Ladies fishing Southern California, fresh and salt water
Fishing Ladies fishing Southern California
This article will focus on our ladies fishing Southern California. Southern California offers anglers a wide variety of fishing opportunities, both in freshwater and in saltwater.
Tracy Hartman is our Southern California Fishing Ladies correspondent. She lives in Temecula, California and knows the local lakes and saltwater fishing scene well. Tracy does a lot of freshwater fishing as it is convenient to her home. She tries to get out, even for a couple of hours, as often as possible.
Freshwater fishing in Southern California
Freshwater fishing opportunities are plentiful in Southern California. Anglers have the opportunity to target warm water species such as bass, bluegill, catfish and striped bass as well as trout. One great aspect of this fishing is that anglers can be successful fishing from shore. This makes it convenient to get out for a few hours.
Tracy’s “home” lake is Lake Skinner. It is close to her home and has good fish populations. She shares some tips on fishing Skinner. These techniques will produce on other Southern California waters
“I really enjoy catching largemouth bass, striped bass, bluegill and catfish. I do a lot of my freshwater at Lake Skinner it is closest lake.
“When targeting catfish I like to use chunks of mackerel. Nightcrawlers will also catch fish. I fish them on the bottom with a standard sliding sinker rig. Some anglers refer to them as “Carolina rigs”. Early mornings, evenings, and at night are the best times to fish. However, plenty of catfish are caught during the day. Channel catfish are the predominant species.
Ladies fishing Southern California for multiple species
“Striped bass are another species that I love to catch! Stripers grow large and put up a great fight on light spinning tackle. The striped bass can either be deep or on the top, depending on the time of year. When they are down deep, I will use cut mackerel fished on the bottom using the same rig as for catfish.
“4” to 6” swim baits that imitate trout work well when casting to striped bass that are suspending or down near the bottom. If they are on the top I will throw some top water lures. My favorite topwater bait for striped bass is a Lunker Punker.
“Like most of the country, the bluegill usually bite well on nightcrawlers and jigs. I will use a small piece of a worm on a #8 hook fished under a bobber or free lined with a small split shot. The best time to target bluegill is in the spring and summer when they are on the beds spawning.
Bass and trout fishing
“As far as largemouth bass are concerned, I use both live bait and artificial lures. It really depends on the time of year and conditions. Nightcrawlers are very reliable and produce largemouth bass and other species. I hook the worm in the nose using a #2 hook and let it swim naturally.
“The standard bass lures work well in Southern California. Topwater plugs produce early and late in the day. Soft plastic baits are effective during the day. My favorite soft plastic baits are Robo Worms and Western Plastics. Other lures that catch bass for me are spinnerbaits, square bill crankbaits, and topwater plugs.”
Most of the trout that I catch are in the local lakes Like Lake Poway, Lake Wolfhord, Lake Skinner, Lake Dixon and Lake Jennings. I use a light Phoenix rod with 2 to 4 pound test. Mini jigs in a natural looking color and the grasshopper color that is green and brown works awesome. Trolling with a Huddleson spoon is also effective. I also am getting into fly fishing and use hand tied flies that my son makes.
Saltwater fishing in Southern California
Southern California offers anglers some excellent saltwater fishing as well. Anglers fishing on boats leaving ports such as San Diego and Carlsbad catch a wide variety of species. These include dorado, yellowtail, yellowfin and bluefin tuna on the longer trips. Spotted bay bass, calico bass and sand bass are caught closer to shore.
While some anglers have their own boats, Tracy likes to fish on charter boats. She enjoys the comradery and it is a cost effective way to fish. But best of all, she catches a lot of fish! Her favorite party boat is the Chief Sportfishing boat out of Point Loma Landing in San Diego.
Tracy catches most of her fish using live bait. Anchovies and sardines are the preferred live baits. They produces a wide variety of species as they are the primary forage fish in the area.
Saltwater fishing techniques in Southern California
“Live bait works well when fishing the top and bottom. When I fish the bottom I use a Dropper loop with a number 2 hook and 1 to 4 once torpedo weight. I will also use 1 to 3 once jig head with a big hammer or soft plastic and a squid strip. When I fish the top I will flat line a sardine or anchovy, both work very well.
Most of the fishing in Southern California is best from spring to fall during those months you can get bluefin tuna, yellowtail, yellowfin, and dorado using lures like Flat Falls, Colt Snyper, Surface Iron, poppers or fly lining a sardine or anchovy.
“I do prefer using artificial baits when I’m targeting spotted bay bass, sand bass and calico bass. My “go-to” bait is a soft plastic on a 4 ounce jig head. This is a very effective bait for working the hard bottom structure and ledges that these species are found near. I simply drop it down and work the bait vertically near the bottom. Warmer months are best, but persistent anglers can score in the winter as well”.
In conclusion, this article on our ladies fishing Southern California will help anglers catch fish in this region. What is your favorite species to target in Southern California?