By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: Lake is very low but still has very good action on catfish and bass, with almost no fishing pressure. The bass, with the best bite for boat anglers, have been best on crankbaits and spinnerbaits with good topwater action early and late in the day. Fish up to six pounds of better. The catfish action, which is good for boat and shore-bound anglers, have been best on salted garlic clam meat, regular clams, shad and green garlic nightcrawlers. The cats are running up to six pounds. There were also better crappie reports this past week with some anglers finding pockets of fish near flooded boulders and getting full limits. Also a few bluegill still showing.
KERN RIVER: The river remains very low. The trout bite has been fair to good, but the stretch around Kernville has been tough. No recent DFW plants. The lower river is excellent for bass in the Rancheria, Hart Park and Ming Lake stretches. There was a massive thunderstorm Monday that caused two huge rockslide that have closed the road up the canyon and there is some concern the road may not be opened by Labor Day weekend.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Catfish fair. Some to 12 pounds reported.
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, minnows.
HART PARK LAKE: Water level remains good and this is one of the best fishing spots in the region. The carp bite is also good. The bass bite is fair.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Carp, bluegill bites are good. Bass slow to fair.
MING LAKE: The water level remains very good and the action on bluegill and carp is very good. The bluegill are best on wax worms and meal worms.The bass are slow to fair.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Fair to good bluegill action with some fish to a pound, but most much smaller now. 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 catfish bite on nightcrawlers and shad, but most of the fish are smaller. A few bass in the evenings. Low water levels.
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.
SUCCESS LAKE: Good bluegill action. The bass bite has also remained good.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bluegill action is good, and the catfish and bass bites fair to good.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: Catfish dominated this past week. Bass bite improved. Trout slow.
CASITAS: The bass action remains fair. A few trout to 3 pounds are showing. A few catfish, bluegill, redear are showing.
CASTAIC: The striper bite has continued very good in deep water at the dam. The catfish are best in deep water off the mouth to Elizebeth Canyon. The largemouth bass bite has been good. Bluegill, crappie slow.
LOPEZ: The bass have been fair to good. The panfish bite is fair on bluegill with a few crappie and redear. Fair catfish action.
NACIMIENTO: Very low water level. The best action has been for catfish. There is also a good bluegill bite in most coves. The spotted bass are good. Largemouth and smallmouth spotty.
PIRU: Largemouth bass bite has been good.
PYRAMID: Lots of small stripers from 10 to 12 inches showing but few bigger fish. Fair catfish bite. The largemouth bass bite has been very good.
SANTA MARGARITA: Very light fishing pressure. Fair bass bite with the best action early in the morning or late in the evening. Fair action on bluegill and redear.
SAN ANTONIO: Catfish bite fair to good. Black bass bite spotty.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: The East Walker River flows remain pretty good. Kirman Lake is fair to good for fly anglers. Twin Lakes remains good for kokanee at six to seven colors of leadcore and for rainbows to three pounds just above the kokes. The West Walker is on fire with good action on bait, spinners and dry flies (mostly hoppers or the hop-and-drop system). Virginia Lakes has been very good with weekly plants and a lot of limits caught.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Silver Lake has been very good. Rush Creek has been fair to good, mostly on planted fish. All the lakes in the loop and Rush Creek have been planted nearly every week for the past month. Saddlebag Lake and the area creeks are all very good thanks to plants this week.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake has very low water levels but good fishing. Lots of fish up into the four-pound class with some bigger browns. Convict Lake continues to be fair to good. The Twin Lakes and Lake Mary are fair to good on rainbows and brookies. Hot Creek was very good. Rock Creek Lake is fair to good with some limits.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Lake Sabrina is very low. But the bite has been fair to good at the inlets and in deep water and the back lake. Bishop Creek (all sections) has been good with weekly DFW plants. Weir Pond is also good and Intake II has been consistent. South Lake has also been good this week in spite of its really low level. Best action at Owens inlet.
LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All the small streams along Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra were planted again this week.
None slated this week for Kern, Tulare counties.
SAN DIEGO OFFSHORE BLUEFIN AND YELLOWTAIL: While the bluefin action slowed a little over the past week, there is still excellent offshore action for the overnight to two-day boats running out of San Diego. This bluefin bite has broken wide open on the backside of the full moon the past two months, so most skippers are expecting more exceptional action in the coming week. The fish have also moved even closer to San Diego with a lot of bluefin and yellowtail now in U.S. waters. But the best news is that the bluefin continue to average 35 to 50 pounds and more and more anglers are bringing gear that can handle the bigger tuna that have been destroying lighter gear. A number of 70 to 100-pound class bluefin have been caught even during this lull. They landed 130 bluefin and 70 yellowtail. This bite isn't going to disappear anytime soon and anglers need to book their trips one to two weeks in advance now with most boats full.
LOCAL ISLANDS UPDATE: There continues to be a pick on a few white seabass, yellowtail and keeper calico bass at both Catalina and San Clemente islands.
NEARSHORE UPDATE: Just as with the bluefin tuna action, there was a bit of a lull for half- and three-quarter day boats fishing along the entire Southern California coastline. The calico and sand bass bites are still there, but most of the fish are under the 14-inch minimum so many skippers have switched back to bottomfish and finding good action on rockfish, sculpin, with a few sheephead and whitefish mixed in.
LOCAL EXOTICS: Private boaters have been picking away at the marlin off San Diego and in the Catalina Channel, but marlin numbers are just starting to increase in this region. Kelp paddies from San Diego up to Oceanside and Dana Point are also starting to hold more and more yellowtail and dorado and there have been some picks on those fish, especially for the first boats to hit a paddy during mid-week fishing trips.