This week in San Diego fishing: 5/11 – 5/17/15

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    Freshwater Outlook

    Most lakes are experiencing post spawn conditions for largemouth bass. Shad are spawning at a lot of the lakes, so bass are focused on the easy meals that those spawning threadfin shad provide. The morning hours during gray light will see this type of feeding behavior most prominently. When the sun comes up, fish will slide out to nearby rockpiles and points, and plastic worms and jigs will prevail. Smaller male bass will see be found guarding fry balls at several of the lakes, and can be caught on jerkbaits and topwater fished parallel to the bank.

    Lake Morena, at 3,000 feet of elevation is right in the middle of its bass spawn. If you’re chasing trophy bass, Lake Morena is the place to focus on. May is usually the month where most big bass are caught at Lake Morena, see our 2014 list of the top bass caught for evidence of that.

    Trout fishing has come to a close at almost all of the local reservoirs, minus high elevation reservoirs; Lake Cuyamaca and Lake Morena. Other lakes, like Jennings and Wohlford are still seeing trout caught, despite plants not occurring for a few weeks there. Every day that goes by will see less and less trout available.

    Hot Freshwater Bites

    Barrett Lake opened for the 2015 season in May, and the first month or two out there is nothing short of spectacular. The aggressive northern-strain largemouth bass are living up to their reputation as reckless eaters and are gorging themselves on spawning shad along the lake’s banks. And with all of the extra spots that the city of San Diego has made available at Barrett this year, there are still some open reservations for the month of May. Reservations for June go on sale this Tuesday, May 12th at 7:00 PM through Ticketmaster.

    Lake Morena gets a nod as well as the only lake right in the sweet spot of its’ annual bass spawn. An 11, 10, 9.5 and several other bass over 8 pounds were caught there last week. That’ll continue again this week, guaranteed.

    Saltwater Outlook

    There are all kinds of fish around right now with the warmer than usual winter this year. Local boats are catching mostly yellowtail, but running into the occasional bluefin and even yellowfin tuna. Weather conditions are dictating a lot of the dock totals, when the boats are able to get out there, they’re catching fish. Most of the yellowtail action for 3/4 day boats is at the Coronado Islands on yellowtail up to about 30 pounds. 1/2 day boats are targeting bass, bottom fish, and yellowtail within inshore waters.

    Hot Saltwater Bites

    The yellowtail bite at the Coronado Islands is the most consistent action. Private skiffs and daring sportfishing captains are venturing away from the crowds at the islands and finding fish as well. Point Loma Sportfishing’s Mission Belle 3/4 day boat had 51 yellowtail to 30 pounds fishing the islands on Sunday, May 10th.

    Bay anglers are capitalizing on grunion runs to get on a good shortfin corvina bite, although this week there are no predicted grunion runs. Still, corvina are in peak season right now and a blast to catch on bass tackle. Last week we published an article on the local corvina fishery, check it out if you’re interested in one of San Diego’s best sport fish.

    Scheduled Fish Plants

    There are no scheduled fish plants in San Diego County this week. Morena, Cuyamaca, and Doane Pond on Mt. Laguna received trout from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife last week. Santee Lakes received 1,000 pounds of channel catfish last week.


    Freshwater Bass Tournaments

    Club Tournaments (posted as advisories for increased activity)

    • 5/16/15 – Bass Club at El Capitan
    • 5/16/15 – Roadrangers Bass Club at El Capitan
    • 5/16/15 – California Bass Contenders at El Capitan
    • 5/17/15 – Ramona Bass Anglers at Lower Otay

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