"Fishing The Southern California Aqueduct"
The California Aqueduct
Many people come from all over to fish the California Aqueduct for big Stripers, Catfish, and Carp.The California Aqueduct is a 444 mile long stretch that carries water from Northern California to Southern California. A typical section has a concrete-lined channel 40 feet wide at an average water depth of about 30 feet. The widest section of the aqueduct is 110 feet and the deepest is 32.8 feet. The size of the channel varies according to how much capacity that section of the aqueduct was projected to need.
The aqueduct begins at the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta at the Banks Pumping Plant.It goes through many lakes and reservoirs and it reaches the Chrisman's Pumping Plant, which is the last pumping plant before Edmonston Pumping Plant, which is 13 miles from Chrisman. South of the plant the coastal branch splits off in a southwesterly direction to serve the centeral coast. At Edmonston Pumping Plant, it is pumped almost 2,000 feet over the Tehachapi Mountains. Once it has crossed the Tehachapi Mountains the aqueduct divides into two branches; the West and the East Branch. The East Branch feeds Lake Perris and the San Gorgonio Pass area, while the West Branch heads towards Castaic Lake in the Angeles Nation Forest to supply the western Los Angeles basin. The East branch, heading through the Antelope Valley and south to Lake Perris in Riverside County.
The Striped Bass
The California Aqueduct, Los Angeles Aqueduct and Colorado River Aqueduct is a great place to fish for the large Striped Bass and other fish.Catching one of these big fish is a challenge because they are fast, strong and aggressive. These stripers can get up to 40-50 pounds, and more. Stripers are primarily anadromous, which means they live in a saltwater habitat and migrate to freshwater only to spawn. These bass can be landlocked in freshwater. The body color of striped bass is olive-green, blue-gray or bluish-black on top with silver sides and a white belly. It is identified by its seven or eight black stripes that run horizontally along its sides.
Fins are silver color, except the white pelvic fins, young bass get their stripes but they maybe interrupted. Striped bass also have two distinct dorsal fins. The first has very pointed, sharp stiff spines. The second dorsal fin has only one stiff spine. Stripers also have a forked tail. Stripers have two tooth patches on their tongue, as opposed to one. Their stripes are solid, unbroken and most will extend all the way to their tail. On whites and wipers, the stripes are faint and only one will extend to the tail on each side. The striped bass also have a longer, sleeker body and a larger head than white bass and hybrid. Striped bass can be found in many of the lakes here in the Southwest part of Sunny Southern California, like Lake Perris, Silverwood Lake, Castiac Lake, Pyrimid Lake, Quail Lake and California Aqueduct, along with Los Angeles Aqueduct, which it starts at Owens River near Independence and runs down to the city of Los Angeles California. The second Los Angeles Aqueduct starts at the Haiwee Reservoir, just south of Owens Lake. Running roughly in parallel to the first aqueduct. Colorado River Aqueduct diverts water from the Colorado River at Lake Havasu on the California-Arizona border west across the Mojave and Colorado deserts to the east side of the Santa Ana Mountains. With all three aqueducts there is fishing in the open areas all year around. In the California Aqueduct catch limit is 10 Stripers, 5 Catfish and 5 Carp.
Catfish In The Aqueduct
Common Name(s): Common "Cat",Potomac,
Potentially present in the aqueduct; White catfish can be found in deep lakes and reservoirs and the sluggish
sections of river and streams. They can be found in salinities up to
14.5 ppt and prefer temperatures over 20°C,
surviving in water up to 31°C. In rivers they stay more than 2 m deep
throughout the day but move to shallow vegetation beds at night. In
lakes and reservoirs they shift depth with the seasons. In late spring
and early summer they stay together between 3 m and 10 m deep but
disperse into deeper regions as the summer goes on and by the time
winter arrives they are spread out between 17 m and 30 m deep. This will
change slightly if the lake’s temperatures become stratified. In this
case white catfish will seek out areas greater than 21°C.
Feeding Habits: White
catfish are mostly carnivorous bottom feeders starting on amphipods,
shrimp and insect larvae as juveniles before shifting their diet towards
fish and large invertebrates as they get larger. It is also not
uncommon for catfish to scavenge carrion or swim to the surface to feed
on planktivorous fish. The focus of a population’s diet depends mainly
on what is available in the area leading to some important differences
in growth rates. Adults from the south-central San Joaquin-Sacramento
Delta will still include amphipods and opossum shrimp as a major portion
of their diet, leading to a slower growth rate than other populations
feeding mainly on fish. By age 8 these fish will have reached only 27 cm
in length while their Sacramento River counterparts are 9-10 cm longer
and Clear Lake catfish are another 3 cm longer than that.
Maturity is reached at 20-21 cm or approximately 3-4 years old in California.
They begin spawning in June and July when water temperatures are
greater than 21°C and can sometimes continue into September. Nests are
built by males out of sand or gravel, near vegetative cover or rocky,
cave-like areas. Females lay 2,000-3,000 eggs that hatch a week later
when temperatures are between 24°C and 29°C. The young will stay
together, protected by the male, for a short period after hatching until
they are large enough to disperse on their own.
Brown Bullhead Catfish
Common Name(s): Creek Cat, Mud Cat, Horned Cat, Red Cat, Speckled Cat. The Brown Bullhead kitties are known to hybridize with black bullheads. They habitat areas with mud or deep muckas well as sand or gravel bottoms. They prefer water temperatures of 78 to 82 degrees.
Feeding Habits: Bottom feeders feeding mostly at night. Highly sensitive barbels enable them to smell a wide variety of food such as insects, plant material, carrion, small fish, snails crayfish, worms, and leeches.
Yellow Bullhead Catfish
Common Name(s): Butter Cat, Yellow Cat, Creek Cat, White- whiskered bullhead, Greaser, Polliwog, Chucklehead Cat.
Feeding Habits: Though scavengers, yellow bullheads prefer to feed on minnows, snails, shrimp, and crayfish. They also will feed on insect larvae, vegetation and decaying organic matter. Scent and taste play a vital role in their feeding, most of which is done at night.
Black Bullhead Catfish
Common Name(s): Polliwog, Chucklehead Cat. These cats are actually bright yellow, they are present but not abundant. Feeding Habits: Black bullheads are omnivorous, feeding on primarily from the bottom on a wide range of plant and animal material, both live and dead. Fingerlings feed almost exclusively on crustaceans. Immature aquatic insects and crustaceans often comprise a considerable proportion of the adult diet. The average life span is five years, and most more than ten years and reach eight pounds. These kitties require only simple inexpensive equipment. Worms, chicken liver, or catalpa worms should befishied near teh bottom.
Common Name(s): Spotted Cat, River Catfish, Lady Cat, Willow Cat, Forktail Catfish Similar Fish: Blue Catfish, the annel fin on a blue is straight and the Channel Catfish's annel fin is rounded.
Feeding Habits: Liver, Grasshoppers, Shrimp, Chicken, Chicken liver, Stinkbaits, Cheese, and just about everything even hot dogs, catfish are bottom feeders. Habitat: Channel Catfish are most abundant in large streams with low or moderate current.
Feeding Habits - Feeds primarily at night using taste buds in the sensitive barbels and throughout the skin to locate prey. Although they normally feed on the bottom, channels also will feed at the surface and at mid-depth.