By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: Crappie are there if you work for them and catfish bite has been holding up pretty well. The big front coming through for the weekend may short-circuit the bite, but it should pick back up next week, depending on what water temperatures do. Isabella and the upper Kern below Johnsondale Bridge remain open all winter, so in periods of good weather, you can fish right through the winter.
KERN RIVER: Upper river continues to fish very well following DFG trout plants. Flows are quite low, so the fish are stacked up in the bigger pools with the upper river best early and late in the day. It could be cold and stormy over the coming weekend, but the fishing and the weather should bounce back next week. The lower river has very low flows and that is creating good bass fishing conditions for the smallmouth that live in the part of the river near Bakersfield.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Striper bite fair to good if you like fish just a couple of inches below the minimum legal size. Many anglers catching 30 to 40 short stripers a day. Stripers of 10, 17 pounds noted this past week.
MILL CREEK PARK: Bluegill and catfish action had been fair to good recently.
HART PARK LAKE: DFG trout plant next week. Water level down. Very good bluegill bite. That may slow of the coming weekend storm, but rebound next week. Carp also fair. The bass bite has been improving.
TRUXTUN LAKE: DFG trout plant next week. Good bluegill action. Carp action is also fair to good. Bass action improving.
RIVER WALK PARK: DFG trout plant next week. Very good bluegill action on meal and wax worms or crickets early and late in the day with low water. Carp are fair on Power Bait. The bass are fair on reaction baits.
MING LAKE: Trout season gets a second boost with a scheduled DFG trout plant next week. Good bluegill, carp action. Bass fair.
BRITE LAKE: DFG trout plant Thanksgiving week. Fair action should follow.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Decent bluegill bite. Catfish action has been fair early and late in the day and at night. Bass action fair to good early and late in the day. Taft Chamber of Commerce Trout Derby will be 6 a.m.-2 p.m., Nov. 17 at Lake Evans.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: DFG plant this week. The early morning and late evening bass bite is just rated fair on Senkos, Brush Hogs, plastics or nightcrawlers. Panfish action slowing a bit.
SUCCESS LAKE: Excellent bass action in low water but that will probably slow over weekend and rebound next week if temps go back up. Bluegill bite is good.
KAWEAH LAKE: Bass bite had been fair but will probably change over the weekend with cold weather. The bluegill action is good. Other species slow.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: Trout action started strong last weekend with a large stocking of trout from the Calaveras Trout Farm. Trout to 6 pounds were weighed in at the marina. Bass, catfish slow.
CASITAS: Bass bite fair to good for those who know how to fish the lake. Panfish pretty good. Catfish slow. Expect bigger bass to come shallow as the lake cools and trout plants start.
CASTAIC: Overall, all species are rated "fair" by the staff except for catfish which are "very good" for this late in season.
LOPEZ: Bass bite picked up. Fish of 5, 8 pounds reported. Crappie and catfish slow.
NACIMIENTO: Fishing for spotted bass and white bass fair for anglers who locate the fish. Pay attention to diving birds as that is the clue that shad are close to the surface, and if you find them boiling on bait, topwater lures will take spots in the 2- to 3-pound range, and white bass too.
PYRAMID: Unchanged from last week. A DFG trout plant went into the lake this week. The water level is going up. The striper bite, especially the surface action has gone off a bit. Most of the stripers are little fish in the two-pound range. Black bass action has been fair to good with some flurries of topwater and reaction bait action early and late in the day. There have been a lot of smallmouth in this bite along with the largemouths. Catfish fair.
SAN ANTONIO: Slowing striper fishing will probably be jump-started by this weekend's cold front. Stripers are chasing shad early in the mornings and then again late in the afternoon.
SANTA MARGARITA: Most species slowed down preceding the storm front scheduled to arrive before the weekend.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Storm this weekend may drop snow in the area, and will certainly turn cold. Check before you drive up. Upper Twin producing some trout from the shore, Lower Twin is slow. Bridgeport reservoir kicking out some brown trout in the 6-pound range. Virginia Lake is fair to good for trout, but the gate is closed and you have to walk in. The Virginia Lake Resort is closed. The East Walker is still fishing good in spite of low flows. Best action on nymphs, but more streamer fish this week. Most waters close Nov. 15.
JUNE LAKE LOOP REGION: The June Lake Loop has been pretty quiet this past week. This is the last weekend for many Sierra waters as the season closes on Nov. 15.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake has been excellent in the Owens River arm for midge and stream anglers, but winds have hampered fishing some days. Lots of smaller fish under 10 inches, but also some toads to 5 pounds in between the freshly-planted dinks. Hot Creek is excellent. Convict Lake is still fair to good.
BISHOP AREA: The Lower Owns is running about 200 cfs, and is fishing very well on small nymphs. Pleasant Valley Reservoir has fair fishing and will get a DFG plant on the 11th, but no big browns reported this week. Sabrina, South Lake, and North Lake are getting ice at night.
LONE PINE-INDEPENDENCE AREA: Overall pretty slow. Tuttle Creek and Diaz Lake are exceptions.
TULARE: Kern River Section Five, Kaweah Reservoir.
KERN: Hart Park Lake, Kern River (sections 4,5), Ming Lake, River Walk Lake, Truxtun Lake.
LONG RANGE UPDATE: San Diego sportfishing landings are beginning their long-range 12 to 16-day trips and are reporting success on yellowfin tuna and wahoo.
SAN DIEGO EXOTICS STAY HOT: The fishing for San Diego's 3/4-day to two-day fleet hasn't slowed for the exotics. The Royal Polaris, out on a 1-1/2 day trip this week with 31 anglers, caught 21 yellowfin up to 65 pounds, limits on yellowtail with 165 fish, nine skipjack and 11 dorado.
SAN DIEGO LOCAL: Good fishing locally, 3/4 day boats, whether staying in close or moving off shore, are doing a good job getting their customers on fish. One boat with just 15 anglers came back with a couple of nice halibut, a few calico and sand bass, seven sheephead, 27 rockfish, 27 sculpin, and 103 red snapper. A boat out of Seaforth Landing on a 3/4 day trip with 36 anglers caught six yellowfin tuna and 142 yellowtail.
LOS ANGELES AND ORANGE COUNTY: Fishing has been good off of Orange County and up in Santa Monica Bay for rockfish, but the surface action has stalled. There is still a fair bite off Dana Point for bass, but that is slowing. Squid is still thick in the region, and with the candy bait there is still a good shot for white seabass to show during the coming new moon cycle.
LOCAL ISLANDS: San Clemente and Catalina Islands are still showing a fair number of white seabass and yellowtail in a slowly slowing bite.