By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, Southern San Joaquin Valley
STRIPER DERBY: The annual Bob's Bait month-long catfish derby kicked off July 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 catfish weighed in during July will take the $100 prize, plus all the entry fee money from everyone entered. This past month's striper derby was won by a 10-1 striper caught by Jorge Torrez, Bakersfield, to win the $287 jackpot. Call Bob's (661) 833-8657.
LAKE ISABELLA: Bass bite continued to be good on 2- to 4- pounders. Best action is early and late in the day. Crappie still around, but bite has been hit and miss and almost exclusively on live minnows in deeper water. Catfish still good on shad, clams and Sonny's Dip Bait with fish to 6 pounds reported, mostly in the Camp 9. The trout bite is fair to good at dam for shore anglers. Bluegill bite fair to good on small baits in most coves.
KERN RIVER: Trout action good to excellent on the upper river. Most action is on pan-sized fish with quite a few to 3 pounds reported. Best bite has been on crickets, Power Bait and Mice Tails. Fly anglers are also seeing very good action with more dry fly mornings now, but the best action is still on small nymphs. Good reports from the high elevation waters throughout the region, mostly for small trout. In the lower river, the trout bite has been pretty fair. DFG trout planted in two stretches this week.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The moss is a serious problem here, but anglers drifting baits are still seeing a fair to good bite 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. Best bite in evening or at night with a lot of fish to 4 pounds.
MILL CREEK PARK: Fair action on bluegill and quite a few carp are being landed on dough baits.
HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill bite has been very good on wax worms, meal worms and crickets, and the carp bite is also pretty good on Powder Bait or homemade dough baits. Bass action fair early, late in day.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Very good bluegill action on red worms, meal worms, wax worms, crickets and nightcrawler pieces. Bass action fair early, late in the day.
RIVER WALK PARK: Bluegill action 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, plastics early, late in day.
MING LAKE: Very good bluegill action on wax worms, red worms, meal worms, and carp action is improving. Bass fair early, late in day on spinnerbaits, and topwater lures.
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: Catfish action fair to good at night on cut baits. Carp bite good on Powder Bait. Bluegill action good on wax worms, crickets, and meal worms, and a few bass early and late in the day on lipless cranks, plastics, Brush Hogs, Senkos, minnows, and nightcrawlers.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Very good bluegill action early, late in day. Bass bite fair on Senkos, Brush Hogs, plastics or nightcrawlers. Carp showing for the anglers targeting them with Powder Bait.
SUCCESS LAKE: Bass action fair with low pressure that moved through this past weekend. Best action on drop-shot plastics and Senko-type lures. Best action is in less than 8 feet of water early, late in day. The bluegill bite fair on small baits.
KAWEAH LAKE: Bass bite fair to good on plastics, Brush Hogs, swimbaits and spinnerbaits. The best bite at first or last light. The bluegill action is good on the usual array of small baits. A few catfish starting to show.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: The trout trolling and deep-water bait drifting at the dam and Johnson Bay has continued fair on nice quality holdover. The bass bite has been fair with flurries of good action. Topwater bite early, late in day. There have been both largemouths and smallmouths in this action. Catfish bite fair to good in the backs of the coves and in creek channels. Crappie bite fair in Santa Cruz Bay and the narrows. Bluegill, redear good in backs of most coves in 6-20 feet of water
CASITAS: The largemouth bass bite has continued good. Bass are up shallow early and late and then down to 25 feet later in the day. Lots of 2- to 3-pound bass and a few bigger.
CASTAIC: The striper bite continues to get better. Excellent topwater bite with boils all around the lake early in the morning and late in the evening, mostly 2- to 5-pound fish. Largemouth bass bite good to excellent. Most of the fish are in 15 feet or less. More catfish showing in the coves. Pretty good bluegill bite.
LOPEZ: Largemouth bass bite fair. Bluegill, redear, crappie also pretty good.
