Tuesday, May 26, 2020

REPORTS

Irvine Lake back on the menu for O.C. anglers

Catfish plant set for this week BY BLAKE WARREN SILVERADO – Orange County anglers once again have one of their prime waters back on their fishing access menu after Irvine Lake reopened to fishing Saturday, May 16. Moving forward, the lake...

Boating is back at Lake Perris, fishing at Isabella solid

BY MIKE STEVENS PERRIS – Boating is once again available at Lake Perris, and that includes float tubes, kayaks and stand-up paddle (SUP) boards but no jet skis or other personal watercraft. Lake staffers will allow up to 200 boats...

Donner Lake kicks out 20-plus-pound Mack

BY BILL KARR DONNER — Now’s the time to look for lunker Mackinaw lake trout in shallow water, before a thermocline develops in Sierra lakes, and that’s what happened for Matthew Galas of Grass Valley when he landed a 20-plus-pound...

Northern California freshwater round-up

BY BILL KARR North state rundown covers best fishing action around! SACRAMENTO — While a lot of waters are still closed, there’s a lot of great fishing going on in open areas, and a lot of variety to choose from. Anglers...

Southern California freshwater round-up

Diamond Valley Lake re-opened with new COVID-19 prevention policies Many more lakes across Southern California becoming available for outdoor recreation, usually with restrictions BY BLAKE WARREN and MIKE STEVENS HEMET — On May 1, Diamond Valley Lake reopened for fishing, boating, hiking...

The scoop on San Diego County’s launch ramps (updated)

Story updated Friday, May 8 at 1:30 p.m. SAN DIEGO -- We ran around San Diego County checking for open saltwater launch ramps so you wouldn't have to. Some but not all reopened on May 1, 2020, for recreational boating. Here's what...

Dickinson Eclipse semi-auto shotgun delivers the goods

BY STEVE COMUS The closer one looks at the Dickinson Eclipse gas-operated semi-auto 12-gauge shotgun, the more there is to like. It is the kind of gun that has so many nice touches inside that a quick look at the...

Lessons learned fishing for big bluefin

BY RICH HOLLAND SAN DIEGO – By now it’s apparent there is a perennial crop of quality bluefin tuna off the Southern California and Northern Baja coast. The reason or reasons matter not for this story. This is about how...

Visiting tackle powerhouse Gamakatsu in Japan

In February, WON General Manager Chuck Buhagiar had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of visiting Osaka, Japan’s second largest city with nearly 3 million residents, where he was welcomed by industry friends from Gamakatsu Group. While there, he marveled at the...

New lake record blue catfish posted at Otay Reservoir: 105.9 pounds!

By Blake Warren CHULA VISTA — Just on the precipice of the annual bass spawn, it was a massive blue catfish making headlines early last week as a hulking 105.9-pound whiskerfish was tamed by Dr. Ryan Hulbert of La Mesa, who...

25.54-pound rainbow caught! (updated)

UPDATE, May 25, 10:20 a.m.: As soon as #WON posted this story's lead photo on Facebook, it was hit with a barrage of criticism, with some commenters claiming the area is illegal to fish and others resenting the "spot...

SoCal sportboat fleet getting back to business

The Stardust and Coral Sea lead off SANTA BARBARA -- On Saturday, the Stardust and Coral Sea resumed business with a couple of 3/4-day trips, the first sportboats in the SoCal bight to do so. "We did it, our first day back at it is in...

Mono County trout waters open for fishing

BRIDGEPORT – Less than 48 hours after the Mono County Board of Supervisors voted to ask the DFW to open county waters to fishing, anglers were given the green light to fish on May 23. While Inyo opening to...