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The fish re­port is weekly. Its ac­cu­racy de­pends on ma­rina op­er­a­tors, tackle shops, and lo­cal fish­er­men we con­tact. An­glers catch­ing large fish should send the in­for­ma­tion to Out­door News Ser­vice, P.O. Box 9007, San Bernardino, CA 92427, or tele­phone 909-887-3444, so it can be in­cluded in this re­port. E-Mail mes­sages or fish­ing re­ports can also be posted to Jim Matthews at [email protected]­i­zon.net.

The fish re­port is copy­righted and any use or re­post­ing of the re­port, or por­tions of the re­port, is pro­hib­ited with­out writ­ten per­mis­sion.

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. Hes­pe­ria Lake stays in the top picks with another plant this week. The cold, windy weather has kept an­glers away and the fish are re­ally stack­ing up in the lake. There have been a num­ber of fish to four pounds re­ported, in­clud­ing quite a few lim­its. For an up­date, call the lake store at 760-244-5951.

2. Pyra­mid Lake has re­ceived big DFW trout plants each of the past three weeks and the bite has been very good around the ma­rina. The usual baits have been get­ting the fish, but the var­i­ous small, scented trout plas­tic and jigs have been best. For an up­date on the bite, check with the Em­i­grant Land­ing en­trance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Ex­press in Cas­taic at 661-251-8700.

3. The Kern River’s trout bite has stayed very good with weekly plants go­ing into some of the river sec­tions each week. Be­sides the planters, here con­tin­ues to be a lot of qual­ity rain­bows show­ing in the lower Kern be­low Is­abella. Sal­mon eggs, nightcrawl­ers, and Su­perDu­pers have been the best baits. For an up­date on this bite, call Bob’s Bait Bucket at 661-833-8657.

HIGH DESERT WA­TERS VICTORVILL­E RE­GION

HES­PE­RIA LAKE: This week’s plant will be the fifth of the sea­son. The bite has been pretty good with some lim­its each week, and rel­a­tively light fish­ing pres­sure in re­cent days be­cause of cold windy weather. There are still a few holdlover cat­fish show­ing with some over 10 pounds. Lake in­for­ma­tion: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Cold and windy this week, and the trout bite has been tough. Top ac­tion has been on Pow­erBait in sal­mon peach, gar­lic, and rain­bow, nightcrawl­ers, and small trout jigs and other small trout lures. Best spots in­clude the north­ern and eastern shores of lake 2 and the grassy point and western shore near the drain of lake 3. Other species very slow. For more in­for­ma­tion call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jess­ranch­lakesnews.com.

MO­JAVE NAR­ROWS: The trout ac­tion has been fair with weekly 609-pound plants on Thurs­days. The trout are from 1-8 to three pounds, and while no lim­its were re­ported, many an­glers are get­ting one or two fish. The park is only open Thurs­day through Mon­day, closed Tues­day and Wed­nes­day. No DFW trout plants on the sched­ule yet. In­for­ma­tion, call 760-245-2226.

HIGH DESERT WA­TERS AN­TE­LOPE VAL­LEY RE­GION

APOLLO PARK LAKE: Trout plant last week, but the bite has been fair to good since, but there has been light fish­ing pres­sure be­cause of cold, windy weather. The best ac­tion has con­tin­ued to be from the back lake on small jigs in green with black flake. In the front lake, the bite is still best on the Drew’s Rat Tail (red head, or­ange body) with far fewer fish on Mice Tails or reg­u­lar Power Bait. There is also still a pretty fair carp bite on the Amayz­ing Dough bait. For more in­for­ma­tion on plants and events, con­tact Apollo Park at 661-9407701 or Amaysing Fish­ing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824. JACK­SON LAKE (NEAR WRIGHTWOOD): Cold. Still a few rain­bows be­ing caught on Pow­erBait on small trout jigs. The most re­cent re­ported DFW trout plant was over a month ago. The bluegill bite has al­most died. For up­dated in­for­ma­tion, call Amaysing Fish­ing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALM­DALE: The lake closed to fish­ing Sun­day, Oct. 6 and will re­open to fish­ing on Feb. 2 for the trout sea­son kick­off. Call the Palm­dale Fin & Feather Club for mem­ber­ship and fish­ing in­for­ma­tion at 661-947-2884 or go to web­site at www. palm­dale­fi­nand­feath­er­club.com.

