Fishing Report - California March 2008

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Fishing Report - California March 2008

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March 4, 2008

Barrett: Closed to fishing.
Chollas: The Department of Fish and Game will plant trout here this week. Open daily to youngsters 15 and under. San Diego Fly Fishers sponsors a Lend-A-Rod program on Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and it includes free bait and tackle and fishing tips.

Cuyamaca: The addition of 2,000 pounds of rainbow trout will add extra excitement here. Warming air and water temperature should have this mountain fishery hopping by midweek. South End is getting better, with boaters having success with scented baits there. Michael Tredway, Escondido, 2-9 trout, night crawler, Chambers Park. Patrick Bryan, Spring Valley, 2-8 trout, night crawler, Dike. Azalea Creek and Little Stonewall Creek both flowing and holding trout. Private boats prohibited until the lake acquires a high-power wash to prevent quagga mussels from entering the lake. Open daily.
Diamond Valley Lake: Lake is set to receive another stocking of trout Thursday. Bass fishing improving, with anglers finding them in 10-to 30 feet of water. Steve Moreford of Oceanside, 6.58-pound bass, fishing in the marina area with a spinnerbiat in 20 feet of water. Mark Harkless of Beaumont got a 4.17 pound bass fishing the west dam with a floating swimbait. Shawn Cooly of Quail Valley caught five bass totaling 24 pounds in an hour. He used Cool baits all over the lake. Bob Stevens of Glendale fished twice last week and caught 25-pound limit (with a 7.5-pound bass) one day, following it with three bass the next totaling 23 pounds, including a 10-pounder. Nikki Risco, 11, of Sun City caught a 6.1-pound trout fishing the west dam with a night crawler dropped to 25 feet. Doug Metten of Fallbrook landed a 3.5 pound trout while trolling a Needlefish at 35 feet near the East Dam. Striper fishing has been fair. John Sexenian of Northridge boated a 13.57-pound striper. He used a Zplug off the first shoreline point. Mike Southerland, Fontana, 20-pound striped bass, ZPlug. Mike Collins, San Jacinto, 1.5-pound bluegill, middle of the lake in 50 feet of water, ice jig. Open daily.

Dixon: Fair fishing for trout, with bass starting to show signs of spawning. Amy Leonerdy, Carlsbad, 4-pound rainbow trout, part of a limit of trout she caught while fishing near the Buoy Line. Open daily, 6 a.m.-5 p.m.

El Capitan: The 90 anglers checked reported 6 bass kept (72 bass released), 10 crappie and 7 blue catfish. Dave Holland, Clairemont, 30.90 blue catfish (released), mackerel, Front Bay. Open for fishing and general boating Thursday through Monday, water contact (water-skiing, jet skiing, wakeboarding, etc.) Sundays only. Permits on Thursday, Friday and Monday will only be available through the Iron Ranger/Pay Station by the concession building (exact change only). Rental boats are only available on Saturdays and Sundays. On Sundays only there is a limit of 80 boats total on the lake at one time. All persons (age 8 and older) entering reservoir property are required to pay daily use fees.

Henshaw: Open daily for fishing.

Hodges: Creel checks of 135 anglers showed 4 bass kept (67 bass released), 127 crappie. Open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

Jennings: Bass showing signs of spawning. Floating Rapalas worked slowly very early and late in the afternoon have been working. Drop-shotted worms also fetching some bass. Trout action is best from Half Moon Cove to Sentry Point. Mike Shandley of El Cajon reports very good fishing here. He visited the lake Saturday with his two sons, David, 10, and Joshua, 8, and hit their secret spot. “We had the best fishing trip ever,” Mike Shandley said. “Starting at the crack of dawn, we boated over to our spot and within two hours we had our limit (15 trout). We used rainbow power bait, egg sinker and 4-pound test line. That's the only way to go.” Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 5:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Check for more information.

Loveland: The 192 fishermen reported 14 bass kept (207 bass released), 1 carp, 1 channel catfish. Open daily.

Miramar: The 156 anglers checked reported 27 bass (all released), 177 rainbow trout. Will be stocked this week with 2,000 pounds of rainbow trout from Nebraska. Dave Gordon, Claremont, 5 trout, 15.25 with a 3.85, night crawlers, Escondido Arm. Open daily to fishing and boating. Pay fees at iron ranger or electronic pay station near the concession building.

Morena: Open daily.

Murray: The 173 anglers checked reported 78 bass (all released), 58 trout and 2 channel catfish. Open daily to fishing and boating. Pay fees at iron rangers near the abandoned concession building or at key access points.

Otay, Lower: The 162 fishermen checked reported 6 bass kept (243 bass released), 38 channel catfish, 34 crappie, 23 trout, 1 blue catfish. Johnny Wainright and Charles Robinson, Long Beach, 8 channel catfish, 978.8 pounds with a 23.15, kept, mackerel, Buoy Line. Ronson Smothers, Los Angeles, 45.0 blue catfish (released), Otay Arm. Open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Pay fees at iron rangers near the boat launch and abandoned concession building. Boats now available for rent.

Otay, Upper: The 22 anglers checked reported 33 bass, all released. Open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday for fishing, sunrise to sunset. Upper Otay is a catch and release only fishery. Bait is not permitted, only artificial lures with barbless hooks. Boats are not permitted on Upper Otay, only shore fishing, waders and float tubes.

