By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
CATFISH DERBY: The annual Bob's Bait month-long catfish derby kicked off 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. Current leader is Ramon Gonzalez with an 11-8 catfish.
LAKE ISABELLA: Very good action on catfish continues and the best action has been on nightcrawlers this week, but mackerel and shad remain good baits, too. There's been a major algae bloom and the bass have gone to deeper water from 15 to 25 feet, but the bite has remained good with a lot of quality fish over 5 pounds. The low water level is helping concentrate the fish into a few good structure areas. The lake is at 14 percent capacity. The bluegill bite remains fair.
KERN RIVER: The river remains very low with flows in the upper river at 250 cfs and 470 cfs below the dam. The upper river continues to fish pretty well with a decent number of fish showing on salmon eggs and crickets, especially in the McNally's stretch. No DFW trout plants in two weeks. The upper river trout bite remains good for fly anglers. Smallmouth bass are starting to show in good numbers in the lower river.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The aqueduct has been slowing steadily over the past two weeks as flows come up and moss and algae is getting thicker with the warm weather. The few stripers being reported are almost all on bait, especially blood worms. Catfish have slowed.
MILL CREEK PARK: Good bite on bluegill with a few bass also showing in the evening.
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. The bass action is fair on plastics, reaction baits.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Bites for bluegill, carp are good. The bass are slow to fair in the evenings.
MING LAKE: Bluegill good on wax worms and meal worms. Carp good on dough baits. The bass are slow to fair on plastics, Senkos, Brush Hawgs, and minnows in the evenings.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Good bluegill action with some fish to a pound, but most smaller now. Fair catfish bite. A few bass have been reported in the evenings.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Good action on bluegill with a few bass being caught on reaction baits and frogs in the evenings. Also some carp being landed on dough baits.
SUCCESS LAKE: Good bluegill action. The bass bite has also remained good. Lots of 1- to 2- pound fish, bass to 6 pounds.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bluegill action is good, and catfish bite fair to good. The bass bite has been fair to good.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: Bass action improved. Crappie are also following the bait balls. The catfish bite has been fair. Trout slow.
CASITAS: The bass action has been fair to good with some decent topwater action in the mornings.
CASTAIC: The striper boils are really starting with the heat. The bluegill bite has been fair
LOPEZ: There continues to be a fair crappie bite off the fishing docks. The bass have been slow. The bite on small bluegill is good in most coves with structure.
NACIMIENTO: White bass showing throughout the main body of the lake. There is also a good bluegill bite. The spotted, largemouth and smallmouth bass are slow to fair.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been very good. The average fish is from 1-2 pounds, but bass to 7 pounds have been reported.
PYRAMID: The striper bite has been fair to good for boat and shoreline anglers. Catfish averaging eight to 10 pounds are showing in the cut bait bite. The largemouth and smallmouth bites are also pretty good.
SAN ANTONIO: Overall slowish action continues.
SANTA MARGARITA: The shad and fry population remains high. There's a fair bite on crappie on the live shad.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: The East Walker River fishing remains good. Kirman Lake produced some very nice trout this past week. Twin Lakes remains good for rainbows to 3 pounds. The West Walker is good on spinners and dry flies. Virginia Lakes has had weekly plants.
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.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake had very low water levels but excellent fishing with limits still common. Hilton Bay, Little Hilton and Sandy Point are the top spots for trout. Convict Lake fair to good with some nice DFW and Alpers fish showing. The Twin Lakes and Lake Mary are fair to good on holdover rainbows and brookies. Hot Creek was very good with excellent caddis action. 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 was good this past week. South Lake is very low and has had fair to good action in Boiler Cove and the inlet. Bishop Creek (all sections) has been good with weekly DFW plants. Weir Pond is also good and Intake II consistent.
LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All the small streams along Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra were planted.
KERN: none scheduled for this week or next.
TULARE: Balch Park Lake (Upper and Lower), Big Meadows Creek, Bone Creek, Dry Meadow Creek, Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake), Kern River (section 5 and 6), Peppermint Creek (Upper and Lower), Stoney Creek, Tule River North Fork (Middle Fork No. 1) Tule River South Fork (Middle Forks No. 2 and No. 3).
SAN DIEGO OFFSHORE: The weekend trips were downright dismal in spite of excellent fishing conditions.
SAND BASS AND BARRACUDA: Sand and barracuda are biting. Add in some tanker white seabass and the half and three-quarter day fleet from San Diego up to the Los Angeles County landings are seeing very good fishing. For the San Diego area boats, the sand bass bite has been limit- or near-limit style fishing from the Bullring off Tijuana up into the Imperial Beach region. With the new size restriction, four to five legal sand bass per trips is pretty special fishing. The sand bass bite is also nearly as good in the Santa Monica Bay-Newport region, while in the Huntington to San Pedro region it's a nice mix of sand bass and barracuda, where the average over the past week has been five to six barracuda and two to four legal sand bass per angler. White seabass to 40 pounds are also showing all along this stretch of coastline.
ISLAND FISHING EXCELLENT: All of the offshore islands are producing a nice mix of yellowtail, white seabass and calicos along with a sprinkling of barracuda and halibut. Catalina and Clemente are getting the most fishing pressure.
LONG RANGE EPIC BLUEFIN TUNA: Anglers on the five- to seven-day trips out of San Diego are seeing epic fishing for bluefin tuna Five- to seven-day trips are seeing epic bluefin tuna fishing. The Royal Polaris staff reported in at mid-week saying the anglers on this boat had been getting daily limits of bluefin from 50 to 70 pounds.