By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
CARP DERBY: The annual Bob's Bait month-long carp derby runs through Aug. 31. 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 carp weighed in during August will take the $100 prize, plus all the entry fee money from everyone entered. The leader is still a 10-9 carp landed by Ian Sherrill, Bakersfield. For information/registration, call (661) 833-8657.
LAKE ISABELLA: The crappie bite has come back on as the water level continues to fall, concentrating the fish. Lots of pound and 1.5-pound fish showing in deeper water. Catfish action very good in most of the coves. Trout bite remains 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 fair on 2- to 4-pounders.
KERN RIVER: Fly anglers are seeing very good fishing on the upper Kern with some quality rainbows topping 3 pounds. Lower river is very good for fly anglers with some smallmouth action in the canyon stretch. The catfish bite is fair on clams in the lower pools. There was a 2,000-pound trout plant two weeks ago.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Hot weather and mossy conditions have made the striper bite tough. No big fish. A few catfish.
MILL CREEK PARK: There has been a lot of angler pressure and good action on catfish and carp here over the past week. Fair to good bite on bluegill.
HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill bite has been good. A few bass are showing early, late in day.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Good bluegill action on red worms, meal worms, wax worms, crickets and nightcrawler pieces, but the best bite has been early and late in the day. The carp action. The bass action is slow to fair.
RIVER WALK PARK: The bluegill action remains good. Carp are fair. The bass are slow to fair.
MING LAKE: Good bluegill, carp action. Bass are fair.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The catfish action has been fair at night on cut baits, but mostly on small fish. Good bluegill bite, and a fair to good carp bite. A few bass continue to show early and late in the day.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Very good bluegill action. 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, blue-gill bite has been fair to good. A few catfish starting to show, but other species slow.
CACHUMA: Largemouth and smallmouth bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of limits. Crappie bite slow. The catfish bite good. Bluegill and redear are good in the backs of most coves in six to 20 feet of water.
CASITAS: Largemouth bass bite has continued fair to good in the morning and evening. The bluegill and redear action also remains pretty good.
CASTAIC: The striper bite has been good. Largemouth bass bite good. The lagoon has also been very good for bass for anglers fishing swimbaits or drop-shot plastics. Good catfish action in most coves.
NACIMIENTO: The white bass are still showing in very good numbers all around the lake with the fish averaging about two pounds. Spotted and largemouth bass action is fair in the mornings with the fish on structure on plastics and jigs or up chasing cranks and swimbaits early in the day with fish to 4 pounds reported this past week. A few catfish also being landed.
PIRU: Crappie, bass bites pretty good. A few nice redear and smaller bluegill are showing.
PYRAMID: Stripers and catfish remain good here this week. The catfish action has also been fair to good. Black bass action fair. Smallmouth and largemouth have been showing in this bite.
SAN ANTONIO: Striper, carp, black bass action is fair to good.
SANTA MARGARITA: The largemouth bass bite remains the only action of note.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: The East Walker River is still very good mornings and evenings in the faster, more oxygenated water, but tougher fishing during the day. Twin Lakes are still good with a lot of limits of pan-sized fish morning and evening. The West Walker has been good for fly and bait anglers, but lure anglers are seeing a tougher bite. Virginia Lakes remains one of the top spots in the region.
JUNE LAKE LOOP REGION: Fishing at Silver Lake in the June Lake Loop has had its ups and downs this week, with rain every afternoon. The inlet and outlet areas have been the best. Dena O'Shana, La Mirada, landed a 2-6 rainbow using Power Bait. Grant Lake and Rush Creek both continue to crank out a few nice browns. Gull and June are both good with a good deep troll bite.
MAMMOTH AREA: Action at Crowley Lake is still good to excellent. Algae can be a problem, but lots of nice rainbows, browns and quality cutthroat showing in the bite. Convict Lake is fair to good on the usual bait or small lures and jigs. Mammoth Creek has been good on stocked trout with quite a few wild browns. 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. Hot Creek is excellent.
BISHOP AREA: South Lake fair to good on jigs and Power Worms. North Lake fair to good. Sabrina is fair to good with quite a few limits and the best bite has been in the mornings.
LONE PINE-INDEPENDENCE AREA: All the small streams along Highway 395 from Big Pine Creek to Cottonwood Creek remain fair to good, most planted again this week.
KERN: None scheduled this week
TULARE: Balch Park Lake (Upper and Lower), Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake).
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EXOTICS: The fishing out of San Diego is being described by many anglers and skippers as once-in-a-lifetime style action on warmwater exotics. The yellowtail and dorado are thick on offshore kelp paddies, and the 350-mile long mass of fish extends all the way up into the Catalina Channel with the biggest volume of fish starting off Oceanside and going south, and more fish are moving into the region daily. Even half-day boats out of San Diego have landed these species. The overnight and longer boats out of San Diego are seeing the best fishing and even overnight boats out of Los Angeles and Orange County landings fishing off San Clemente are getting into this action as it moves north. There is also a good volume of bluefin tuna in this same region and many of the overnight and longer boats are getting into a school or two of bluefin, too. The New Lo An out of Point Loma Sportfishing was on a two-day trip with 25 anglers and they returned with 110 dorado (full limits), 34 bluefin and 21 yellowtail. The Dolphin II out of Fisherman's Landing was on a two-day 976-TUNA instructional charter with 26 anglers and they landed 98 yellowtail, 62 dorado, and seven Bluefin. The Old Glory out of H&M Landing was on a 1.5-day with 21 anglers and they caught 94 yellowtail and 42 dorado. The Los Angeles and Orange County boats running to the west are posting similar scores. The Thunderbird, Toronado, and Freedom all have had overnight trips with scores in the 100- to 150- fish range.