By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: The crappie bite has continued very good with the fish concentrated in the flooded trees and on rocky points as the water level falls. Catfish very good in most coves. The fish are showing in the north fork and most deeper coves. The trout bite also remains pretty good at the dam for shore anglers. Fly anglers are having fair success at Camp Nine and Paradise Cove on streamers. The bluegill bite is good in most coves. The bass bite has continued fair on 2- to 4-pounders.
KERN RIVER: Fly anglers are seeing very good fishing on the upper Kern. Water temps are in the 55-60 degrees and then 70 degrees above the KR3 power plant and the flows are around 195 cfs below KR3. Water temperature is about 65 below KR3. The flows and temperatures are about the same from Fairview Dam to KR3. For the bait and lure anglers, the best action has been on crickets, Power Bait, and Mice Tails. Flows were 200 to 300 cfs going into Isabella on Wednesday and 300 to 400 cfs coming out of the lake. In the lower river is very good for fly anglers with some smallmouth action in the canyon stretch. The catfish bite is fair on clams in the lower pools. No DFG trout plants listed for the Kern again this week, but there was a 2,000-pound emergency plant two weeks ago.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite good to excellent, but most of the fish are under the 18-inch minimum size with one out of 20 fish a keeper.
MILL CREEK PARK: Good action on catfish and carp here over the past week. Fair to good bite on bluegill.
HART PARK LAKE: Not much change with good bluegill action on wax worms, meal worms and crickets, and the carp bite is also fair to good on Powder Bait or homemade dough baits. The bite is best mornings and evenings with the heat shutting things down the rest of the time. A few bass are also showing early and late on Senkos and Brush Hogs.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Continued good bluegill. Carp action fair to good on dough baits. Bass action slow to fair.
RIVER WALK PARK: Bluegill action good on meal and wax worms or crickets early and late in the day. Carp are fair on Powder Bait. Bass are slow to fair.
MING LAKE: Good bluegill action on wax worms, red worms, meal worms, and the carp action is good on dough baits. Bass are fair with the best bite early and late in the day on plastics, spinnerbaits and topwater lures.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The catfish action has been fair at night on cut baits, but mostly on small fish. There is a good bluegill bite on wax worms, crickets and meal worms, and a fair to good carp bite on Powder Bait or similar dough and dip baits. A few bass continue to show early and late in the day on topwater baits, lipless cranks, plastics, Senkos, minnows and nightcrawlers.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Very good bluegill action on wax worms, meal worms or crickets, while the early morning and late evening bass bite is fair on Senkos, Brush Hogs, plastics or nightcrawlers. Also quite a few carp showing for the anglers targeting them with Powder Bait.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bass action has been just fair. Best action on drop-shot plastics and Senko-type lures with some topwater around weed mats. The bluegill bite is good on crickets and wax worms in six to 20 feet of water. Few other reports.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been fair to good on plastics, Brush Hogs, swimbaits and spinnerbaits. The best bite is at first or last light. The bluegill action is good on the usual array of small baits. A few catfish starting to show, but other species slow.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: Largemouth, smallmouth and crappie bites are fair. Catfish slow to fair.
CASITAS: Largemouth bass bite has continued fair to good in the morning and evening. Bluegill and redear action pretty good.
CASTAIC: Striper, largemouth bites good. Good catfish action. Pretty good bluegill bite both in main lake coves, off the lagoons.
LOPEZ: Bass, bluegill and redear bites fair. Crappie, catfish slow.
NACIMIENTO: White bass are still showing in very good numbers all around the lake with the fish averaging about two pounds. Spotted and largemouth bass action is fair. A few catfish also being landed.
PIRU: Crappie and bass bites pretty good. The bass are best early and late in the day on topwater, reaction baits, and plastics. A few nice redear and smaller bluegill are showing.
PYRAMID: Stripers are still boiling around much of the lake. The catfish action has also been fair to good with some fish to 12 pounds reported. The black bass action fair. Both smallmouth and largemouth have been showing in this bite.
SAN ANTONIO: Striper bite good, catfish bite fair.
SANTA MARGARITA: The largemouth bass bite remains the only action of note here.
The East Walker River is still very good mornings and evenings in the faster, more oxygenated water. Twin Lakes are still good with a lot of limits of pan-sized fish morning and evening. The West Walker has been very good. Bridgeport Reservoir is good for trollers. Virginia Lakes remains one of the top spots in the region. ... Silver Lake is getting Alpers trout this coming week and has been getting weekly DFG plants. Rush Creek has been fair to good. Grant Lake is just fair. Gull and June are both good with a good deep troll bite during the day and surface fly action in the evenings.... The trout action at Crowley Lake is still good to excellent. Convict Lake is fair to good. Mammoth Creek has been good on stocked trout with quite a few wild browns. The Twin Lakes and whole upper lakes basin has been fair to good with the. The Upper Owens is fair to good. Hot Creek is excellent. South Lake remains fair to good on jigs and Power Worms. All the forks of Bishop Creek and Intake II have been fair to good. North Lake, Sabrina fair to good. The lower Owens flows have dropped and the fishing has been very good since the flows have fallen. All the small streams along Highway 395 from Big Pine Creek to Cottonwood Creek remain fair to good.
KERN: No plantings this week.
TULARE: Balch Park Lake (Upper and Lower), Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake).
The fishing is beyond epic for exotic species off the Southern California coast. The best action remains out of San Diego for the overnight to two-day boats fishing the waters south and southwest of Point Loma. The mid-week bluefin tuna fishing is the best it has been in 20 or 30 years or more, and the action on yellowtail and dorado on floating kelp paddies remains exceptional throughout the week and weekend. The bluefin are running from 25 to 50 pounds with the average in the 35 to 40-pound range and there are some bigger fish to 100 pounds mixed in. None that size have been landed, but a few at 60 pounds or better have been caught. Loss rate is probably 30 percent on the bluefin. There is high boat traffic on weekends, which makes the bluefin action tougher then. . The Condor out of H&M Landing was out over the weekend with 37 anglers on a 1 1/2-day trip and they landed limits of yellowtail as part of a 225 mixed yellowtail, dorado, and bluefin tuna catch. Anglers aboard the Legend had over 100 bluefin on Tuesday and were still fishing when this report was done Wednesday. The Eclipse, also from Seaforth Sportfishing, returned from a two-day early this week with 57 bluefin, 11, dorado, and six yellowfin for the 27 anglers on board.