By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: The crappie action has been excellent for shore, float tube and boat anglers fishing around any structure. Limits of 25-fish averaging about 3/4-pound have been the norm on minnows and small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. Catfish bite good. The trout bite has been spotty at the dam for shore anglers fishing deep water with floating baits and trollers on Needlefish-style lures. The bluegill bite is good in most coves, but there are more small fish with the bigger fish few and far between. Bass bite fair.
KERN RIVER: The water level is low in upper and lower, with fish stacked up in the bigger pools with the upper river best early and late in the day for the trout, while the lower river has very good bass and catfish action during the same time frame. Trout action good in lower river.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Striper bite good to excellent. Weed conditions have improved, but it's still causing some problems.
MILL CREEK PARK: Good action on catfish and carp. Also still a fair to good bite on bluegill.
HART PARK LAKE: Good bluegill action.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Low water conditions. Continued good bluegill action. Carp action fair to good. Bass action is slow to fair.
RIVER WALK PARK: The bluegill action remains good on meal and wax worms or crickets early and late in the day with low water. Carp are fair on Powder Bait. The bass are slow to fair on reaction baits and plastics early and late in the day.
MING LAKE: Low water conditions have stacked the fish on a few spots and there is very good bluegill action on wax worms, red worms and meal worms and the carp action is good on dough baits. Bass are fair with the best bite early and late in the day on plastics, spinnerbaits and topwater lures.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Good bluegill bite. The catfish action has been fair at night. A few bass continue to show early and late in the day.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Very good bluegill action on wax worms, meal worms, or crickets, while the early morning and late evening bass bite is fair on Senkos, Brush Hogs, plastics or nightcrawlers. Also quite a few carp showing for the anglers targeting them with Powder Bait.
SUCCESS LAKE: Good to excellent bass action in the low water. Best action on drop-shot plastics and Senko-type lures with some topwater around weed mats. The bluegill bite is good on crickets and wax worms in 6-20 feet of water.
KAWEAH LAKE: Bass bite fair to good. Bluegill action is good on the usual array of small baits. A few catfish starting to show.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: Catfish bite good in most of the shallow coves. The crappie action improves as the water cools. Bluegill and redear are good in the backs of coves.
CASITAS: Largemouth bass bite has continued fair to good with some improvement this past week. Bluegill, redear action also remains pretty good.
CASTAIC: The striper bite has been good. Also some catfish in deeper-water bite. Largemouth are best on plastics on main lake points. Fair to good catfish, bluegill action.
LOPEZ: The bass bite has been fair with the best action early in the day on smaller fish on smaller reaction baits or topwater. Some fish on plastics and jigs, but that action is tougher. The bluegill and redear are also fair in 6-20 feet of water on red worms, crickets or wax worms. Crappie and catfish have been slow, but a few cats are showing on cut baits in deeper coves with fish to 10 pounds reported.
NACIMIENTO: White bass still showing in good numbers. The spotted and largemouth bass action is fair in the mornings.
PIRU: The crappie and bass bites have been fair in recent days. A few nice redear and smaller bluegill are showing in a fair bite.
PYRAMID: The stripers and catfish remain fair to good here. The catfish action has also been fair to good. The black bass action has been fair. Smallmouth and largemouth have been showing in this bite.
SAN ANTONIO: Striper bite has remained good. Catfish, carp, black bass fair. Crappie spotty.
SANTA MARGARITA: Largemouth bass bite remains the only action of note here.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: The East Walker River is flowing at 146 cfs and fishing pretty well on nymphs with only a little dry action and a few reports of bigger fish on streamers. Bridgeport Reservoir has still been producing some good fish though it's not automatic. Virginia Lake has been good to excellent. Twin Lakes are still good with a lot of limits of pan-sized fish morning and evening on floating baits, lures and flies, but the mid-day bite is tough. The West Walker has been very good. Water is very low and clear.
JUNE LAKE LOOP REGION: Silver Lake has continued to be a bright spot in the June Lake Loop with a lot of nice rainbows to 2 pounds or better. Rush Creek good. Gull, June are both good.
MAMMOTH AREA: The trout action at Crowley Lake is still good to excellent. Lots of nice rainbows, browns and quality cutthroat showing in the action. Convict Lake is fair to good on the usual bait or small lures and jigs. The Twin Lakes and whole upper lakes basin has been fair to good with the best bite in the inlets early and late in the day.
BISHOP AREA: Bonus plants of bigger DFG and Alpers' trout this past week made for good action in South Lake. North Lake fair. Sabrina slow to fair with the level falling.
LONE PINE-INDEPENDENCE AREA: All the small streams along Highway 395 from Big Pine Creek to Cottonwood Creek remain fair to good, but most are only getting stocked every other week or even less frequently now.
None this week in Kern, Tulare counties.
Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, it does. The offshore bite on yellowfin, dorado, bluefin and yellowtail has been even better in recent days than it's been the past week. Most of the boats are now getting full limits of yellowfin tuna from 12-18 pounds with some from 25-50 pounds. Add in a few bluefin averaging 12-25 pounds with some schools of tackle busters and then dorado in the 12- to 25-pound range. But the action on the exotics isn't just for the overnight and longer boats. The Mission Belle out of Seaforth Sportfishing, was out of Tuesday with 38 anglers on a three-quarter day trip and they landed 51 yellowtail, eight yellowfin, seven dorado and five bluefin on a three-quarter-day trip. The Bongos III out of Davey's Locker had five anglers Tuesday and they landed 34 yellowtail and four dorado. The Freelance, also out of Davey's, was out with 55 anglers and they caught nine yellowtail and a dorado. There is a good band of warm water that extends from the Catalina Channels south along the coast past Dana Point and San Diego that connects with the warmer water to the south, allowing schools of fish to have access all the way up the coast. The forecast warming trend for later this week and the full moon on Saturday should just keep this bite wide open for now. Water temperatures along the coast have been cooler and most of the landings are running half- and three-quarter-day boats for rockfish with excellent action on the reds and limits not uncommon in a very good early season rockfish bite. Both Catalina and San Clemente are getting light fishing pressure right now, even though Clemente has been producing quite a few yellowtail when the military allows anglers at the island and the sea lions leave the boat alone. Catalina has consistently had a decent calico bass bite.