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Fish Report

March 30, 2004

Freshwater

Largemouth bass: The fish are shallow at most lakes. Perris, Poway, Diamond Valley, Castaic, Casitas, San Vicente, Isabella and Success are good choices. Crawdads, plastics and swimbaits work. Not all bass are spawning, but more will soon. Try deep water drop-offs too. Diamond Valley, Al Bennett, Yucaipa, caught a 12-12 on a jerk bait and Kurt Hodges, Hemet, landed five bass totaling 31-4, including a 12-0. At Casitas, Art Alanzo, Santa Paula, caught a 14-0 on a Gitzit.

Striped bass: Lake San Antonio on the Central Coast yielded a 33-pounder for Cecil Hillingsworth, Bakersfield, on live shad. Castaic Lake is the top local area, producing fish at a depth of 60 feet using anchovies. Lake Skinner is a good choice too. Russ Nievar, Anza, caught a 16-pounder while John Balderson and Jorge Delgado, Temecula, caught 32 stripers to about 12 pounds, using swimbaits and chicken livers. Silverwood Lake is fair for shore fishermen using night crawlers at the dam area. Few big fish, however. The aqueduct near Bakersfield is wide open for stripers to nearly 30 pounds.

Trout: Santa Ana River Lakes and Corona Lake are yielding lots of Lightning Trout, Thunder Trout, Tiger Trout and rainbows after heavy stockings of the "exotics." Corona yielded a 17-12 rainbow for Brad Madison, Ontario. Big Bear Lake is fair for rainbows to about five pounds, hitting mainly inflated night crawlers and mini-jigs. Laguna Niguel Lake is fair on inflated night crawlers, floating baits and salmon eggs. Piru, Casitas, Cachuma and Isabella are productive too.

Panfish: The best bet is crappie at Lake Isabella, as the fish are very active and feeding almost exclusively on live minnows. Locally, Lake Piru has a fair crappie bite at the north side of the lake in about 10 feet of water. At Lake Perris, bluegill action is tops with night crawler pieces off Water Slide Point. At Lake Henshaw near San Diego, limits of crappie have been logged by anglers fishing mini-jigs.

Catfish: The flathead bite on the Colorado River from Lake Havasu through Yuma is solid. Walter Miller, San Bernardino, caught a 22-pounder on a live bluegill in the main river near Blythe. Closer to home, San Diego's San Vicente remains the top spot for big fish. Rick Guzeman, San Diego, caught two blue catfish totaling 56-15. Lower Otay is fair on mackerel.

Trout plants

Locations: To be stocked this week: Alondra Park Lake, Arroyo Seco Creek, Upper and Lower Big Tujunga Creek, Echo Park Lake, Hansen Lake, Jackson Lake, San Gabriel River, East and West forks (Los Angeles); Trabuco Creek (Orange); Fulmor Lake and Hemet Lake (Riverside); Mojave Narrows Regional Park Lake and Silverwood Lake (San Bernardino).

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For an extensive and updated fish report, go to latimes.com/fish.

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