Category: Species List


By , September 30, 2008 8:10 am

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)

Locations: San Gabriel River, Piru Creek, Santa Anita Creek, Arroyo Seco Creek, Trabuco Creek, Almost Any Park Lake (during california DFG stocking season)


Rainbow Trout


By , September 30, 2008 8:09 am

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

Largemouth Bass


By , September 30, 2008 8:06 am

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



By , September 30, 2008 7:28 am

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 

 Common Carp


By , September 30, 2008 1:39 am

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


By , September 28, 2008 10:47 pm

The Black Crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus) 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. Black Crappie can be distinguished from their counterpart the White 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 Mountain Lakes in Southern California and some Urban Park Lake in San Bernardino County

Black Crappie

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