By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: The crappie bite was beginning to come on this week in 30 to 35 feet of water in the French Gulch Marina area on live minnows, but the cold front forecast for this weekend cold shut it down again. Overall, still very light fishing pressure, and the steady catfish action slowed this past week with just a fair bite on live minnows and frozen shad. A few more largemouth bass are starting to show, but water temperatures are still very low. Trout very slow with no recent DFW trout plants.
KERN RIVER: Upper river trout bite remains fair to good for fly anglers fishing the wild or holdover fish, mostly on small nymphs. Trout are slated to be planted in all stretches of both the upper and lower river this week. The bite on the hatchery fish has been best on salmon eggs, nightcrawlers and small spinners.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Flows have been off and on this week and so has the striper bite. When the flows are on, the action has been pretty good on small stripers. When the flows are off, the bite is too. Most of the fish are still below the 18-inch minimum size, but there are more keeper fish starting to show again. The best bite has continued to be on sand worms and blood worms, with some fish on tube baits, Rat-L-Traps, and sardines. Catfish slow.
MILL CREEK PARK: Few reports. The bluegill and catfish bites are very slow.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The Bakersfield Firefighters Relief Derby over the weekend drew a good crowd, but few of the tagged fish were planted. The action is still very good with a lot of limits since the derby after four trout plants before the derby. The best action has been PowerBait doused with garlic oil or rolled in the new Hatchery Dust. Nightcrawlers in garlic also working. Other species slow.
HART PARK LAKE: Still fair trout action in Mirror Lake, and the big lake is full again. While not on the list for this week, DFW trout plants should resume here soon.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Fair to good trout action with DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Limits not uncommon on PowerBait, nightcrawlers, trout jigs and trout plastics. Bass bite heating up with warmer weather.
MING LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. The trout action is fair to good on Mice Tails, garlic PowerBait or nightcrawlers with garlic. The bass bite is kicking into gear with quite a few fish showing on Brush Hawgs and large minnows. Other species are slow.
BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Continued good trout action on PowerBait, nightcrawlers and small trout jigs and worms.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The trout bite has slowed over the past week but there's still a fair bite and the odd big fish still being caught. Most of the action has been on orange PowerBait rolled in the new Hatchery Dust. The best action continues to be on crappie with a lot of fish to 1-8 on live minnows. There is also a fair to good bass bite on plastics and Senkos in Webb. There have even been a few more catfish this past week on frozen shad.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: The water level remains too low for trout stocking. Very slow fishing with such low water conditions.
SUCCESS LAKE: Bass action has broken open with good action on plastics as the bass start nosing up into the shallows in their annual pre-spawn movement. Lots of one to 2-pound fish and bass to 6 pounds reported. There are also still some bass in deeper water and showing on jigging spoons. The bluegill bite is very slow in deep water. DFW trout plant this week.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has continued to improve over the past week with more fish showing in less than 15 feet of water on plastics and small swimbaits. The bluegill action is slow with the best bite in deeper water. DFW trout plant this week and three weeks ago. Other species very slow.
SAN ANTONIO: The largemouth bass bite has improved dramatically in the past week to 10 days with fish starting to move shallower and showing on plastic worms. 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.
NACIMIENTO: Spotted bass have been fair to good with the fish still mostly in 12-20 feet of water, but the fish are definitely in a pre-spawn mode and more aggressive. Best bite has been on plastics and Senko-type baits. A few largemouth bass in this bite. Other species have been slower with very few reports of white bass, catfish or panfish.
SANTA MARGARITA: The largemouth bass bite is kicking into gear with more and more fish showing in 10 feet of water or less, and plastic worms, swimbaits and even slow-rolled blades are getting fish that are beginning to think of the spawn. Other species remain slow.
LOPEZ: The bass action has been improving, and while most of the fish are still in 15-feet or more, there are some fish moving shallow in a pre-spawn movement. Also some crappie showing around the docks on small jigs. Other species slow.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: The crappie bite remained. The trout bite has been slowing with only some fish for trollers working near the dam or narrows. Shore anglers fishing PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers off E-Point have landed a few fish. Next trout plant is set for March 19. The smallmouth and largemouth bass bites are fair to good and continue to improve with each sunny day. CASITAS: The bass action has continue to improve over the past week. Lots of 1-8 to three-pound fish. The trout bite remains slow to fair.
CASTAIC: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. The rainbow bite was best around the marina shoreline on PowerBait, nightcrawlers and small trout jigs. The striper have been showing at the dam. Bass to six pounds reported this past week.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite remains just fair with most of the fish showing on jigging spoons and ice jigs in 15 to 30 feet of water, but some fish are already starting to move up shallower in a pre-spawn movement and the bite is best on plastics worked around structure. Light fishing pressure, The crappie bite improved this week.
PYRAMID: A DFW trout plant this week and two weeks ago have kept the trout action pretty decent on pan-sized fish. The plant brought a few quality stripers up for the swimbait hurlers. Also some stripers on deep baits, but overall the striper action is still tough. The largemouth bite has been fair.
LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake, Pyramid Lake.
KERN: Brite Valley Lake, Kern River (sections 1 through 5), Ming Lake, Truxtun Lake.
TULARE: Del Lago Park Lake, Kaweah Reservoir, Kern River (section 5), Success Lake.
ROCKFISH OPENER AWESOME: The rockfish bite all along the coast has been as good as it can be with limit-style fishing the rule rather than the exception. The Channel Islands are the hot bed of activity with most 3/4 and full-day boats reporting limits of since the Friday opener, and there is a nice mix of whitefish, ling cod, and sheephead on these boats. On Tuesday, the Sea Jay out of Channel Island Sportfishing had 10 anglers and theylanded 55 rockfish and 45 red snapper along with three lings on a full-day trip. The Mirage was on an overnight trip and the 23 anglers on board had 230 rockfish, 46 lings, and 10 whitefish. The Coroloma out of HookÃs Landing had 17 anglers on Tuesday and they had 170 rockfish, 40 sand dabs, and one line. Further down the coast the bite has been as good. The Spitfire out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing was out Monday with 29 anglers and they had 290 mixed rockfish, most red snapper, 45 sculpin, and one ling on this 3/4-day trip. The Enterprise, out of Long Beach Sportfishing, had 20 anglers on Sunday's 3/4-day trip and they landed 70 rockfish, 60 bocaccio (limits), 51 red snapper, 35 perch, 24 sculpin, and one ling. The Freelance out of Dave's Locker on MondayÃs 3/4-day trip with 20 anglers returned with 120 rockfish, 47 bocaccio, 83 sculpin, and 10 red snapper. In San Diego, the 3/4-day and 1 1/2-day boats are still fishing in Mexican waters and seeing good rockfish action. The Eclipse out of Seaforth was on a 1 1/2-day that returned Wednesday morning with 24 anglers who landed 115 rockfish, 42 red snapper, and six lings. The San Diego, also out of Seaforth, was on a 3/4-day trip Sunday with 24 anglers and they landed 156 rockfish, 22 sheephead, and two lings.
ISLAND UPDATE: There has also been excellent rockfish action at the local islands, and the boats making these longer runs have also been seeing a few yellowtail at Catalina. The Thunderbird out of DaveyÃs Locker reported one yellow this week along with rockfish limits. The El Dorado out of Long Beach Sportfishing made its debut trip after being idle for over a year, and the 37 anglers all had limits of rockfish off Catalina.