By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: Lake extremely low but good action on catfish, bass, and crappie. Bluegill fair.
KERN RIVER: DFW has planted all sections of the upper and lower river this week and there will be plants again next week. The lower river continues to have a good bass bite and the water has cleared up. Top areas are in the Rancheria, Hart Park, and Ming Lake stretches with most anglers wading the river.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Very good action on small stripers, catfish. The stripers are mostly from 15 to 17 inches, but there is an occasional keeper fish. Catfish good on crickets. Lots of fish to 6 pounds or better.
MILL CREEK PARK: Good bite on bluegill with a few bass also showing in the evening. No catfish reports.
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 but mostly in the evenings.
HART PARK LAKE: Water level remains good and this is 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, mostly on dough baits. The bass bite is fair on plastics and reaction baits early and late in the day.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The bluegill action is good on wax worms, meal worms, or small jigs. The carp are good on dough baits. The bass are slow to fair in the evenings on nightcrawlers, plastics, and topwater.
MING LAKE: Bluegill, carp good.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Fair to good bluegill, catfish action.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Good action on bluegill with a few bass, carp.
SUCCESS LAKE: Good bluegill action and nice stringers of fish showing up along most shoreline areas with some structure.
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 slow.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: Good catfish bite on fish to 6 pounds. The bass bite has been slow to fair. A few redear, bluegill in weed beds.
CASITAS: Bass action remains fair to good. Also few catfish and bluegill-redear are showing.
CASTAIC: The striper bite has continued very good. Brandon Kelly, Bakersfield, had four stripers topped by a 5-pounder fishing from the shoreline at the main launch. The largemouth bite has been good off the main point of the marina. Bluegill fair.
LOPEZ: Bass fair to good. The panfish bite is fair to good on bluegill with a few crappie and redear. Also fair action on catfish for the few anglers targeting them with fly-lined cut baits. NACIMIENTO: Good bluegill bite in most of the coves. Spotted bass good mornings, evenings.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been good. A few catfish.
PYRAMID: Lots of small stripers from 10 to 12 inches showing but few bigger fish. Fair catfish bite in the main channel. The largemouth bass bite has been very good all over the lake.
SAN ANTONIO: Stripers have been boiling. Catfish fair to good. Lots of fish to 6 pounds. Black bass fair.
SANTA MARGARITA: Very light fishing pressure. Fair bite on bluegill, redear, catfish.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Good action on the East Walker River. Bridgeport Reservoir is finally starting to improve with the cooler nights and most of the algae if dying off. Best bite at the dam at dusk. Kirman Lake is good. Lots of quality brookies and cutthroats on streamers, scuds and soft hackles. The West Walker River remains a hot spot in this region with an excellent bite on flies, spinners, and bait in the low flows. Virginia Lakes are also excellent with limits common.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Silver Lake has been very good. Cooler nights are also cooling down Silver and all the other loop lakes. Grant Lake has been producing a few nice browns and rainbows. Gull and June are also good with a lot of fish from one to 2 pounds. Rush Creek has been fair to good, mostly on planted and holdover plants. Saddlebag Lake and the area creeks are all very good thanks to plants this week.
MAMMOTH AREA: Convict Lake and Convict Creek have both been good this week with light fishing pressure and good action. Crowley Lake has very low water levels but good fishing. Lots of fish up into the four-pound class with some bigger browns. The fish are stacked up in the bigger bays with water inflows. The Twin Lakes and Lake Mary are fair to good on rainbows and brookies. The upper Owens River remains fair to good with few bigger fish but decent numbers of smaller trout. .BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Lake Sabrina low. The fishing has continued fair to good in deeper water in what would normally be behind the Island or taking a bit of a hike to the front of the back natural lake. Bishop Creek has been very good with very low flows in the South Fork now that South Lake is at minimum pool. 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. North Lake has seen excellent action all of this past week for both bait and lure anglers. Intake II might even be better with limits reported for most anglers, including some bigger fish to 5 pounds. South Lake is at minimum pool and fishing is slow. Pleasant Valley Reservoir is getting light pressure. Best action at Owens inlet and at the dam.
LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: Most of the small streams along Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra were planted this week (see trout plants).
KERN: Kern River (Sections 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
TULARE: Kern River (Sections 5, 6), Tule River North Fork (Middle Fork No. 1), Tule River South Fork (Middle Fork No. 2, Middle Fork No. 3).
OFFSHORE STILL WIDE OPEN: The offshore action for the San Diego fleet has been excellent for overnight and longer trips. There continues to be a good volume of bluefin tuna, especially to the west of Point Loma, while the huge numbers of yellowfin tuna is more to the south and along the coast. Depending on the direction a boat runs really depends on whether or not the tuna limits will be yellow or blue, but regardless of direction, the yellowtail are everywhere. Many boats have reported limits of both tuna (one or the other) along with yellowtail limits this week, and then the catch is made up of dorado, which are also on the kelp paddies in good numbers throughout the region.
SQUID HELPING LOCAL BITE: Squid remain thick at the local islands and even along the local coast. The commercial squid fleet is already nearing its annual quota, which means the squid won't have the commercial pressure until April next year. The easy availability of the candy bait has translated into some fair yellowtail and white seabass action at both San Clemente, Catalina, and Santa Barbara Island. Closer to the coast, there has been a huge volume of squid off Long Beach, and anglers using squid to target sand bass in this region has been able to pick five-fish limits of 14-inch or large fish.
ROCKFISH STILL EXCELLENT: Channel Islands boats continue to see excellent action on rockfish with limits the rule. When you add in two to 10 whitefish per angler, a few sheephead, and a smattering of lings, this is just excellent fishing.