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When many think of Southern California, they see year round sunny days without much seasonal changes. That’s somewhat true, however, we do have variations in weather that do affect water temperatures and fishing conditions. Thus, certain times of year see better fishing for certain species. With Spring finally here, bringing warmer conditions and longer days, the bite is definitely getting hotter and only getting better!

With such close proximity to many great fisheries, from our freshwater lakes and reservoirs to the saltwater bays and inshore kelp beds, now’s the time to get out on the water! For many beginners, I’d recommend starting off slow and hitting one of the many lakes and reservoirs. Getting comfortable in your in your new boats is a must. But if you’re more than ready to tackle the surf, have at it!

Bass are either in prespawn, or spawning and are moving in shallow. Dropshotting worms, or slow dragging jigs in 5′-10′ of water seem to be the ticket. If you’re more into saltwater action, the bays are spitting out some nice chunks of saltwater bass! Sticking to structure, and slow swimming  a swimbait over some eel grass or channel edges have produced great numbers. Now that the sardines have showed up, drifting with live bait has been producing nice sized halibut!

Whether you’re an experienced kayak fisherman,  just starting out, or even just thinking about jumping into this sport, now’s the time to get out and fish! Remember, a bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at the office!