By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southernSan Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: Two bites of note. First the catfish action remains fair to good with the best action on shrimp, garlic shrimp, or shad. Lots of fish from two to four pounds. Second, the crappie action off the French Gulch marina in 14 feet of water has been fair to good on small minnows. These are mostly fish over a pound. Other species are very slow, including trout which were planted last week. The lake remains so low the boat ramps pretty much require four-wheel drive to launch boats. The annual trout derby dates have been set for this year at April 12-14.
KERN RIVER: The upper river has been slow to fair this past week for trout, with the Democrat Dam area and the Kernville Park to the powerhouse stretches still the top spots. The best bite has been on salmon eggs and mice tails. Fly anglers are also still seeing a pretty fair bite on the wild trout, mostly on small nymphs. The lower river continues be very slow on both smallmouth and trout, but Richard Vega, Bakersfield, landed a 26-pound carp.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The aqueduct has continued good for the small stripers. Most of the fish remain under the minimum keeper size the bite has been hot on lug worms and sardines, with blood worms and tube bait nearly as good. The fish are running from 1-3 pounds with a few over the 18-inch minimum size. Catfish bite is very slow.
MILL CREEK PARK: Overall slow fishing.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Good action with the best bite still on chunky cheese PowerBaits in garlic and salmon egg flavors.
HART PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week, two weeks ago.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Pretty good action over the weekend with a fair bite since. Garlic and salmon egg chunky cheese PowerBait have been the best bets. A few bass are also showing on nightcrawlers and plastics with the warmer weather. Other species very slow.
MING LAKE: DFW trout went in this week and the bite has been fair to good on PowerBait in the garlic flavors and Mice Tails with garlic oil. The warm weather has also made the bass stir, and there has been some fish showing in the evenings on plastics and even topwater baits. There were also some crappie reported this past week. Other species are very slow right now.
BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. PowerBait with garlic, Mice Tails and small jigs with scent have been the best bets.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Trout plant last week and the rainbow bite was good over the weekend with the best action on chucky cheese garlic PowerBait and green nightcrawlers. Plants tentatively slated for every three weeks. A few crappie are finally starting to show on small minnows, but fewer reports of catfish this past week.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Fair to good action on garlic-flavored PowerBaits and nightcrawlers. Slow other species.
SUCCESS LAKE: Overall slow fishing. DFW trout plants last week and next week.
KAWEAH LAKE: Overall slow fishing. DFW trout plants last week and next week.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: Good trout action has continued this past week after the 4,000-pound plant two weeks ago. Lots of trout for both shore and boat anglers. Shore anglers had the best bite at the right side of the marina boom line and off E Point on PowerBait and inflated nightcrawlers, while the trollers scored best along the north shore and the rock walls between Cachuma and Santa Cruz bays. The warm weather has perked the bass a little with the best action on swimbaits and jigs.
CASITAS: The bass action remains tough with a few fish showing for the diligent anglers. Even a few fish up in 10 feet of water or less with the warm weather.
CASTAIC: The striper bite has been generally good with a lot of limits showing for anglers either tossing swimbaits at the dam early in the morning or fishing sardines or anchovies off Kong Islands, Necktie Canyon, or at the buoy line. Most of the fish are 1-2 pounds, but some bigger fish in the 5-pound class seem to populate each stringer. Cage Bellows, Bakersfield, landed a 6-pound striper on a swimbait in the Ski Arm. The warm weather has also seemed to kick off the largemouth bite along many shorelines. DFW trout plants last week and next week.
LOPEZ: Slow to fair bass action with the warmer weather, but still pretty tough. A few catfish continue to show on cut baits in deeper water.
NACIMIENTO: Few reports. Still slow to fair spotted bass action on nightcrawlers, jumbo red worms, or slow-fished jigs and plastics. Other species getting very little pressure.
PIRU: Not a lot of change with very light fishing pressure. Overall slow to fair fishing.
PYRAMID: DFW trout plant is scheduled for next week after no plants for over a month. Slow action on the rainbows this week. Lots of small stripers from 10 to 12 inches showing but few bigger fish. The largemouth bass bite has improved a little. Most are 1-2 pounds.
SAN ANTONIO: Few fishing reports. With no launch ramps available now, only kayaks, canoes, or inflatables can get on the water.
SANTA MARGARITA: Very little fishing pressure, but the warm weather has brought a few bass up into shallower water with a few fish to 8 pounds reported in the past week.
KERN: Brite Valley Reservoir, Cat Fish Lake, Hart Park Lake, Ming Lake, River Walk Lake, Truxtun Lake, Woollomes Lake. TULARE: Murry Park Pond.
LONG RANGE SPECTACULAR: The long range boat out of San Diego continue to have excellent action on the giant yellowfin tuna off the top of Baja. Two boats reporting in on Wednesday, the Independence and the Excel, both had good action on tuna. The Independence had tuna to 180 pounds, while the Excel finished up Tuesday with 63 yellowfin to 220 pounds.
SAN DIEGO LOCAL FLEET FISHING MEXICO: The rockfish season may be closed in California waters, but the Mexican rockfish season is in full swing, and half-day to 1-1/2-day trips are running out of the San Diego Landings daily. Just some scores to show how good it has been.
LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY COAST BASS: There has been an uptick in the local bass fishing for the Orange County and Los Angeles County nearshore boats fishing half- and three-quarter day trips locally. And remember these have to be 14-inch and larger bass.
CORONADO ISLANDS YELLOWTAIL: The yellowtail bite at the Coronado Islands had been blazing late last week with some excellent score. For example, the San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing was out with 36 anglers on Saturday and they landed 68 yellowtail. The Mexican military made the fleet comply with new paperwork requirements that kept them off the Coronados for a couple of days, but by the time the San Diego and other boats were back out to the island, the bite had tanked. On Tuesday, the 51 anglers on the San Diego managed to get just 85 rockfish when the yellowtail were a no show.
LOBSTER ACTION: The lobster action has continued pretty consistent for the sportboats running trips all along the coast with an average of about a bug per angler per trip and better scores some evenings.