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By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish action has been good in most of the coves on frozen shad, cut baits, dip baits, and clams with a lot of two to four-pound fish. Other bites have slowed way down. Very few crappie showing and the trout bite is off. Late fall-early winter is always produces a few bigger bass even when the overall bite is tough. The trout plants also mean itÃs a good time to hurl bigger swimbaits for the big bass. Overall, however, the low water conditions and cooling water temperatures have really slowed the action on warmwater species.
KERN RIVER: The upper river trout bite is good, especially in the Kernville Park region. Water flows remain very low with the fish stacked up in the bigger pools and showing on salmon eggs or small flies fished below indicators. The lower river also has very low flows and there has been a good bite on trout in the Sandy Flat area with fish to two or three pounds showing. There is also a pretty good smallmouth bite in the lower, lower river but most of the fish are small. No DFG plants in the Kern slated for this week
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: he striper bite is the best bite in the whole region with an excellent bite on smaller stripers below the 18-inch minimum keeper size and a few bigger fish to about six pounds and one teen-sized fish was reported. This bite is best on sardines, blood worms, or sand worms, with a few fish on Gitzits and Rat-L-Traps.
MILL CREEK PARK: Few reports. The bluegill and catfish bites have slowed but still providing a little action.
HART PARK LAKE: DFG trout plant last week, but the trout bite has been spotty. The few fish showing are being caught on PowerBait in garlic, chunky cheese and chartreuse garlic flavors fished on light line. While slowing a few bluegill continue to show on wax worms, meal worms and crickets. The carp bite is also fair.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Light fishing pressure and mostly slow fishing with no DFG trout plants yet this season.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Fair bluegill action on red worms, meal worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces, but the best bite has been early and late in the day. The carp action is also fair to good on dough baits. No trout reports.
MING LAKE: Low water conditions has stacked the fish on a few spots. Bluegill continue fair, but slowing as water temps drop. No trout reports.
BRITE LAKE: No reports on trout or other species.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The winter crappie bite is still the best thing going here with some fairly good action on crappie to a pound or better on small minnows and mini jigs. Meanwhile the trout bite is slow and getting almost no fishing pressure. The plants are not weekly this season, with trout going in most alternating weeks, but no word on this week yet. Call ahead. Few reports on other species.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Low water levels. The early morning and late evening bass bite is just rated fair on Senkos, Brush Hogs, plastics or nightcrawlers. Panfish action slowing a bit with only a few bluegill reported on small baits. No trout reports.
SUCCESS LAKE: Bass action in the low water continues fair to good for some anglers. Best action on drop-shot plastics and Senko-type lures with some topwater around weed mats. The bluegill bite is slowing with only a few fish on wax worms or redworms in 12 to 20 feet of water.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite had been fair to good on plastics. The bluegill action is fair and slowing on the usual array of small baits. A few catfish are being caught on cut baits, but other species slow.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: The trout bite has been fair, even without any plants since Nov. 1. Trout to six pounds are showing for both trollers and shore anglers. Next plant set for Thursday.
CASITAS: The big Nebraska Tailwalker trout plant that went in two weeks ago has made for a consistent trout bite. The next trout plant will be there just before Christmas.
CASTAIC: There continues to be a good bite on stripers along the marina shoreline stretch, Necktie Canyon, and off Kong Island. There was a DFG trout plant this week and the fish are still concentrated along the marina shoreline.
NACIMIENTO: Spotted bass and white bass are fair and the while bass have been mobile.
PIRU: The water level continues to come back up after the big drop early in November. The bass bite has improved with the rising water levels with the best bite on plastics and reaction baits in eight to 25 feet of water.
PYRAMID: There continues to be a pretty good striper bite since the 2,700-pound DFG plant two weeks ago and another plant was slated for this week. The rainbow trout action has also been fair to good.
SAN ANTONIO: Stripers are chasing shad early in the mornings and then again late in the afternoon, but this action has been dwindling.
SANTA MARGARITA: Most species slow.
LOPEZ: Weather slowed the bite this past week, but a few crappie and redear continue to show on small baits and jigs.
KERN: Trout plants in the Bakersfield area have been temporarily suspended because the Kern River Hatchery had a pump fail, and the hatchery has been unable to hold fish. There have been no plants for the past three to four weeks and the hatchery's reopening date has not been set
LONG RANGE AWESOME: The long range fishing scene is simply as good as it gets. Even with dismal weather much of the past week for the long range boats off the cape of Baja, the fishing has still been excellent. On Monday, a yellowfin tuna taping 400 pounds was caught by John Petruescu aboard the Excel out of FishermanÃs Landing, and the anglers on board had 14 fish to 155 pounds in rough conditions on Tuesday. In good weather these trips have been averaging from 40 to 80 yellowfin per day and the wahoo action is also very good.
LOCAL SQUID UPDATE: The volume of market squid all along the coast and at the offshore islands is just phenomenal. The commercial season on the squid is already over with the quota already filled. The candy bait is easily available for the sport fleet and the action has been surprisingly good for mixed-bag fishing along the coast. While rockfish are the mainstay, the variety is surprising. The Seawatch out of Seaforth Sportfishing was out in poor conditions on a half-day trip Sunday morning with 20 anglers. They caught two white seabass, two halibut, one sand bass, three sheephead, one whitefish, 12 rockfish, two lings, and eight red snapper. On the three-quarter day San Diego, Seven anglers had 20 calico bass, 12 rockfish, and two sand bass on Sunday.
WEATHER STIMULATES LOBSTER: The rain and unsettled weather stimulated the lobster crawl, and the action on the local boats was excellent from the middle of last week through early this week. Just a couple of scores as example: The Pride, out of Seaforth Sportfishing, was out Saturday with 10 anglers who had 30 lobster and three rock crab. The same boat on Sunday had nine anglers who had 27 lobster. The Condor, out of FishermansÃs Landing was out Friday with six anglers who had 42 lobster, full limits, and seven rock crab. On Saturday, seven anglers had 23 lobster and one rock crab. The Jig Strike out of H&M Landing on Monday with four anglers had 23 lobsters and 21 rock crab. Up in Long Beach, the Gail Force out of Pierpoint Landing was out with seven anglers who had 14 lobster to eight pounds last Thursday.