QUAIL LAKE: Cold and windy weather this week and very lit­tle fish­ing pres­sure. The few an­glers fish­ing are still get­ting a few cat­fish at the out­let on fresh sar­dines, and that bait is also still get­ting an oc­ca­sional striper. No re­ports on large­mouth, catfsh, or bluegill this past week. For up­dated in­for­ma­tion, call Amaysing Fish­ing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824. CAL­I­FOR­NIA AQUEDUCT (Hes­pe­ria to Quail Lake stretch): Still slow to fair ac­tion on cat­fish through­out the aqueduct for an­glers fish­ing the chicken liver and nightcrawl­er com­bi­na­tion or with fresh sar­dines. Few stripers re­ports this week with cold, windy con­di­tions through­out the val­ley. The top ac­tion con­tin­ues to be where the flow is slowed or ed­dys cre­ated at bends, road cross­ings, weirs, and siphons. For up­dated in­for­ma­tion, call Amaysing Fish­ing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824. CEN­TRAL PARK LAKE (CAL­I­FOR­NIA CITY): No re­ports again over the past week.

LITTLEROCK RESER­VOIR: No re­ports again this week. The lake is nor­mally open to walk-in fish­ing, but the Palm­dale Wa­ter District has an on­go­ing sed­i­ment re­moval project and ac­cess is re­stricted at times. For up­dated in­for­ma­tion, call Amaysing Fish­ing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

SAN BERNARDINO MOUN­TAIN WA­TERS

SIL­VER­WOOD: The trout bite has been good and another DFW plant is slated for this week. Quite a few lim­its re­ported. The trout bite is best in Cleghorn, Miller, around the ma­rina, and up into the chan­nel on Pow­erBait in char­treuse and gar­lic, Trout Mag­net jigs, or in­flated nightcrawl­ers with gar­lic. There were also DFW plants two and four weeks ago. The striped bass bite has re­mains fair with fish to four pounds on an­chovies, gar­lic nightcrawl­ers, blood or lug worms fished at the dam, main lake points, or around the ma­rina, mostly in deep wa­ter. Still some cat­fish show­ing on cut baits at the ma­rina docks and into both Miller and Cleghorn canyons, and some are also show­ing at the dam. The large­mouth bite is slow with lit­tle pres­sure, and there have been no re­ports of crap­pie since be­fore the rains. Lake elevation is 3,346.55 feet, up just over a foot from last week. An­glers should be aware of health ad­vi­sories for the con­sump­tion of fish from this lake be­cause of high PCB and mer­cury lev­els in the fish flesh and skin. Here’s the di­rect link to a PDF brochure ex­plain­ing con­sump­tion rec­om­men­da­tions: http://www.oe­hha.ca.gov/fish/so_­cal/ pdf_zip/081013Kios­kad­vySil­ver­wood.pdf. Dock fish­ing is al­lowed for $3 for adults, $2 for kids and se­niors. Pri­vate boats must be in­spected for ze­bra and quagga mus­sels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats in­spected and tagged at Di­a­mond Val­ley and Per­ris will be al­lowed at Sil­ver­wood. The park is open seven days a week. In­for­ma­tion: ma­rina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Sil­ver­wood Coun­try store 760-389-2423.

BIG BEAR LAKE: Weather con­tin­ues cold, but the lake is not frozen solid. There is lots of shore­line sheet ice most morn­ings. The trout fish­ing has been pretty good near the dam. The best ac­tion is from the Red House to Ju­niper Point along the North Shore. The ac­tion is best on Carolina rigs with long lead­ers of two to four-pound test fluoro­car­bon lead­ers and orig­i­nal or yel­low gar­lic Pow­erBait. For in­for­ma­tion on fish­ing, call Big Bear Sport­ing Goods at 909-8663222 or visit the store’s Face­book page.

GRE­GORY LAKE: No re­port avail­able. Most re­cent plants over a month ago. Lake and fish­ing in­for­ma­tion at 909-338-2233 or on the web­site at lakegre­go­ryrecre­ation.com/ fish. Fish­ing up­dates are posted in­fre­quently on the park’s Face­book page or web­site.

GREEN VAL­LEY LAKE: More snow this past week. Very slow fish­ing with no plants in over a month. The web­site is www. gvl­fish­ing.com and the Face­book page is Green Val­ley Lake Fish­ing.

IN­TER­STATE 5 LAKES

CAS­TAIC: The DFW trout plant two Fri­day’s ago was 2,000 pounds and another DFW plant is slated for this week. The bite has been good around the main launch ramp on Pow­erBait, mini jigs, and Kast­mas­ters with the fish in the one-pound range. The striper bite is fair in deeper wa­ter with spoons, ice jigs, or small shad swim­baits. Find­ing fish has been dif­fi­cult. The large­mouth and small­mouth ac­tion has been mostly in deeper wa­ter and with fi­nesse-style baits. They also have been tough to lo­cate, but when you find a school, the fi­nesse baits or deep-div­ing jerk baits and weighted swim­baits have been get­ting a few fish. Cat­fish have been hard to lo­cate with the colder tem­per­a­tures. Bluegill and crap­pie bites are slow, even in the lower lake. No cat­fish re­ports. The lake’s elevation is 77 per­cent full. Lake elevation is 1,479.62 feet, up about two feet from last week. For in­for­ma­tion call the ma­rina at 661-7756232 (www.Cas­taicLake.com) or Tackle Ex­press at 661-251-8700.