Poway: Jenny Fonseca, Rancho Bernardo, 10.2 trout, night crawler, Log Boom. Mike Rossell, Escondido, 5.9 bass, crankbait, East End of the Log Boom. Javier Avitia, Chula Vista, 5.1 trout, Power Bait, next to the Fishing Pier. Open Wednesday through Sunday. In order to prevent the introduction and infestation of quagga mussels, the following items are prohibited at Lake Poway: float tubes, private motors and anchors, live bait containers, fish finders, floating catch baskets, live bait from any source other than the Lake Poway concession, any items the staff considers to be potential contaminants.

Santee Lakes: Jason Rentis, El Cajon, 7-0 trout, rainbow Power Bait, Lake 4. Ed Decoteau, golden lightning trout, chartreuse Power Bait, Lake 4. Michael Garnica, El Cajon, 2-0 bass, Phoebe, Lake 4. Last trout stocking of the season is due March 14 with 1,000 pounds split between Lakes 3 and 4. Catfish season opens Friday, April 4 with the stocking of 1,000 pounds of channel catfish in Lakes 3 and 4. Check Open daily.

San Vicente: Big news here is that the lake will remain open through Labor Day, not close on the July 4 Weekend as previously announced. The 173 fishermen checked reported 9 bass kept (200 bass released), 4 crappie, 2 channel catfish and 1 blue catfish. WON Bass Team Tournament set here for Saturday. Call John Cassidy at (619) 466-8355. Fishing has been fair. Steve Johnson, Oceanside, 25.90 blue catfish (released), mackerel, East Bank. Leonard Jones, San Diego, 7.75 bass, boat. Open for both fishing and water contact (water-skiing, wakeboarding, etc) on Saturdays, and for fishing only on Sundays. Rental boats are available both days. Jet Skiing is not permitted at San Vicente at any time. Hours of operation are sunrise to sunset. Due to construction hazards, the shoreline from just right of the launch ramp all the way to the buoy line is now closed to all activities. For construction schedules and information on the Emergency Storage Project, please check the San Diego County Water Authority's web site at and click on San Vicente Dam Raise.

Sutherland: Reopened for fishing Saturday. The 97 anglers on Saturday and Sund
ay reported 13 bass kept (67 bass released), 12 crappie, 6 channel catfish and 1 blue catfish.

Sweetwater: The 102 fishermen reported 3 bass kept (21 bass released), 11 crappie. Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Wohlford: Another 1,200 pound of rainbow trout due this week, so fishing should improve. Bass fishing slow. Ban on private boats remains in place due to the threat of quagga mussels. Other banned equipment include canoes, kayaks, float tubes, trolling motors, fish finders, anchors, etc. Rental boats available. Open daily.

Trout: Cuyamaca, 2,000 pounds of Mt. Lassen trout. Dixon, 1,200 pounds. Jennings, 1,200 pounds from Mt. Lassen. Miramar, 2,000 pounds from Nebraska. Poway, 1,500 pounds. Wohlford, 1,200 pounds. The DFG will stock Chollas and Lindo lakes this week.

Pt. Loma Sportfishing, H&M Landing, Fisherman's Landing: 17 anglers, one half-day boat: 3 sheephead, 1 calico bass, 1 sand bass, 2 sculpin, 25 rockfish. 11 anglers, one three-quarter-day boat: 14 rockfish, 11 sculpin, 5 sheepshead, 1 calico bass, 1 ling cod, 29 whitefish.

Seaforth: 5 anglers, one three-quarter-day boat: 15 calico bass, 7 sand bass, 25 whitefish, 1 sheephead, 1 lingcod. 16 anglers, two half-day boats: 1 calico bass, 1 sand bass, 49 rockfish, 12 whitefish, 3 sheepshead, 3 sculpin, 1 halibut, 20 mackerel.

Oceanside: 28 anglers, one half-day boat: 47 sculpin, 26 rockfish, 21 sand dabs, 18 boccaccio, 1 whitefish.

Cabo San Lucas: Yellowfin bite has taken over here, with good fishing southwest of the Jaime Bank. Tuna schools running with the porpoise. School fish in the 10-to 20 pound range, but lots of fun to chase and catch. The Gaviota Fleet's catch reflected the week with 47 trips producing 253 yellowfin tuna, 6 striped marlin, 6 mako sharks, 5 dorado, 21 sierra.

Mazatlan: The Aries Sportfishing Fleet reported good fishing for yellowfin tuna, with fair action for billfish. The 29 trips produced 137 yellowfin tuna, 4 striped marlin, 1 mako shark, 1 dorado and 61 skipjack. The inshore super pangas reported that eight trips produced a bottomfish bonanza.

La Paz: Yellowtail action continues to impress off Muertos Bay, with some other action for pargo, roosterfish and cabrilla also happening.

Noteworthy: Barry Taylor, Corona, 22.75-pound rainbow trout, Santa Ana River Lakes in Orange County. Lake manager Jim Davis caught the next largest trout there last week, landing a 22-pound trout Saturday while fishing near the boat dock. Interesting note about Taylor's fish is it took him over an hour to land on his ultralight 2-pound test line and outfit. Both big trout were fooled with rainbow Nitro Bait doused with Nitro Grease. Not only big fish, but nice limits of trout taken, too. Johnny Castro, Santa Ana, had four rainbows that weighed in at 16-8, including a 13-pounder. All were caught on rainbow Nitro Bait fished near the boat dock. Mark Walker, Los Angeles, weighed in his heaviest trout from a fine stringer. His best went 8-8 and hit green Nitro Bait. This is the lake that still reportedly has two 30-pound rainbows swimming in it. Eagle Claw still has a bounty on a new state record fish. If the 28-plus pound state and lake record is broken using Eagle Claw Nitro baits or bait additives, the lucky angler can claim a $500 prize. If an Eagle Claw hook is used, he or she is eligible for another $500.
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