Decent weather early in the week let anglers get out on the water but by mid-week high Santa Ana winds to 30 mph plus kept most boats in the garage. Largemouth continue to be scattered with the few bites being had in the thirty to forty range. The lake level continues to rise, with water being released from the forebay on most days at a torrid pace. There have been a few fish caught on finesse plastics, mainly on light-line Carolina rigs and small straight tail worms, but overall the bite is slow.
Stripers of all sizes continue to be found in the Ski Arm, anywhere from ten to fifty feet deep. Trolling pearl white Zoom Flukes rigged on a small ballhead jig on six colors of leadcore line has been our best presentation, as the Stripers are reacting to the erratic action of this soft plastic jerkbait. Larger KastMasters have gotten a few bites as well, with the area from Center Point to Necktie Canyon and the middle and West side of the Ski Arm still holding the bulk of the fish.
The lake is currently open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On March 1st it will be open seven days a week. Bass are being caught in 20- 30′ of water on the usual finesse plastics although the bite can be slow at times. Crappie continue to bite small jigs and spoons around the suspended Shad schools in deeper water.
Surface temp 53 degrees
Good clarity to ten feet plus in most areas.
Debris still an issue after strong winds.
Jim – www.661Fishing.com