By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
CATFISH DERBY: Bob's Bait Bucket's annual month-long July catfish derby started July 1. 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 catfish weighed in during July will take the $100 prize, plus all the entry fee money from everyone entered. There are currently 100 anglers signed up so the pot is at $200. The current leader is Jorge Rojas, Bakersfield, with an 11.5-pound catfish caught from the aqueduct.
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LAKE ISABELLA: Catfish remain the best bet. Most of the fish are still 2- to 4-pounders. A few crappie continue to show in deeper water near the dam. The bass are very spotty. Trout are slow. Carp are pretty good.
KERN RIVER: The upper river has been fair to good this past week for bait and lure anglers (chrome spinners have been hot) fishing the rainbows. There were plants in all sections last week, but none are slated for this week. Fly anglers are seeing generally good afternoon action on wild fish. In the lower river, the smallmouth and largemouth bass have been pretty good on nightcrawlers, plastics and Roostertails. And the catfish bite has been pretty good.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite is just fair with mostly small fish in the catch right now. The best action has been on blood worms, lug worms, and sardines. Catfish are fair to good with a lot of nice cats showing in this bite. 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 good on dough baits. The bite on small bluegill is good. Few 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. Few bass showing.
HART PARK LAKE: Bluegill, carp action is good. A few bass.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The carp action has been good on dough baits. The bluegill remain fair to good, while the bass have slowed with only a few fish early and late in the day.
MING LAKE: Very good carp action on homemade dough baits or Powder Bait. The bluegill are very good on wax worms and meal worms. Largemouth bass bite tough.
BRITE LAKE: The bluegill action is pretty good on wax worms, crickets and meal worms. Few reports of other species.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The catfish and bluegill bites are both pretty good. The catfish are best on garlic shrimp, shad, or nightcrawlers, but most are on the small side. The bluegill are showing on wax worms, meal worms, red worms, crickets and nightcrawler pieces. The carp bite is fair to good. The bass action is very slow.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Good bluegill and carp action, while a few catfish and bass are showing. Bluegills are best on meal or wax worms.
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 still slow.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been spotty, but the bluegill and carp bites are pretty good.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: Spotty action on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Trout, crappie bites slow.
CASITAS: There has been a good topwater and reaction bait bite in the mornings for the bass. Bluegill and redear bites are pretty fair.
CASTAIC: Catfish have been good. Largemouth bite has also been fair in 10 to 25 feet of water. Bluegill fair to good. Other species slow.
LOPEZ: The topwater bass bite is starting to take off. The bluegill, redear and crappie are fair to good.
NACIMIENTO: Fair to good action on 1- to 3-pound spotted bass. The white bass have been boiling in the mouths of the coves. A few crappie are showing.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been good. A few catfish reports. Bluegill action pretty good.
PYRAMID: The striper bite remains fair to good with a lot of small fish from 1-3 pounds. Good catfish action in the main channel. The largemouth bass bite is fair.
SANTA MARGARITA: The bass action has been fair to good. Catfish have been fair to good in the bays and coves. Some quality reader are showing.
SAN ANTONIO: The striped bass bite has been fair. Largemouth, smallmouth bass fair to good.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Summer doldrums is setting. Fishing is not as good as it has been. Bridgeport Reservoir's water level is dropping and the bite for perch and trout is still good. The Twin Lakes, Upper and Lower, have been fair to good. West Walker flows are very low and trout spooky. The Virginia Lakes may be the best bet.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Overall, fair trout action throughout the June Lake Loop with mornings and evenings the best time to fish.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake was fair to good for trout. The Sacramento perch bite has been very good all along the 395 side of the lake. The Owens has mostly smaller fish now with the occasional big brown from an undercut. Hot Creek is mostly producing eight to 14-inch browns. At Convict Lake, the trout bite has been very good. Twin Lakes good near the falls and along the outside edges of weed beds all over the lakes.
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.
LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All of the trout streams in this region are fair to good with light pressure. Most are being planted each week now.
TULARE COUNTY: Balch Park Lake (upper and lower), Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake), Stoney Creek.
LONG-RANGE AWESOME: Anglers on the five- to seven-day trips out of San Diego have been experiencing exceptional yellowtail fishing at Cedros Island off the Baja coast. Add in some good wahoo action offshore and yellowfin bites that go up and down depending on weather, tides, and moon phase, and you have some of the best fishing available in the world.
SAN DIEGO OFFSHORE: The overnight to 2-1/2-day fleet out of San Diego is focusing on the yellowtail and yellowfin tuna action that remains within easy striking distance of overnight boats. The bluefin tuna, which had largely dropped out of the picture for over a week, and starting to show back up again as we move into the weekend full moon. Limits or near-limits of yellowtail have been the rule, with one to three yellowfin per rod in the mix.
SAN DIEGO LOCAL: The three-quarter day boats out of San Diego have been focusing on the excellent mixed bag action at the Coronado Islands, mostly catching yellowtail and barracuda along with a mix of calicos and rockfish.
LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY LOCAL: Like at the Point Loma kelp, the calico bass action is excellent all along the coast right now, but the vast majority of the fish are under the minimum size limit. Skippers have been focusing on the sand bass and barracuda so anglers can get some fish to take home for dinner. Several boats have been reporting limits of legal sand bass along with shots at barracuda (between marauding seals). The best action has been on the twilight trips.
OFFSHORE ISLANDS: San Clemente (and/or San Nicolas) has been hot this past week for white seabass and halibut.
CHANNEL ISLANDS UPDATE: While the white seabass, calico and yellowtail bites have been more spotty the past week up in the channel islands, the counts always had a few of the exotics.