Wednesday, June 16, 2021

REPORTS

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...

Dixon Lake angler bags two double-digit bass in same outing

Swimbait devotee also tacked on a 7-plus for good measure ESCONDIDO – Two largemouth over 10 pounds in a week out of any lake would make headlines, but a a pair of trophy bass caught by the same angler in...

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...

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...

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...

Long range fleet shuts down

By Gundy Gunderson SAN DIEGO — The long range fleet shut down this week with the mounting concerns and threats of the Covid-19 virus. Fortunately, much of the fleet is in the boatyard and few trips are scheduled for April....

Bluefin bonanza off Baja!

SAN DIEGO – Storms? What storms? They didn’t interrupt the bluefin bite down south off Baja, in fact, the grade improved with fish to 170 pounds meeting the gaff. The first big hit for numbers came last weekend, but the...

Pyramid trout bite red hot!

SUTCLIFFE, Nev. — Despite cold water temperatures, Pyramid Lake anglers found pretty solid cutthroat trout fishing last week before the stormy weekend set in. “The water is still cold at 47 degrees but the fish are biting pretty decent,” said...

MOST RECENT

Long Range Report: A 245 on the cow grounds, coastal yellowtail on fire, bluefin...

BY GUNDY GUNDERSON SAN DIEGO - Another successful trip to the cow grounds returned with a good catch of 100-pound class yellowfin and a sample of cows topped by a dandy 245. The Hurricane Bank and Buffer Zones have shown...

Big dorado, a cow tuna and sizzling billfishing as Baja enters its peak season

BY PAT MCDONELL EAST CAPE – Baja fishing is in its seasonal prime as bluefin are being caught off Ensenada by charters chasing foamers and throwing poppers, boats from San Diego working those areas and up to the 371 and...

Big bags, good fishing cap off regular season at SBS two-day Championship

BY BLAKE WARREN LONG BEACH – The 2021 Saltwater Bass Series regular season culminated this past weekend with the Series’ two-day Year-End Championship event based out of Long Beach, and great weather and good fishing greeted 30 of the best...