By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite has continued good over the past week with the best bite on live minnows and shad. The fish are mostly from 1-8 to four pounds with an occasional bigger fish. Overall slow action on other species with the odd quality largemouth bass showing on bigger swimbaits.
KERN RIVER: The upper river trout bite is fair to good for fly anglers fishing the wild or holdover fish, mostly on small nymphs. Water flows remain very low with the fish stacked up in the bigger pools and bait anglers are still getting some fish on salmon eggs. The lower river also has very low flows and the bite is slow. No DFW plants in the upper or lower Kern again slated for this week or next week at this time. Next plant on Kern is slated just before Whiskey Flat Days, Feb. 15-18.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Light fishing pressure but the few anglers fishing here are seeing very good action on smaller stripers. Most are under the 18-inch minimum size, some legal fish are in the mix. The best bite has been on sand worms, blood worms, some on Gitzits, Rat-L-Traps and sardines. Slow catfish action.
MILL CREEK PARK: Few reports. The bluegill and catfish bites are very slow and there is very little action.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Good to excellent trout action after a big DFW plant last week and three weeks ago. Another plant was slated for this week. Best action on PowerBait or nightcrawlers, and some fish are showing on small trout jigs and plastic trout worms. One angler reported the action was so hot he couldn't fish two poles. Slow other species.
HART PARK LAKE: The water level remains too low for DFW trout plants, but the water levels should come back up within a week or so once dam repairs are completed, and the DFW will plant then. Overall very slow fishing since last cold snap and more cold this weekend probably won't help things.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Large DFW trout plants went last week and another is slated for this week. The bite has been very good on PowerBait, nightcrawlers, small trout jigs and trout plastics. Other species are very slow with the exception of a few bass during the warmer days this week.
MING LAKE: Big DFW trout plant slated for this week to make up for skipped weeks. The few anglers fishing the lake continue to have a fair trout bite on PowerBait, and trout plastics. Other species are very slow.
BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant last week and good action on floating baits, nightcrawlers and small trout jigs and worms.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The winter crappie bite has been good on small minnows with slabs to 1-8 reported in recent days. There also continues to be a fair trout bite on PowerBait, small trout jigs and inflated nightcrawlers, but no plant was slated for this week. Few reports on other species.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: The water level remains too low for trout stocking. Very slow fishing.
SUCCESS LAKE: Bass action in the low water has been slow to fair. Best action on drop-shot plastics or jigging spoons in deeper water. The bluegill bite is very slow in deep water. Few other reports. DFW trout plant last week.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite had been slow to fair on plastics and jigs in deeper water. The bluegill action is slow with the best bite in deeper water. DFW trout plant last week. Other species very slow.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: The wide open trout bite slowed a little more this past weekend, but limits were still possible for anglers who worked for them. The fish are showing from the dam to Arrowhead Island. Top shore fishing spot was E-Point, but Mohawk and the marina point were also pretty good. Trolling was best at the dam and through Santa Cruz Bay. Most of the fish are in the 1-8 range, but some to six pounds reported. The largemouth and smallmouth action has been tough with cold water conditions, but a few fish are showing on plastics and jigs in 30-plus feet of water, with an occasional fish on a swimbait. Other species have been very slow.
CASITAS: The trout bite has been fair to good for trollers working hard, but the shore bite has dried up. The last plant was a 4,000-pound stock just before Christmas and the next plant is tentatively slated for late March (just before the annual kid's fishing derby). Trollers are mostly flat-lining Rapalas no deeper than 15 feet. Best bite on jigs or plastics on the structure or jigging spoons and ice jigs under shad. The redear bite is very slow, but a few are showing for shoreline trout anglers fishing nightcrawlers in deeper water.
CASTAIC: DFW trout plant two weeks ago and the bite has been slowing. The best action is still in the marina shoreline area on PowerBait, nightcrawlers and small trout lures and jigs. The stripers have been showing over on big swimbaits as they chase trout with quite a few fish from 10 to 20 pounds reported in the past week. The largemouth bass have been best around the marina, in Utopia and Firebreak Coves on spoons, ice jigs and Lunker Plunkers in 50 to 65 feet of water.
NACIMIENTO: Light fishing pressure. Spotted bass, white bass slow.
LOPEZ: Slow fishing with light fishing pressure. Only a few bass on deeply-fished plastics or jigs, and there are some crappie showing around the docks on small jigs. Other species slow.
PIRU: Mostly slow action. A few largemouth bass are showing on jigging spoons and ice jigs in 30 -70 feet of water. Light fishing pressure, but a few crappie continue to show on deep structure on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles, meal worms or other small baits. Other species slow.
PYRAMID: Very light fishing pressure again over the past week. There was a DFW this week and two weeks ago, and the bite has been good near the launch ramp on PowerBait and small trout lures. The plant also brought up a few bigger stripers, but most of the striper action has been in deep water with the stripers, like the largemouth bass, shadowing the shad schools in deep water. Drifted anchovies has been best, but both largemouths and a few stripers are showing on jigging spoons and ice jigs. Catfish action slowed.
SANTA MARGARITA: Most species slow with light fishing pressure. A few bass showing on dark plastics in deeper water. Other species very slow.
SAN ANTONIO: The action has continued slow with little fishing pressure, in spite of better weather. Few striper reports but the fish seem to still be on the shad schools and a few have been reported by trollers or anglers soaking bait. Catfish action has been slow. Largemouth bass action is slow, but some fish reported in deep water on plastics and jigs.
KERN: Ming Lake, Riverwalk Lake, Truxtun Lake.
LONG-RANGE TUNA AWESOME: The long-range tuna action just continues to be awesome for the San Diego boats running off the tip of Baja. Just some recent updates to show how good it's been. On Tuesday, the American Angler reported a 291-pound yellowfin The Royal Polaris has had a full hold since the weekend and has been releasing everything under 180 pounds. On Tuesday, the anglers on board has six fish over 200, seven on Monday, seven on Sunday and the biggest so far on board is right around 250 pounds. The Excel's top fish this week is a 260-pounder. It just doesn't get any better.
LOCAL UPDATES: There continues to be a good sculpin and bass bite for the Marina del Rey boats going out this week. On Sunday, the Spitfire was out with 10 anglers who caught limits (five per angler) of sculpin, 14 sand bass, two calicos, on triggerfish and a thresher shad. That score has been pretty typical. In San Diego, the Premier out of H&M Landing was out on a half-day rockfish trip in Mexican waters and the 28 anglers on board landed 140 rockfish (limits) and two lings. Very light fishing pressure other areas. Up in the Channel Islands, sand dab boats have been going out once or twice a week and anglers have been coming home with 50 to 100 sand dabs each.
LOBSTER NEWS: The Gail Force, currently running out of Pierpoint Landing, has been on the lobster this past week with average counts around two bugs per angler. On the Monday twilight, there were five anglers who brought home 16 lobsters. On Sunday, 10 anglers had 25 lobster. The full moon hasn't hurt anything.
OFFSHORE ISLANDS UPDATE: Very little fishing pressure at Catalina and San Clemente in the past couple of weeks with cold water conditions making fishing very difficult. There is live squid at the islands for bait, but little action. The warm weather this week is likely to get some locals out who will get a few yellowtail and maybe a bass or two.