Wednesday, January 20, 2021

REPORTS

Colonet cods climb, yellows also show

BY MERIT McCREA SAN DIEGO/OCEANSIDE — Both the Ocean Odyssey on a 1.75-day and the Pacific Queen on a 1.5-day were back to the dock Sunday with nice catches of rockfish. Along with it were some bigger bonito and yellowtail...

High water draws steelhead into Smith, Chetco

SMITH RIVER - The Smith and Chetco Rivers both reached their highest flows in more than a year last week, and as they dropped back into shape, big steelhead spread throughout both systems. The Smith was fishable just a couple...

Going deep: Quarterbacking a 20-pound Millerton striper

Former Raiders QB sticks trophy jailbird, finesse-style BY BLAKE WARREN FRIANT – Frigid, a little windy and a bit uncomfortable. A typical mid-January early morning one can usually expect at Millerton Lake early in the new year. But those circumstances haven't...

Trout bite soars at DVL, quality largemouth found deep

HEMET – A load of Mt. Lassen trout was dumped into Diamond Valley Lake on Jan. 5, which sparked limit-style fishing a day later and a sustained pick on quality rainbows and lightning trout in the days that followed....

Big steelhead arrive on Smith, Chetco rivers

BY ANDY MARTIN SMITH RIVER - The first 20-plus-pound steelhead of the season has been confirmed on the Smith River, while several large fish also were caught over the weekend on the Chetco River as both runs approach their peak...

San Diego: Colonet lings snap, bluefin boil

BY MERIT MCCREA SAN DIEGO/OCEANSIDE — The weekend fleet bound for Colonet encountered some solid lingcod and quality reds. In addition, bluefin put on a good show in the area, including the jumbos.All in all, it was a quiet wintertime...

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...

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...

Rains boost Smith River steelhead action

BY ANDY MARTIN SMITH RIVER - Slow for most of December, steelhead fishing improved over the weekend on the Smith River as the latest storm brought in fresh adult fish, producing the best catch rates so far this season. Guide Mick...

San Nicolas Island bite cranks

BY MERIT McCREA SAN PEDRO/LONG BEACH — The overnight boats out of the Harbor area continued to make big catches of the larger rockfish, whitefish and sheephead found out at San Nicolas Island. The Eldorado crew, Long Beach Sportfishing, loaded...

MOST RECENT

Waterfowl hunting reports plus DFW duck counts for Jan. 13-17

SoCal Ducks are still largely missing in action BY JIM NIEMIEC RIVERSIDE – It has not been very ducky weather in this portion of the Pacific flyway the last couple weeks. Winds have not blown on shoot days and temps have...

Long range: Cow grounds show promise

Good sign of quality tuna on traditional winter grounds BY GUNDY GUNDERSON SAN DIEGO-- After a solid week of good fishing on quality tuna, the long range fleet was encouraged at the prospects for the coming, albeit, abbreviated, cow season. Both...

A great start to 2021 aboard the Victory

BY DYLAN DEPRES With a new fishing license and a new set of fishing goals I jumped on board with my friends at Victory Sportfishing. They'd had some nice fishing in the last week with limit-style sculpin daily and hit-or-miss...