By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: A little slow. Some trout and a fair catfish bite. Crappie are still there but tougher fishing conditions are setting in due to colder weather.
KERN RIVER: The upper river trout bite is very good. Water conditions are on the low side. The fish are stacked up in the bigger pools with the upper river best early and late in the day. It could be cold and stormy over the coming weekend, but the fishing and the weather should bounce back next week. The lower river has very low flows and that is creating fair bass fishing conditions for the smallmouth that live in this part of the river way down near Bakersfield. They are mostly small.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite continues fair to good if you like fish just a couple of inches below the minimum legal size. The cooler weather is killing the weed growth and making fishing easier. Best bite has been on blood worms, anchovies, with some lure action on Flukes and Gitzits. The catfish action is just fair.
MILL CREEK PARK: No report. HART PARK LAKE: Hart Park is scheduled for a DFG trout plant next week. Good trout action expected. The water level is way down, and there continues to be a very good bluegill bite on wax worms, meal worms and crickets. That may slow of the coming weekend storm, but rebound next week. The carp bite is also fair to good on Power Bait or homemade dough baits. The bite is best mornings and evenings with the heat shutting things down the rest of the time. Bass bite has also been improving.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Received another DFG trout plant last week and scheduled for another next week. Trout very good. Low water conditions and good bluegill action on red worms, meal worms, wax worms, crickets and nightcrawler pieces, but the best bite has been early and late in the day. The carp action is also fair to good on dough baits.
MING LAKE: Trout season is alive and kicking with another DFG trout plant scheduled next week. Low water conditions has stacked the fish on a few spots. Bluegills continue fair, but slowing as water temps drop.
BRITE LAKE: Scheduled for a trout plant on next week. Trout fishing in this cooler weather should be fair to good. The lake is open all year.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Trout season begins here on Wednesday. The annual Taft Chamber of Commerce Trout Fishing Derby will be 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Lake Evans.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Low water levels. Trout were stocked in early November, but none since. The early morning and late evening bass bite is just fair on Senkos, Brush Hogs, plastics or nightcrawlers. Panfish slowing.
SUCCESS LAKE: Bass action in the low water continues fair to good for some anglers. If temperatures go back up, the bass fishing will go up with it. Best action on drop-shot plastics and Senko-type lures with some topwater around weed mats. Level is about seven percent. Bluegill bite is good on crickets and wax worms in 6-20 feet of water.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite had been fair to good on plastics. The bluegill action is good on the usual array of small baits. A few catfish starting to show, but other species slow.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: The fall fishing is in full swing. The top water bass bite is ending and the crankbaits are beginning to work very well. Good size largemouth have been holding on the main lake walls. Fish seem to be at all depths and definitely following the shad. As the water temps cool off, the shad will continue to move up shallow. Try to find the areas that are holding the shad. The bass will be there. For the crappie fisherman, it has been a great season with lots of big slabs showing up. Look for any kind of big trees in the water. There will be a few crappies lurking below. Some carp are being seen along the banks and in shallow coves all over the lake.
CASITAS: A fair largemouth bite using nightcrawlers and soft plastics. A better redear bite using nightcrawler chunks. Expect a plant of Nebraska Tailwalker trout during the Thanksgiving week.
CASTAIC: This past week was a great one for striper angling from the shore. The upper lake was stocked with trout which got the stripers moving. Trout-imitating swimbaits have been the lure of choice. Largemouth bass have also been active around C-Point and the ski arm, and have been taken on nightcrawlers and Roboworms. Catfish also hitting around the buoyline and Necktie Canyon.
LOPEZ: Crappie and redear sunfish the best bite on the standard baits for both. The bass bite is just fair with mostly smaller fish showing up. Catfish slow.
NACIMIENTO: Spotted bass and white bass can be caught, but it takes work and luck by anglers who locate the fish. Pay attention to diving birds as that is the clue that shad are close to the surface, and if you find them boiling on bait, topwater lures will take spots in the two to three pound range, and often white bass too. Lake level is low.
PIRU: No recent report.
PYRAMID: Good striped bass fishing following a trout plant earlier this month. Striped bass of 18.5 pounds and 11.0 pounds reported along with a bevy of smaller stripers. Trout action fair, along with some decent smallmouth action.
SAN ANTONIO: Striper fishing will improve as lake temps go down now that winter storms are passing through. Stripers are chasing shad early in the mornings and then again late in the afternoon. The fish are mostly 8-12 pounds and smaller. Catfish action has slowed. Largemouth bass action is slow. Crappie action has slowed.
SANTA MARGARITA: No report. Most species slow.
General trout season closed.
TULARE: Kern River Section Five, Kaweah Reservoir.
KERN; Hart Park Lake, Kern River Section Four, Kern River Section Five, Ming Lake, River Walk Lake, Truxtun Lake.
SAN DIEGO EXOTICS: The long-range fishing season is kicking into high gear, and there have been reports of yellowfin tuna to nearly 400 pounds in the past few days in tournaments off Baja and for the long-range fleet fishing in 12 to 16-day day range (or on longer trips) down off Cabo San Lucas. On the way back, boats are stopping at Alijos Rocks for some good wahoo action. As far as the local action for the one- to two-day boats, the weather last week had a substantial impact on local water temps, shoving everything farther south, with almost no action on yellowfin, bluefin, or yellowtail in the past few days.
SAN DIEGO LOCAL: A lot of anglers are putting their gear away for the winter, but the local rock fishing has been good. The regulations have changed a bit, and anglers are being forced to fish in shallower water. But the bite is still good on red snapper, rock cod, and other bottom fish. On Monday, the Sea Watch, out of Seaforth Sportfishing, went on a half-day with 33 anglers aboard and they landed two calico bass, 24 sheephead, 49 rockfish, and a scattering of sculpin.
LOS ANGELES AND ORANGE COUNTY: Fishing has been fair to good off of Orange County and up in Santa Monica Bay for rock fish. Look for a slight increase in white seabass action on the back side of the new moon cycle. The candy bait, squid, remain available in excellent numbers all along the coast.
LOCAL ISLANDS: Not many anglers going out to Catalina or San Clemente, but there are still some yellowtail hanging around both, and there's lots of squid, but few anglers making the effort.