By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Vallety
LAKE ISABELLA: It's crappie mania. Anglers are getting 25 fish limits in the South Fork-Paradise Cove part of the lake, and the fish are all in the 1-8 range. The best action is still on live minnows, but a few fish are starting to show on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. The bite is good from shore, float tube, and boat. Crappie anglers are reminded the limit is 25 per licensed angler. Catfish action remains fair to good with the best action on nightcrawlers and garlic shrimp. Lots of fish from two to four pounds. Bass action is also starting to turn on with fish to seven pounds reported in the past week, mostly on plastics, nightcrawlers or shiners. After DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago, anglers are starting to see a few rainbows. Other species are very slow. The lake remains so low the boat ramps pretty much require four-wheel drive to launch boats. The annual trout derby dates have been set for this year at April 12-14.
KERN RIVER: The upper river has been slow to fair this past week for bait and lure anglers, but the fly anglers are seeing some pretty good afternoon action on wild fish. DFW plants in section 4, 5, and 6 this week and next week. The best bite has been on salmon eggs and mice tails for bait and lure anglers and small nymphs and emergers for fly anglers. The lower river continues be very slow and very low.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The aqueduct has remained excellent for stripers this past week with a lot of 15 to 30 fish days. While there are still a lot of dinks in the catch, the number of quality, keeper-sized fish has jumped. (A reminder: the limit is two-fish, 18-inches or longer.) Fly-lined sardines, blood worms, and lug worms have been the hot baits, with almost no fish on anchovies and only a few on lures. The catfish bite is very slow.
MILL CREEK PARK: Overall slow fishing.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Trout action slowing way down with only a few fish showing. No DFW plants currently slated for this week or next week. The largemouth bass bite is good with a lot of fish in the shallows on beds and whacking Senkos and Brush Hawgs or similar baits. Not many bluegill showing yet.
HART PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant slated for this week, which should improve the very slow bite. Mice Tails, green nightcrawlers, and PowerBait in yellow glitter and rainbow have been the best baits. The bass bite has kicked into high gear with the fish moving shallow for the spawn. Most smaller fish under two pounds showing on Brush Hawgs and Senkos. Other species still slow.
TRUXTUN LAKE: DFW trout plant this week, which should perk the slow trout action. PowerBaits in salmon egg, chunky cheese, rainbow and yellow have been the best bets. The bass bite has broken open with the fish in the shallows for the spawn. Nightcrawlers, plastics, and Brush Hawgs all getting fish.
MING LAKE: DFW trout went in this week and this should improve the slow trout action. Best bite has been on PowerBait in the garlic flavors, yellow glitter, and rainbow. Mice Tails with or without garlic oil are also good bets. The largemouth bass bite has really started to kick into high gear with a lot of fish shallow on beds. Plastic worms, Brush Hawgs, and Senkos all good bets. Other species are very slow, but the warm weather is starting to move some bluegill shallow.
BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant four weeks ago with a plant slated for next week. Mostly slow action.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The catfish bite has been good on nightcrawlers and shrimp, but the trout action is slow with no plant for three weeks. The crappie bite is still pretty fair, but most crappie anglers have been going to Isabella. The spring bass bite is good with a lot of fish along the shorelines fanning out beds. The best bass bite has been on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, Senkos, and Brush Hawgs. Other species still slow. Information:
WOOLLOMES LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago. The trout action has been slow. Other species slow.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite has improved this past week with the fish moving up shallow in a major pre-spawn movement of fish. Other species still slow. DFW trout plants this week.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been fair to good as the fish push up into the shallows for the spawn. Plastics and nightcrawlers the best bet.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: The crappie bite came back on this week with the warmer temperatures. Lots of fish in the 1-8 range. Trout are just fair for trollers working the north shore. There was a 4,000-pound plant slated for Thursday this week.
CASITAS: The bass bite has kicked into high gear with the fish flooding into the shallows for the spawn. The best bite has been on plastics and nightcrawlers with a lot of sight fishing. No reports of other species, and still light fishing pressure.
CASTAIC: The boat ramp has been closed off and on this past week due to winds, but overall the fishing has improved. Stripers are showing in better numbers. Largemouth bass have been good in 10 to 30 feet but fish are moving up into the shallows with the warm weather. Other species are very slow.
LOPEZ: The bass bite was breaking wide open this past week as the fish moved shallow. Best action has been on plastics and nightcrawlers. A few catfish continue to show on cut baits in deeper water, but all other action is slow.
NACIMIENTO: Fair to good spotted bass action this past week on plastics, nightcrawlers, and jigs. Fish mostly up shallow. Other species getting very little pressure.
PIRU: Few reports, but the largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits. The average fish is from one to two pounds.
PYRAMID: Winds have hampered the fishing off and on the past week. DFW trout plant last week so this perked the action on the rainbows from shore in the plants area. Lots of small stripers from 10 to 12 inches showing but few bigger fish.
SAN ANTONIO: Few fishing reports. With no launch ramps available now, only kayaks, canoes, or inflatables can get on the water.
SANTA MARGARITA: Light fishing pressure. Bass in the shallows preparing for the spawn but only a few fish on beds.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Pleasant Valley Reservoir has been fair to good for float tubers fishing jigs or floating baits. The Owens River gorge is fair in the afternoons. The lower Owens has been good with some surprisingly big holdover and planted rainbows showing for float anglers.
MAMMOTH AREA: Hot Creek and the Upper Owens River remain open to catch-and-release fishing. The Owens River remains good with a lot of quality rainbows from two to four pounds being caught in the river by fly anglers.
KERN: Cat Fish Lake, Hart Park Lake, Kern River (sections 4 and 5), Ming Lake, Truxton Lake
TULARE: Kern River (sections 5 and 6).
ROCKFISH STILL EXCELLENT: The Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing has been running overnight trips out to San Nicholas Island and has been reporting limit-style fishing on excellent quality rockfish, along with good scores on sheephead and whitefish. The El Dorado out of Long Beach Sportfishing and the Thunderbird out of DaveyÃs Locker have both been running to San Clemente and finding excellent rockfish action (limit-style fishing) with a lot of red snapper and bocaccio, along with a nice mix of bonus sculpin, sheephead, and whitefish.
CORONADO ISLAND YELLOWTAIL: The yellowtail bite at the Coronado Islands has been very consistent this past week. Heavy pressure days have driven the bite down, but boats have been seeing counts average two to three fish per angler on weekdays and one to two fish on weekend. On Wednesday this week, the San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 50-plus fish, while the Malahini out of H&M Landing and the Mission Belle out of Point Loma both had over 40 yellowtail. This was two to three fish per angler and a couple of anglers on these boats had limits. More and more yellowtail are also starting to show along the main coast and at Catalina Island, but there is no bite at these other places yet.
LONG RANGE UPDATE: The long range fleet has been either or going to the giant tuna grounds off the tip of Baja in recent days. The Red Rooster III, at Clipperton Island, found poor conditions there with only a few yellowfin tuna to 150 pounds and were coming back north for the last few days of the trip. The Royal Polaris was en route south and stopped a Alijos Rocks early this week and anglers on board had good fishing for 18 to 25-pound yellowtail. The last boats on the giant tuna grounds had consistent fishing for yellowfin in the 150 to 200 pound range with a few fish over 200 each day when conditions permitted.