By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: Lake is low but there is still good action on catfish, bass and a few crappie. Bluegill fair, but no trout reports.
KERN RIVER: DFW has planted all sections of the upper and lower river last week, this week, and the river is slated for fish again next week. The river is very low with flow just over 100 cfs in the upper river and around 150 to 170 in the lower river below Isabella. The trout bite has been very good on the planted fish for anglers fishing salmon eggs and crickets. The fly anglers are also seeing very good action on wild fish in the upper stretches. The lower river continues to have a good bass bite and the water has cleared up dramatically. Top areas are in the Rancheria, Hart Park and Ming Lake stretches with most anglers simply wading the river.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Good this past week for small stripers and catfish. The stripers are mostly from 15 to 17 inches.
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 but mostly in the evenings.
HART PARK LAKE: One of the best fishing spots in the region with a very good bluegill bite. Bass bite is starting to turn on. The carp bite is also fair.
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 fishing is very good. Bass are improving.
BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant this week.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Fair to good bluegill action with some fish to a pound. Fair catfish bite.
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. Bass bite has also remained good.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bluegill action is good, and the catfish bite has been fair to good.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: There continues to be a good catfish bite on fish to six pounds. The bass bite improved. The first trout plant of the season is set for the week of Nov. 3.
CASITAS: Bass action fair to good in the morning, evenings.
CASTAIC: The striper bite has continued very good. The largemouth bite has been good off the main point of the marina. Catfish fair in around 50 feet of water.
LOPEZ: The bass have been fair. The panfish bite is fair to good on bluegill with a few crappie and redear.
NACIMIENTO: Best action has been for catfish on cut baits and nightcrawlers with fish to 10 pounds or better reported. Good bluegill bite in most of the coves. Largemouth and smallmouth spotty.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been good. A few catfish reports. Other species slow.
PYRAMID: Lots of small stripers from 10 to 12 inches 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: Fair striper bite. Most of the fish are 10 to 12 pounds. The catfish bite has been fair to good. The black bass bite has been fair.
SANTA MARGARITA: Fair bass bite. Fair action on bluegill and redear.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Good action on the East Walker River but the flows dropped again (25 cfs). 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 and getting better by the day. The Twin Lake has improved. The West Walker River remains a hot spot. Virginia Lakes are also excellent.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Silver Lake has been very good on Mice Tails or lures for both shore and boat anglers after both DFW and Alpers' plants last week. 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 1-2 pounds, and June has been cranking out 4- to 6-pound fish each 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. The Twin Lakes and Lake Mary are fair to good on rainbows and brookies. Hot Creek has been fair to good with good. Upper Owens River, Rock Creek Lake is fair to good.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Lake Sabrina 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. The Owens Gorge is pretty good on small browns.
LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: Most of the small streams along Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra were planted again this week.
KERN: Brite Valley Reservoir, Kern River (Sections 0-5).
TULARE: Kern River (Sect. 5, 6).
BLUEFIN ACTION HOT: The great bluefin tuna fishing actually improved over the past week with more of the bigger grade fish showing up again. The yellowfin, dorado and yellowtail bites also continue to be very good, and while the fish aren't within range of the 3/4-day boats any longer, the overnight trips and longer are still hammering them. In recent trips this week, the Condor, Pacific Queen, Prowler and Fortune, all out of Fisherman's Landing in San Diego, scored limits of yellowtail from five to 12 pounds with a few bigger fish along with good counts on the dorado before focusing on the bigger bluefin and getting from one to three per anglers of the bluefin in the 40-pound class and better. This bite doesn't seem to be slowing down and most skippers think this little storm front will have no effect on the bite.
CLEMENTE AND CATALINA: There continues to be good availability of squid for the boats fishing Catalina and San Clemente islands and this has translated into a fair pick on surface species, with some yellowtail, white seabass and keeper calicos showing, along with very good action on rockfish and other bottom species. The Freedom out of Davey's Locker has been fishing Clemente and getting a pick on yellowtail and bass and very good bottom fish action.
ROCKFISH ACTION: SoCal half and three-quarter day boats continue to focus on bottom fish all along the coast and the action has been very good with half- to full limits common.