By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
CARP DERBY: Bob's Bait Bucket's annual month-long carp derby started Aug. 1. 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. There are currently 64 anglers signed up so the pot is at $164. The current leader is Sem Mat, Bakersfield, with a 12.10 carp.
LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure, but the catfish bite continues to provide some of the best action in the region. The fish remain in 15-feet of water. Most of the fish are still 2- to 4-pounders. Stringers of 15-25 fish have been common. Surprising crappie bite. Other species slow.
KERN RIVER: Flows have been 175 cfs going into Isabella and 175 coming out, very low. Upper river slow for bait and lure anglers, with no plants in over a month. The fly anglers are doing fair on wild fish. In the lower river flows are very low, but the smallmouth and largemouth bass have been pretty good. Catfish bite has been pretty good.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Light fishing pressure, but the catfish action has remained pretty good. Quite a few fish topping five pounds. The striper bite is fair, but mostly small fish are showing on cranks, blood worms, lug worms, and sardines. Carp also fair. Other species slow.
MILL CREEK PARK: Most of the action has been for bluegill. There are also still a few catfish showing on nightcrawlers.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Bluegill are good on most of the small baits. The carp bite is good on dough baits. A few bass continue to show early.
HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill action is good on wax worms and meal worms. The carp action is also very good on Powder Bait. A rare bass is still showing early and late.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Fair bite on bass in the evenings. Bluegill, carp action good.
MING LAKE: Good carp, bluegill action.
BRITE LAKE: The bluegill action is pretty good on wax worms, crickets, and meal worms. Few reports of other species.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The catfish and bluegill bites are both pretty good. The catfish are best on garlic shrimp, shad, or nightcrawlers at night, but most are on the small side. Bluegill are showing on wax worms, meal worms, red worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces. The carp bite is fair to good on Powder Bait and other dough baits. The bass action is tough with only a few on topwater, plastics and nightcrawlers early in the day.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Good bluegill and carp action, while a few catfish and bass are showing. Blue gills are best on meal or wax worms.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bluegill action is also pretty good on wax worms and meal worms. A fair number of carp and catfish. Bass spotty.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been spotty on nightcrawlers, but the bluegill and carp bites are pretty good.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: Catfish continue to be the top bet here with other bites slow to fair. The largemouth and smallmouth bass started showing on the surface this past week with a pretty good topwater bite early and late in the day.
CASITAS: Bass bite remains fair to good. A few redear and bluegill continue to show.
CASTAIC: The striper bite remains good and the topwater activity remains very good with boils throughout the day all around the lake. The catfish are fair to good in 12 to 40 feet of water in most of the coves.
SAN ANTONIO: The striped bass bite has been fair. The largemouth bass have been fair to good. The catfish bite is good on cut baits and prepared baits. NACIMIENTO: Fair to good action on smaller 1- to 3-pound spotted bass.
SANTA MARGARITA: The bass action has been fair to good and the grass beds are up. Crappie have been fair. Catfish have been fair to good.
LOPEZ: The topwater bass, bluegill, redear and crappie bites are fair to good.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good. Catfish, bluegill bites fair.
PYRAMID: Striper, largemouth bass bites fair.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: The East Walker has been tough with 42 cfs flows this week and the best fishing has been below the first bridge and on the Nevada side. Bridgeport Reservoir has been tough. Twin Lakes fair, most of the fish pan-sized. The West Walker has been good. Virginia Lake a hot spot.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Not much change here with fair to good trout action throughout the June Lake Loop with mornings and evenings the best time to fish. June Lake continues to produce a lot of one to three pound trout. Dan McReynolds, Bakersfield, caught a 3-8 rainbow on garlic-flavored yellow PowerBait. Gull, Silver and Grant are all producing nice catches, with a few browns showing from Silver and Grant.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake has been good to excellent for trout for midge anglers fishing in the bays around weed beds. Hot Creek is mostly producing 8- to 14-inch browns. At Convict Lake, fishing has been best at the inlet and along the south shore. Twin Lakes has been good near the falls.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: The Bishop Creek drainage was fair to good this past week. North Lake, South Lake, and Sabrina all improved. The inlets were the hot spots at Sabrina. Bishop Creek and Intake II also remain the top spots to get a limit of trout.
LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All of the trout streams in this region are fair to good with light pressure. Most are being planted each week.
TUNA AWESOME: The exceptional yellowfin tuna fishing for Southern California anglers got even better this week as another wave of fish moved up into local waters, making the accessible to three-quarter day and even half-day boats out of San Diego. In fact, the three-quarter day boats from Dana Point, Oceanside, and San Diego were all getting yellowfin this week. Never have we seen this volume of yellowfin, dorado and bluefin for such an extended period. The yellowfin are mostly from 15 to 25 pounds with some fish to 60 pounds, and the huge mass of fish has been from San Martin Island in Mexican waters all the way up to Dana Point. There are also yellowfin and dorado all the way into the Catalina Channel. And while the scores donÃt reflect it much, the bluefin are also still in the region in excellent numbers. Skippers just aren't messing with them much because the volume of yellowfin is so high.
CATALINA UPDATE: The bite at Catalina Island has also been excellent for yellowtail, bonito, and late-season calico bass.
ROCKFISH EXCELLENT: The Ventura, Santa Barbara, Avila, and Morro Bay-based boats are seeing excellent fishing on rockfish. The Avila and Morro Bay boats are seeing the best ling cod action most anglers can ever remember, and the Channel Island skippers are reporting good calico bass action along with good lingcod and rockfish action. However, the yellowtail and white seabass have backed out of the picture this week.