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By Brandon Reeves, 21/2, displays a bluegill he caught recently at Lake Lopez. He used worms for bait and reeled the fish in himself.
By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: There is still very good action on catfish, while the bass and crappie have slowed way down. The cats continue to be best on salted garlic clam meat or regular clams. Lots of two to four pound fish with some to 10 pounds. A few bass continue to show.
KERN RIVER: DFW plants in section 0, 4 and 5 this week and all the upper sections two weeks ago, and all sections three weeks ago. The trout bite has been very good on the planted fish for anglers fishing salmon eggs, PowerBait and Mice Tails. The fly anglers are also fair action on wild fish in the upper stretches. The lower river continues to have a good bass bite.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The aqueduct has been good this past week for small stripers. The stripers are mostly from 15 to 17 inches, but there is an occasional keeper fish. The catfish bite has slowed a little.
MILL CREEK PARK: Good bite on bluegill. A few bass showing.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. The bluegill bite remains fair to good. Carp are also showing. The bass are fair.
HART PARK LAKE: Good bluegill bite on meal worms and wax worms. Bass, carp bites fair.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The bluegill and carp action is good.
MING LAKE: DFW trout plant this week and two weeks ago. Good action on PowerBait in the garlic flavors and Mice Tails doused with garlic oil. The action on bluegill and carp is fair to good. The bluegill are best on wax worms and meal worms. Carp bite is best on dough baits. The bass are improving..
BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plants this week, last week, and four weeks ago.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The Taft Chamber Annual Trout Fishing Derby will be held Nov. 16. Lake Evans will be heavily planted before the event and closed to fishing from when the plants are made until derby day. Derby entries are available at the Taft Chamber office at 400 Kern Street in Taft or Bob's Bait Bucket on 2131 S. Chester Avenue in Bakersfield prior to the derby. Anglers can also sign up on site the day of the derby. Registration fee for children 13 and under is $10 and everyone over the age of 14 is $20. Registration forms are also available at The FishinÃ Hole, Kern River Bait, and Buena Vista Lake. Prizes will be awarded in each age group with a $1,000 grand prize awarded to the fisherman who catches the heaviest trout. There is also a chance to win $20,000 for matching a pre-determined weight with that prize fish. The fishing has been fair to good for bluegill, but most are smaller fishing. The bass action has been improving.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: First trout plant of the season two weeks ago. The bite has slowed since with only a few rainbows still being caught, mostly on PowerBait and Power Mice. Fair to good action on bluegill with a few bass being caught on reaction baits and frogs in the evenings. Also some carp being landed on dough baits.
SUCCESS LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season this week. 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: First DFW trout plant of the season this week. 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 on plastics and small swimbaits best. Other species very slow.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: The first trout plant of the season went in Wednesday.
CASITAS: The bass action remains fair to good.
CASTAIC: The first DFW trout plant of the season was last week. The striper bite has been good.
LOPEZ: There has been a fair to good bass bite. The catfish bite has been good. The panfish bite is fair to good.
NACIMIENTO: Very light fishing pressure with pretty good spotted bass action on nightcrawlers and jumbo red worms.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good.
PYRAMID: First DFW trout plant of the season last week. Lots of small stripers from 10 to 12 inches showing but few bigger fish. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good.
SAN ANTONIO: Little fishing pressure and few reports. The catfish bite is probably the best bet. Black bass are fair.
SANTA MARGARITA: Light pressure. Catfish at 18-2 and 18-8 were caught this week on anchovies.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: There has been fair to good trout action on the East Walker River but the flows remain low (27 cfs). The West Walker River remains a hot spot in this region.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Silver Lake has been very good on Mice Tails or lures for both shore and boat anglers. Overall fishing is fair to good with quality holdovers showing in pretty good numbers.
MAMMOTH AREA: General trout season closes in this region Nov. 15 and only the Upper Owens and Hot Creek will remain open to catch-and-release fly fishing year around. Convict Lake and Convict Creek have both been good this week. The Twin Lakes and Lake Mary are fair to good on rainbows and brookies.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Trout season is winding down with the region closing Nov. 15. Only Pleasant Valley Reservoir, the Owens River gorge, and the lower Owens below Pleasant Valley will remain open to fishing year-around.
LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: Most of the small streams along Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra are still fishing well, but the only plant this week was at Lone Pine Creek.
LOS ANGELES: El Dorado Park Lakes, Elizabeth Lake, Hansen Dam Lake, Legg Lakes, Peck Road Park Lake, Puddingstone Lake, Santa Fe Reservoir.
KERN: Brite Valley Reservoir, Kern River (sections 0, 4 and 5), Ming Lake, River Walk Lake, Truxton Lake.
TULARE: Kaweah Reservoir, Kern River (section 5), Success Reservoir.
OFFSHORE ACTION OUTLASTING ANGLERS: The offshore action out of San Diego has outlasted angler interest this year. . The Eclipse out of Seaforth Sportfishing was one of the only boats fishing to the West this week. The two-day trip with 23 anglers spent much of the first day searching for fish before getting on school of bluefin in the evening and the anglers ended up with 63 bluefin to 30 pounds.
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, and there is light fishing pressure. At Catalina, the Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing and the Freelance out of Davey's Locker have been focusing on the rockfish and the bonito. The norm is limits on the mixed bag bottom fish, and near limits to limit of one to two pound bonito.
NEARSHORE BITE ALL ROCKFISH: Very good rockfish action for all of the half- and three-quarter day sportboats from Oceanside to the Channel Islands. Skippers are focusing on the bottomfish and half-limits for the half-day boats and three-quarter to full limits on the longer trips has been the norm.