By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
STRIPER DERBY: The annual Bob’s Bait month-long striper derby kicked off June 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 striper weighed in during June will take the $100 prize, plus all the entry fee money from everyone entered. So far, there are 117 anglers signed up which means the pot is $217 at this point. The leader is a 15-pound striper caught by Mike Luna.
LAKE ISABELLA: Very good action on catfish continues, but the largemouth bass have slowed a little but remain fair and the quality bass continue to show. The catfish are showing on shad, mackerel, and nightcrawlers and there are a lot of fish to six pounds. The bluegill bite is also good on wax worms and meal worms. The crappie bite slowed even more this week with only a few fish showing out of deeper water on minnows.
KERN RIVER: Very low flows in both the upper (350 cfs) and lower river (600 cfs). In spite of this, the fishing remains good in the upper river with some quality holdover trout. DFW trout plants listed for all sections again this week. Salmon eggs, Mice Tails, nightcrawlers and small spinners have been the best for spin fishermen. The upper river trout bite is excellent for fly anglers fishing the wild trout stretch
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Striper action has been fair to good with a few bigger fish, but still mostly undersize fish that must be released. The bite has been best on blood worms, sand worms, tube baits, and a wide variety of topwater baits. The catfish bite came back on this past week on cut baits. Bandon Baker, Bakersfield, had cats at nine, four and four pounds on chicken liver.
MILL CREEK PARK: Good bite on bluegill with a few bass also showing.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The bluegill bite remains the best bet on wax worms and meal worms. Carp are also showing on dough baits and Powder Bait. The bass are fair on plastics and minnows.
HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill bite is good on meal worms and wax worms. Bass action is fair on plastics and reaction baits.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The bluegill action is good on wax worms, meal worms, or small jigs. The carp are good on dough baits. The bass are fair on nightcrawlers and plastics, with some topwater early and late.
MING LAKE: Bluegill good on wax worms and meal worms. Carp good on dough baits. The bass have also been pretty good on plastics, Senkos, Brush Hawgs, and minnows.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Good bluegill action with some fish to a pound reported in the past week. Best bite is on the usual small baits like wax worms, meal worms, red worms, crickets, or small nightcrawler pieces. There is also a fair to good catfish bite on small 12- to 13-inch catfish.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Good action on bluegill with a few bass being caught.
SUCCESS LAKE: Good bluegill action and nice stringers of fish showing up along most shoreline areas with some structure. The bass bite has also remained good on plastics and reaction baits.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bluegill action is good on wax worms and meal worms, and the catfish bite has been fair to good.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: The catfish bite has been the best bet over the past week with cats to six pounds reported at the marina. A fair number of crappie are showing from the east end for anglers drifting with jigs tipped with mealworms. The trout action has also been fair.
CASITAS: The bass action has been fair to good with some decent topwater action in the mornings. The shad are everywhere, so the live shad bite is still a very good bet, but that bite is also best early and late.
CASTAIC: Both the catfish and the largemouth bass bites have been good this past week. The bass are very good on topwater baits, but most are small. The catfish bite has been good on shady banks and in areas where the water is off-color. The striper bite has fair to good, but the fish are almost all under 14 inches.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been very good on plastics and reaction baits with a good topwater bite most mornings. More reports on crappie this week, including some quality fish to three pounds.
PYRAMID: The striper bite has been fair to good. The fish are showing for boat and shoreline anglers with the channel and the shoreline between the launch and beach areas hot for shore walkers and the Yellowbar and dam areas best for boaters. Catfish averaging eight to 10 pounds are showing. Largemouth and smallmouth bites are also pretty good.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Warm with afternoon thundershowers again this week. The East Walker River flows dropped back down to around 80 cfs this week and fishing remains good. Bridgeport Reservoir has been excellent for trollers and dam anglers fishing lures or bait. Lots of fish to four pounds. Kirman Lake produced some very nice trout this past week. Twin Lakes remain fair to good for rainbows.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: All of the lakes in the loop were stocked by the DFW again this week and providing very good action on the planted and holdover rainbows, with quite a few cutthroats in June and a smattering of browns in Grant. Winds hampered fishing this past week and slowed things some, but those winds were gone by mid-week and the bite was very good in Silver and Rush Creek.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake had very low water levels but excellent fishing with limits still common. Lots of fish up into the four-pound class. There is also a good Sacramento perch bite. Hilton Bay, Little Hilton and Sandy Point are the top spots for trout, but McGee Bay is also good. Convict Lake has been fair to good on trout. The Twin Lakes and Lake Mary are fair to good on holdover rainbows and brookies. Hot Creek was very good with excellent caddis action (mostly emergers), but the upper Owens River remains just fair. Rock Creek Lake is fair to good with some limits.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: In the Bishop Creek drainage, all the lakes are coming up, but slowly. Lake Sabrina received its first stocking of DFW trout last week and is on the list again this week. The bite is just fair overall. South Lake had windy weather much of the weeks, but the action is still fair to good.
LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All the small streams along Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra were planted again this week.
KERN: Kern River (Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
TULARE: Balch Park Lake (Upper and Lower), Big Meadows Creek, Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake), Kern River (sections 5 and 6), Stoney Creek.
SAN DIEGO YELLOWTAIL AND BLUEFIN: The overnight to 2 1/2-day boats out of San Diego continue to see incredible, limit-style yellowtail fishing on kelp paddies south of Point Loma in the 60 to 120 miles range. The majority of the yellowtail are 12 to 16 pounds with some bigger fish to 25 pounds on most trips.
ISLANDS UPDATE: Catalina and San Clemente islands both have been very good this past week. At San Clemente, skippers are reporting they are returning with 10 to 20 yellowtail per trips, along with good numbers of legal calico bass and a few white seabass. Catalina is also very good with a lot of skippers cashing in on great mixed-species fishing.