By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southernSan Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: It's crappie mania here this week. The crappie bite has been wide open in the past few days. A report can be found in Steve Melo's column on the facing page.
KERN RIVER: For the third week in a row, all stretches of the Kern River have been planted by the DFW. The bite has been very 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. Trout season opens Saturday on all the high elevation waters, but none of these streams were listed in the DFW trout plant information for this week.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Striper mania here this week. Full report in Steve Merlo's column on facing page.
MILL CREEK PARK: Decent bite on bluegill. Few bass showing.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The bass are still the mainstay in a fair bite on plastics and minnows. The bluegill bite is probably the best bet on wax worms and meal worms. A few nice trout have continued to show this past week, and more carp are starting to be caught.
HART PARK LAKE: There continues to be a few good crappie being caught. The bass action is also fair on plastics and reaction baits. Bluegill bite improving.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Crappie to 2 pounds have been reported here in pretty decent numbers in the past week with the best bite on small minnows. The bass are fair to good on nightcrawlers and plastics, and there was a 10-8 largemouth caught Saturday on a Senko. The bluegill action is good. The carp are also starting to be caught on dough baits.
MING LAKE: Still some crappie showing here but this bite is slowing. The bass have also been pretty good. Bluegill fair.
BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant last week.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bluegill bite is very good. The catfish bite is slow to fair. The crappie bite has slowed down.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Very slow fishing with such low water conditions, but a few bass and bluegill are being caught.
SUCCESS LAKE: Very good bluegill action. The bass bite has also remained good. Lots of 1- to 2-pound fish and bass to 6 pounds reported. DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been fair to good as the spawn winds down, but most of the fish are still in shallow and most anglers expect the good bite to continue for at least the full moon this weekend and perhaps through the new moon in May. The bluegill action is good and getting better by the day. DFW trout plants two, four weeks ago. Other species slow.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: Pretty good trout bite for trollers fishing Rapalas, Needlefish, Kastmasters, wedding rings over much of the lake. Shore anglers also had fair to good action on PowerBait and inflated nightcrawlers. The largemouth and smallmouth bites have been fair to good. The crappie bite also came back a little.
CASITAS: The bass bite has continued very good. Trout action has been fair. The redear bite is showing some life.
CASTAIC: DFW trout plants last week, three weeks ago. The hot action continues to be for largemouths and stripers. Most of the stripers are under 6 pounds.
LOPEZ: The bass bite is still very good. Other species very slow.
NACIMIENTO: The shad moved to the surface a month ago and the spotted and white bass have been busting the shad on the surface. Catches of 30 to 50 white bass a day have been common. For the spotted bass, the largemouths and smallmouth, plastics have been the best bet.
PIRU: The bass bite has been good with five-fish limits common. The average fish are from 1-2 pounds, but bass to 7 pounds have been reported. The crappie bite is fair to good. Other species have been slow.
PYRAMID: Generally good action on stripers over the past week. The stripers are mostly from 2-6 pounds. Also some nice catfish showing. Largemouth bite good.
SAN ANTONIO: The black bass bite has been good with the fish still in the shallows. Few striper reports. The crappie bite has been fair to good. Catfish are also improving.
SANTA MARGARITA: The largemouth bass bite is very good, with a lot of quality fish from 8-10 pounds showing in water 2-3 feet. Fair crappie bite. The bluegill and redear bites are off.
Trout season reopens Saturday.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: All of the lakes in the loop are ice free and have been stocked by the DFW for the opener. Parker and Walker lakes are also ice free and open to walk-in anglers. Lundy Lake is mostly ice-free.
MAMMOTH AREA: The Twin Lakes and Lake Mary are already ice free and for the first time in 27 years, Mary will have road access for the opener. George is nearly ice free and could be by opening day, and ice-fishing will be prohibited. Hot Creek and the upper Owens River (year-around waters) have been pretty good with a mid-day baetis hatch bringing the trout to the surface, but the dry fly stuff is only on warm days. Most of the action has been in deeper water on nymphs or midges on Hot Creek and egg patterns or slow-fished streamers on the Upper Owens. Lots of big Crowley trout in the upper Owens and providing some trophy fish to four pounds or better, especially in the Long Ears stretch, but anglers have to do some searching to find pockets of these spawning fish. Reports of lots of fis in the Big Springs section. Convict Lake is ice free as is Crowley Lake. Rock Creek Lake is still ice-covered, but even it is getting rotten.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: In the Bishop Creek drainage, Intake II, Sabrina Lake, and North Lake are ice free (or nearly so in North Lake's case), but the road had not been clear to South Lake at mid-week.
LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All the small streams along Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra have been planted this week.
KERN: Kern River (Sections 0 through 5).
TULARE: Balch Park Lake (Upper and Lower), Bone Creek, Del Lago Park Lake, Dry Meadow Creek, Freeman Creek, Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake), Kern River (Sections 5 and 6), Murry Park Pond, Nobe Young Creek, Peppermint Creek (Upper and Lower), Stoney Creek, Tule River Middle Fork, Tule River North Fork (Middle Fork No. 1), Tule River South Fork (Middle Fork No. 2 and No. 3).
Next week's plants (April 28-May4)
KERN: Alder Creek, Cedar Creek.
TULARE: Deer Creek, Spear Creek (Poso Creek), White River.
LONG RANGE TUNA EXCELLENT: The long-range yellowfin tuna season for the 16 to 18-day trips running out of San Diego just won't end, and the bite has been excellent over the past week.
BIG JAG OF YELLOWTAIL: These is an excellent volume of yellowtail along a solid 75 miles of coastline and at all the offshore islands. While this fish have been showing up at the Coronado Islands for over a month, the volume of fish and the surge up into the warming waters further north has been dramatic over the past 10 days. Catalina and San Clemente are also seeing more yellowtail by the day.
ROCKFISH AWESOME: The rockfish bite has been excellent this week with the winds finally subsiding all along the coast and tide and moon conditions better. The Channel Islands boats have posted limits on most trips of 3/4-day or longer and the half-day boats have been there or close to it.