By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
STRIPER DERBY: The annual Bob's Bait month-long striper derby kicked off June 1. The entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in a fish. Only fresh fish can be weighed in and no weighing in of fish the same day as entering derby. The biggest striper weighed in during June will take the $100 prize, plus all the entry fee money from everyone entered. So far, there are 66 anglers signed up which means the pot is $166 at this point. The leader is a 15-pound striper caught by Mike Luna, Bakersfield, landed from the aqueduct this past week.
LAKE ISABELLA: Very good for catfish and largemouth bass, and the quality of the bass remains very good with a lot of 5- to 8-pound fish again this week. A lot of catfish to 6 pounds. The trout bite is also pretty good with some limits reported in deeper water in the vicinity around the auxiliary dam. Bluegill bite good to excellent. The crappie bite slowed.
KERN RIVER: Very low flows in upper and lower river. In spite of this, the fishing remains good in the upper river with some quality holdover trout. Bass are starting to show in good numbers in the lower river with the warm weather. Small plastics best.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Striper action turned back on this week with more bigger fish and an excellent topwater bite early in the week. While the aqueduct is starting to moss up, making fishing more difficult, the bite has been excellent. Mike, Tyler, and Eddie Luna, all Bakersfield, landed stripers at 15, nine, and five-pounds respectively. The catfish bite is fair to good in the Lost Hills area.
MILL CREEK PARK: Good bite on bluegill with a few bass also showing. No catfish reports.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The bluegill bite is probably the best bet on wax worms, meal worms. Carp are also showing on dough baits and Powder Bait. The bass are fair on plastics and minnows.
HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill bite is good to excellent on meal worms and wax worms, and the carp action is good for the few anglers targeting bugle lips. The bass action is fair.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The bluegill action is good to excellent on wax worms, meal worms, or small jigs. The carp are good on dough baits. The bass are fair on nightcrawlers and plastics, with some topwater early and late.
MING LAKE: Bluegill good to excellent on wax worms and meal worms. Carp good on dough baits. The bass have also been pretty good.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Excellent bluegill action with some fish to a pound reported in the past week. Best bite is on the usually array of small baits like wax worms, meal worms, red worms, crickets, or small nightcrawler pieces. There is also a fair to good catfish bite on small 12 to 13-inch catfish.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Good action on bluegill with a few bass being caught. Also some carp landed on dough baits.
SUCCESS LAKE: Very good bluegill action and nice stringers of fish showing up along most shoreline areas with some structure. The bass bite remains good. Lots of 1- to 2-pound fish and bass to 6 pounds reported.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bluegill action is good to excellent on wax worms and meal worms, and the catfish bite has been fair to good. The bass bite has been fair to good on plastics and small swimbaits best.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: Both the smallmouth and largemouth bass have been good. Most fish under 4 pounds. The trout action has also been good for deep-water trout trollers fishing five to six colors of leadore and Rapalas at the dam. Catfish are fair to good in the backs of the coves in shallow water. A few crappie.
CASITAS: The bass action has been fair to good with some decent topwater action in the mornings. The shad are everywhere, so the live shad bite is also a good bet, but that bite is also best early and late in the day. A few trout to three pounds are showing for trollers or bait drifters working 30 to 40 feet of water at the main island and sunken island.
CASTAIC: The striper bite has been fair to good. The largemouth bite has also been pretty good early in the day. Quite a few catfish are also showing now in the bait bite for stripers, and the bluegill bite has broken wide open.
LOPEZ: The bass bite is still good. The bluegill bite has been good around the docks and in most coves. The catfish bite has also turned on.
NACIMIENTO: Fair to good white bass action for trollers working the main body of the lake. More catfish and bluegill showing.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been very good on plastics and reaction baits with a good topwater bite most mornings. The average fish is from 1-2 pounds, but bass to 7 pounds have been reported.
PYRAMID: The striper bite has been fair to good. Catfish averaging 8-to 10 pounds are showing in the cut bait bite. The largemouth and smallmouth bites are also pretty good.
SAN ANTONIO: The black bass bite good. Catfish are also good on cut baits and nightcrawlers.
SANTA MARGARITA: The largemouth bass bite is good on topwater, reaction baits, and some fish continue to show on plastics. The bluegill and redear bites are good on meal worms.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Bridgeport Reservoir has been excellent for trollers and dam anglers fishing lures or bait. Twin Lakes remain fair to good for rainbows. Virginia Lakes excellent.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: All of the lakes in the loop were stocked by the DFW again this week and providing very good action on the planted and holdover rainbows.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake had very low water levels but excellent fishing with limits still common. Convict Lake is fair to good with some quality fish each week. The Twin Lakes and Lake Mary are fair to good on holdover rainbows and brookies. Hot Creek was very good.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Sabrina still has been fair to good for bait anglers with a lot of limits posted. The best fishing in the drainage is Bishop Creek and Intake II thanks to weekly DFW plants.
LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All the small streams along Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra were planted again this week.
KERN: Cuddy Creek Pond, Kern River (Sections 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5).
TULARE: Balch Park Lake (Upper and Lower), Big Meadows Creek, Bone Creek, Dry Meadow Creek, Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake), Kern River (section 5 and 6), Peppermint Creek (Upper and Lower), Stoney Creek, Tule River (Middle Fork, North Fork of Middle Fork No. 2, South Fork of Middle Fork No. 3).
SAN DIEGO OVERNIGHT YELLOWTAIL: The 1 1/2-day to 2-day boats are simply hammering the yellowtail on kelp paddies south of San Diego. Limits have been the rule for most boats over the past week. The yellowtail are mostly 12 to 18 pounds. On these same trips, anglers are seeing a huge volume of bluefin tuna up to 150 pounds that go on the bite occasionally. One skippers reported a dawn bluefin bite this past week with five 80-plus pound bluefin hooked and none landed.
ISLANDS SEABASS AND YELLOWTAIL: San Clemente Island and Catalina Island both have a ton of yellowtail and good numbers of white seabass. The Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing was on an overnight trip at Clemente Wednesday this week and the anglers on board had 12 white seabass and eight halibut between 20 and 50 pounds.