By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
CATFISH DERBY: The annual Bob's Bait month-long catfish derby kicked off July 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 catfish weighed in during July will take the $100 prize, plus all the entry fee money from everyone entered. The current leader is Ramon Gonzalez with an 11-8 catfish. For more information or to register, call (661) 833-8657.
LAKE ISABELLA: Very good action on catfish continues and the best action has been on nightcrawlers, but mackerel and shad remain good baits, too. There's been a major algae bloom and the bass have sounded to deeper water from 15 to 25 feet, but the bite has remained good with a lot of quality fish over the 5-pound mark showing in the action. The lake is at 14 percent capacity. The bluegill bite remains fair.
KERN RIVER: The river remains very low with flows in the upper river in the 250 cfs range and just under 500 cfs below the dam. The upper river continues to fish pretty well, especially in the McNally's stretch. No DFW trout plants in two weeks. The upper river trout bite remains good for fly anglers fishing the wild trout stretch. Smallmouth bass are starting to show in good numbers in the lower river.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Fishing has been slowing as flows come up and moss, algae thickens with the warm weather. The few stripers being reported are almost all on bait, especially blood worms. Catfish slowed.
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: Bluegill, carp bites good. Bass action is fair.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Bluegill, carp action good. Bass slow to fair.
MING LAKE: Bluegill, carp fishing is good. Bass slow to fair.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Good bluegill action with some fish to a pound, but most smaller. Fair catfish bite on nightcrawlers, shad. A few bass have been reported in the evenings.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Good action on bluegill with a few bass being caught. Some carp being landed.
SUCCESS LAKE: Good bluegill action and nice stringers of fish showing up along most shoreline areas with some structure. Bass bite has remained good.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bluegill action, and catfish bite have been fair to good.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: Bass action improved. Largemouth and smallmouth moving into 20 to 30 feet of water and chasing shad on contour breaks. Crappie are also following the bait balls. The catfish bite has been fair. The trout action has been slow.
CASITAS: The bass action has been fair to good early in the morning and late in evenings. A few trout to 3 pounds are showing at the dam.
CASTAIC: The striper have been hot at the buoy line early in the morning. The catfish have also been pretty fair. The bass are best on topwater baits, but most are small. The bluegill bite has been fair. Crappie poor.
LOPEZ: Bass have been slow. The bite on small bluegill is good in most coves with structure.
NACIMIENTO: White bass are showing throughout the main body of the lake. There is also a good bluegill bite in most of the coves and areas with structure or docks. The spotted, largemouth and smallmouth bass are slow to fair.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been very good on plastics and reaction baits with a good topwater bite most mornings. The average fish is from one to two pounds, but bass to seven pounds have been reported. No reports on crappie this week. Other species have been slow.
PYRAMID: The striper bite has been fair to good for boat and shoreline anglers. Catfish averaging eight to 10 pounds are showing. Largemouth, smallmouth bites are pretty good.
SAN ANTONIO: Overall slowish action continues.. Catfish are the best bet with fair to good action on fish to 6-7 pounds.
SANTA MARGARITA: The morning and evening largemouth bass bite has been good. Fair bite on the crappie on the live shad.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Bridgeport Reservoir has been good for trollers around Rainbow Point. Shore fishing tougher. Lots of fish to 4 pounds. Kirman Lake again produced some very nice trout this past week. Twin Lakes remains good for rainbows to 3 pounds. The West Walker is good on bait. Virginia Lakes very good with weekly plants and a lot of limits caught.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: All of the lakes in the loop were stocked by the DFW again this week and providing very good action on the planted and holdover rainbows, with quite a few cutthroats in June and a smattering of browns in Grant. Silver Lake has been very good with weekly DFW stocks on Monday.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake had very low water levels but fair to good fishing. Lots of fish up into the 4-pound class. There is also a good Sacramento perch bite. Hilton Bay, Little Hilton and Sandy Point are the top spots for trout. 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 just fair with few bigger fish but decent numbers of smaller trout. Rock Creek Lake is fair to good with some limits.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Lake Sabrina has been very good in spite of falling water levels. Bishop Creek (all sections) has been good with weekly DFW plants. Weir Pond is also good and Intake II has been consistent. Pleasant Valley Reservoir is getting light pressure. Best action at Owens inlet. The Owens Gorge is pretty good on small browns.
LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All the small streams along Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra were planted again this week.
None this week slated for Kern or Tulare counties
SAN DIEGO OFFSHORE: The yellowtail and bluefin tuna action remains excellent for the San Diego fleet with the fish holed up only 50 to 80 miles south of Point Loma. It has continued to be limit or near-limit fishing for the yellowtail on overnight to two-day trips, and the bluefin tuna has been very consistent with the bite breaking wide open on Wednesday this week with the whole fleet reporting hot action in the morning in spite of fairly tough, windy, choppy conditions.
LOCAL ISLANDS HOT: All of the local offshore islands are providing excellent fishing for a wide variety of sportfish, with Catalina and Clemente having good action on bass and bottomfish along with shots of yellowtail and white seabass.
SAN DIEGO SAND BASS: The sand bass bite for the half and three-quarter day boats in the San Diego region has been wide open, limit-style fishing on 14-inch and larger fish, which has been unprecedented in recent sportfishing history.
L.A., ORANGE COUNTY BASS, BARRACUDA: Very good mixed bag fishing for the fleet running out of Orange and Los Angeles counties to nearshore waters for calico and sand bass along with barracuda in this whole region.