By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: The lake remains so low the boat ramps pretty much require four-wheel drive to launch boats. There is still good action on catfish, bass and a few crappie. The cat action has been best on salted garlic clam meat, regular clams, shad, nightcrawlers and green garlic nightcrawlers, with fish to 10 pounds reported.
KERN RIVER: DFW plants in the upper river last week and all sections two weeks ago. No plants slated for this week or next. The trout bite has been very good on the planted fish for anglers fishing salmon eggs and crickets. The fly anglers are also seeing very good action on wild fish in the upper stretches. The lower river continues to have a good bass bite and the water has cleared up dramatically.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The aqueduct has been good to excellent this past week for both small stripers and catfish. The stripers are mostly from 15 to 17 inches.
MILL CREEK PARK: Good bite on bluegill with a few bass also showing.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: First trout plant of the season last week. Good action on the usual baits and lures. The bluegill bite remains the best bet.
HART PARK LAKE: First trout plant of the season last week with good action on PowerBait. Good bluegill bite on meal worms and wax worms. The bass bite is also starting to turn on with the cooler weather with more fishing on cranks and the plastic bite still good, too. The carp bite.
TRUXTUN LAKE: First trout plant of the season last week. The bluegill action is good on wax worms, meal worms, or small jigs. The carp are good on dough baits. The bass are slow to fair in the evenings on nightcrawlers, plastics and topwater.
MING LAKE: First trout plant of the season last week and good action. The action on bluegill and carp is very good. The bluegill are best on wax worms and meal worms. Carp bite is best on dough baits. The bass are improving with a pretty fair bite on crankbaits early and late and then plastics and minnows the rest of the day.
BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: First trout plant likely in early November. Fair to good bluegill action with some fish to a pound, but most much smaller now. Best bite is on the usual small baits like wax worms, meal worms, red worms, crickets or small nightcrawler pieces. There is also a fair catfish bite on nightcrawlers and shad, but most of the fish are under three pounds. The bass action has been improving.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: First trout plant of the season last week. Good action on small trout jigs and PowerBait. Good action on bluegill with a few bass being caught on reaction baits and frogs in the evenings. Some carp being landed on dough baits.
SUCCESS LAKE: Good bluegill action and nice stringers of fish showing up along most shoreline areas with some structure. The best bite has been on meal worms, wax worms and red worms. The bass bite has also remained good on plastics and reaction baits. Lots of one to two-pound fish and bass to six pounds reported.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bluegill action is good on wax worms and meal worms, and the catfish bite has been fair to good. The bass bite has been fair to good.
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CACHUMA: Good catfish bite on fish to six pounds from HaveyÃs Cove and the creek channel in DrakeÃs Cove. The first trout plant of the season is set for Nov. 6, with a 4,000-pound load of Calaveras rainbows set to go in.
CASITAS: The bass action remains fair to good in the morning and evenings, with some topwater, buzzbait, or crankbait action, but the fish are generally moving deeper with the cooling water and showing in 15 to 30 feet on plastics and nightcrawlers.
CASTAIC: The striper bite has been pretty good.
LOPEZ: The bass have been fair to good. The panfish bite is fair to good on bluegill with a few crappie and redear.
NACIMIENTO: The best action continues to be for catfish. Some to 2-8 showing on reaction baits. Good bites on bluegill, spotted bass.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits with a good topwater bite most mornings. The average fish is from one to two pounds, but bass to seven pounds have been reported. A few catfish reports, but no reports on crappie this week.
PYRAMID: Lots of small stripers from 10 to 12 inches showing but few bigger fish. Largemouth bass bite good all over lake.
SAN ANTONIO: The striper bite fair this week. The catfish bite has been fair to good. Lots of fish to six pounds. The black bass bite has been fair.
SANTA MARGARITA: Fair to good bass bite. Fair action on bluegill, redear and catfish.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Good trout action on the East Walker River but the flows remain low (27 cfs). Bridgeport Reservoir is finally starting to improve. Kirman Lake is good and getting better by the day. Twin Lakes has improved. The West Walker River remains a hot spot.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Silver Lake very good. There was a 20-8 brown trout reported from Rush Creek below Silver late last week. Grant Lake has been producing a few nice browns and rainbows. Gull and June are also good with a lot of fish from 1-2 pounds.
MAMMOTH AREA: Convict Lake and Convict Creek have both been good this week. Crowley Lake has very low water levels but good fishing. Lots of fish up into the 4-pound class with some bigger browns. The Twin Lakes and Lake Mary are fair to good on rainbows and brookies.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Lake Sabrina fishing has continued fair to good. Bishop Creek has been very good. Weir Pond is good. North Lake and Intake II have been the hot spots in the drainage.
LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake, Pyramid Lake.
KERN: Brite Valley Reservoir.
TULARE: Tule River North Fork (Middle Fork No. 1).
OFFSHORE BITE STILL WIDE OPEN: This weekÃs little storm front has not affected the awesome offshore action for the San Diego overnight to three-day fleet. In fact, on the grounds where they are fishing, the storm was little more than a slightly increased swell. The bite is still wide open, but many anglers have decided the season is over and mid-week trips have very light loads and weekend trips are practically walk-on.
LOCAL ISLANDS UPDATE: There continues to be a very good rockfish bite off both Catalina and San Clemente, along with the whole Channel Islands region. There continue to be quite a lot of bonito and a few yellowtail at both Catalina and San Clemente focusing on the huge volume of squid all along the coast from Point Conception to Cedros. The bait volume is just incredible and the commercial squid fishery is already closed for the season. Even a few white seabass are showing at Catalina and Clemente.
NEARSHORE BITE ALL ROCKFISH: Little change along the coast with almost all of the half- and three-quarter day sportboats from Oceanside to the Channel Islands focusing on the excellent rockfish action all along the coast. The average has been half-limits for the half-day boats and three-quarter to full limits on the longer trips. There have been a few sand bass, sculpin and an upswing in the number of halibut in this bite.