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By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: Overall pretty tough fishing with windy conditions much of the week. The best action has been for catfish, but that bite is just fair. The only crappie reports have been from boat anglers fishing deeper water with live minnows, and those reports have been scanty. Even the largemouth bass are mostly slow. No trout reports.
KERN RIVER: The upper river trout bite remains fair to good for fly anglers fishing the wild or holdover fish, mostly on small nymphs. Trout were planted in all the stretches two weeks ago and the bite has been good on salmon eggs, nightcrawlers and small spinners.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Scads of stripers under 16 inches long with a smattering of 24- to 25-inch keeper fish showing with the under 18-inch non-keepers. The best bite has been on Gitzits or other tube baits and sand or blood worms. Oddly slow action on catfish continues.
MILL CREEK PARK: Bluegill bite starting, catfish slow.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Still pretty good trout action after last week's plant. PowerBait doused with garlic oil or rolled in the new Hatchery Dust. Nightcrawlers in garlic also working. The bass are pretty good with a lot of fish showing on plastics and minnows, and the bluegill bite is starting to take off on wax worms and meal worms.
HART PARK LAKE: The bass action has been good with fish to 4 pounds reported this past week. Lots of fish shallow on beds. Most of the action is on minnows, plastics and nightcrawlers. The trout bite has been slowing with the most recent trout plant three weeks ago. PowerBait and Power Mice best bets. Bluegill are showing in fair numbers on wax worms and meal worms.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The bass are shallow to spawn and the bite has been fair to good on nightcrawlers and plastics. The bluegill action is also improving with the best action on wax worms, meal worms or small jigs. Slowing trout action with the most recent DFW plant three weeks ago. Still some fish showing on PowerBait.
MING LAKE: Bass bite fair to good. Bluegill starting to show.
BRITE LAKE: Slow trout action on PowerBait, nightcrawlers and small trout jigs and worms.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: A trout plant two weeks ago and just slow to fair fishing this past week. The best bite has been on Power Mice Tails or regular PowerBait. The bass action has been good with the fish moving shallow for the spawn. The best action has been on plastics, spinnerbaits and Senkos in Webb. Bluegill starting to show on meal worms and wax worms.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Very slow fishing with such low water conditions, but a few bass and bluegill are starting to show.
SUCCESS LAKE: Good bluegill action with nice stringers of fish showing up along most shoreline areas with some structure. The bass bite has also broken open with good action on plastics as the bass start nosing up into the shallows in their annual spawn. Lots of 1- to 2-pound fish and bass to 6 pounds reported.
KAWEAH LAKE: Bass bite has continued to improve over the past week with more fish showing in less than 15 feet of water on plastics and small swimbaits. The bluegill action is also improving on wax worms and meal worms.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: The 4,000-pound trout plant last week turned on the trout action with the best bite for boat anglers fishing two colors of leadcore and a variety of Needlefish and Rapala-style baits in Cachuma Bay. Quite a few limits reported. There will be plants Wednesday and April 18, just before the April 20-21 Cachuma Trout Derby.
CASITAS: The annual Kid's Fishing Derby Saturday and the trout plant prior to the event was supposed to go into a netted area. The net didn't make it all the way to the bottom in one spot, so most of the Nebraska Tailwalkers planted on Tuesday last week got out of the net. The Department of Fish and Wildlife came to the rescue with an out-of-lake tank and trout, and the kid's derby went off without a hitch. The DFW still isn't allowed to plant trout in Casitas so the fish not caught by kids had to be loaded back up in the hatchery truck and carted off. The trout bite has been pretty fair for both shore and boat anglers, but the fish have dispersed pretty quickly. Joshua Cabrera, 5, Santa Paula, landed a four-pound rainbow Tuesday this week on a nightcrawler. The bass bite has been good to excellent with a lot of fish on beds and whacking plastics and reaction baits. Most are in the 1-8 to three pound class, but Don Northern, Moorpark, had a limit of bass topped with a 6-8, all on plastics. There continues to be one angler hammering some nice crappie.
CASTAIC: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. The rainbow bite was best around the marina shoreline on PowerBait, nightcrawlers and small trout jigs. The stripers have been showing around the marina and off the dam on cut baits, but the best fish have been up on trout-like swimbaits and this action always improves after a DFW trout plant.
LOPEZ: The bass is breaking wide open with the spawn in full swing and fish showing in from two to 15 feet of water. Ssome crappie and bluegill showing around the docks on small jigs.
NACIMIENTO: Spotted bass have been fair to good with the fish stacking up in the shallows to spawn. Best bite has been on plastics and Senko-type baits. A few largemouth bass in this bite. The white bass are stacking up in the Las Tables and Nacimiento arms of the lake in a full-spawn mode. One anglers reported 14 white bass in Las Tables early this week. Very few reports of catfish or panfish.
PIRU: Very good largemouth bass bite with a lot of 2- to 4-pound bass showing for anglers fishing in four to 18 feet of water.
PYRAMID: Trout plants last week and three weeks ago, and there has been a decent trout bite the day or two after the plants in the stock area, and the stripers are also showing in pretty good numbers with a lot of bigger fish to 14 pounds on swimbaits. Shore anglers are the gate house shoreline are also getting a lot of stripers on both swimbaits and cut mackerel. There have also been some nice catfish showing in this bite. The largemouth bass bite is breaking open.
SAN ANTONIO: The largemouth bass bite has been good with the fish flooding the shallows to spawn. Bite has been best on plastic worms. Few striper reports but fish seem to still be on the shad schools and a few have been reported by trollers or anglers soaking bait.
SANTA MARGARITA: The largemouth bass bite is kicking into gear with more and more fish showing in 10 feet of water or less, and plastic worms, swimbaits, and even slow-rolled blades are getting fish that are beginning to think of the spawn. Lots of fish on beds and visible. Other species remain slow, although a few redear are also starting to show, mostly still in 10 to 20 feet of water.
No plants scheduled for Kern or Tulare counties this week
LONG RANGE UPDATE: The excellent action on large yellowfin continues for the long- range fleet out of San Diego fishing off the tip of Baja. While there have been fewer of the giant tuna showing the past few weeks, the bite on 70- to 150-pound class fish remains exceptional and there are still a few big fish in the mix. All of the trips are also seeing excellent wahoo fishing. On Sunday, the Royal Polaris reported in at 9 a.m. and the anglers on board had already landed 23 yellowfin from 70 to 180 pounds along with 32 wahoo. The Red Rooster III reported in and its best fish was a 278-pounder with six over 200 pounds on its current trip.
CORONADO ISLANDS YELLOWTAIL: The yellowtail bite at the Coronado Islands continues to be excellent, especially for mid-week boats that don't have to battle the weekend boat traffic.
LOCAL ISLAND NEWS: A few more yellowtail are starting to show at San Clemente Islands as the water temperatures range from 57 degrees to 60 degrees in protected areas on sun-warmed days. This is also finally starting to wake up the bass. But the reality is that most of the action at Clemente is still rockfish. At Catalina, private boaters are keeping the pick on white seabass off the east end of the island very quiet, but there have been some quality fish landed. A few yellowtail are also starting to show at Catalina, but overall the bite has been tough with water temperatures still a little low for the bass to turn on. The rockfish action has been very good.
LOCAL ROCKFISH EXCELLENT: The rockfish bite all along the coast from the Channel Islands to San Diego has been very good. Most anglers are getting from five to seven rockfish on half-day trips and near-limits or limits on three-quarter day or full-day trips. The run-up to the full moon on Wednesday this week was very good thank to the very good tides this past week.