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. Lots of 2- to 4-pound fish with some to 10 pounds. A few bass continue to show on jigs and deep-diving crankbaits.
KERN RIVER: DFW plants in section 0, 4 and 5 last week and all sections will be planted next week. The trout bite has been fair to good on the planted fish. Fly anglers are seeing pretty good action in the 20-mile roadside stretch. The water is clear above Fairview dam, with rainbows and browns above the dam focusing on ant patterns, small bluewing olive nymphs, and caddis. Below Fairview, there has been a very good bluewing olive hatch around 3 p.m. each day and good dry-fly action. The lower river continues to have a good bass bite.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The aqueduct has been good and getting even better for the small stripers over the past week as the water cools. The stripers are mostly from 15 to 17 inches, but there is an occasional keeper fish. Best action has been on blood worms and sand worms with a few on tube baits. The catfish bite has slowed a little, but a few fish showing are being caught on garlic clams.
MILL CREEK PARK: Fair bite on bluegill with a few bass also showing in the evening. No catfish reports.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants went in on Friday last week and three weeks ago. The bite was wide open over the weekend. The bluegill bite remains fair on wax worms and meal worms. Carp are also showing on dough baits and Powder Bait. The bass are fair.
HART PARK LAKE: First trout plant of the season three weeks ago, but the bite has slowed since that plant. Fair bluegill bite on meal worms and wax worms. The bass bite is also fair to good on cranks and plastics. The carp bite is also fair on dough baits.
TRUXTUN LAKE: DFW trout plant last week and three weeks ago. Fair good action. The bluegill action is fair. The carp are spotty. The bass are slow to fair in the evenings.
MING LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Fair 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 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 last week and next week.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The Taft Chamber Annual Trout Fishing Derby will be held from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 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 BobÃs 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 Fishin' 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. There is also a fair catfish bite on nightcrawlers and shad, but most of the fish are under 3 pounds. An exception was a 30-pound catfish landed recently by Steve Galindo, Bakersfield, on Secret 7 catfish bait. Bass action has been been fair.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago. Fair to good action on bluegill with a few bass being caught on reaction baits. Also some carp being landed.
SUCCESS LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season last week. Overall slow fishing with only a few trout in the stocking areas. Bluegill have slowed way down and only a few bass are showing on plastics and reaction baits.
KAWEAH LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season last week. The bluegill bite is slow with only the odd fish showing from deeper water on wax worms and meal worms. The catfish bite has also slowed. The bass bite has been slow to fair.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: Excellent trout action after last week's 4,000-pound plants. Limits were the rule for the weekend, and this was just the first of six 4,000-pound plants this season. Fair catfish bite on fish to 6 pounds.
CASITAS: The bass action remains fair to good. The catfish bite has been fair for anglers targeting the cats in deeper water.
CASTAIC: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago, but the plants haven't brought up any trophy stripers yet. A few catfish are also showing.
LOPEZ: There has been a fair to good bass bite on cranks and reaction baits at the dam and in the Lopez Arm, including some quality fish to seven pounds. The catfish bite has been good on fly-line cut baits. The panfish bite is fair to good.
NACIMIENTO: Very light fishing pressure with pretty good spotted bass. Read Steve Merlo's column on the following page for more.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good.
PYRAMID: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Fair to good trout bite. Lots of small stripers from 10 to 12 inches showing but few bigger fish. Fair catfish bite in the main channel by the gate house and in most of the deeper coves and bays. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good all over the lake.
SAN ANTONIO: Little fishing pressure and few reports. Most of the fish are 4-10 pounds. The catfish bite is probably the best bet. Black bass are fair.
SANTA MARGARITA: Very little fishing pressure again this week. Fair to good and catfish from the few reports coming in.
General trout season ends today, but the East Walker remains open to year around fishing. There has been fair to good trout action on the East Walker River but flows remain low (27 cfs).
LOS ANGELES COUNTY: Castaic Lake Pyramid Lake.
KERN: Woollomes Lake.
LONG RANGE ON BIG TUNA: The long-range fleet fishing off the tip of Baja are in the middle of their first giant tuna trip of the season, and the bite is picking up right where it left off this spring.
SAN DIEGO OVERNIGHT FISHING: While the overnight fishing season is essentially dead for the San Diego fleet, the huge volume of fish within 80 to 120 miles of San Diego is still there. Two trips over the weekend illustrate two points: the fish are still there, the angler interest has waned to the point a landing has a hard time filling a trip to pursue them. Seaforth Landing is trying to get anglers to recognize this bite is still hot.
ISLANDS UPDATE: While water temperatures are starting to cool at the offshore islands, there remains an exceptional volume of yellowtail and white seabass, especially at San Clemente and Santa Barbara Island, but also to an extent at Catalina. It's just hard getting the fish to bite. The tremendous volume of squid might be a factor. The only Catalina seabass reported in the past week have been at night, with the daytime bite a complete non-starter, and the other two islands are getting very little fishing pressure. The rockfish bite is exceptional.