Sunday, April 18, 2021

Freshwater Fishing

DVL gets trout stock, stripers keyed in on smaller bait

WINCHESTER – The first trout plant of 2021 arrived at Diamond Valley Lake this week with the usual fanfare, and while the striped bass bite has been on the upswing, it hasn’t been of the big-swimbait variety that’s typically...

RIGS: Powering up the drop-shot

Covering water Mark Zona’s mainstay technique BY PAUL LEBOWITZ                                                      The drop-shot is a can’t miss trick for fall and winter bass. What if you could take this bread and butter and jazz it up? Bass fishing personality Mark Zona...

Bigger and more stripers throughout Colorado River chain

BY MIKE STEVENS and BLAKE WARREN BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. – Various areas throughout the Colorado River chain finished 2020 strong on the striped bass stage after a slower-than-usual fall, and that trend is carried right into the new year with...

Perris gives up double digit largemouth and a striper north of 30

BY MIKE STEVENS PERRIS – There have been bass biting at Perris for a month, quality models at that, but most of them are coming in on minuscule baits in excruciatingly-deep water. Well, the double-digit bell recently rang, and while...

New Year’s resolution: More Sierra trout fishing

BY ERNIE COWAN BISHOP — It’s the New Year, the winter solstice has passed, and days are getting longer. It’s a great excuse to do more Sierra trout fishing, right? Things were on the slow side the past few weeks with...

Bass fishing: Reaction baits in a SoCal winter

BY ROB MAGARGAL As the weather gets colder and days get shorter, we see water temps falling weekly.  From that, many of us, myself included, are doing our damnest to keep the dream alive of chasing down topwater schools that...

The WON readers’ writing contest is back for 2021!

Trio of Penn Fathom reels up for grabs to monthly winners BY BLAKE WARREN SAN CLEMENTE – It goes without saying, 2020 was one heck of a strange and unpredictable year, with just about everyone on the globe having to adjust...

Smith, Chetco rivers drop into prime shape for steelhead

SMITH RIVER - The Smith and Chetco rivers dropped into prime shape for steelhead over the weekend, but catch rates remained on the slow side as the peak season is still a week or two away. Guide Mick Thomas of...

Suisun Bay sturgeon action spectacular

Are we killing the goose that laid the golden egg? BY DAVE HURLEY Sturgeon fishing has been nothing short of incredible in Suisun Bay with both private boaters and six-pack operators scoring as many as six limits of sturgeon on a...

First Person Report: Making Cachuma memories

In these strange times of 2020 and COVID, I knew that the extended lockdown was wearing on all of us. This past week, I took my parents, Jeff and Gabrielle Farrell to Lake Cachuma, knowing that the cool air...

MOST RECENT

Cliff King weighs Big Stringer on final day to claim California Open title

BY JODY ONLY LAKEPORT – California anglers, pro Cliff King from Ione, fishing with AAA Hunter Jacobson of Orangevale, sacked up the Biggest Stringer of Day Three of the Cal Open at Clear Lake to add 25.23 pounds of bass...

Surf Fishing round up

Compiled by Gundy Gunderson SANTA BARBARA— The halibut were on the bite this week, according to Hook, Line and Sinker. Anglers reported good catches on most beaches. Two grunion runs and the gradual warming water has drawn the fish shallow....

SoCal outdoor enthusiasts gain outfitting option in Gear Coop

Fully dialed for serious salt anglers, but it doesn’t end there SANTA ANA – Known in the climbing world as a specialty retailer focused on the outdoors, Gear Coop has recently expanded to offer saltwater fishing equipment. With skilled and...