SAN DIEGO — Bass, panfish, catfish and even a few carp have been providing steady action for San Diego freshwater anglers, with a solid sampling of all species available at most fisheries throughout the county.
At Lake Morena, the trout are still biting, with the aerator and Pumphouse Cove being the most productive spots on the lake. The right side of the buoy line has also been kicking out rainbows.
Sunshine and August Wheelock of San Diego limited out while soaking peach PowerBait in Paradise Cove.
Catfish were plentiful last week, according to lake staffer Timothy Mcilhenney, and William Purefoy and family of San Bernardino hauled in several kitties to 3 pounds using mackerel. Steve Greifzu of Campo limited out on cats, in addition to 5 bass and a pair of ‘bows, using nightcrawlers at the dam.
Bass have been hiding in the brush, and Joel Hazard of Cardiff caught and released 10 bass on watermelon Senkos fished all around the lake.
Bluegill and crappie were hard to come by this past week, but a number of carp surprised anglers rigged for catfish or bass.
Loveland Reservoir was hosting a decent bass bite this past week, with anglers averaging around a largemouth per rod. Other species were slow, but there were a few bluegill, carp and crappie in the mix. Sweetwater Reservoir was fishing exceptionally slow, as only a handful of largemouth were reported.
The Santee Lakes continue to provide steady catfishing for anglers soaking mackerel in lakes 2, 3 and 4. There’s also been a steady pick on the largemouth, and Jay Tenney of San Diego caught and released a 9 pounder this past week on a crankbait fished in Lake 3. The next catfish plant is slated to arrive this Friday, and anglers should also note the lakes will be open on the 4th of July; from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In the San Diego City Lakes chain, Barrett, Hodges and Lower Otay reservoirs all hosted solid bass bites, while bluegill and crappie were biting to some degree at all of the county’s fisheries.
It should come as no surprise that Barrett continues to produce steady bassin’, andlast week’s 77 anglers checked just over 2,500 largemouth. Bluegill and crappie numbers were also respectable.
Hodges’ bass chasers averaged roughly 2 largemouth per rod, but action for other species was slow. Berkley’s Chris Marso used a plastic worm in Bernardo Bay for a 6.6-pound largemouth.
At Miramar, the average catch was more like a bass per rod, but bluegill numbers were on the rise. Lower Otay kicked out largemouth to 10.35 pounds, in addition to decent numbers of bluegill, and catfish to 10 pounds.
Sutherland Reservoir had 61 anglers check 173 largemouth, 48 crappie and a few bluegill and channel catfish. Gia Dawson of Ramona had a 7.3-pound channel catfish while soaking chicken liver at the west bank. “Hoffman” of San Diego scored a 6.5-pound largemouth on a jerkbait fished at Brown Creek.
JAY TENNEY of San Diego caught and released this 9-pound largemouth while fishing a crankbait in Lake 3 at the Santee Lakes.