By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, So. San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: It's crappie mania again here this week. The crappie bite has been wide open in the past few days with limits of fish from 1-8 to 2-8 showing for both shore, float tube and boat anglers in Boulder Gulch, Paradise Cove, Rocky Point and Piney Point. The best bite has been on live minnows, but fish are also showing on crappie jigs, especially when tipped with a bait or Crappie Nibble. The catfish bite is also fair to good on shad and minnows with fish to 8 pounds, but most pan-sized.
KERN RIVER: After three straight weeks of plants on all stretches of the river, this week is a skip week. The bite has been very good on salmon eggs, Mice Tails, nightcrawlers and small spinners. The upper river trout bite remains good for fly anglers fishing the wild or holdover fish, mostly on small nymphs. Trout season opens Saturday on all the high elevation waters.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Striper mania again here this week. Some anglers are reporting fish on every cast and the average size has pushed up to where many of the fish are over the 18-inch minimum size. The catfish bite is fair.
MILL CREEK PARK: Decent bite on bluegill with a few bass also showing.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The bass are still the mainstay. The bluegill bite is probably the best bet on wax worms and meal worms.
HART PARK LAKE: There continues to be a few good crappie being caught in the pound class. Bass action fair.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Crappie to 2 pounds have been reported. Bass fair. Bluegill action is good.
MING LAKE: Some crappie showing. Bass have been pretty good. Bluegill fair to good.
BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant last week.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bluegill bite is very good. The catfish bite is slow. The crappie bite has slowed.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Very slow fishing with such low water conditions, but a few bass, bluegill and carp being landed.
SUCCESS LAKE: Very good bluegill action. The bass bite has also remained good.
KAWEAH LAKE: Bass bite fair to good. The bluegill action is getting better.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: There has been a pretty good trout, largemouth and smallmouth bites.
CASITAS: The bass bite has continued very good. The trout action has been fair.
CASTAIC: The rainbow are still showing along the marina shoreline. The largemouth bass bite is good. The stripers have been showing around the marina.
LOPEZ: Bass bite very good. Also some crappie and bluegill showing around the docks.
NACIMIENTO: The shad moved to the surface a month ago and the spotted and white bass have been busting the shad on the surface.
SAN ANTONIO: The black bass bite has been good with the fish still in the shallows. Crappie bite fair to good.
SANTA MARGARITA: The largemouth bass bite is very good. There is also a fair crappie bite.
PIRU: The bass bite has been good with five-fish limits common. The crappie bite is fair.
PYRAMID: There has been generally good action on stripers again this week. Some rainbow trout are still showing. The largemouth bass bite is good with lot of nice fish to four pounds showing on plastics in less than 20 feet of water and as shallow as 3 feet.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Excellent trout opener throughout the region with nearly all waters ice-free for opening day. Both Twin Lakes were ice free and produced a lot of limits. The big trout of the Sierra opener also came from here. Bridgeport Reservoir is low but produced a lot of nice limits of fish to four pounds. The East Walker was very good the past week.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: All of the lakes in the loop were ice free and stocked by the DFW for the opener. Parker and Walker lakes were also ice free and open to walk-in anglers. Lundy Lake was ice-free.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake had very low water levels but excellent fishing with most anglers reporting limits of 12- to 14-inch trout. Hilton Bay and Sandy Point were the hot spots. Convict Lake was also excellent with a lot of pan-sized limits reported. The Twin Lakes and Lake Mary were pretty much ice free for opening weekend and George had rotten ice by mid-week. The fishing was fair to good in the loop. Rock Creek Lake was mostly ice-free by the end of opening weekend and was very good with a lot of limits.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: In the Bishop Creek drainage, Intake II, Sabrina Lake, North Lake, and most of South Lake were completely ice-free for the opener and provided good to excellent fishing. Bishop Creek was low, but all stretches were planted by the DFW. The Lower Owens still had a low flow are a very good mid-day baetis hatch and good nymph and streamer action.
LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All the small streams along Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra were planted for the opener and will get trout again this week.
KERN: Alder Creek, Cedar Creek, Cuddy Creek Pond.
TULARE: Deer Creek, Spear Creek (Poso Creek), White River.
WHITE SEABASS POP: The white seabass action exploded on Monday this week for the sport boats fishing Santa Cruz Island out of Channel Islands Sportfishing. The limit is one fish right now, but most boats have had limits every day since Monday. And these have been quality fish from 20 to 45 pounds. The seabass are also showing in a near-secret bite at Catalina that is being tapped by just a handful of local anglers. The white are also starting to move all along the Orange County and Los Angeles area coastlines.
ROCKFISH STILL AWESOME: Skippers that are now targeting the seabass or yellowtail always have the back-up of limit-style rockfish action on three-quarter or full-day trips. Many local half-day boats continue to focus on the excellent rockfish bite all along the coast. And a number of Channel Islands boats had seabass and rockfish limits earlier this week.
LONG RANGE TUNA EXCELLENT: The long-range yellowfin tuna season for the 16- to 18-day trips running out of San Diego is excellent with all boats reporting tuna over 200 pounds again and excellent wahoo fishing.
YELLOWTAIL EVERYWHERE: There continues to an excellent volume of yellowtail along a solid 75 miles of coastline and at all the offshore islands. The Coronado Islands continue to have the most productive bite on these 20- to 40-pound fish.