By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: Winds have continued to be a problem, but the crappie and bass bites surged with the warm weather this week. The crappie remain best on live minnows, and a lot of fish in the two-pound class have been landed this week, in spite of the wind. The largemouth are also good, with a lot of double-digit fish reported this week, including one fish at 14 pounds. Plastics, cranks and even some topwater baits have been the best bet. The catfish bite has continued to be good on garlic shrimp-nightcrawler combo, and Engineer's Point has been a hot spot, although the cats are showing in many areas. The trout bite remains pretty tough with only a few fish showing on floating baits or small lures.
KERN RIVER: The upper river has been fair for bait and lure anglers this week, but the fly anglers are seeing some pretty good afternoon action on wild fish. DFW plants this week in all stretches of the river and they are slated for all but section 3 next week, too. In the lower river, the smallmouth and largemouth bass have been pretty good, and a few trout continue to show in the Democrat Dam area.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The heat has made the striper bite even better, with some anglers reporting 60 fish days. While most are under the 18-inch minimum keeper size, there have been stripers reported this week. The best action has been on Rat-L-Traps, Gitzits, sardines, lug worms and blood worms. A number of catfish from eight to 10 pounds have been reported, mostly on chicken liver, garlic shrimp and mackerel, and this bite has been pretty good overall. Other species have been slow.
MILL CREEK PARK: The carp bite is very good on dough baits, and a few bluegill and bass are showing.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The largemouth bass bite is good, with a lot of fish in the mornings and evenings. The bass are whacking Senkos and Brush Hawgs or similar baits. Bluegill are also very good now on most of the small baits, especially on wax worms, but meal worms, crickets or red worms are also good bets. The carp bite is very good on dough baits.
HART PARK LAKE: The bass bite has been good. Most smaller fish under two pounds showing on Brush Hawgs and Senkos. The bluegill action very good now on wax worms and meal worms. The crappie bite has slowed, but the carp action is very good on Powder Bait.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The bass action remains pretty good on nightcrawlers, plastics and Brush Hawgs. The carp and bluegill are also very good in the shallows. The carp are best on dough baits and the bluegill best on wax worms.
MING LAKE: The bass action is very good on a variety of plastic baits and nightcrawlers, but Brush Hawgs and Senkos have been top bets. The catfish action remains pretty fair on shad and nightcrawlers. The bluegill action very good as they move shallow for the spawn, and the best bite has been on wax worms, crickets and meal worms. The crappie action was slow to fair, but a few continue to show on live minnows.
BRITE LAKE: The largemouth bass bite is pretty good with the showing on nightcrawlers, plastics and reaction baits. The bluegill action is also pretty good with the fish moving into the spawn. Trout are very slow with no plants for over a month.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bass action is very good on a variety of plastic baits and nightcrawlers, but Brush Hawgs and Senkos have been top bets. The catfish action remains pretty fair on shad and nightcrawlers. The bluegill action very good as they move shallow for the spawn, and the best bite has been on wax worms, crickets and meal worms. The crappie action was slow to fair, but a few continue to show on live minnows.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Catfish action has been fair to good and the water level, while low, is still good for fishing. The bass are fair to good on plastics and reaction baits, and more and more bluegill are being caught in a good bite. The 'gills are best on meal or wax worms. Carp are good, mostly on dough baits.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is pretty good, mostly on reaction baits early and late and plastics and jigs the rest of the day. The bluegill action is also pretty good on wax worms and meal worms. Other species still slow.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been good on plastics and nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite is also good on small baits with the fish starting to move shallow.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: Wind made for tough conditions this week. Trollers working the dam and along the north shore with four colors of lead core did best for the rainbows, while shore anglers found a few fish off E-Point and the area to the right of the log boom on floating baits and inflated nightcrawlers.
CASITAS: The bass bite has been very good for anglers dipping live shad early in the mornings. The bite is nearly as good on plastics, nightcrawlers or reaction baits fished in 15 to 25 feet of water.
CASTAIC: Stripers are good, with the best bait action on lug worms, sardines and blood worms in 60 to 100 feet of water in the Ski Arm, off Kong Island, and Necktie Canyon.
LOPEZ: The bass bite is good on plastics and nightcrawlers. The bluegill, redear and crappie are fair to good and getting better with each warm day.
NACIMIENTO: Black bass action continues good, with smallmouth, spotted bass and largemouth all biting on plastics, especially in the area from Las Tables to the dam.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been good on plastics and reaction baits with most fish in six to 20 feet of water.
PYRAMID: The striper bite is wide open with a lot of small fish from 10 to 12 inches showing, but still few bigger fish.
SAN ANTONIO: The black bass are still good, but most fish have backed out of the shallows and showing in six to 25 feet of water on plastics with some reaction bait fish early and late in the day.
SANTA MARGARITA: The bass bite has good, with most fish up top early and late and then in 10 to 25 feet the rest of the day.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Bridgeport Reservoir is fair to good for boat anglers when the wind isn't blowing with trolling or still fishing with nightcrawlers or PowerBait off Rainbow Point the best bet.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Overall, very good trout action throughout the June Lake Loop.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake has been very good for fly-rod midges, while bait anglers and trollers are reporting limits of fish.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: The Bishop Creek drainage remains good at most waters, including North Lake, South Lake and Sabrina.
LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All of the trout streams in this region are fair to good with light pressure.
KERN: Kern River (sections 1 through 5).
LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake.
TULARE: Kern River (section 5 and 6).
LONG RANGE NEWS: The long range fleet out of San Diego is continuing to hammer away at the giant yellowfin tuna off the tip of Baja.
SAN DIEGO OFFSHORE NEWS: The Top Gun 80 out of H&M Landing was on a 11/2-day exploratory offshore trip and landed bluefin tuna and yellowtail.
CORONADO ISLANDS YELLOWTAIL: The yellowtail action at the Coronado Islands has continued to be up and down, but the fish are there and if you catch it on a good day, the bite can be sizzling.
OFFSHORE ISLANDS UPDATE: The Thunderbird out of Davey's Locker has been consistently fishing Catalina, Clemente and Santa Barbara Island looking for yellowtail and white seabass.