By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: Catfish bite has continued to be good over the past week. 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: 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 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: 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 6- to 8-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 landing 10 or 15 fish per trip. Catfish slow.
MILL CREEK PARK: The bluegill and catfish bites have slowed but still provide 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.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Bites have slowed with the cooler weather and rain, but some bluegills are being caught.
MING LAKE: Still a few trout showing from the DFG plant two weeks ago. PowerBait, Mice Tails, small trout jigs and spinners have been the best bets. Other species have slowed.
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.
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 18-30 feet of water.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite had been slow to fair on plastics and jigs in deeper water. The bluegill action is slow with the best bite in deeper water. Other species very slow.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: The trout bite has been more spotty this week but Calaveras rainbows to 5 pounds continue to show. The smallmouth and largemouth bass action has been slowish. Most are under 3-8.
CASITAS: Trout bite fair to good since the 4,000-pound plant just before Christmas. Most of the fish are 2- to 3-pounders with an occasional bigger fish. The bass bite slowed as the fish went deep. The bulk of the tough bite has been in 50 to 70 feet of water on jigs, spoons, and plastics. Ryan Young, Agoura, had a limit of bass to three pounds on jigs. A few catfish continue to show in the canyons with some rain runoff. The redear bite is very slow.
CASTAIC: DFG trout plants this week should improve the action for trout and stripers. The stripers have been best at the main launch ramp and around Kong Island on spoons and ice jigs. Some are also still showing at the dam in deep water on sardines. The trout are best along the marina shoreline on small lures, jigs and PowerBait. The largemouth bass have been best in Utopia and Hawk's Nest on nightcrawlers and jigs in deeper water. A few catfish in Oak Canyon and off Kong Island on cut baits.
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.
NACIMIENTO: Spotted bass and white bass have been slow with the weather keeping most anglers away. Before the latest rains a few fish were caught on deeper-running cranks. Few reports on catfish or panfish.
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 3/4 pounders and numbers have dwindled. Other species slow.
PYRAMID: There continues to be a fair striper bite, but the fish have scattered throughout the lake and are showing mostly under schools of shad in deeper water on drifted baits or shad-like lures. Most recent DFG trout plant was four weeks ago, and the trout bite has been very spotty on PowerBait and small lures. The largemouth bass bite is still fair with most fish showing on plastics and smaller reaction baits. There is also a pretty fair catfish bite for those tossing cut baits in deeper water and some cats are showing on nightcrawlers thrown for trout.
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 8- 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.
SANTA MARGARITA: Most species slow and another series of storms haven't helped the bites at all. A few bass showing on dark plastics, and a few catfish are showing water is running into the main coves. Other species very slow.
LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake, Pyramid Lake
TULARE: Del Lago Park Lake, Murry Park Pond, Success Lake.
LONG RANGE CONTINUES HOT: The long-range fleet is back on the tuna grounds this week and the bite has taken right back off from where it was before the Christmas/New Year break with excellent action on the big yellowfin tuna. Three boats have reported tuna over 200 pounds this week. Boats making shorter five-day trips to the Cedros and Benitos islands region 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.
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. Limits of sculpin and up to half limits of bass have not been uncommon for Orange County boats, while the San Diego fleet are still getting a nice mix of sand bass, halibut and sculpin. The Channel Islands boats are mostly in port or running whale watching trips now, but a couple of boats are running an occasional sand dab trip and coming home with 100-fish per angler.
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.