By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
CATFISH DERBY: Bob's Bait Bucket's annual month-long July catfish derby started 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. There are currently 142 anglers signed up, so the pot is at $242. The current leader is Jorge Rojas, Bakersfield, with an 11.5-pound catfish caught from the aqueduct.
LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite continues to provide some of the best action in the region, with most of the fish moving into deeper water (15-feet-plus). The best action is garlic shrimp, shad and Secret 7 catfish bait.
KERN RIVER: The upper river has been fair this week for bait and lure anglers (chrome spinners have been hot) fishing the rainbows. There were plants in all sections two weeks ago, but none are slated for this week. Fly anglers are seeing generally good afternoon action on wild fish with better action upriver near the Johnsondale Bridge or above. In the lower river, the smallmouth and largemouth bass have been pretty good on nightcrawlers, plastics and Roostertails.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite is slow to fair with mostly small fish in the catch right now. The best action has been on blood worms, lug worms and sardines. Catfish are fair with a lot of nice cats showing in this bite. The action is mostly on garlic shrimp, chicken liver and mackerel.
MILL CREEK PARK: Most of the action has been for bluegill on crickets and wax worms and carp on Powder Bait. There are also still a few catfish showing on nightcrawlers.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Bluegill are very good on most of the small baits, especially on wax worms, meal worms, crickets or red worms. The carp bite is good on dough baits. A few bass continue to show early on plastics or topwater.
HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill action is good on wax worms and meal worms.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The carp action has been good on dough baits, especially Powder Bait. The bluegill are also good, while the bass have slowed, with only a few fish early and late in the day on nightcrawlers, plastics and Brush Hawgs.
MING LAKE: Very good carp action on homemade dough baits or Powder Bait. The bluegill are also very good on wax worms and meal worms.
BRITE LAKE: The bluegill action is pretty good on wax worms, crickets and meal worms. Few reports of other species.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The catfish and bluegill bites are both pretty good. The catfish are best on garlic shrimp, shad or nightcrawlers at night, but most are on the small side. The bluegill are showing on wax worms, meal worms, red worms, crickets and nightcrawler pieces. The carp bite is fair to good on Powder Bait and other dough baits.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Good bluegill and carp action, while a few catfish and bass are showing. The 'gills are best on meal or wax worms.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bluegill action is also pretty good on wax worms and meal worms. A fair number of carp and catfish. Bass spotty.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been spotty on nightcrawlers, but the bluegill and carp bites are pretty good.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: The largemouth and smallmouth bass were good this week during the full moon.
CASITAS: There has been a good topwater and reaction bait bite in the mornings for the bass. Frogs and buzzbaits have been best.
CASTAIC: The striper bite remains pretty good and there have been topwater boils early in the morning for the past week.
LOPEZ: The topwater bass bite is starting to take off with a lot of fish on frogs and other topwater baits early and late in the day.
NACIMIENTO: Fair to good action on smaller one to three-pound spotted bass.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits with most fish in 12 to 30 feet of water, but there is some topwater action early and late in the day.
PYRAMID: The striper bite remains fair to good with a lot of small fish from one to three pounds.
SANTA MARGARITA: The bass action has been fair to good and the grass beds are up now and there has been better topwater action on frogs in the past week.
SAN ANTONIO: The striped bass bite has been fair, with the best bite on swim baits in the evenings.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Water level is dropping but the bite for perch and trout is still good. Fly anglers are doing good fishing midges under indicators or twitching damsel and callibaetis nymphs near the web beds, while trollers are working small Needlefish in deeper water.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Overall, fair trout action throughout the June Lake Loop, with mornings and evenings the best time to fish.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake has been fair to good for trout for midge anglers fishing in the bays, while trollers are fishing in 25 to 40 feet of water away from the wed beds. The bait bite has been a little tougher, but some fish are still showing on floating dough baits. The Sacramento perch bite has been good all along the 395 side of the lake, from McGee Bay to Whiskey Creek around wed beds. The Owens has mostly smaller fish.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: The Bishop Creek drainage was fair to good this week during the full moon, but a little off from the previous week.
LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All of the trout streams in this region are fair to good with light pressure. Most are being planted each week now.
TULARE COUNTY: Balch Park Lake (upper and lower), Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake), Stoney Creek.
BLUFIN TUNA NEWS-SAN DIEGO UPDATE: Just as the bluefin tuna bite surged back on after the full moon, the Mexican government announced on Tuesday that it was closing bluefin to all take. Before the word got out, the total dock count on Tuesday for bluefin was 2,121. The Prowler out of FishermanÃs Landing returned on a 1 1/2-day trip on Tuesday and the 14 anglers on board caught 70 bluefin, 24 yellowfin, four yellowtail and one dorado. The 15 anglers on the Grande out of Point Loma Sportfishing landed 75 bluefin, 13 yellowtail, three yellowfin tuna and one dorado on a 1 1/2-day trip that returned Monday. The Seeker out of H&M Landing was out with 18 anglers who landed 70 bluefin, 24 yellowtail and six dorado on a two-day trip that returned Tuesday. The Pacific Voyager out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on a three-day trip with 20 anglers and they landed 200 bluefin, 167 yellowtail, 16 yellowfin and one dorado.
SAN DIEGO LOCAL: The local San Diego three-quarter and half-day boats have been finding very good bass and yellowtail fishing along with some pelagic species close to Point Loma.
LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY LOCAL: The calico and sand bass action has been good all along the Los Angeles and Orange County coastline this week, but most of the fish are underside, and many skippers have made half-day trips combo targeting rockfish and surface fish. Full-day trips from the landings in this stretch of coast have targeted the local islands and offshore areas for yellowtail, tuna and white seabass.
CHANNEL ISLANDS UPDATE: The white seabass, calico and yellowtail bites have continued to show up in spotty to fair numbers, bass and rockfish have been the mainstay for the fleet out of Ventura/Santa Barbara Landings.