By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: Catfish bite has continued good. The catfish have been best on live minnows and shad with fish to four pounds or better showing. Few reports on crappie over the holiday weekend with light pressure, but they have been fair to good in 25 to 30 feet of water around structure on small minnows. The crappie have been about a pound or better. DFG trout plant two weeks ago.
KERN RIVER: The upper river trout bite is good, but mostly for fly anglers fishing the wild or holdover fish with some surface action this past week, but very good nymph fishing. Water flows remain very low with the fish stacked up in the bigger pools and bait anglers are still getting some fish on salmon eggs. DFG plants two weeks ago on the upper river last week. The lower river also has very low flows and the bite is slow.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite is excellent and remains the best bite in the whole region. While most of the fish are still below the 18-inch minimum keeper size, there are more and more fish showing above that size than in the past month with quite a few six to eight-pound fish reported. The best bite has been on blood worms or Gitzits, but some fish are also showing on sardines, sand worms and Rat-L-Traps. Many anglers still landing 10 or 15 fish per trip. Catfish slow.
MILL CREEK PARK: Few reports. The bluegill and catfish bites have slowed but still providing a little action.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Slowing trout action and no DFG plants slated for this week or the next two weeks. Very few holdover fish from the plant two weeks ago showing on PowerBait and Mice Tails. Little pressure on other species.
HART PARK LAKE: The water level is very low and there have been few reports from this lake. No DFG plants. A few bluegill continue to show on wax worms, meal worms and crickets, but this bite has slowed way down. TRUXTUN LAKE: The DFG trout plant two weeks ago, but no plants slated this week or for the next two weeks. Other bites have also slowed with the cooler weather and rain, but the odd bluegill is still being landed.
MING LAKE: Still a few trout showing from the DFG plant two weeks ago, but no plants this week or the next two weeks, according to the DFG web site. PowerBait, Mice Tails, small trout jigs and spinners have been the best bets. Other species have slowed way down with cooler water temperatures.
BRITE LAKE: DFG trout plant two weeks ago.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Light fishing pressure, but the trout action has been pretty fair with plants last week and three weeks ago. The bite has been best on small trout jigs and plastics or the usual array of floating baits. The winter crappie bite is still fair with fish to a pound or better on small minnows and mini jigs.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Very slow fishing. No recent DFG plants. Other species have also slowed way down with the cooling water temperatures.
SUCCESS LAKE: Bass action in the low water has been slow to fair. Best action on drop-shot plastics in deeper water. The bluegill bite is slowing with only a few fish on wax worms or redworms in 18 to 30 feet of water.
KAWEAH LAKE: All species slow.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: The trout bite has remained good for the Calaveras rainbows to 7 pounds. Smallmouth and largemouth bass action slow.
CASITAS: The trout bite has been good since the 4,000-pound trout plant just before Christmas. The rainbows have been best in less than 10 feet of water. Quite a few fish in the three-pound or better class. A few catfish continue to show in the canyons with some rain runoff. Redear bite slow.
CASTAIC: DFG trout plants two and four weeks ago and these plants, but both the striper and trout action slowed. The stripers have been best along the buoy line and in Necktie Canyon with the best action on Kastmasters, Flukes and small swimbaits in 35 to 50 feet of water. The trout are best along the marina shoreline on small lures, jigs and PowerBait. The largemouth bass have been best in Utopia and HawkÃs Nest on nightcrawlers and jigs in deeper water.
PIRU: The largemouth bite has been spotty on plastics and reaction baits in eight to 25 feet of water, but a few more smallies are showing. There also continues to be a slow to fair crappie bite on deeper structure. Small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles, meal worms or other small baits have been the best bet. Most are half to three-quarter pounders and numbers have dwindled. Other species slow.
PYRAMID: Fair striper bite, but fish have scattered throughout the lake and are showing mostly under schools of shad in deeper water on drifted baits or shad-like lures. Trout bite spotty. The largemouth bass bite is still fair with most fish showing on plastics and smaller reaction baits. Pretty fair catfish bite.
SAN ANTONIO: The action has continued slow with the weather this past week. The stripers are still keying on shad, and trollers are getting fish working shad schools. The fish are mostly eight to 12 pounds and smaller. Catfish action has been slow. Largemouth bass action is slow. Crappie action also slowed this week with only a few fish reported from deeper water on jigs.
NACIMIENTO: Spotted bass and white bass have been slow with the weather keeping most anglers away.
SANTA MARGARITA: Most species slow.
LOPEZ: Weather slowed the bite even more this past week. Few panfish reported, and only a few bass on plastics drop-shotted. Catfish have been slow, but perked a little during the rain.
KERN: Cat Fish Lake (at Branch Memorial Park, Edwards AFB).
LONG RANGE CONTINUES HOT: The long-range fleet is back on the tuna grounds this week and the bite has been excellent on big yellowfin tuna. The Independence out of Point Loma reported very good action on Tuesday on 90 to 130-pound tuna, and the biggest was a 205-pounder. Conditions have been windy. The Shogun and Royal Polaris made five-day trips to the Cedros and Benitos islands region between Christmas and New Year and both reported excellent yellowtail fishing with a lot of quality 30 to 40-pound yellow, wide open action on calico bass, sheephead, ling cod and quality rockfish.
ROCKFISH SEASON CLOSES: The exceptional rockfish action came to a close when the season closed Dec. 31. The Channel Island Sportfishing boats were all out daily right up until the end and hammering limits of rockfish along with a nice mix of ling cold, sheephead, whitefish and blue perch. The Sea Jay was on a full-day trip Monday with 12 anglers and they had 120 rockfish and 15 lings.
LOCAL NEARSHORE UPDATE: The half- and three-quarter days boats from San Diego into Orange County and Los Angeles waters have shifted from rockfish to bass, sculpin and halibut. The Spitfire out of Marina del Rey was out Tuesday with 24 anglers who landed limits (five fish) of sculpin and 85 sand bass. The Malahini, out of H&M Landing, fished San Diego Bay with 17 anglers and they landed eight halibut, 36 sand bass, 10 tom cod and five sculpin. There also continue to be a few white seabass showing off the La Jolla kelp, but that action is mostly for private boaters.
LOCAL ISLANDS: There has been very light fishing pressure at Catalina and San Clemente over the holiday with generally slow action on the calico bass and a very few white seabass at both locations.