By The Bakersfield Californian
LAKE ISABELLA: Catfish bite has continued good over the past week with the best bite on live minnows and shad. The fish are mostly from 1-8 to four pounds with an occasional bigger fish. Overall slow action on other species with the odd quality largemouth bass showing on bigger swimbaits. No recent DFG trout plants.
KERN RIVER: The upper river trout bite is fair to good with the warmer weather this past week, but mostly for fly anglers fishing the wild or holdover fish, mostly on small nymphs. 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. The lower river also has very low flows and the bite is slow. No DFG plants in the upper or lower Kern again slated for this week or next week at this time.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Light fishing pressure in spite of warmer weather this past week, but the few anglers fishing here are seeing very good action on smaller stripers. Most are under the 18-inch minimum size, some legal fish are in the mix.
MILL CREEK PARK: Few reports. Bluegill and catfish bites slow.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: After a DFG plant two weeks ago, another plant went in this week. The bite has been pretty good with light fishing pressure. Best action on PowerBait alone or with the new Hatchery Dust, and some fish are showing on small trout jigs and plastic trout worms. Other species slow.
HART PARK LAKE: The water level remains too low for DFG trout plants, but the water levels should come back up within two weeks once dam repairs are completed. Overall very slow fishing since last cold snap and more cold this weekend probably won't help things.
TRUXTUN LAKE: DFG trout plant went in this week, and the bite has been good with light fishing pressure. PowerBait, small trout jigs, and trout plastics all getting fish. Other species are very slow with the exception of a few bass during the warmer days this past week.
MING LAKE: A DFG trout plant went in three weeks ago. The few anglers fishing the lake continue to have a fair trout bite on PowerBait, and trout plastics. Other species are very slow.
BRITE LAKE: DFG trout plant this week. Good action on the usual array of floating baits and small trout lures.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Very good trout action this past week with a lot of limits of rainbow with fish to 2-8. Best bite on PowerBait alone or rolled in the new Hatchery Dust, small trout jigs and inflated nightcrawlers. There was also a fair crappie bite on live minnows during the warm spell this past week, but the colder weather moving in for late this week could put the chill on this action again.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: While the lake was tentatively scheduled for a DFG trout plant this week, the water level remains too low for stocking. Very slow fishing with such low water conditions.
SUCCESS LAKE: Bass action in the low water has been slow to fair. Best action on drop-shot plastics or jigging spoons in deeper water. The bluegill bite is very slow in deep water. Few other reports. Reportedly a DFG trout plant last week.
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. Reportedly a DFG trout plant this week. Other species very slow.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: Trout bite slowed but is still good after a 4,000-pound plant two weeks ago from Calaveras. Most of the fish are in the 1-8 range, but some to 8 pounds. Other species slow.
CASITAS: The trout bite has been fair. Scott Sanford, Ventura, had a limit of five with rainbows to five pounds flat-line trolling Rapalas near the surface. Ronnie Alanillo, Santa Paula, had a 7-8 trout on a nightcrawler. Bass bite slow.
CASTAIC: DFG trout plants last week and four weeks ago, and the bite is best along the marina shoreline on PowerBait, nightcrawlers, small trout lures and jigs. The stripers have been showing on big swimbaits. One 20-pound striper was reported.
LOPEZ: Very slow fishing with light fishing pressure. Only a few bass on deeply-fished plastics or jigs. Other species very slow.
NACIMIENTO: Light fishing pressure. Spotted bass and white bass have been slow.
PIRU: A few largemouth bass are showing on jigging spoons and ice jigs in 30 to 70 feet of water. Other species very slow.
PYRAMID: DFG this week and two weeks ago, and the bite has been good near the launch ramp on PowerBait and small trout lures. The plant also brought up a few bigger stripers, but most of the striper action has been in deep water with the stripers, like the largemouth bass, shadowing the shad schools in deep water. The catfish action has slowed.
SAN ANTONIO: The action has continued slow with little fishing pressure, in spite of better weather. Few striper reports but the fish seem to still be on the shad schools and a few have been reported by trollers or anglers soaking bait. Catfish action has been slow. Largemouth bass action is slow.
SANTA MARGARITA: Most species slow with light fishing pressure. A few bass showing on dark plastics in deeper water. Other species very slow.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY: Castaic Lake, Pyramid Lake.
KERN COUNTY: Brite Valley Reservoir, Truxton Lake, Riverwalk Lake, Catfish Lake (Lancaster).
LONG RANGE TUNA UPDATE: The yellowfin tuna bite for the long range fleet fishing off the cape of Baja has continued excellent this past week. The weather conditions were much better and the catch reflected that improvement. On Tuesday, the Independence out of Point Loma, reported that anglers on board landed 30 yellowfin from 100 to 200 pounds in addition to five cows over 200 pounds. Skipper Jeff Debuys called this excellent bite slower than it had been.
GIANT SQUID DISAPPEAR: The giant squid that had been wide open for the San Diego and Oceanside fleet fell out of the catch by late last week and they have been absent since. The squid could pop back up as the moon moves into full (Saturday), and the tides start ripping again late this week, but no one has a good crystal ball on these guys. They could also be done for the season.
LOCAL UPDATE: The San Diego and Oceanside to Dana Point the half- and three-quarter day boats have had very tough fishing in recent days with poor tides and cold water conditions. How tough? The Reel Fun out of Dana Wharf Sportfish was out with 14 anglers on Tuesday on a three-quarter day trip and they landed just one calico bass and one perch. The Premier, on a half-day trip out of H&M Landing in San Diego, fished Mexican waters with 14 anglers and returned with full limits of 70 rockfish. For Los Angeles and Orange county local boats, the bite has been a little better with a decent pick on the bass, perch, and sculpin. The City of Long Beach out of Marina Sportfishing was out Saturday with 11 anglers on a half-day trip and they caught 41 sand bass, 100 perch and 14 sculpin. The SoCal out of Pierpoint Sportfishing had 16 anglers on Monday who caught 46 sand bass and one sculpin. The New Del Mar, on a pair of half-day trips Tuesday with 28 total anglers who landed 80 sculpin, 42 sand bass, and 15 calicos. On Sunday, the Spitfire out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing was out with 18 anglers who caught limits of sculpin (90), 50 sand bass, and five calicos. The Slammer out of Redondo Sportfishing was out with four anglers on a twilight hoop-net/fishing trip Sunday and they caught 20 sculpin, two sand bass, eight lobster and 25 red rock crab.