By The Bakersfield Californian
LAKE ISABELLA: There is still good action on catfish. The bass and crappie are slow, but this past week a few crappie were reported again. The catfish continue to be best on salted garlic clam meat or regular clams and nightcrawlers. Lots of two to four pound fish with some to 10 pounds. The lake remains so low the boat ramps pretty much require four-wheel drive to launch boats.
KERN RIVER: DFW plants in section 0 through 5 last week, and the trout bite has been fair to good on the planted fish for anglers fishing salmon eggs, PowerBait and Mice Tails with light fishing pressure. Fly anglers are seeing pretty good action in the 20-mile roadside stretch. The water is clear above Fairview dam, with rainbows and browns above the dam focusing on ant patterns, small bluewing olive nymphs, and caddis. Below Fairview, there has been a very good bluewing olive hatch around 3 p.m. each day and good dry-fly action. The lower river continues to have a good bass bite. Top areas in the lower river are the Rancheria, Hart Park, and Ming Lake stretches with the bite best on plastics and small crankbaits.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The aqueduct has been good and getting even better for the small stripers over the past week as the water cools and moss disappears. The fish are running from two to five pounds with only a few over the 18-inch minimum size, but the bite has been very good. Gitzits in white or pumpkin with green flake and blood worms have been the best baits. The catfish bite has slowed way down.
MILL CREEK PARK: Slow overall.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant on Monday, and the bite was good for the first three days after the plant but has slowed a little since. Garlic PowerBait and Mice Tails doused with garlic oil or the new Power Dust have been the best bets. Other species slow.
HART PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant this week. Good action on PowerBait in the garlic flavors -- regular, chartreuse, and rainbow. A few bluegill still showing, but other species are slow.
TRUXTUN LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago. Good action on chartreuse, rainbow, and regular garlic PowerBait with Power Dust. Mice Tails in garlic oil are also good. Other species have slowed way down with only the odd bluegill or bass showing.
MING LAKE: Continued good trout action and a DFW plant went in this week. Best bite has been on PowerBait in the garlic flavors and Mice Tails with garlic oil. Also a fair bite on catfish with fish to eight pounds reported. Other species have been mostly slow.
BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. F
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Fair trout action since the derby two weeks ago with the best bite on PowerBait with Power Dust.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Fair to good biten on garlic PowerBait and Power Mice. Few reports on other species.
SUCCESS LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season three weeks ago. Overall slow fishing with only a few trout in the stocking areas. Bluegill have slowed way down and only a few bass are showing on plastics and reaction baits.
KAWEAH LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season three weeks ago. The bluegill bite is slow with only the odd fish showing from deeper water on wax worms and meal worms. The catfish bite has also slowed. The bass bite has been slow to fair on plastics and small swimbaits.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: the trout bite has remained very good since the rain with a lot of limits reported for trollers working the west end of the lake in 10 feet of water with Kastmasters, pin minnows, or Rapala-type lures. Shore anglers caught fish in HarveyÃs Cove on PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers. The catfish remains fair to good in the east end and Santa Cruz Bay on chicken liver and mackerel. Trout, carp, and panfish are mostly slow. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate.
CASITAS: The bass action remains fair to good but the bulk of the action in now in 30 or more feet of water with the fish mostly hugging structure and showing on plastics and nightcrawlers. Kurk Ebken Jr., Ojai, landed a 6-12 bass on a slow-rolled spinnerbait. A few catfish are showing but getting light pressure. Tim Wagner, Ventura, landed a 7-pound cat on mackerel. Other species slow.
CASTAIC: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago, but the plants havenÃt brought up any trophy stripers yet. The striper bite has been good, but mostly on smaller fish to four pound son cut baits -- mostly anchovies or sardines -- fishing off Kong Island, Nectie Canyon, and at the buoy line in 60 to 100 feet of water. Tony Pigram, Castaic, had an eight-pound striper on a swimbait. Peh Leh, Long Beach, landed five stripers to five pounds on anchovies in Necktie, while Hayden Long, Santa Clarita, landed 10 stripers to four pounds on anchovies off Kong Island. Trout are just fair on small spinners, jigs, and floating baits, with the best action right after the plants in the launch ramp area. A few catfish are also showing for bait anglers.
LOPEZ: There has been a fair to good bass bite on cranks and reaction baits at the dam and in the Lopez Arm, including some quality fish to seven pounds. The catfish bite has been good on fly-line cut baits. The panfish bite is fair to good.
NACIMIENTO: Very light fishing pressure with pretty good spotted bass action on nightcrawlers and jumbo red worms. A few fish on reaction baits. Other species getting very little pressure so there have been few reports. The off catfish is still showing on cut baits, but there have been no white bass or panfish reports.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been fair on plastics and reaction baits. The average fish is from one to two pounds, but bass to seven pounds have been reported. A few catfish reports, but no reports on crappie this week. Other species have been slow.
PYRAMID: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Fair to good trout bite on small spinners, spoons, and floating baits. Lots of small stripers from 10 to 12 inches showing but few bigger fish. The best action has been on nightcrawlers, cut baits, and bloodworms. Fair catfish bite in the main channel by the gate house and in most of the deeper coves and bays. The best bite has been on nightcrawlers, blood worms, and cut baits. The largemouth bass bite has slowed with the cool weather but still fair on plastics and nightcrawlers, but the reaction bait bite is slowing. Most are one to two pounds with a few bigger fish.
SAN ANTONIO: Little fishing pressure and few reports. There continue to be the odd striped bass report from trollers working near the dam and off B Rock. Most of the fish are four to 10 pounds. The catfish bite is probably the best bet with some nice quality fish from four to six pounds on anchovies or mackerel. Black bass are fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits.
SANTA MARGARITA: Very little fishing pressure again this week. Fair to good and catfish from the few reports coming in. The largemouth bite is best on nightcrawlers and plastics, but there really have been too few reports to discern any patterns.
KERN: Hart Park Lake, Ming Lake, River Walk Lake, Truxtun Lake, Woollomes Lake.
LOS ANGELES: Pyramid Lake.
LONG RANGE ON BIG TUNA: The trophy tuna action for the San Diego long-range fleet (16-day and long trips now) fishing off the tip of Baja is picking right up where it left off last season with giant tuna showing every week. The Royal Star reported in early this week with yellowfin to 250 pounds, and the Royal Polaris is still heading south but had a stop with yellowfin to just over 100 pounds and good wahoo action.
BOTTOM FISH EXCEPTIONAL: The rockfish and bottom fish action has been nothing short of exceptional this year. The action south of the Channel Islands has been as good as the northern fishing. There is also a real abundance of red snapper and bocaccio along with other bottom species. This isnÃt your grandfather's rockfishing.
Part of the reason for this exceptional fishing is that most of these boats are using live squid for bait. The volume of squid off the coast remains exceptional.