PYRA­MID: Trout were planted each of the past two Fri­days and DFW fish are on the sched­ule again for this week. The ac­tion has been very good with a lot of lim­its of fish av­er­ag­ing about a pound. Small jigs, spin­ners, and spoons, Pow­erBait, or in­flated gar­lic scented nightcrawl­ers are all pro­duc­ing. Top spots have been the ma­rina area and the shore­lines ad­ja­cent to the ma­rina. The stripers bite has been slow with most of the ac­tion is for two to three pounders on cut baits in deeper wa­ter or for trollers or an­glers spoon­ing these deep fish. The large­mouth and small­mouth bites both been fair with light pres­sure. Soft plas­tic, cranks, and small swim­baits have all been get­ting fish along most shore­lines. No re­ports on other species. The lake’s level is not chang­ing much. It is at 89 per­cent full this week. Lake elevation is 2,569.81, down about four feet from last week. There is a health warn­ing about eat­ing fish from Pyra­mid Lake (ex­cept the rain­bow trout). More in­for­ma­tion at this link: http://www.oe­hha.ca.gov/fish/ so_­cal/pyra­mid­lake2013.html. In­for­ma­tion: Em­i­grant Land­ing en­trance booth at 661295-7155 or Tackle Ex­press at 661-2518700.

COLORADO RIVER

ARI­ZONA FISH­ING RE­PORTS: The Ari­zona Game and Fish Depart­ment com­piles a weekly re­port for most wa­ters in the state, in­clud­ing the Colorado Rivers. An­glers can read the re­port at this di­rect link: http:// azgfd.net/art­man/pub­lish/Fish­ingRe­port/.

FLOW IN­FOR­MA­TION: Reser­voir elevation lev­els and flow re­leases for the en­tire lower Colorado River are avail­able at this web site with in­for­ma­tion up­dated hourly: www.usbr. gov/lc/re­gion/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE IS­ABELLA: Very light fish­ing pres­sure with very cold nights. There does con­tinue to be a pretty good win­ter crap­pie bite around the mari­nas with fish run­ning from ae-pound up to nearly two pounds, mostly on small live min­nows. There also con­tin­ues to be a pretty fair cat­fish bite on fish to six pounds on Triple S dip bait, clams, shad, sar­dines, chicken liver, all used with scent added. Many an­glers are adding nightcrawl­ers to their cut baits to add mo­tion. Best area has been near the dam. Only a few large­mouth from deep wa­ter, and not bluegill, carp, or trout re­ports this past week, al­though the DFW is sup­posed to plant rain­bows in the lake this week. The lake level is about the same this week and cur­rently sits at 30 per­cent. Lake elevation is 2,560.55 feet, which is al­most iden­ti­cal to last week. In­for­ma­tion: Bob’s Bait 661-8338657 or www.bob­s­bait­bucket.com, North Fork Ma­rina at 760-376-1812, or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tack­le­an­drod.com.

KERN RIVER: The trout bite is good in both the up­per and lower river, and there are DFW plants slated in sec­tions 4, 5, and 6 of the up­per river this week. There were plant in sec­tions 2 and 3 of the lower river last week. Sal­mon eggs, nightcrawl­ers, Roost­er­tails and Blue Fox spin­ners, and Su­perDu­pers are the best baits and lures. There con­tin­ues to be a steady string of big rain­bows from the lower river be­ing caught with fish over four pounds. Ideal flows for fish­er­men in both the up­per (560 cfs) and lower river (516 cfs). Fly-fish­ing ac­tion fair on the up­per river from Kernville up to the John­son­dale Bridge and above. The bass ac­tion in the lower river has also been fair on nightcrawl­ers and small re­ac­tion baits. In­for­ma­tion: Kern River Fly Shop 760-3762040 or (www.kern­river­fly­fish­ing.com) or Gate­way Mar­ket 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper ac­tion re­mains pretty fair, but the biter has been al­most ex­clu­sively on sar­dines and blood­worms in the Taft area, with a fair num­ber of keep­ers in the bite. The striper bite in the Ket­tle­man area has been bet­ter on lures, with Fluke and Gitzit-type baits get­ting fish there. The cat­fish bite is slow on cut baits and dip baits at most bridge cross­ings and weirs. Most fish on Triple S dip bait, mack­erel, blood or lug worms, or chicken liver fished along the bot­tom. An­glers are re­minded the limit on stripers is two fish greater than 18 inches, while the large­mouth limit is five fish. In­for­ma­tion: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bob­s­bait­bucket.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www. tack­le­an­drod.com. MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: Over­all very slow with al­most no fish­ing pres­sure and no re­ports of carp, bluegill, or cat­fish.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Trout stocked last week and it is on the list again for this week. The bite is best on Mice Tails, Pow­erBait (with gar­lic oil), gold spin­ners, Phoebes, and Kast­mas­ters, along with mini jigs. Other species have slowed way down. In­for­ma­tion Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: Most re­cent trout plant was five weeks ago, and the lake is not slated to get DFW trout for the next two weeks (but that could change). No fish­ing pres­sure this past week and very slow ac­tion on all species. TRUX­TUN LAKE: Al­most no fish­ing pres­sure and there have not been any carp, bass, or bluegill re­ported.

