By , September 30, 2008 11:48 pm

The Goldfish (Carassius auratus auratus) was one of the earliest fish know to be domesticated, and is still one of the most commonly kept as an aquarium fish. The Goldfish is a domesticated version of a Carp that is native to East Asia. Goldfish will generally live 6-8 years in the Wild, but has been know to live up to 40 years. The wild version of the Goldfish is generally said to be the Prussian Carp, however some think it is the closely realted Crucian Carp. If introduced in the wild the Goldfish will generally revert to it’s natural olive color. Goldfish are opertunistic feeders and will each just about anything that they come across in the right conditions.

Time of year: Year-round (most Active from Late Spring to Early Fall)

Flies: Goldfish are caught on a wide variety of flies. Most common are Weighted Nymphs, Egg Flies, Vegitation Imitations, and Leech Imitations, Bread Imitations, ETC.

Rod and Reel: Goldfish tend to be small to average sized fish and a 5 weight Rod with a floating or sinking line should do fine

Locations: La River, Whittier Narrows, Introduced into many Southern Calfornia waters


By , September 30, 2008 11:25 pm

The Nile Tilapia  Oreochromis niloticus is a fish that is said to be native to East Africa, but today can be found all over the world. Most Tilapia are introduced to waters for agricultural purposes, beacause they are omnivorous eating plant life, insects, and other small fish. Tilapia fight hard for their size, and can be very beautiful fish.

Time of year: Early Spring through Late Fall

Flies: Dropper fly system, Will take almost any kind of fly

Rod and Reel: 3-5 Weight Rod and Reel (7-9 Foot Rod with good action, and WF Floating line)

Locations: Whittier Narrows, Many Park Lakes


By , September 30, 2008 9:26 pm

The Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieu) is categorized in the Black Bass Family, and is second largest to the Largemouth Bass. The Smallmouth Bass is generally brown in coloration, with with dark brown or black vertical bands on the face, and red eyes. The Smallmouth Bass generally prefers cooler water than the Largemouth Bass, and can be distinguished by the upper jaw extending to the middle of the eye giving it a smaller mouth (Hence the name Smallmouth Bass).

Time of year: Early Spring through Late Fall

Flies: Streamers, Bait fish imitations, Worm Imitations, Poppers, Frogs, Crayfish Imitations

Rod and Reel: 5-8 Weight Rod and Reel (7-9 Foot Rod with stiff action, and WF or DT Floating line)

Locations: Many Southern California Streams, Reservoirs, and Lakes

Smallmouth Bass


By , September 30, 2008 8:54 pm

The California Lizardfish (Synodus lucioceps), can be identified by it’s elongated cylindrical body and mouth which is Lizard like in appearance (hence it’s name). The fish is a uniform brown on the back and has a white or tan shading on the it’s sides. The fish spends it’s time suspended on the bottom waiting for bait fish to swim by and springs into action. The Lizardfish is believed to spawn in the summer months, and is commonly caught on patches of sandy bottom.

Time of year: Year-round (most active from early summer to late fall)

Flies:Any bait fish imitation

Rod and Reel:A Rod with a good backbone, I recommend at least a 6 weight. Lizardfish are commonly caught while fishing for other bottom feeding fish which need a heavier rod and sinking line.

Locations: Mexico to San Francisco (not common above Point Conception, California)


By , September 30, 2008 8:11 pm

The White Crappie (Pomoxis annularis) is a native fish to the eastern portions of Canada and the United States, but has been widely introduced to the west coast. Many people don’t think of Crappie Fishing when California comes to mind, yet we have some great Crappie fishing in the Golden State. White Crappie can be distinguished from their counterpart the Black Crappie by the fact that White Crappie have 5-6 spines on the dorsal fin while Black Crappie have 7-8. Crappie are highly regarded as game fish, and many people say that they are among the best tasting of all freshwater fish.

Time of year: Late Spring through Late Fall

Flies: Crappie will hit many different flies. Use a fly that coincides with the depth of water the fish are holding in.

Rod and Reel: 3-5 Weight Rod and Reel (7-9 Foot Rod with good action, and WF Floating line)

Locations: Many Urban Park Lakes, and almost any Mountain Lake in Southern California

White Crappie


By , September 30, 2008 8:06 pm

The Oscar (Astronotus ocellatus)is species of fish from the Cichlid family. This fish is native to South America were it is commonly sold as a food source, but has been introduced around the world from people not realizing how big they get as an aquarium fish and dumping them into their local waters.  Oscars are also introduced as a popular game fish along side Peacock Bass and Pacu in places with a tropical climate such as Florida, Singapore, and even Oahu, (Hawaii). Oscars can be voracious predators , and will smack almost any baitfish looking fly that come across their mouth when active!



By , September 30, 2008 7:58 pm

The Yellow Bullhead Catfish (Ameiurus natalis) or commonly know as a “Mud Cat” ranges anywhere from a black to yellowish in color depending on it’s habitat. It can be distinguished from the Brown and Black Bullhead Catfish by it’s white barbels. Yellow Bullheads are voracious in appetite scavenging for food constantly. They will eat anything from plants, to baitfish, to snails, to worms.  On average they live up to 7 years and get to be about 18 inches long and weigh around 2 pounds. Females lay about 2,000 to 7,000 eggs and will guard the nest for a couple of months (the eggs usually hatch withing about 7-10 days). These fish typically fall under the “Roughfish” category and are seldom targeted, even though they put up a good fight relative to their size.

Time of year: Mid Spring through Late Fall

Flies: Streamers, Nymphs, Poppers, Catfish can go after almost any type of fly

Rod and Reel: 3-5 Weight Rod and Reel (7-9 Foot Rod with good action, and WF Sinking Tip or Floating line)

Locations: Many Urban Park Lakes

Yellow Bullhead Catfish

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