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 101 anglers signed up which means the pot is $201 at this point. The leader is a 15-pound striper caught by Mike Luna, Bakersfield, landed from the aqueduct last week.
LAKE ISABELLA: Very good action on catfish and largemouth bass, and the quality of the bass remains very good with a lot of 5- to 8-pound fish. The bluegill bite is also good. Crappie, trout bites slowed.
KERN RIVER: Very low flows in both the upper (350 cfs) and lower river (600 cfs). In spite of this, the fishing remains good in the upper river with some quality holdover trout. The upper river trout bite is excellent for fly anglers in the wild trout stretch.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Striper action has been fair. The catfish bite has been absent.
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. Carp, bass are fair.
HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill bite is good to excellent. The bass action is fair.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The bluegill action is good to excellent. The carp are good on dough baits. The bass are fair.
MING LAKE: Bluegill good to excellent. Carp, bass good.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Good bluegill action with some fish to a pound in the past week. Fair to good catfish bite on 12- to 13-inch catfish. A few bass have been reported in the past week.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Good action on bluegill with a few bass being caught. Also some carp being landed.
SUCCESS LAKE: Very good bluegill action and nice stringers of fish showing up along most shoreline areas with some structure. Lots of one 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 species very slow.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: Both the smallmouth and largemouth bass have been good. Most fish under 4 pounds. Catfish fair to good. Trout action fair.
CASITAS: The bass action has been fair to good. A few trout to 3 pounds are showing.
CASTAIC: The catfish bite has been the best bet this past week. The largemouth bite has been fair to good. The striper bite has fair. A few rainbows are still showing along the marina shoreline. The bluegill and crappie bites have been very good.
LOPEZ: There continues to be a fair crappie bite off the fishing docks on small jigs.
NACIMIENTO: White bass are showing throughout the lake, up to 2-8. There is also a good bluegill bite in most of the coves and areas with structure or docks. The spotted, largemouth and smallmouth bass are slow to fair. Catfish slow.
PIRU: Largemouth bass bite has been very good, averaging 1-2 pounds, but bass to 7 pounds have been reported. Other species have been slow.
PYRAMID: Striper bite fair to good. Catfish averaging 8-10 pounds. The largemouth and smallmouth bites are also pretty good. Most are 1-2 pounds.
SAN ANTONIO: Overall slowish action. Not many boils on stripers. Catfish are the best bet.
SANTA MARGARITA: Over the last two weeks, the shad and fry population in the lake has exploded so there's a ton of bait in the water. It's easy to dip net some shad for bait, and the morning and evening largemouth bass bite has been good. There's also a fair bite on the crappie on the live shad.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Warm with afternoon thundershowers this week. The East Walker River is running 140 cfs this week and fishing very good. Bridgeport Reservoir has been excellent for trollers and dam anglers fishing lures or bait. Lots of fish to 4 pounds. Kirman Lake produced some very nice trout this past week with brookies to four pounds and cutts to six. Twin Lakes remain fair to good for rainbows to 3 pounds. Virginia Lakes has been very good.
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, with quite a few cutthroats in June and a smattering of browns in Grant.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake had very low water levels but excellent fishing with limits still common. Lots of fish up into the four-pound class. There is also a good Sacramento perch bite. Hilton Bay, Little Hilton and Sandy Point are the top spots for trout. Convict Lake has been fair to good on trout. The Twin Lakes and Lake Mary are fair to good on holdover rainbows and brookies. Hot Creek was very good, but the upper Owens River remains just fair. Rock Creek Lake is fair to good with some limits.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: In the Bishop Creek drainage, all the lakes are coming up, but slowly. Lake Sabrina received its first stocking of DFW trout this season, including 50 pounds of tagged trophy fish. The bite is just fair overall. Bishop Creek (all sections) has been good with weekly DFW plants. Weir Pond is also good and Intake II has been consistent. The Owens Gorge is pretty good on small browns.
LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All small streams along Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra were planted again this week.
KERN: Kern River (Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
TULARE: Balch Park Lake (Upper and Lower), Big Meadows Creek, Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake), Kern River (sections 5 and 6), Stoney Creek.
LONG RANGE UPDATE: The long range fleet out of San Diego is now running mostly five- to eight-day trips down the Baja coast focusing on yellowtail and tuna as far south as Alijos Rocks. Fishing excellent at Alijos.
SAN DIEGO YELLOWTAIL AND BLUEFIN: The 1-1/2-day to 2-1/2-day boats out of San Diego are seeing limit-style yellowtail fishing on kelp paddies south of Point Loma in the 60 to 120 miles range. The majority of the yellowtail are eight to 12 pounds with some bigger fish to 30 or 35 pounds on most trips. These trips are full on weekends, but the mid-week loads are light and many boats aren't even running mid-week because of a lack of bookings.
SQUID ON SAN DIEGO AREA KELP: Squid moved into the kelp beds and at the Coronado Islands in recent days and there has been some very good action on big white seabass, yellowtail, and halibut feeding on the squid.
CALICO BASS BITE: The calico bass action has been very good in the San Diego to Dana Point region on local kelp beds and at San Clemente, Catalina islands.
LOS ANGELES AND ORANGE COUNTY UPDATE: Due to the between- moon phase, poorer tides, and water that rolled over, the fishing in the Los Angeles and Orange county coastline areas has been slower.
LOCAL ISLANDS EXCELLENT: Both Catalina Island and San Clemente Island have been good this past week for both yellowtail, white seabass, and calico bass.