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Fish Report

July 27, 2001


Los Angeles County

CASTAIC LAKE--Largemouth bass action remains good for fish averaging one to three pounds. A five-pounder was caught on night crawlers and released. Striped bass not as active, and some smaller fish are coming off the dam.

PYRAMID LAKE--Bass are striking small plastic worms during the day and are biting early in the morning on topwater and reaction lures. Stephen and William Hardy of Reseda caught and released 20 bass on Texas-rigged worms.

Ventura County

LAKE CASITAS--Catfish, trout and perch are best and bass action is slow. Frank Morrison of Ventura caught an 18-pound catfish on mackerel. Trout fishing action is active--they're at 50 feet lake-wide, and biting on night crawlers and needlefish lures.

LAKE PIRU--Bass fishing is best--they're at 10-15 feet, and biting on red worms and night crawlers at the east and north end of the lake. No big fish but several limits.

Santa Barbara County

LAKE CACHUMA--Trout is best at 40 to 50 feet, and biting on night crawlers and rainbow Power Bait. Some bass are being caught near the surface on plastic worms and crank baits. Red-ear sunfish and perch are biting on night crawlers at the east end of the island.

Orange County

IRVINE LAKE--Good fishing along the west shore and off rocky points. Bass is best bet on buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, and deep running crank baits. An eight-pound bucketmouth was caught by Dennis Rodriguez of Downey. Channel catfish are providing the bulk of action for boaters and shore anglers with many limits. The west shore is now open to vehicles and should provide good fishing for non-boaters.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE--Catfish will be stocked every Friday morning and are biting in the afternoon and evening on mackerel and worms. A 13-pound catfish was caught by Henry Yosaki of Corona on fresh yellowtail. Bluegill are also active.

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES--Excellent catfish action. A 10 1/2-pounder was caught by Kevin and Brett Dorsey of Valencia, and another by Sam Somounkhene of Whittier at Anaheim Lake. Good limits--Herschel Younger and Joshua Miller of Culver City caught eight catfish totaling 22 pounds.

San Bernardino County

BIG BEAR LAKE--Fishing is fair, however, many limits were posted, with a number of trout in the one-pound class. Fish very early or very late.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE--Fishing is poor to fair but could pick up with the next stocking. Boaters using Power Bait are doing best.

Riverside County

CORONA LAKE--Catfish action is good on garlic mackerel bait and night crawlers. The lake is stocked with catfish twice a week and 24-hour fishing is allowed Friday and Saturday evenings with a special pass.

LAKE PERRIS--Bluegill biting at east end of island and best bet for catfish is at launch ramps. Danny Khneiser of Riverside caught a 10-2 largemouth bass on night crawler at marina.

LAKE SKINNER--Bass fishing is excellent, those casting crank baits and crawlers are seeing the most action.

San Diego County

DIXON LAKE--Night fishing has been very good. The buoy line has been turning out good catfish numbers. Paul and Nancy Cannon of Escondido had two limits of catfish totaling 38 pounds.

SAN DIEGO CITY LAKES--A 9-3 bass caught at Lower Otay and 19-5 channel catfish caught at Lake Murray top the list. El Capitan and San Vicente best bet for bass. Bluegill active at Lower Otay.

LAKE CUYAMACA--The crappie and bullhead catfish action is consistent. Trolling is working better for the trout than bait. Bright Roostertails are working better Panther Martins.

LAKE POWAY--Bass fishing continues to do well. Catfish bite is improving. Tom Koetter of Poway caught a 14-pound bass on shiners near Boulder Bay.

Eastern Sierra

BISHOP AREA--South Lake area continues to spill fish and has lots of limits. The best catch is trolling by the rockslide. Bait fishing behind the island is very good using Power bait or salmon eggs. Heidi Ott of Mojave caught a 10-pound Alpers trout using Powerbait.

MAMMOTH LAKES AREA--Some four-pounders were caught between Silver and Grant Lakes with worms. Conditions are good at Grant Lake; several 3-6 pounders.

JUNE LAKE LOOP--Fishing has been excellent on all lakes using Power Bait and eggs. Fly-fishermen are doing well early mornings and late evenings using Thomas Buoyants.

BRIDGEPORT AREA--Dropping lake levels are moving the fish toward the center of the dam. Best to fish in the center between Rainbow Point and the marina. Marina ramp is closed, but rental boats still available about two miles north of marina.


MORRO BAY (Virg's Landing)--173 anglers (7 boats): 6 lingcod, 352 red rockcod, 260 rockcod, 275 rockfish, 143 albacore.

AVILA BEACH (Patriot Sportfishing)--60 anglers (2 boats): 198 rockcod, 52 red rockcod, 2 lingcod, 21 albacore, 20 red snapper.

SANTA BARBARA (Sea Landing)--40 anglers (3 boats): 26 barracuda, 11 calico bass, 1 halibut, 314 rockfish, 14 sand bass.

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