By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: Check out Steve Merlo's column on facing page for report on crappie. Aside from crappie, the low water and windy conditions have made for less-than-ideal fishing. The best action has been for catfish, but that bite is just fair. Largemouth bass are mostly slow.
KERN RIVER: Upper river trout bite fair to good for fly anglers fishing the wild or holdover fish, mostly on small nymphs. Trout were planted in the upper stretches this week and all stretches three weeks ago and the bite has been good.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite is wide open on sub-legal 15 to 17-inch fish. Only a handful of 18-inch plus fish showing in this excellent bite. Some catfish are finally starting to show.
MILL CREEK PARK: Bluegill bite starting, but catfish action is slow.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The trout bite has slowed, but 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. Slow other species.
HART PARK LAKE: Overall slow, but bluegill starting to kick into gear and a fair number of bass have been reported with fish still on beds. Most of the bass action is on minnows, plastics and nightcrawlers. Bluegill are showing in fair numbers on wax worms and meal worms.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Fair overall. The bass are shallow to spawn and the bite has been fair to good on nightcrawlers and plastics. The bluegill action is also improving.
MING LAKE: Nice crappie bite on live minnows, and the bass have been pretty good. Trout have slowed.
BRITE LAKE: Slow trout action.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: A trout plant last week and three weeks ago and a pretty fair bite over the past week. The crappie bite is still going, but instead of limits, the better catches are 10 to 12 fish per angler. The bass action has been fair good with the fish in the shallows in mid spawn. The bluegill are also starting to show on meal worms and wax worms. Catfish slow.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Slow fishing with low water conditions, but a few bass and bluegill are starting to show.
SUCCESS LAKE: Very good bluegill action with nice stringers of fish showing up along most shoreline areas with some structure. The bass bite has also broken open. Lots of 1- to 2-pound fish and bass to 6 pounds reported.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has continued to improve over the past week with more fish showing in less than 15 feet of water. Bluegill action is also improving.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: The trout bite has been good this past week after the 4,000-pound plant two weeks ago. Another plant was slated for this week and the final plant of the season will be April 18, just before the April 20-21 Cachuma Trout Derby.
CASITAS: 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 a 9-12 was caught by Robert Moon, Fillmore, on a plastic worm, and Scotty Lindsberk, Casitas Springs, had a 6-pounder. Trout slow to fair. Some nice crappie to 2 pounds. Redear in 1-pound range starting to show.
CASTAIC: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. The rainbow bite has been best around the marina shoreline. The stripers have been showing around the marina and off the dam, most under 6 pounds. Largemouth bass bite is excellent.
LOPEZ: Bass bite breaking open with the spawn in full swing and fish showing in from two to 15 feet of water. Also some crappie, bluegill showing around docks.
NACIMIENTO: The shad have moved to the surface this past week and the spots and white bass have been chopping them up. Catches of 30 to 50 white bass a day have been common in the past week. White bass are still showing around much of the lake, but fish are stacking up in the Nacimiento arm for the spawn.
PIRU: The bass bite has been very good with a lot of fish in the shallows on beds.
PYRAMID: Trout plants Tuesday and two weeks ago. There has been a good trout bite the first two or three days after the plant in the stock area and then the fish disperse. The stripers are showing in pretty good numbers with a lot of bigger fish to 14 pounds. Some nice catfish showing. Largemouth bass bite is good.
SANTA MARGARITA: The largemouth bass bite is wide open with a lot of quality fish from 8-13 pounds showing in water 2-3 feet. Bobby Doss, Santa Maria, landed an 11-5 bass on a Senko in the narrows this week. There is also a fair crappie bite. Bluegill, redear bites still off.
SAN ANTONIO: The black bass bite has been good with the fish flooding the shallows to spawn. The crappie bite has been fair to good. Catfish also improving on cut baits and nightcrawlers.
General trout season will reopen April 27.
LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake, Pyramid Lake
KERN: Cuddy Creek Pond, Kern River (Section 5).
TULARE: Kern River (Sections 5 and 6).
LONG RANGE UPDATE: The San Diego long range fleet is still focusing on distant spots south of the top of Baja. Rough weather has made fishing difficult early this week, but the fishing is still excellent. The Excel reported in Wednesday with a slow pick on yellowfin tuna and wahoo, including fish to 190 pounds in the last couple of days. The Royal Polaris is en route home after fishing off Clarion Island and they were on Alijos Rocks Tuesday and had 50 yellowtail to 38 pounds and 120 cabrilla. The tuna action of Clarion was excellent on yellowfin over 150 pounds.
CORONADO ISLANDS BITE: The Coronado Islands yellowtail bite slowed due to a combination of boat traffic, poor tides, and anglers still refusing to upgrade their gear. But the bite looked to be turning back on by mid-week. The Malihini out of H&M Landing was out Tuesday with 17 anglers and they landed 17 yellowtail, 62 rockfish, and one sheephead. More typical scores have been like the score posted by 38 anglers on the San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing on Tuesday. They landed just five yellowtail, 25 rockfish on one ling cod. The Mission Belle, out of Point Loma, had 26 anglers Wednesday who caught nine yellowtail and five rockfish. The yellows are all solid 15 to 35-pound fish. Using fresh 40-pound or heavier line is a must to land these, but the loss to land ratio has been 3-1.
ROCKFISH AWESOME: The rockfish bite all along the coast remains good and was getting better at mid-week with better tides moving into Wednesday's new moon. The Redondo Special out of Redondo Sportfishing had 44 anglers on its two half-day trip Tuesday and they had 183 rockfish. The afternoon trip has been better this week and the morning half-days. And do we need to remind you that the Channel Islands region has been simply wide open for rockfish.
ISLANDS UPDATE: A lot of anglers have been looking at both Catalina and San Clemente this past week. At Catalina, there just isn't much happening in the way of white seabass. At Clemente, there are a few yellowtail bouncing around, but simply no action on them yet. There is excellent rockfish action. The Thunderbird, out of Davey's Locker, was at Clemente with 24 anglers on Wednesday and they landed 24 sheephead, 69 whitefish, 72 bocaccio, 107 rockfish, one ling, 16 sculpin and 58 red snapper.