By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
STRIPER DERBY: The annual Bob's Bait month-long catfish derby kicked off 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 98 entrants so far, but no fish have been weighed in. For more information or to register, call Bob's Bait at (661) 833-8657.
LAKE ISABELLA: General slowing in the action, but there continues to be a pretty good catfish bite on shad, clams, and Sonny's Dip Bait in most of the coves with Camp 9 being a top area. The bass bite has continued fair on two to four pounders on cranks, plastics, Alabama rigs, with some topwater. Best action is early and late in the day. The crappie have been very slow with only a few on live minnows in deeper water. The trout bite is fair to good at the dam. The bluegill bite is also fair to good.
KERN RIVER: Trout action is good to excellent on the upper river. While most of the action is on pan-sized fish with quite a few fish to three pounds reported. Best bite has been on crickets, Power Bait and Mice Tails. Flows are down to 250 to 300 cfs, stacking the fish up in the deeper pools. Good action all the way from the Johnsondale Bridge down to Kernville. Fly anglers are also seeing very good action with more dry fly mornings now, but the best action is still on small nymphs.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Hot weather and mossy conditions have made the striper bite tough, but the night catfish action has been pretty good for anglers fishing shad, mackerel or Sonny's Catfish bait.
MILL CREEK PARK: Fair to good action on bluegill on crickets and wax worms. The carp are good on dough baits. The occasional early morning or late evening bass is also showing.
HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill bite has been very good on wax worms, meal worms and crickets, and the carp bite is pretty good on Powder Bait or homemade dough baits. The bite is best mornings and evenings with the heat shutting things down the rest of the time. A few bass are also showing early and late.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Very good 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. The bass action is slow to fair with the only action very early or late in the day on topwater, jerkbaits, or plastics.
RIVER WALK PARK: The bluegill action is very good on meal and wax worms or crickets early and late in the day. Carp are very good on Powder Bait. The bass are slow to fair.
MING LAKE: Very good bluegill action on wax worms, red worms, and meal worms, and the carp action is improving with a pretty good bite on dough baits. Bass are fair.
BRITE LAKE: Few reports. A few trout have been landed, but catfish and panfish are the best bet.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The catfish action has been fair to good at night on cut baits, and the carp bite has been very good on Powder Bait or similar dough and dip baits. The bluegill action is good on wax worms, crickets, and meal worms, and a few bass continue to show early and late.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Very good bluegill action on wax worms, meal worms, or crickets, while the early morning and late evening bass bite is fair. Also quite a few carp showing for the anglers targeting.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bass action has been just fair. The bluegill bite is good on crickets and wax worms in six to 20 feet of water.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been fair to good witth the best bite is at first or last light. Bluegill action is good on the usual array of small baits.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: The trout trolling and deep-water bait drifting at the dam and Johnson Bay has continued fair on nice quality holdover. The bass bite has been fair with flurries of good action. The catfish bite is fair to good in the backs of the coves and in creek channels on cut baits, packaged baits, and dough baits. The crappie bite was slow to fair while bluegill and redear are good in the backs of most coves.
CASITAS: The largemouth bass bite has continued good with most of the better-quality fish showing on live shad. The bluegill and redear bite is fair to good in eight to 20 feet of water, A few catfish are also showing but light fishing pressure on them.
CASTAIC: The striper bite continues to get better and better and there has been an excellent topwater bite this past week with boils all around the lake early in the morning and late in the evening. These are mostly two to five pound fish. The largemouth bass bite has also been good to excellent. Most of the fish are in 15 feet or less early and then go deeper during the day. More and more catfish are showing each week in the coves.
LOPEZ: The largemouth bass bite has been pretty fair early and late in the day. Crappie and catfish have been slow.
NACIMIENTO: Spotted bass have been very good on plastics early and late in the day. White bass are showing in fair numbers for trollers and anglers.
PIRU: Bass action has continued good this past week. The crappie and redear bite remains pretty good.
PYRAMID: The catfish bite has been good from shore and for boat anglers. The striper bite has been fair to good with the fish still in deeper water. Black bass action has been generally good with the fish still in five to 15 feet of water.
SAN ANTONIO: The striper bite has been fair to good. There was a 38-pound striper caught last week. The catfish bite has been good in most of the coves and there is also a good carp bite. The black bass action is fair to good early and late in the day.
SANTA MARGARITA: The bass action has remained fair to good with the best bite early and late in the day. Bluegill and redear bites are very good in 12 to 20 feet of water.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: East Walker River flows have been going up and down some, with flows around 140 cfs most day and the fishing remains very good. Bridgeport Reservoir has been good now that the wind has finally calmed.
JUNE LAKE LOOP REGION: Heavy plants in the loop prior to July 4 have made for very good action. Silver Lake has been very good with a lot of nice Alpers' trout this past weekend and a steady stream of pan-sized fish. Best action early and late.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley has been fair to good for midge anglers. Perch are showing in good numbers. Convict Lake has been fair to good with a lot of stringers. The Upper Owens is fair to good with mostly small fish showing now. The road to the upper San Joaquin and Red's Meadow opened last week.
BISHOP AREA: South Lake remains the top spot on pan-sized fish with a few quality fish still coming on. All the forks of Bishop Creek and Intake II have been fair to good with regular DFG plants providing lots of rainbows and the brown trout are showing in fair numbers. North Lake has been fair to good while Sabrina has been best in the inlets. The lower Owens flows are up and fishing is difficult.
LONE PINE-INDEPENDENCE AREA: All the small streams along Highway 395 from Big Pine Creek to Cottonwood Creek remain fair to good, and most have been planted again this week.
KERN: Kern River (Sections 4 and 5).
TULARE: Balch Park Lake (Lower and Upper), Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake), Stoney Creek, North Fork Tule River (Middle Fork No. 1), South Fork Tule River (Middle Fork No. 2 and Middle Fork No. 3).
CENTRAL COAST: Good numbers of rockcod and rockfish being caught along wiht the occasional lingcod.
SAN DIEGO OVERNIGHT TUNA AND YELLOWTAIL: While winds hammered the offshore action since July 4th, the wind began moderating on Monday and the overnight to two-day boats out of San Diego saw the fishing success improve markedly. The fish are as close as 50 miles from Point Loma, but most of the action is 70 to 150 miles south. The action has been excellent on the yellowtail to 25 pounds and then skippers start looking for the Bluefin. The three-quarter day and some overnight boats are hitting the Coronado Islands and seeing generally good mixed bag fishing with some shots on yellowtail, fairly consistent barracuda fishing, and a nice pick on the calico bass. On Monday, the Dolphin II was out of Fisherman's Landing with 12 anglers who caught six yellowtail, 44 barracuda, 18 calicos, two whitefish, one ling, and one sculpin, mostly fishing just below the Coronados.
NEARSHORE NEWS: The nearshore action for the half-day fleet all along the coast has been generally very good from San Diego up into the Channel Islands. Most of the fishing is for calico bass on all the kelp lines with very good jags of barracuda fishing.