By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: Very good action on catfish and bass. Almost no fishing pressure. The cats are up to 6 pounds. The bass, with the best bite for boat anglers, have been on crankbaits and spinnerbaits with good topwater action early and late in the day. A fair number of bluegill continue to show.
KERN RIVER: Trout bite fair to good in the mornings, but the stretch around Kernville has been tough. No recent DFW plants. The lower river is good for bass in the Rancheria, Hart Park, and Ming Lake stretches.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Catfish fair with fish 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. Carp showing on dough baits, Powder Bait. Bass fair on plastics, minnows in evenings.
HART PARK LAKE: There's a Free Family Fun Fishing Day on Saturday with a kid's derby in the morning until 11:30 with a free lunch following. Water level remains good and this is one of the best fishing spots in the region with a very good bluegill bite on meal worms and wax worms. The carp bite is also good, mostly on dough baits. The bass bite is fair on plastics and reaction baits early and late in the day.
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 slow to fair in the evenings on nightcrawlers, plastics, and topwater.
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. Carp bite is best on dough baits. The bass are slow to fair.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Fair to good bluegill action with some fish to a pound. 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, frogs in evenings. Some carp landed on dough baits.
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.
KAWEAH LAKE: Bluegill action is good, and catfish, bass bites fair to good.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: Catfish good with fish to six pounds from Santa Cruz Bay, Cachuma Bay, Martini Bay, Johnson's Bay and the Mohawk area on cut mackerel and nightcrawlers. Issac Fausto, Santa Barbara, had a 10-pound catfish on a nightcrawlers. The bass bite was fair bite in 20 to 30 feet on plastics, but some topwater or reaction bait fish early in the day when the bass are busting shad. Crappie slowed over the holiday weekend, but had been showing in Santa Cruz near the cistern for anglers fishing mini jigs or trolled Rapalas in 20 to 30 feet of water. Trout very slow with no trollers targeting the fish this past week.
CASITAS: Bass action fair to good early in the morning and late in the evenings. A few trout, catfish and bluegill-redear are showing.
CASTAIC: Striper, largemouth bites have continued very good. Catfish still good in Elizabeth Canyon on cut baits.
LOPEZ: Bass have been fair to good. Panfish, catfish bites fair.
NACIMIENTO: The best action has been for catfish on cut baits and nightcrawlers with fish to 10 pounds or better reported. White, largemouth, smallmouth bite is spotty. There is also a good bluegill bite in most coves.
PIRU: Largemouth bass bite has been good. A few catfish.
PYRAMID: Lots of small stripers from 10 to 12 inches. Fair catfish bite in the main channel. The largemouth bass bite has been very good all over the lake.
SAN ANTONIO: The catfish bite has been fair to good, with fish to 6 pounds. The black bass bite spotty.
SANTA MARGARITA: Pretty fair bass bite. Fair action on bluegill and redear in 8-15 feet of water. Catfish bite been pretty good.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Bridgeport Reservoir was a little better this past week, with a decent bite for bait anglers off Rainbow Point. Kirman Lake is fair to good for fly anglers fishing midge patterns under an indicator or slow-stripping Pheasant Tail nymphs or soft hackles. Twin Lakes remains good for kokanee at six to seven colors of leadcore and for rainbows to 3 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). The fish are stacked up in the big pools and deeper runs. 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 on Mice Tails or lures for both shore and boat anglers. 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.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake has very low water levels but good fishing. Lots of fish up into the 4-pound class with some bigger browns. Convict Lake continues to be fair to good with quite a few limits of pan-sized torut and a few bigger fish. The Twin Lakes and Lake Mary are fair to good on rainbows and brookies. Hot Creek was very good with excellent caddis action (mostly emergers), but the upper Owens River remains fair to good with few bigger fish but decent numbers of smaller trout. Rock Creek Lake is fair to good with some limits.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Lake Sabrina is so low the front lake is gone and the level is down to the natural lake. The fishing has continued fair to good in deeper water. Weir Pond is also good and Intake II has been consistent. South Lake has also continued to be good in spite of its really low level. Pleasant Valley Reservoir is getting light pressure. Best action at Owens inlet. Owens Gorge is pretty good on small browns.
LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All the small streams along Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra planted this week.
None this week in Kern, Tulare counties
YEAR OF THE BLUEFIN: This will be the season that anglers remember as the Year of the Bluefin, the best bluefin fishing for the Southern California fleet in modern history, maybe ever. The San Diego fleet's overnight to five-day boats are reporting incredible fishing on bluefin from 40 to 140 pounds. The fishing is simplyunbelievable.
CORTEZ BANK EXCELLENT: Boats running to the Cortez Bank are also seeing exceptional fishing on a wide variety of mixed fish, from bottom fish to pelagic species. The Thunderbird out of Davey's Locker had an historic day on Monday 1-1/2-day trip, when 221 bluefin tuna from 15 to 25 pounds were put on the deck, along with 32 yellowtail from 20 to 40 pounds. Wind is the only thing that seems to be slowing this action right now, and fall is traditionally one of the calmer times of year on the Cortez.
NEARSHORE BITE ALL ABOUT ROCKFISH: The Department of Fish and Wildlife's 14-inch minimum size bass regulation has simply destroyed the nearshore fleet's summer-early fall fishing, and the few boats making runs are focusing on rockfish. It's that or do catch-and-release fishing on bass. Only the New Seaforth out of Seaforth Sportfishing in San Diego has been doing that and then running to deep water and getting a few rockfish for anglers to take home. There have also been a few local yellowtail showing for these anglers.