NACIMIENTO: Spotted bass good on plastics early, late in day. White bass in fair numbers.
PIRU: Good bass bite, with fish to 4 pounds. Pretty good crappie and redear bite.
PYRAMID: Catfish bite good from shore and for boat anglers fishing cut baits in deeper water. The striper bite has been fair to good for trollers, but the bait bite has been nearly as good with the fish still in deeper water. Most fish 2-4 pounds. Black bass action generally good with fish in 5-15 feet of water. Smallmouth and largemouth showing.
SAN ANTONIO: Catfish bite good in most coves. Black bass action fair to good early and late in the day.
SANTA MARGARITA: Bass action fair to good. Bluegill, redear bites are very good in 12 to 20 feet of water.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Bridgeport Reservoir has been good now that the wind has calmed. Good action on midges, streamers for fly anglers fishing from boats or tubes. Bait fishing from boats has been excellent. Twin Lakes have been excellent with limits of pan-sized trout to 3 pounds the rule. Trollers also getting limits. The West Walker is very good with low, clear water. Virginia Lake remains awesome, and an 11-3 rainbow was caught this past week.
JUNE LAKE LOOP REGION: Heavy plants in the loop prior to July 4 have made for very good action. Caleb Melson, Bakersfield, and Trevor Willis, 6, Temecula, landed their first trout ever from Silver. Grant Lake and Rush Creek both continue to crank out a few nice browns. Gull and June are both good.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley fair to good for midge anglers. The weed beds are coming up quickly and anglers have to dodge the weed matts to find the fish. Convict Lake is good for anglers fishing at the creek inlets and outlet, along the north shore and south shore. Upper Owens good with mostly small fish showing now. Hot Creek is excellent with good hatches morning and afternoon.
BISHOP AREA: South Lake remains the top spot on pan-sized fish. All the forks of Bishop Creek and Intake II have been fair to good with regular DFG plants providing lots of rainbows and the brown trout are showing in fair numbers. North Lake fair to good, mostly at the upper end on small jigs. Sabrina has been best in inlets on baits. Lower Owens flows up, and fishing is difficult.
LONE PINE-INDEPENDENCE AREA: Small streams along Highway 395 from Big Pine Creek to Cottonwood Creek fair to good.
KERN: Kern River (Sections 4, 5).
TULARE: Balch Park Lake (Lower and Upper), Big Meadows Creek, Bone Creek, Dry Meadow Creek, Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake), Kern River (section 6), Nobe Young Creek, Peppermint Creek (Upper and Lower), Stoney Creek, Tule River (Middle Fork), North Fork Tule River (Middle Fork No. 1), South Fork Tule River (Middle Fork No. 2 and Middle Fork No. 3).
The 1 1/2 and two-day boats out of San Diego continue to see decent yellowtail action on the floating kelp to the south along with some smatterings of bluefin tuna. Anglers have been getting 1-3 fish per rod. The yellows have all been 16- to 20-pound class fish and Bluefin to 30 pounds. The 1/2 and 3/4-day fleet out of San Diego has been focusing on the good sand bass action on the flats just into Mexican waters (limit five fish) and then shooting out to the Coronados for a shot at the yellowtail. San Clemente Island continues to crank out some huge yellowtail in the 30- to 40-pound range, but between anglers farming fish and seals getting a few, only about one in three of these hooked fish makes it to the deck. Calico bass bite has also been excellent on these trips. Catalina has also been wide open. There are yellowtail and white seabass showing on the front and backside of the island, and a great calico bass bite. The Ultra out of 22nd Street Landing was on an overnight with 11 anglers on Monday and they had four seabass, 110 calicos, and two sheephead. Find a piece of kelp or any structure and there will be calico bass on it in a bite mode, there has also been a good bite on barracuda, sand bass, and a nice mix of halibut and rockfish on the half- and three-quarter day boats from Oceanside into the Santa Monica Bay and even into Ventura.