By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: Overall excellent fishing. The bass bite is very good, catfish are excellent, and the crappie bite is still going strong. The catfish, bluegill bites are strong as well. Check out Steve Merlo's column for details.
KERN RIVER: Very low flows, but fishing is good. There were DFW plants last week. The bite is good on salmon eggs, Mice Tails, nightcrawlers and small spinners. The upper river trout bite remains good for fly anglers fishing the wild or holdover fish, mostly on small nymphs.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Striper action remains good, but not wide open, and there are more and more fish above the 18-inch minimum size this past week. Lots of 4-5 pounders. The catfish bite is fair to good. The Lost Hills area has also turned on for the catfish on shad and dip baits.
MILL CREEK PARK: Decent bite on bluegill.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The bass are still the mainstay in a fair bite on plastics and minnows.
HART PARK LAKE: The bass action is fair on plastics and reaction baits. Bluegill are also getting better with each warm day and the action is good to excellent. The best bite is on meal worms and wax worms.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The bass are fair to good on nightcrawlers and plastics. The bluegill action is good to excellent on wax worms, meal worms, or small jigs. The carp are good on dough baits.
MING LAKE: The bass have also been pretty good on plastics, Senkos, Brush Hawgs and minnows. Bluegill good to excellent on wax worms and meal worms.
BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Lots of smaller catfish. There is also a good bluegill bite is very good.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Very slow fishing.
SUCCESS LAKE: Very good bluegill action and nice stringers of fish showing up along most shoreline areas. The bass bite has also remained good.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been fair to good. The bluegill action is good. Other species slow.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: There has been a fair trout bite. Shore action over. The largemouth and smallmouth bites have been good.
CASITAS: The bass bite has continued good. The trout action has been fair for trollers working Needlefish behind lead core.
CASTAIC: A surprise DFW trout plant last week led to some very good striper action for anglers tossing bigger swimbait. The largemouth bass bite is good. Quite a few catfish are also showing now in the bait bite for stripers, and the bluegill bite has broken wide open.
SANTA MARGARITA: The largemouth bass bite is good on plastics or jigs with trailers. A few quality crappie. The bluegill and redear bites are turning on.
LOPEZ: The bass bite is still good, mostly on plastics and reaction baits. The bluegill bite has been good around the docks and in most coves. Also some catfish starting to show. Other species very slow.
NACIMIENTO: Fair to good white bass action for trollers working the main body of the lake. For the spotted bass, the largemouths and smallmouth, plastics have been the best bet, but a lot of fish are also showing on reaction baits. More and more catfish and bluegill showing.
PIRU: The crappie bite has been very good this past week for anglers fishing the small jigs at the dam. Tipping the jigs with meal worms or Crappie Nibbles is a good bet. Fish to two pounds reported. The largemouth bass bite has been very good on plastics and reaction baits. The average fish is from 1-2 pounds, but bass to seven pounds have been reported. Other species have been slow.
PYRAMID: The striper bite has been excellent. Fish to 25 pounds reported. Catfish averaging 8-10 pounds. The largemouth and smallmouth bites are also pretty good.
SAN ANTONIO: The black bass bite has been good. Catfish are also improving.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: The East Walker River is running between 98 and 120 cfs and fishing very good on nymphs. Bridgeport Reservoir has been excellent for trollers and dam anglers fishing lures or bait. Kirman Lake is tough, but the quality of fish is very good with brookies to 18 inches and cutts to 22 inches. No more huge browns from the Twin Lakes, but there is a good bite on one to three pound rainbows on floating baits and lure. Virginia Lakes excellent on one-pound class fish.
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.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake had very low water levels but excellent fishing with limits still common. Hilton Bay and Sandy Point are the top spots for trout, but McGee Bay is also good. Convict Lake is good with a lot of pan-sized limits. Hot Creek was very good with excellent dry fly fishing. Rock Creek Lake is fair to good with some limits and the DFW is planting this week.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: In the Bishop Creek drainage, Intake II, Sabrina Lake, North Lake, and most of South Lake have been good. The best fishing is in Bishop Creek and Intake II thanks to DFG plants.
LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All the small streams along Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra were planted again this week.
TULARE COUNTY: Balch Park Lake (upper and lower), Big Meadows Creek, Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake), Stoney Creek.
YELLOWTAIL WIDE OPEN: There has been a dramatic influx of big yellowtail into Southern California waters this week and the bite was breaking wide open a lot of places by Tuesday. One of the best scores was posted by the Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing. With 22 anglers on Tuesday, they fished Catalina Island and had 50 yellowtail, 30 legal calico bass (38 released), 20 whitefish, 14 barracuda, 10 sheephead and five perch. The Freelance out of Davey's Locker (Newport Beach) was also at Catalina with 30 anglers and they landed 25 'tails, five whitefish, three barracuda, one sheephead, 20 rockfish, and they had 45 calico bass that were under the new minimum size and released. Closer to the coast, The Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street (San Pedro) was on a half-day trip with 16 anglers and they landed six yellowtail, 74 legal calicos, six legal sand bass, three sheephead and two sculpin fishing the Horseshoe Kelp. In San Diego, the Coronado Island bite has continued consistent with skippers reporting from eight to 30 yellows per day for the past week. There is a huge volume of fish all along the coast. It can only get better.
WHITE SEABASS BUST OPEN: The white seabass also really took off this week at Catalina, Clemente and nearshore waters off San Diego to Los Angeles. One-fish limits have been the rule many places this week and the fish are running up to nearly 50 pounds. The Western Outdoor News tournament this past weekend was won with a 48.8-pound at Catalina, but the bite has improved since then. The Mardiosa out of Pierpoint Landing (Long Beach) was out with six anglers and three crew and they came back with nine seabass to 35 pounds, 16 calicos, five sheephead and three sargo on the live squid. The Options, also out of Pierpoint, was out with five anglers and they had five seabass to 45 pounds, one yellowtail, one halibut and good calico catch-and-release fishing.