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By Danton Wyatt, 18, of Bakersfield landed this 7-pound, 9-ounce rainbow trout June 17 at Shaver Lake while vacationing with his family. He caught the 27-1/4 inch fish on a large, blown-up nightcrawler while fishing off some large rocks near the lake's edge.
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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 Sam Whelden, Bakersfield, with an 8-11 catfish landed from Hart Park Lake. There are 146 entrants so far. To register, call Bob's Bait at (661) 833-8657.
LAKE ISABELLA: The bluegill action is excellent with a lot of fish in the half-pound and bigger in most of the coves and brushy shorelines. Trout bite fair to good at dam for shore anglers. Pretty good catfish bite. The bass bite fair. Crappie slow.
KERN RIVER: Trout good to excellent on the upper river. Flows are down to 250 to 300 cfs, stacking the fish up in the deeper pools. Good action all the way from the Johnsondale Bridge down to Kernville. Fly anglers are also seeing very good action with more dry fly mornings now. Good reports from the high elevation waters throughout the region, mostly for small trout. In the lower river flows remain in the 900 cfs range, which is very fishable. DFG trout planted in all six river stretches this week.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Hot weather and mossy conditions have made the striper bite tough. Night catfish action fair. A few stripers are being landed.
MILL CREEK PARK: Fair to good action on bluegill, carp.
HART PARK LAKE: Bluegill bite very good. A few bass.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Very good bluegill action. Carp action fair to good. The bass action slow.
RIVER WALK PARK: Bluegill, carp action very good. Bass are slow to fair.
MING LAKE: Very good bluegill action. Bass are fair.
BRITE LAKE: Few reports.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Catfish action fair at night, but mostly on small fish. Good bluegill bite on wax worms, crickets, and meal worms, and a fair carp bite.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Very good bluegill action. Also quite a few carp showing on Powder Bait.
SUCCESS LAKE: Bass action fair. Bluegill bite good on crickets and wax worms.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been fair to good. Bluegill action good on small baits. A few catfish starting to show, but other species slow.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: The trout trolling and deep-water bait drifting at the dam and Johnson Bay has continued fair on nice quality holdover. Catfish bite fair. Bluegill, redear are good in the backs of most coves.
CASITAS: The largemouth bass bite has continued good. The bass are up shallow early and late and then down to 25 feet later in the day. Lots of 2- to 3-pound bass and a few bigger. Bluegill and redear bite fair to good in eight to 20 feet of water. Few catfish showing.
CASTAIC: The striper bite slowed. Largemouth bass bite good to excellent. Most fish are in 15 feet or less early and then go deeper during the day. The lagoon has also been very good for bass for anglers fishing swimbaits or drop-shot plastics with fish to 10 pounds reported.
LOPEZ: Largemouth bass bite fair. Bluegill, redear pretty good. Crappie, catfish slow.
NACIMIENTO: Spotted bass good on plastics. Las Tables has been the top area. White bass fair, also in Las Tables.
PIRU: Bass bite, bluegill, crappie bites good. has been good on plastics and nightcrawlers. Bluegill have been good on any small bait. Few catfish.
PYRAMID: Catfish good from shore and for boat anglers fishing cut baits in deeper water. The striper bite has been fair to good for trollers. Most fish from 2-4 pounds. Black bass action generally good. Smallmouth and largemouth have been showing.
SAN ANTONIO: Striper bite has kicked into high gear, with 6- to 12-pounders common. Catfish bite good in most coves. Black bass action is fair to good.
SANTA MARGARITA: Bass action good. A few catfish are showing. Bluegill, redear bites have slowed way down.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: East Walker River fishing remains very good, with the dry fly bite really coming on. Bridgeport Reservoir good but the weed beds are stacking up. Twin Lakes have been excellent with limits of pan-sized trout to 3 pounds. West Walker very good with low, clear water. The Virginia Lakes remain on of the top spots in the region with excellent action and some quality fish thanks to an Alpers plant last week.
JUNE LAKE LOOP REGION: Silver Lake has been very good with a lot of nice Alpers' trout this past weekend and a steady stream of pan-sized fish. Best action early and late. Grant Lake and Rush Creek both continue to crank out a few nice browns, and the planter rainbows are pretty good. Gull and June are both good with a good deep troll bite during the day and surface fly action in the evenings.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake has seen been a mass movement of trout to the inlets in the past week and the bite has been very good in McGee, Little Hilton, and Layton Springs. Algae can be a problem, but lots of nice rainbows, browns and quality cutthroat showing in the bite. Convict Lake is fair to good. Upper Owens fair to good with mostly small fish showing now. Hot Creek is excellent.
BISHOP AREA: South Lake remains the top spot on pan-sized fish with a few quality fish still coming on. All the forks of Bishop Creek and Intake II have been fair to good with regular DFG plants providing lots of rainbows and the brown trout are showing in fair numbers. North Lake has been fair to good, mostly at the upper end on small jigs. Sabrina has been best in the inlets on baits. It received Alpers trout this past week, too. The lower Owens flows are up and fishing is difficult. All the small streams along Highway 395 from Big Pine Creek to Cottonwood Creek remain fair to good, and most have been planted again this week.
KERN: Kern River (Sections 0 through 5).
TULARE: Balch Park Lake (Lower and Upper), Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake), Kern River (Section 6), Stoney Creek.
The anglers on five to seven-day trips out of San Diego are seeing excellent fishing in the region off Baja California. The 1 1/2-day and two-day trips out of San Diego have been fishing from 75 to 120 miles south of Point Loma and the action has been excellent for yellowtail and Bluefin and increasing number of yellowfin. The yellowtail and barracuda bite at and around the Coronado Islands has also been excellent. Around San Clemente Island there's a good volume of white seabass, yellowtail, calico bass. The volume of yellowtail and white seabass at structure spots all along the Southern California coast from the La Jolla kelp up to Rocky Point and even further north has been very good. From the Coronado Islands all the way up into the channel islands, we're almost having a traditional summer bite on the barracuda. The calico bass action on all of the kelp along the coast has been excellent this season. The white seabass bite slowed a fair amount over the past week in the Channel Islands region, but the bite is far from over or poor. These trips have still been getting up to a seabass per rod along with a nice shot of barracuda and calico bass with good rockfish action always a fall-back option. There have even been a few yellowtail showing.