MING LAKE: DFW trout are slated to be planted again this week, and there was a plant last week. The best ac­tion con­tin­ues to be best on Mice Tails, the mini jig-wax worm combo, and Pow­erBait with gar­lic oil or gar­lic nightcrawl­ers. Slow other species. BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant this week and three weeks ago. The trout bite has

been best on Pow­erBait with gar­lic oil, Power Worms, or Mice Tails. Other species are slow. BUENA VISTA LAKES: Very slow since plant last Mon­day, but also very light fish­ing pres­sure. The best ac­tion has been on Mice Tails with a few fish on gar­lic nightcrawl­ers, Pow­erBait, and small trout jigs. Other bites are very slow with no bass, carp, crap­pie, or bluegill re­ported. Fish­ing in­for­ma­tion: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bob­s­bait­bucket.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www. tack­le­an­drod.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No re­ports. SUC­CESS LAKE: There is a DFW trout plant slated for next week. The first plant of the sea­son went in three weeks ago. Over­all slow fsh­ing with lit­tle pres­sure, but a few bass con­tin­ued to show on struc­ture with plas­tics or jigs. No crap­pie, bluegll, or cat­fish re­ports. The lake level stayed at eight per­cent full this week. The lake elevation is 587.67 feet, al­most the same as last week. In­for­ma­tion: Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tack­le­an­drod.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The lake level jumped from eight per­cent to 14 per­cent over the past three weeks with storm runoff. Lake elevation is cur­rently 607.65 feet, up five feet from last week. The over­all bite is still slow with very lit­tle fish­ing pres­sure, but some bass are show­ing on plas­tics and jigs in deeper wa­ter. No bluegill and cat­fish be­ing re­ported. Trout are slated to be stocked next week. In­for­ma­tion: Sierra Sport­ing Goods at 559-592-5212. EASTERN SIERRA

Top Eastern Sierra fish­ing re­port web sites are: www.Ken­sS­port.com (Bridge­port re­gion), www.TheTroutFl­y.com (Mam­moth Lakes re­gion), and www.Sier­raDrifters.com (Bishop and Mam­moth Lakes re­gion).

TROUT PLANTS

For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stock­ing page at https://nrm.dfg. ca.gov/FishPlants/.

This week’s trout plants: In Kern and Tu­lare coun­ties, Brite Val­ley Reser­voir, sec­tions 4, 5, and 6 of the up­per Kern River, Lake Is­abella, Ming Lake, and River Walk Lake were on the plant list. In Inyo County, Diaz Lake, the Owens River be­low Tin­nemaha Reser­voir and the Big Pine to Bishop stretch, and Pleas­ant Val­ley Reser­voir are slated to get trout. In Los An­ge­les County, Cas­taic and Pyra­mid lakes are on the list. In San Bernardino County, Sil­ver­wood Lake is sched­uled be planted.

For the week of Dec. 22-28 the ten­ta­tive plants in Tu­lare County in­clude both Kaweah and Suc­cess reser­voirs. In Inyo County, Diaz Lake is slated to get trout again.

OCEAN FISH­ING RE­PORT

For the most com­pre­hen­sive and upto-date ocean fish­ing avail­able, go to www.976-TUNA.com.

YOUR FISH­ING RE­PORTS

Please feel free to send your fresh­wa­ter or salt­wa­ter fish­ing re­ports and fish­ing pho­tos to Jim Matthews, Out­door News Ser­vice, at [email protected]­i­zon.net and the in­for­ma­tion will be in­cluded in the weekly re­port. If you have ques­tions or com­ments, please call Matthews at 909-887-3444.

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