32 calico bass, 5 sculpin, 31 sheephead, 66 whitefish, 108 blue perch, 11 opaleye perch, 1 white seabass.

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