By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: Crappie bite good. The catfish action has been good in most of the coves. The fish are showing in the north fork and most deeper coves. The trout bite also remains pretty good at the dam for shore anglers fishing deep water. Fly anglers are having fair success at Camp Nine and Paradise Cove on streamers. The bluegill bite is good in most coves. Bass bite has continued fair on 2- to 4-pounders.
KERN RIVER: The water level continues to fall with just under 200 cfs flowing in the upper river and about 380 cfs below the dam. Fly anglers are still getting good numbers of fish in the upper stretch in a flurry of early morning and late evening action, but the day bite is tough and the the bait and lure guys are also finding tougher action. In the lower river is very good for fly anglers fishing the rainbows with some smallmouth action in the canyon stretch. Catfish bite is fair on clams in lower pools.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite has been good to excellent, but most fish are under the 18-inch minimum size with one out of 20 fish a keeper.
MILL CREEK PARK: Good action on catfish and carp here over the past week. Also still a fair to good bite on bluegill.
HART PARK LAKE: Good bluegill action, and carp bite fair. A few bass are also showing early and late on Senkos and Brush Hogs.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Continued good bluegill action. Carp action is fair to good. Bass action is slow to fair.
RIVER WALK PARK: The bluegill action remains good. Carp are fair on Powder Bait. Bass slow to fair on reaction baits.
MING LAKE: 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: There is a good bluegill bite, and a fair to good carp bite. The catfish action has been fair at night on cut baits, but mostly on small fish. A few bass continue to show early.
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: The bass action has been just fair. 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 six to 20 feet of water. Few other reports.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been fair to good on plastics, Brush Hogs, swimbaits, and spinnerbaits. The best bite is at first or last light. The bluegill action is good on the usual array of small baits. A few catfish starting to show, but other species slow.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: The catfish have taken over the spotlight. The fish are mostly in two to 15 feet of water and showing on mackerel or other cut baits with scents. The largemouth and smallmouth bites are still fair. Crappie action fair in Santa Cruz Bay. Bluegill and redear are good in the backs of most coves.
CASITAS: Largemouth bass bite fair to good. Bluegill and redear action pretty good.
CASTAIC: Striper and largemouth bites are good. Fair to good catfish action. Pretty good bluegill bite.
PIRU: Crappie, bass bites pretty good. A few nice redear and smaller bluegill are showing.
PYRAMID: Stripers and catfish remain good here. Catfish action fair to good with some fish to 12 pounds reported. Black bass action has been fair, with smallmouth and largemouth showing in this bite.
SAN ANTONIO: Striper bite remained good. Catfish bite fair in most of the coves. Fair carp bite. Black bass fair to good early in day. Crappie spotty.
NACIMIENTO: The white bass are still showing in very good numbers. Spotted and largemouth bass action is fair. A few catfish also being landed.
SANTA MARGARITA: Largemouth bite remains the only action of note here.
LOPEZ: Bass, bluegill and redear are fair. Crappie, catfish slow.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: The East Walker River is still very good. Twin Lakes are still good with a lot of limits of pan-sized fish morning and evening. West Walker very good with some bigger fish cruising around after an Alpers' plant recently. Bridgeport Reservoir is good for trollers. Virginia Lakes remains one of the top spots in the region.
JUNE LAKE LOOP REGION: Silver Lake has continued to be a bright spot with a lot of nice rainbows to two pounds or a little beter. Hunter Watts, Isabella, landed a 3-4 rainbow on purple Power Bait. Grant has been improving with the cooler evenings and fall approaching. Rush Creek has also been good. Gull and June are both good. Ellery, Tioga and Saddlebag lakes are all open and the action has been good.
MAMMOTH AREA: The trout action at Crowley Lake is still good to excellent. Convict Lake is fair to good on the usual bait or small lures and jigs. Mammoth Creek has been good on holdover stocked trout. 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. The Upper Owens is fair to good with mostly small fish showing now.
BISHOP AREA: South Lake remains fair with falling water levels. All the forks of Bishop Creek and Intake II have been fair to good with lots of rainbows and brown trout. North Lake has been fair to good, mostly at the upper end on small jigs. Sabrina slow to fair with the level falling. All the small streams along Highway 395 from Big Pine Creek to Cottonwood Creek remain fair to good.
The offshore action for the San Diego-based fleet is simply exceptional and remains that way. Even on poor weather, busy weekend days, the overnight and 11/2day day boats are returning with 50 to 150 fish, and on the good weather, lighter boat traffic mid-week days, the counts have been from 100 to 350 fish per boat. And it has not been unusual to get seven different species off a single kelp paddy. The Grande out of Point Loma Sportfishing reported yellowfin, bluefin, black skipjack, skipjack, yellowtail, dorado and albacore all on the same kelp. On Wednesday morning, the Legend out of Seaforth, reported in with 49 bigger dorado to 30 pounds, 14 yellowfin, 14 yellowtail, nine bluefin and a couple of skipjack before 10 a.m. and the bulk of the day was ahead of them. The Dolphin II out of Fisherman's returned Tuesday from a 1 Î©-day trip with 21 anglers who landed two Bluefin, 43 yellowfin, three albacore, 25 yellowtail, 42 dorado and two skipjack. The Ocean Odyssey out of H&M Landing, also on a 11/2-day returning Tuesday this week, had 30 anglers who landed 49 bluefin, 16 yellowfin, three albacore, one skipjack, 29 yellowtail and 60 dorado. The overnight to two-day zone is just jugged with fish and this week's tides going into the new moon on Saturday night are just excellent, which means this bite isn't slowing down anytime soon. The warm water has pushed well up into the Catalina Channel, and dorado are showing well up into this region, but the best action is off the Los Angeles and Orange County coastline to the west. The Freelance out of Davey's Locker has been running daily trips offshore for the dorado and averaging 15 to 25 each trip with the loss ratio pretty high. There has continued to be good action at both Catalina and San Clemente islands. Catalina has been very good on the front side with a lot of calico bass.