By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: Lake is so low the boat ramps are all out of the water and boat launching must be done from shorelines. Most bigger boats can't be launched. Very good action on catfish. Light fishing pressure. Clyde Eddington, Bakersfield, landed 35 catfish from 3-9 pounds on nightcrawlers. The bass are fair. Fish up to 6 pounds or better.
KERN RIVER: The lower river is finally clearing up a little, but the flows remain very low. The trout bite has been fair to good in the mornings. No recent DFW plants. The lower river has been improving as the water clears. Top areas are in the Rancheria, Hart Park, and Ming Lake stretches with most anglers simply wading the river.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Most of the fish are still under the minimum keeper size, but the action is decent. Catfish are fair to good. Lots of fish to 6 pounds or better reported.
MILL CREEK PARK: Good bite on bluegill with a few bass also showing in the evening.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The bluegill bite remains the best bet on wax worms and meal worms. Carp are also showing on dough baits and Powder Bait. The bass are fair on plastics and minnows, mostly in the evenings.
HART PARK LAKE: One of the best fishing spots in the region with a very good bluegill bite on meal worms and wax worms. The carp bite is also good. The bass bite is fair.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The bluegill action is good. The carp are good on dough baits. Bass slow to fair.
MING LAKE: The water level remains very good and 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 slow to fair.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Fair to good bluegill action with some fish to a pound. Fair catfish bite on nightcrawlers and shad. A few bass have been reported in the evenings.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: 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: 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 2-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 on plastics and small swimbaits best. Other species very slow.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: Catfish bite good, and up to 6 pounds. The bass bite has been slow to fair. The crappie have been fair. Good bluegill action in backs of most coves.
CASITAS: Bass action fair to good early in the morning and late in the evenings. A few catfish and bluegill-redear showing.
CASTAIC: The largemouth bite has been very good to excellent this past week off the main point off the marina. Striper bite good in deep water at the dam. Catfish good in Elizabeth Canyon. Bluegill bite slow.
LOPEZ: Bass, bluegill, crappie, redear fair to good.
PIRU: Largemouth bass bite good. Other species slow.
PYRAMID: 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. Largemouth bass bite good.
NACIMIENTO: Very low water level. Good bluegill bite in most of the coves. Spotted bass are good. Largemouth and smallmouth hit and miss.
SAN ANTONIO: The striper bite has taken off in the past couple of weeks. Catfish bite fair to good. The black bass bite has been spotty.
SANTA MARGARITA: Very light fishing pressure. There's a pretty fair bass bite with the best action early in the morning or late in the evening on topwater baits and then drop-shot plastics the rest of the time. Fair action on bluegill and redear in eight to 15 feet of water, and the catfish bite has been pretty good on fly-lined chunks of mackerel with fish to 10-plus pounds.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: The East Walker River is still fishing good in spite of 55 cfs flows. Lots of good dry fly (caddis and midge) action on both the California and Nevada sides of the river. Bridgeport Reservoir is still in the summer blahs, but the evenings are starting to get much cooler and the algae is dying off. It won't be long. Kirman Lake is good and getting better by the day.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Silver Lake has been very good. Grant Lake has been producing a few nice browns and rainbows. Gull and June are also good with fish 1-2 pounds.
MAMMOTH AREA: Convict Lake and Convict Creek have both been good this week with light fishing pressure and good action. There were over a dozen rainbows at 2-8 or better report from Convict Lake. Mark Wilber of Lakeside, landed the week's best at 3-4 fishing garlic PowerBait. Crowley Lake has very low water levels but good fishing. Lots of fish up into the four-pound class with some bigger browns. The Twin Lakes and Lake Mary are fair to good on rainbows and brookies. Hot Creek has been fair to good with good caddis and midge activity and some mayfly activity early in the morning. The upper Owens River remains fair to good with few bigger fish but decent numbers of smaller trout. Rock Creek Lake is fair to good with some limits.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Lake Sabrina is so low the front lake is gone and the level is down to the natural lake. The fishing has continued fair to good in deeper water. Bishop Creek has been very good. Weir Pond is good with a lot of limits of stocker rainbows and a few wild fish. North Lake and Intake II have been the hot spots in the drainage. Best action at Owens inlet and at the dam. The Owens Gorge is good on small browns.
LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All the small streams along Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra were planted this week.
No plants slated this week for Kern, Tulare counties.
THE YEAR OF THE BLUEFIN AND MORE: The bluefin tuna bite for the San Diego one- to two-day fleet remains epic, and more and more yellowfin, dorado and skipjack are flooding into this zone to add to the boat tallies. Mix in the unending yellowtail bite on these trips and this is turning into one of the best seasons in a long time. With the yellowfin and dorado really just starting to flood into the region, the bite should continue well into the fall. The yellowfin are mostly 20-45 pounds (no footballs), while the dorado are 8-25 pounds. Only the yellowtail have dropped in size as this season has progressed, with most from 5-12 pounds now.
CENTRAL COAST ALBACORE: The albacore bite, absent in Southern California this year, looks to be taking off for the Central Coast boats out of Morro Bay.
ISLAND UPDATE: Catalina Island remains slower, but anglers focusing on getting some squid for bait and then hitting the white seabass spots continue to see pretty good action. One private boater using squid Saturday landed eight seabass to 30 pounds. At San Clemente, the yellowtail continue to be a decent option. On Tuesday, the Thunderbird out of Davey's Locker had 16 yellowtail on the boat.