CHANNEL CATFISH

By , September 30, 2008 7:10 pm

Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) are North America’s most widely distributed Catfish species. Channel Cats are Omnivors that are mainly bottom feeders, but are oppertunistic feaders and will eat just about anything that crosses their mouths. The average Channel Cat is about 2-4 pounds, but they can grow up to 40 pounds. They are also the most fished for of the Catfish group with over 8 million anglers in the US target them per year.

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: Any park Lake (Catfish season during the California DFG stocks)

 

Channel Catfish

REDEAR SUNFISH

By , September 30, 2008 7:07 pm

Redear Sunfish (Lepomis microlophus) are from the Sunfish Family. This fish is native to the South Eastern part of the US, but have been introduced all over North America. Redear Sunfish resemble Bluegill, except for their coloration, and they tend to be larger. They can be identified by the Red or Orange slit on the extension of the gill plate. They are notorious as bottom feeders for snails and other shelled creatures hence the nickname “Shellcracker”.. However they will also eat just about anything that Bluegill eat, and can many times be found in the same water.

Time of year: Late Spring through Late Fall

Flies: Dropper fly system, Small Streamers, Snails and small Crayfish imitations

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

Locations: Many Southern California Park Lakes, Piru Lake, Castaic Lake, Irvine Lake, Big Bear Lake

 Red Ear Sunfish

FATHEAD MINNOW

By , September 30, 2008 4:37 pm

The Fathead Minnow (Pimephales promelas) is a minnow whose Golden Strain is common sold as feeder fish under the name Rosy-Red Minnow.  This fish is very tolerant of low oxygenated and/or polluted waters and can be found in streams that might be uninhabitable to other fish.

Time of year: Year Round

Locations: Introduced into many park lakes as a feeder fish

Fathead Minnow

BROWN TROUT

By , September 30, 2008 4:29 pm

The Brown Trout (Salmo Trutta) is also known by it’s anadromous form the Sea Trout. The Brown Trout is considered to be native to Europe and parts of Asia, but have been planted all over the world as a sport fish. They are usually found in well oxygenated waters (especially in mountain streams) and hold in water where there are undercut banks, submereged rocks, and overhanging vegitation. Browns are oppertunistic feeders in Freshwater feeding on; insects, smaller fish (including other trout), mice, birds, etc.

Time of year: Early Spring through Late Fall

Flies: Dries, Nymphs, Emergers, Streamers

Rod and Reel: 0-5 Weight Rod and Reel depending on the water (6-9 Foot Rod with good action, and WF or DT Floating line)

Locations: Many Mountain Streams throughout the San Gabriel, San Bernardino, and Sierra Mountains.

 Brown Trout

SPOTTED BASS

By , September 30, 2008 12:19 pm

The Spotted Bass (Micropterus punctulatus) is a species of Black Bass that looks very similar to the Largemouth Bass. A common way to distinguish the Spotted from the Largemouth is the more broken coloration of the lateral line, and the Spotted Bass has a mouth that more resembles a Smallmouth Bass. The Spotted Bass is native to the Mississippi River Basin, but has been introduced into a few Southern California Waters. Their Diet  is very similar to the Largemouth 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: A few Southern California Lakes and Park Lakes

Spotted Bass

MOZAMBIQUE TILAPIA

By , September 30, 2008 11:49 am

The Mozambique Tilapia Oreochromis mossambicus 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: RARE (Due to imbreeding and loss of habitat to the Nile Tilapia)

Common Tilapia

GREEN SUNFISH

By , September 30, 2008 8:12 am

The Green Sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus) belongs to the Sunfish family, and can be found in many of the same waters and will interbreed with Bluegill. Green Sunfish are small fish reaching a maximum length of about 12 inches. Green Sunfish serve as a food sorce for many larger game fish such as Largemouth Bass and Channel Catfish. These fish have a wide variety of colors and amarkings, but can be identified from other Sunfish by their larger mouth which is similar to the Largemouth Bass.

Time of year: Late Spring through Late Fall

Flies: Dropper fly system, Small Streamers

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

Locations: Many Park Lakes

Green Sunfish

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