WHAT HAD BEEN DRY was flooded for two days...

While stable water and weather are the watchword for western reservoir fishing, those who tap tidal waters know it well. Things change, and when they do, the fishermen better change as well. But even those tidal changes are predictable. You can know months in advance if the low tide will be very low, or the high very high. At Lake Skinner in the Inland Empire, change often comes suddenly, without a heads-up.

True, it’s spring yet much of the bass population doesn’t seem to vacate the reed lines most of the year. But from one day to the next, the MWD is pumping water (more…)


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Lots of people want to participate in a worthy cause, but when it comes to bass fishing, sometimes logistics and especially, quagga mussel inspections interfere. Therefore, it’s good to send out announcements now that there will be a Wounded Warriors angling event at Lake Castaic on April 22. (more…)


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Keeping track of historic bass fishing data has never been one of my strengths. I lived and covered some of the western scene, but chasing the ardent, younger cadre of anglers now on the water, there’s just not a lot of time to gather up so many past moments. However, that doesn’t mean the work won’t be done. (more…)


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THAT LITTLE add-on barb really holds 'em...

Getting on a hot bite with soft worms has triggered some searching on my part. We know a lot of stuff, but sometimes we need to put ideas into action. For one thing, how lucky we are out West to have the ReBarb hook. Think about it. There may have once been a line of baits called “Jelly Worms,” but California hand-pourers actually use real jelly–or so it seems.

You know what I mean, the Bonzai, Robo or Bass Chow baits. They may melt in the fish’s mouth, but sometimes they almost melt off your hook. (more…)


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