By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
CARP DERBY: The annual Bob's Bait month-long carp derby kicked off Aug. 1. 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 carp weighed in during August will take the $100 prize, plus all the entry fee money from everyone entered. The current leader is Jeff Crickett, Bakersfield, with a 27.12-pound carp out of Lake Ming. LAKE ISABELLA: Lake very low. Very good action on catfish and bass but almost no fishing pressure. Bluegill, crappie slowed.
KERN RIVER: Very low flows. The trout bite has been good in the. The lower river is excellent for bass in the Rancheria, Hart Park, and Ming Lake stretches.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Fair to good bite on small stripers. Catfish are very slow.
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. Carp are also showing. The bass are fair in the evenings.
HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill bite is good on meal worms and wax worms, and the carp action is good. The bass action is fair on plastics and reaction baits last in the day.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Bluegill, carp action good. Bass slow to fair in the evenings.
MING LAKE: Bluegill good on wax worms and meal worms. Carp good on dough baits. The bass are slow to fair.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Good bluegill. Fair catfish bite. A few bass in the evenings.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Good action on bluegill with a few bass 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. 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 regional lakes
CACHUMA: Catfish dominated the action last week. The bass bite improved. Crappie fair. Trout slow.
CASITAS: Bass action fair to good early in the morning and late in the evenings, . A few trout to three pounds are showing for trollers fishing Needlefish or small Rapalas in 40 to 60 feet of water at the dam, but very little pressure on these fish. A few catfish and bluegill-redear are showing for the few anglers targeting these species.
CASTAIC: Striper bite very good in deep water at the dam. Largemouth bass bite good on cranks and other reaction baits early and late in the day around structure. Catfish, carp bluegill fair.
LOPEZ: Bass slow except for a fair morning bite. The bite on small bluegill is good. There have been few catfish caught.
SAN ANTONIO: Catfish bite fair to good. Black bass bite spotty.
NACIMIENTO: Low water level. A few white bass are showing throughout the main body of the lake. Good bluegill bite in coves. The spotted, largemouth and smallmouth bass are slow to fair. Catfish slow.
PIRU: Largemouth bass bite very good on plastics and reaction baits. Other species slow.
PYRAMID: Fair to good catfish bite for shore anglers. The stripers are fair. The largemouth bass bite has been very good.
SANTA MARGARITA: The morning and evening largemouth bass bite has been good on topwater plugs, frogs, buzzbaits and spinnerbaits. Fair bite on the crappie. Other species slow.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Bridgeport Reservoir has been tough for both trollers and shore anglers this past week. There is a good Sacramento perch bite. Kirman Lake again produced some very nice trout this past week. Twin Lakes remains good for rainbows to 3 pounds, but the boat anglers are outfishing bank anglers. Virginia Lakes has been very good with weekly plants and a lot of limits caught on flies, lures, and bait.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Silver Lake has been very good on Mice Tails for both shore and boat anglers. Rush Creek has been fair to good, mostly on planted fish. All the lakes in the loop and Rush Creek have been planted nearly every week for the past month, and Silver got Alpers trout two weeks ago.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake low levels but good fishing. Lots of fish up into the 4-pound class with some bigger browns. . As of Aug. 1, the lake has special regulations. Be sure to check the regs. Convict Lake is good with a lot of limits and some quality rainbows being caught. The Twin Lakes and Lake Mary are fair to good on rainbows and brookies. Hot Creek was very good with excellent caddis action (mostly emergers), but 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.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Lake Sabrina is very low and it won't be long before DFW stocking trucks can't reach the water. But the bite has been fair to good at the inlets and in deep water and the back lake.. Bishop Creek (all sections) has been good with weekly DFW plants. South Lake has also been good this week. 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 planted this week.
None this week for Kern, Tulare counties
SAN DIEGO OFFSHORE BLUEFIN SPECTACULAR: This is the best bluefin tuna bite in over two decades, probably a lot longer. The volume and spread of fish, combined with the lack of commercial fishing pressure, has led to some of the best sportfish action in year. Bluefin have always been a hit and miss deal, with maybe a day or two of good fishing for the fleet, but the bite has been pretty much wide open this season. Boats are reporting upwards of 100 fish in the 30 to 50 pound range with a few smaller and bigger anomalies. On the big end, they have been 70 to 100-plus pounds.
TUNA ON THE CORTEZ BANK: Even the Los Angeles and Orange County fleet is getting in on this incredible bluefin tuna fish. The Thunderbird out of Davey's Locker, the Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing, the Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing, and the El Dorado out of Long Beach Sportfishing have all been running to the Cortez on 1- 1/2-day trips with some stops at the islands. The Thunderbird's Wednesday trip produced 76 yellowtail and 15 bluefin, while the trip returning on Monday had 47 bluefin, 28 yellowtail.
CATALINA, SAN CLEMENTE: The boats running to the Cortez have also been looking at Catalina and San Clemente islands and finding a continued decent pick on yellowtail, with some barracuda and calico bass action.
NEARSHORE NEWS: Most of the half-day fleet all along the coast has been getting a pick on a wide variety of fish, from rockfish to calico bass to an occasional shot of sand bass and barracuda.
CHANNEL ISLANDS ROCKFISH: While the Mirage has posted a couple of incredible halibut and white seabass counts this past week, most of the boats running out of Ventura and Oxnard in the Channel Islands are focusing on the great rockfish action with limits or near-limits of rockfish along with a nice mix of lings. On Saturday, the Mirage was on an overnight trip with 20 anglers and they landed five white seabss and 23 halibut in addition to rockfish limits.