By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
STRIPER DERBY: Bob's Bait Bucket's annual month-long July catfish derby started Tuesday. The entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in a fish. Only fresh fish can be weighed in and no weighing in of fish the same day as entering derby. The biggest striper weighed in during June will take the $100 prize, plus all the entry fee money from everyone entered. The just finished June striper derby was won by Mike Luna, Bakersfield, with a 9.9-pound fish caught last week from the aqueduct. There were 264 entries, so Luna won the $364 pot. For more information or to register, call Bob's Bait at (661) 833-8657.
LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish have slowed in the past week with most fish moving into deeper water in a post-spawn mode. The bite is still pretty fair with the best action on shad, garlic shrimp, clams and Secret 7 catfish bait. Most of the fish are still nice 2- to 4-pound fish. A few crappie continue to show in deeper water near the dam, and the bass are spotty with a few caught early morning. Trout are slow. Carp are pretty good for anglers fishing dough baits.
KERN RIVER: The upper river has been fair to good this past week for bait and lure anglers (chrome spinners have been hot), and the fly anglers are seeing generally good afternoon action on wild fish. DFW plants slated for all sections, 1 through 6, this week. In the lower river, the smallmouth and largemouth bass and the catfish bites have been pretty good.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite is fair to good, slowing a little more from the blazing pace of a month ago. Most are still under the 18-inch minimum keeper size, there has been an occasional quality fish. Mike Luna, Bakersfield, caught a 9.9-pounder late last week. The best action has been on blood worms, lug worms, and sardines. Catfish are improving with the heat and a lot of nice cats are showing in this bite. The action is mostly on garlic shrimp, chicken liver and mackerel. Other species have been slow.
MILL CREEK PARK: Some decent catfish have been reported in the past week on nightcrawlers, and the carp bite is very good on dough baits. A few bluegill and bass are showing.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Bluegill are very good on most of the small baits, especially on wax worms, meal worms, crickets or red worms. The carp bite is good on dough baits. A few bass continue to show early.
HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill action very good on wax worms and meal worms. The carp action is also very good on Powder Bait. A few bass are still showing, but the crappie have slowed.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The carp action has been very good here on dough baits. The bluegill remain good, while the bass have slowed with only a few fish early and late in the day on nightcrawlers, plastics and Brush Hawgs. The bluegill are best on wax worms, meal worms, or crickets, and most are in less than 10 feet of water.
MING LAKE: Very good carp action on homemade dough baits or Powder Bait. The bluegill are also very good on wax worms and meal worms. The largemouth bass bite is tough, but a few are showing on plastics and nightcrawlers early and late in the day
BRITE LAKE: The bluegill action is pretty good on wax worms, crickets and meal worms. Few reports of other species.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Catfish, bluegill bites pretty good. The catfish are best on garlic shrimp, shad, or nightcrawlers. Bluegill and carp bite are in good numbers. Bass action is slow to fair. Crappie slow.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Good bluegill and carp action, while a few catfish and bass are showing. Bluegills are best on meal or wax worms. Carp are best on homemade dough baits or Powder Bait.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bluegill action is also pretty good on wax worms and meal worms. A fair number of carp and catfish. Bass spotty. Other species slow.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been spotty on nightcrawlers, but the bluegill and carp bites are pretty good. The bluegill bite is best on meal worms, wax worms, crickets and small jigs. Carp are best on dough baits.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: The catfish continue to dominate the action here. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are showing in fair numbers. Trout slow. Crappie perked a little in past week.
CASITAS: Good topwater and reaction bait bite in the mornings for the bass. Bluegill and redear bites are fair.
CASTAIC: Stripers, largemouth, bluegill catfish bites pretty good.
LOPEZ: The topwater bass bite is starting to take off. Bluegill, redear and crappie are fair to good.
NACIMIENTO: Fair to good action on smaller 1- to 3-pound spotted bass. The white bass have been boiling in the mouths of the coves.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been good. The bluegill action is pretty good.
PYRAMID: The striper bite fair to good. The largemouth bass bite is fair on plastics and nightcrawlers.
SAN ANTONIO: Striped and largemouth, smallmouth bass bites have been fair. The catfish bite is good on cut baits.
SANTA MARGARITA: Bass action fair to good.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Bridgeport Reservoir is still hot for trollers and still-fishermen. Bait anglers are fishing Rainbow Point and the rocks to the north. The perch bite is also on at the dam and the rocky points to the south. The East Walker River continues with good fishing for diligent fly anglers fishing streamers, caddis nymphs, and midge patterns. Kirman Lake has been producing a lot of quality cutts and brookies, but the bite is an early morning, late evening deal now. Twin Lakes have been fair to good.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Overall, good trout action throughout the June Lake Loop. June Lake continues to produce a lot of 1- to 3-pound trout. Gull, Silver and Grant are all producing nice catches.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake was tougher for trout this past week but the Sacramento perch bite has been very good all. The upper Owens River and Hot Creek both fished well for fly anglers. The Owens has mostly smaller fish now. Hot Creek is mostly producing eight to 14-inch browns. At Convict Lake, the bite has been excellent. Twin Lakes has been good near the falls and along the outside edges of weed beds all over the lakes. Rock Creek Lake has been fair to good.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: The Bishop Creek drainage remains good at most waters, including North Lake, South Lake, and Sabrina. Bishop Creek and Intake II remain the top spots to get a limit of trout. Sabrina is producing a lot of limits and the water level continues to come up. The best bite is still at the inlets with PowerBait and nightcrawlers. Pleasant Valley Reservoir is slow to fair. Owens River gorge is fair in the mornings, then tougher until dusk. The lower Owens has been slow to fair with some surprisingly big holdover and planted rainbows showing for float anglers, but conditions are tough.
LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All of the trout streams in this region are fair to good with light pressure.
KERN: Kern River (sections 1-5).
TULARE: Balch Park Lake (upper and lower), Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake), Kern River (sections 5, 6), Stoney Creek.
LONG-RANGE: The anglers on five to seven-day boats running out of San Diego are seeing exceptional mixed bass fishing on the central Baja coast and at Cedros and Benitos islands.
SAN DIEGO TUNA: The one-day to 21/2-day fleet out of San Diego has really started to cash in on the tuna action and the yellowfin and bluefin tuna push up into Southern California waters, following a warm streak of 70 to 71 degree water all the way up into the Southern California Bite. Even the one-day boats are seeing good action now.
BASS SURGING, BONITO MOVING IN: Major surge of sand bass off San Diego and Dana Point this week and more sandies starting to show on the Huntington Flats. Los Angeles and Orange County boats are seeing mostly smaller bass, but the action is good.