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. 157 anglers signed up, which means the pot is $257 at this point. The leader is Jose Rodriguez, Bakersfield, with an 8-14 caught out of the aqueduct at Taft Highway on Sunday.
LAKE ISABELLA: Bass bite has been good on 2- to 4-pounders showing on plastics, cranks and Alabama rigs. Best action early, late in day. Crappie bite hit and miss. Catfish good, mostly in the French Gulch area. There was a fire in this region on Wednesday so access might be restricted. Trout bite fair to good at the dam for shore anglers. The bluegill bite is also fair to good.
KERN RIVER: Trout action good to excellent on upper river. Best action has been on crickets, Power Bait and Mice Tails. Flows remain very low at only 500 cfs. Good action from the Johnsondale Bridge to Kernville. Few reports from the high elevation waters. In the lower river, flows jumped drastically to 1,200 cfs which is still fishable, but a little tougher. Trout bite fair with some smallmouth action starting. DFG trout planted three of the six river stretches this week.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Moss is becoming a problem for anglers at the aqueduct, but drifting baits are still seeing good action for catfish on shad, mackerel or Sonny's Catfish bait and on stripers with blood worms. Only a few stripers on lures with Flukes the best bet. The best bite has been in the evening or at night with a lot of fish to four pounds. One anglers reported catching 15 cats in less than two hours.
MILL CREEK PARK: Mostly slow action but panfish bite is fair and a few carp are being caught. The occasional early morning or late evening bass is also showing.
HART PARK LAKE: Bluegill, carp, bass bites pretty good.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Good bluegill action. The bass action is fair early or late in day.
RIVER WALK PARK: The bluegill action is very good on meal and wax worms or crickets. Also a good carp bite on Powder Bait. The bass are fair to good on reaction baits and plastics early and late in the day.
MING LAKE: Very good bluegill action, and the carp action is improving. Bass are fair.
BRITE LAKE: The trout have started to slow down with heat, but some catfish are starting to bite, and a few crappie continue to show on minnows.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The largemouth bass bite is fair early and late in the day on lipless cranks, plastics, Brush Hogs, Senkos, minnows and nightcrawlers. The bluegill action is hot on meal worms, red worms and nightcrawler pieces. The catfish bite has been improving with the warm weather, especially on shad. Also a pretty decent carp bite on dough baits.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: The bluegill bite is very good, while the early morning and late evening bass bite is fair.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bass, bluegill action has been just fair. KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been fair to good on plastics, Brush Hogs, swimbaits and spinnerbaits. The best bite is at first or last light. The bluegill action is good on the usual array of small baits. A few catfish starting to show, but other species slow.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: The trout-trolling and deep-water bait drifting at the dam has really turned on this past week. The bass bite remained good. The catfish bite is fair to good. The crappie bite was better this past week. Bluegill are good in the backs of most coves.
CASITAS: The largemouth bass bite has continued good.
CASTAIC: The striper bite is the best it's been all season. Jamie McStevens, Bakersfield, landed 10 stripers for 45 pounds total weight and his best fish was an 11.2-pounder. The largemouth bass bite has also been good to excellent. More catfish are showing each week in the coves.
LOPEZ: The largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and redear bite has been fair.
NACIMIENTO: The spotted bass have been very good on plastics early, late in day. White bass showing in fair numbers.
PIRU: Bass, crappie bite good.
PYRAMID: The catfish bite has been good from shore and for boat anglers fishing cut baits in deeper water. The striper bite has been fair to good for trollers. The black bass action has been generally good with the fish still in five to 15 feet of water. Both smallmouth and largemouth have been showing in this bite.
SANTA MARGARITA: The bass action has remained fair to good with the best bite early and late in the day. Bluegill and redear bites are very good.
SAN ANTONIO: The catfish bite has been good in most coves. Black bass action is fair to good early and late in the day.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: East Walker River flows have jumped up into the 140 to 150 cfs range, but the bite has been very good. Bridgeport Reservoir has been good for trollers. Fly anglers are battling the weeds in Buckeye Bay and the mouth of the East Walker but scoring in the channels and open pockets on midge patterns and callibaetis. Kirman remains pretty fair. Twin Lakes are excellent. The West Walker has also been very good. Virginia Lake remains off-the-charts good. The fish are averaging one to 1-8.
JUNE LAKE LOOP REGION: Silver Lake remains good with a lot of nice stringers. Grant, Gull and June are all fair to good, with June especially good for trollers.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley has been good this past week but the weed beds are coming up quickly and anglers have to dodge the weed matts to find the fish. Convict Lake has been good on planted trout. Mammoth Creek has been good on stocked trout. Hot Creek is excellent with good hatches morning and afternoon.
BISHOP AREA: South Lake remains the top spot in the Bishop Creek drainage with excellent action on pan-sized fish with some anglers reporting 30-plus catch and release days, and there continue to be a steady stream of 4- to 5-pound fish showing on Slammer Jigs and Power Worms. The lower Owens flows are up and fishing is difficult. ... Small streams along Highway 395 from Big Pine Creek to Cottonwood Creek remain fair to good.
KERN: Cuddy Creek Pond, Kern River (Sections 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5).
TULARE: Bone Creek, Deer Creek, Dry Meadow Creek, Freeman Creek, Kern River (section 6), Nobe Young Creek, Peppermint Creek (Upper and Lower), Spear Creek (Poso Creek).
The San Diego long range fleet has focused its attention on the five- to eight-day trips in the Alijos Rocks region where the bite on yellowtail has been wide open on fish to 30 pounds and the bluefin tuna bite is excellent further offshore. A number of boats were out looking for albacore this past weekend on 1 1/2 and 2 1/2-day trips running south of San Diego, but they didn't find any longfin. ... The white seabass action remains surprisingly good from San Diego and Dana Point all the way up into the Channel Islands. ... While the barracuda have sunk out in recent days during the dark of the moon, the calico bass bite has been pretty much wide open all along the local coast and at the islands. ... Catalina, San Clemente, and the Coronado islands have remained spotty.