By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
CARP DERBY: Bob's Bait Bucket's annual month-long carp derby started Aug. 1 and continues through the end of the month. 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 carp weighed in during August will take the $100 prize, plus all the entry fee money from everyone entered. There are currently 60 anglers signed up so the pot is at $160. The current leader is Sem Mat, Bakersfield, with a 12.10 carp. Information: BobÃs Bait at (661) 833-8657.
LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure, but the catfish bite continues to provide some of the best action in the region. The fish remain in 15-feet of water or more and the bite is best on garlic shrimp, chicken liver, shad, nightcrawlers and Secret 7 catfish bait. Most of the fish are still nice two to four-pound class fish and stringers of 15 to 25 fish have been common. Slow other species except for a few bass early in the morning and a few bluegill. Carp anglers are doing pretty fair on homemade dough baits and Powder Bait.
KERN RIVER: The upper river has been slow for bait and lure anglers, with no plants in over a month. The fly anglers are doing fair on wild fish, with the action progressively better the further upstream you go. Water temperatures in the Kernville area are high in the afternoons. Some decent evening caddis hatches. In the lower river flows are very low, but the smallmouth and largemouth bass have been pretty good on nightcrawlers, plastics and Roostertails.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Light fishing pressure, but the catfish action has remained pretty good on garlic shrimp, shad, chicken liver, and mackerel. Quite a few fish topping five pounds. The striper bite is fair, but mostly small fish are showing on cranks, blood worms, lug worms, and sardines. Carp also fair. Other species have been slow.
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 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. The carp action is also very good on Powder Bait. A rare bass is still showing early and late.
TRUXTUN LAKE: There has been a pretty fair bite on bass in the evenings on live minnows and Brush Hawgs the last week.
MING LAKE: Good carp action on homemade dough baits or Powder Bait. The bluegill are very good on wax worms and meal worms.
BRITE LAKE: The bluegill action is pretty good on wax worms, crickets, and meal worms.
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.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Good bluegill and carp action, while a few catfish and bass are showing.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bluegill action is also pretty good on wax worms and meal worms.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been spotty on nightcrawlers, but the bluegill and carp bites are pretty good.
Other region lakes
CACHUMA: Catfish continue to be the top bet here with other bites slow to fair.
CASITAS: There has been a good topwater and reaction bait bite in the mornings for the bass.
CASTAIC: The striper bite remains good and the topwater activity broke wide open this past week with boils throughout the day all around the lake.
LOPEZ: The topwater bass bite is fair to good 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 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.
SAN ANTONIO: The striped bass bite has been fair with the best bite on swim baits in the mornings and evenings.
SANTA MARGARITA: The bass action has been fair to good and the grass beds are up.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: The East Walker continues to fish pretty well, especially in the lower stretches from the bridge downstream into the Nevada stretches. The water is a little warmer above the bridge and tougher. Dry-dropper rigs have been the ticket. Bridgeport Reservoir continues to drop, but the bait anglers are doing the best, but the fish are moving a lot. Trollers are getting a fish, but weeds are making this action tougher.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Not much change here with fair to good trout action throughout the June Lake Loop with mornings and evenings the best time to fish.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake has been good to excellent for trout for midge anglers fishing in the bays around weed beds. Quite a few fish from two to four pounds. The Owens has mostly smaller fish now with the occasional big brown from an undercut. Hot Creek is mostly producing eight to 14-inch browns. At Convict Lake, fishing has been best at the inlet and along the south shore.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: The Bishop Creek drainage was fair to good this past week during the full moon, but a little off from the previous week. North Lake, South Lake, and Sabrina all improved this past week, especially Sabrina which produced a lot of limits with fish to two pounds.
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.
TUNA SPECTACULAR: This is getting redundant, but the tuna action for the Southern California sportfishing fleet has been unbelievably good for so long that all gushing adjectives have been overused. Go! If youÃve even wanted to catch a limit of yellowfin tuna you should book a trip and go now. While the bluefin tuna have sunk out a little on the backside of the full moon, they are still in the mix for the San Diego-base boats running south and west. And that bite should surge back on again during the next moon. Most skippers are taking word-of-mouth promise that bluefin season has been reopened in Mexican water as gospel, but the written confirmation has still not arrived as of Wednesday (10 days after it was promised to arrive). Most of the yellowfin are 15 to 25 pounds with some fish to 60 pounds and some as small as 10.
CATLINA ISLAND HOT: Catalina Island has been the destination for the day trips running across the Catalina Channel because the yellowtail action has been so good. While the loss rate has been about 50 percent on most boats, the scores are still good. The Sportking out of Pierpoint Landing was at Catalina on Tuesday with just 16 anglers and they had 52 yellowtil, 50 bonito, 45 calico bass released, and even 27 red snapper. The Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 64 anglers at Catalina on Tuesday and they landed 100 yellowtail, 30 bonito, 25 calicos (with over 75 released), and 11 barracuda.