The Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) is a member of the Salmonoid Family, and the ocean going (anadromous) form are known as Steelhead. Rainbow Trout have a varied diet eating a mixture of smaller fish ad insects, almost from the time that they are born. As a rule of thumb you might hear that as Rainbow Trout get older they consume more fish than insects, however insects are always a stable part of their diet.
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)
The Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) is the largest of the black bass family, and live to an average of about 16 years. Adult Largemouth Bass are usually the apex predator of their habitat feeding on smaller fish such as Trout, Sunfish, and Shad. Largmouth can be identified from Smallmouth Bass by their Upper Jaw extending beyond the eye socket allowing the mouth to open wider, hence their name.
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 Park Lakes
The Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) is a member of the Sunfish Family. The Bluegill is Native to North America, and is common in water all the way from Canada down to Mexico. The Bluegill’s most notable feature is the blue or black extension of the gill plate. Bluegill serve as a food source for many larger game fish such as Channel Catfish and Largemouth Bass, and are usually found in schools of anywhere from 2 to 30 fish.
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, Reservoirs, and even some Rivers
The Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio) is one of the most widespread fish in the world. The Common Carp is very closely related to the Goldfish, and will sometimes interbreed with Goldfish if introduced into the same water source. The Common Carp is native to Asia and Eastern Europe, and are considered by many to be an invasive species, due to the fact that these fish can live in almost any condition of water, can live to be over 50 years old, and when spawning can lay over 300,000 eggs in one spawn. Carp are omnivorous bottom feeeders, but can also be seen eating from the surface of the water.
Time of year: Year-round (most Active from late spring to early fall
Flies: Carp are caught on a wide variety of flies. Most common are Weighted Nymphs, Egg Flies, Vegitation Imitations, and Leech Imitations
Rod and Reel: A Rod with a good backbone and a reel with a great drag system. I would recommend at least a 5-8 weight and alot of fly line and backing if your fishing water where the carp can make a run.
Locations: LA River, Whittier Narrows, Santa Ana River, Many Park Lakes
The Walleye Surfperch (Hyperprosopona argenteum) is one of the most commonly caught saltwater fish while surffishing in Southern California. This fish is often caught in schools of 50-100 fish, and they are small fish usually no bigger than 6-10 inches. Their main diet consits of crustations, but they will take just about any fly that can fit in their mouths.
Time of year: Year-round (most active from early summer to late fall)
Flies: Almost any fly that weill fit in their mouths
Rod and Reel: A Rod with a good backbone, I recommend at least a 6 weight. Walleye Surfperch are commonly caught while fishing for other larger fish which need a heavier rod.
Locations: Any Surf, Bay, Jetty, Pier, Etc location in Southern California
Huntington Central Park lake is located on Edwards in between Slater and Ellis in the city of Huntington Beach. The California Department of Fish and Game stocks this lake with Rainbow trout from late fall to the early spring and Channel Catfish from the late spring to the early fall. I would not recommend this lake lake to anyone. The couple of times that I was there no one was catching anything and the water level is down really far about 20-30 feet depending on the day. People have also told me that there are a few Bluegill and Largemouth Bass in the Lake, but I have never seen anyone catch one. Remeber only take the fish if you are going to eat them, otherwise please practice catch and release and don’t litter!!!
Alamitos Bay is a great So Cal Surf Fishing destination. Located right next to the mouth of the San Gabriel River, it provides an Estuary filled with an assortment of different fish species. From Surf Perch and Sand Bass to Sharks and Rays your just never know what might be on the other end of your line. The quarter mile long rock jettys also create a great area for Float Tubing without the worry of drifting out to sea.
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