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FISH REPORT

FRESHWATER

Los Angeles County

CASTAIC LAKE--Striped bass biting for those casting trout-pattern lures. Several stripers came in at 10 pounds or more and some pushed 20 pounds. Largemouth bass action is picking up as the fish are chasing shad. Some trout.

PYRAMID LAKE--Striped bass are scattered but biting on lures and bait. A few have pushed 10 pounds. Bass action is fair on reaction baits and trout action is fair on processed baits.

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Ventura County

LAKE CASITAS--Catfish and trout are most cooperative, with limits of both common on standard baits. Bass fishing is fair. Gary Laird, Santa Paula, nine-and seven-pound bass on swimbaits.

LAKE PIRU--Crappies, bluegills, trout and bass are being caught on standard baits, but fishing is far from wide open.

Santa Barbara County

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LAKE CACHUMA--Trout action is picking up in the marina area and at the east end. Red-ear perch are holding at 30 feet and biting on night crawlers and mealworms. Bass are biting early on crankbaits and crawdads.

Orange County

IRVINE LAKE--Trout action is slow to fair but some limits have been logged since the opener Nov. 1 and bait has had the edge over lures. Some bass.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE--The trout opener is Nov. 23. Meanwhile, anglers are catching catfish, bass, crappies and bluegills on standards baits and lures.

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SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES--The trout opener Nov. 1 was good and the weekend should be productive for those using standard baits.

San Bernardino County

BIG BEAR LAKE--Trout are being caught on Power Bait and night crawlers, but the fish are small. The lake is close to turning over, meaning the colder water at the surface will displace the warm water below. Fishing will not be good for several days afterward.

JESS RANCH LAKES--Trout are biting on Power Bait and small spinners, and two-fish limits are common. Catfish are biting on mackerel, shrimp and marshmallows.

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Riverside County

CORONA LAKE--Trout fishing has been slow, despite recent heavy plants. Cooler weather should spark a bite. A 16-pounder tops the list. Catfish action is best.

LAKE PERRIS--Top fish was a 5-pound 6-ounce bass on a purple plastic worm at Sail Cove. The bite is fair for mostly smaller fish. Other species are slow.

LAKE SKINNER--Catfish action is best at the dam and east end. The first trout plant of the season--2,500 pounds--is scheduled for today. It should spark a striper bite.

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San Diego County

LAKE CUYAMACA--Trout fishing is slow to fair but the fish are on the plump side and biting primarily on Power Bait.

DIXON LAKE--Trout to six pounds are scattered but biting on most baits and lures. Lots of limits. Largemouth bass action has slowed but some are being caught on small plastic worms.

SAN DIEGO CITY LAKES--Tim Harkins, San Diego, caught a 73-pound 6-ounce blue catfish on mackerel at San Vicente. Bass are the top draw, though. Miramar’s trout season has begun and fishing is slow to fair. El Capitan is fair for bass.

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Eastern Sierra

The Lower Owens River is very productive, said Tom Loe at Sierra Drifters. His clients have been hooking and releasing more than 50 fish a day at an 11-inch average, using streamer pattern flies.

SALTWATER

MORRO BAY (Virg’s Landing)--74 anglers (3 boats): 380 albacore.

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AVILA BEACH (Patriot Sportfishing)--19 anglers (1 boat): 102 albacore.

SANTA BARBARA (Sea Landing)--32 anglers (2 boats): 62 albacore, 2 cabazon, 38 rockfish, 4 sand bass, 5 white croaker, 1 sargo, 10 blacksmith.

OXNARD (Cisco’s)--36 anglers (2 boats): 85 calico bass, 6 halibut, 3 sand bass, 4 sculpin, 17 sheephead, 8 sole, 40 white fish.

PORT HUENEME--30 anglers (2 boats): 1 white sea bass, 67 calico bass, 22 sheephead, 32 shallow water rockfish, 21 sand bass, 20 sculpin, 34 whitefish, 172 blue perch.

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MARINA DEL REY (Sportfishing)--111 anglers (4 boats): 37 halibut, 77 sand bass, 11 sole, 5 sculpin.

REDONDO BEACH--37 anglers (2 boats): 5 white sea bass, 1 black sea bass (released), 102 sand bass, 89 calico bass, 83 bonito, 12 blue perch, 11 whitefish, 3 sheephead, 1 sculpin, 1 cabazon.

SAN PEDRO (L.A. Harbor Sportfishing)--28 anglers (1 boat): 19 calico bass, 19 whitefish, 14 sheephead, 14 sculpin, 12 barracuda, 9 rockfish, 3 sand bass. (22nd St. Landing)--30 anglers (2 boats): 20 yellowtail, 136 calico bass, 14 sheephead, 28 whitefish, 71 blue perch, 78 bonito.

LONG BEACH (Sportfishing/Berth 55)--15 anglers (2 boats): 750 sand dabs, 10 sheephead, 4 barracuda, 4 sculpin, 3 calico bass. (Marina Sportfishing)--17 anglers (1 boat): 41 whitefish, 7 sheephead. (Pierpoint Landing)--30 anglers (2 boats): 37 barracuda, 9 calico bass, 1 sand bass, 3 sculpin, 17 sheephead, 1,021 sand dabs.

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NEWPORT BEACH (Davey’s Locker)--43 anglers (3 boats): 9 yellowtail, 53 bonito, 34

calico bass, 28 blue perch, 6 sand bass, 4 sheephead, 3 whitefish, 2 barracuda, 1 sculpin, 75 mackerel.

DANA WHARF--33 anglers (2 boats): 2 blue perch, 12 cabazon, 8 sand bass, 1 mackerel, 13 sheephead, 3 rockfish, 4 sculpin, 1 sole.

OCEANSIDE (Helgren’s)--25 anglers (1 boats): 2 calico bass, 5 sand bass, 65 sculpin, 1 sheephead, 10 rockfish.

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SAN DIEGO (Seaforth)--37 anglers (3 boats): 3 albacore, 50 skip jack, 1 barracuda, 4 kelp bass, 2 sand bass, 33 rockfish, 11 whitefish, 3 sheephead, 3 sculpin. (Islandia)--7 anglers (1 boat): 7 barracuda, 8 calico bass, 12 sand bass, 14 whitefish, 5 sculpin, 2 sheephead, 16 rockfish.

TROUT PLANTS

LOS ANGELES COUNTY--Belvedere Park Lake, Big Rock Creek, Castaic Lake and lagoon, Echo Park Lake, Elizabeth Lake, Hansen Lake, Piru Creek (Frenchman’s Flat), Pyramid Lake. RIVERSIDE--Diamond Valley Lake, Hemet Lake, Perris Lake, Rancho Jurupa Park Lake. SAN BERNARDINO--Glen Helen Park Lake, Jenks Lake, Mojave Narrows Park Lake, Prado Park Lake, Silverwood Lake. SANTA BARBARA--Cachuma Lake. SAN LUIS OBISPO--Atascadero Lake, Santa Margarita Lake, Lopez Lake. VENTURA--Casitas Lake, Piru Lake, Rancho Simi Park Lake. IMPERIAL--Sunbeam Lake, Weist Lake. INYO--Owens River (below Tinnemaha and Laws Bridge downstream to Steward Lane), Pleasant Valley Reservoir.

Compiled by Pete Thomas

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