By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
CATFISH DERBY: The annual Bob's Bait month-long catfish derby kicked off Monday. The entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in a fish. Only fresh fish can be weighed in and no weighing in of fish the same day as entering derby. The biggest catfish weighed in during July will take the $100 prize, plus all the entry fee money from everyone entered. A 15-pound striper caught by Bakersfield's Mike Luna won last month's derby.
LAKE ISABELLA: Check Steve Merlo's column for details.
KERN RIVER: Fishing remains good in the upper river with some quality holdover trout. DFW trout plants last week. The upper river trout bite is excellent for fly anglers fishing the wild trout stretch. Smallmouth bass are starting to show in good numbers in the lower river.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Striper action has been fair to good with a few bigger fish, but still mostly undersize fish that must be released. The catfish bite came back on this past week on cut baits. Bandon Baker, Bakersfield, had cats at 9, 4 and 4 pounds on chicken liver.
MILL CREEK PARK: Good bite on bluegill with a few bass also showing. No catfish reports.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The bluegill bite remains the best bet. Carp are also showing. The bass are fair.
HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill bite is good, and carp action too. The bass action is fair.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The bluegill action is good. The carp are good on dough baits. The bass are fair on nightcrawlers.
MING LAKE: Bluegill good on wax worms and meal worms. Carp good on dough baits. The bass have also been pretty good.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Good bluegill action with some fish to a pound reported in the past week. Fair to good catfish bite on small 12- to 13-inch catfish.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Good action on bluegill with a few bass being caught. Also some carp being landed.
SUCCESS LAKE: Good bluegill action. Bass bite good on plastics and reaction baits. Lots of one to 2-pound fish and bass to 6 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. Other species slow.
Other regional lakes
LOPEZ: Fair crappie bite. The bass have been slow. The bite on small bluegill is good.
NACIMIENTO: White bass are showing throughout the main body of the lake on Kastmasters and Roostertails, with the fish boiling in the mornings on shad, especially around the marina. The spotted, largemouth and smallmouth bass are slow to fair. Catfish slow.
CACHUMA: The catfish bite has been the best bet. The trout action has also been fair. Both the smallmouth and largemouth bass remained tough with the only real action a brief topwater bite very early in the day.
CASITAS: The bass action has been fair to good.
CASTAIC: Catfish and largemouth bass bites have been fair to good. Joe Kenner, Bakersfield, had a 6-pound bass on a Lunker Plunker. The striper bite has fair to good. Bluegill bite fair.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been very good on plastics and reaction baits with a good topwater bite most mornings.
PYRAMID: The striper bite has been fair to good for boat and shoreline anglers. Catfish averaging 8-10 pounds are showing in the cut bait bite. The largemouth and smallmouth bites are also pretty good.
SAN ANTONIO: Overall slowish action. Catfish are the best bet with fair to good action on fish to 6 and 7 pounds.
SANTA MARGARITA: The shad and fry population in the lake has exploded so there's a ton of bait in the water. There's a fair bite on the crappie on the live shad. Not a lot of fish, but those showing are 2-3 pounders.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: The East Walker River flows dropped to 80 cfs this week and fishing remains good. Bridgeport Reservoir has been good for trollers and shore anglers fishing lures or bait around Rainbow Point. Kirman Lake produced some very nice trout this past week. Twin Lakes remains good for rainbows to 3 pounds. The West Walker is good on spinners and dry flies. Virginia Lakes has been very good with weekly plants.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: All of the lakes in the loop were stocked by the DFW again this week and providing very good action on the planted and holdover rainbows, with quite a few cutthroats in June and a smattering of browns in Grant. Silver has been very consistent with a lot of fish up to 4 pounds.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake had very low water levels but excellent fishing with limits still common. Lots of fish up into the 4-pound class. There is also a good Sacramento perch bite. Hilton Bay, Little Hilton and Sandy Point are the top spots for trout. Convict Lake has been fair to good with some nice DFW and Alpers fish showing. The Twin Lakes and Lake Mary are fair to good on holdover rainbows and brookies. Hot Creek was very good with excellent caddis action remains just fair. Rock Creek Lake is fair to good with some limits.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: In the Bishop Creek drainage, all the lakes are coming up, but slowly. South Lake is very low and has had fair to good action in Boiler Cove and the inlet. Bishop Creek (all sections) has been good with weekly DFW plants. Weir Pond is also good and Intake II has been consistent. Pleasant Valley Reservoir is getting light pressure. Best action at Owens inlet.
LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All the small streams along Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra were planted again this week.
None slated this week for Kern, Tulare counties
SAN DIEGO YELLOWTAIL AND BLUEFIN: The bluefin bite surged back on as the full moon waned, and the yellowtail remain pretty much wide open for the San Diego overnight, 1 1/2-day and 2 1/2 or three-day trips. There is also a pretty decent volume of dorado that are just now starting to show. The bluefin are mostly in the 20 to 40 pound class with some bigger fish, while the yellowtail continue to be good quality 12- to 20-pound fish with few rats. The bite should remain wide open at least through the new moon on July 8. It can't get much better. Now is the time.
SAND AND CALICO BASS AND BARRADCUA UPDATES: Skippers are calling the sand and calico bass action the best in several years with exceptional quality, especially in the San Diego-Oceanside region where the sand bass lit up on the Imperial Flats and off Tijuana (actual limit-style fishing which indicates the major biomass of sand bass has been absent off the SoCal coast for the past four to five year), but the action has been good all along the coast for the half- and three-quarter day boats and at the offshore islands as well, with both Catalina and San Clemente producing a lot of fish, including more keeper fish over the new minimum size restriction. The barracuda action also has broken open all along the coast, especially for the afternoon boats in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.
WHITE SEABASS AND YELLOWTAIL PICK: There is good yellowtail and white seabass action all along the coast and at the offshore islands mixed in the bass and barracuda action, with both Catalina and Clemente really starting to pump out the fish this past week. Great tides and water conditions this week.