By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
CATFISH 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. The pot is currently $240, and the current leader is Mike Luna, Bakersfield, with a 12-2 catfish.
LAKE ISABELLA: Very good action on catfish and bass but almost no fishing pressure. The bass have been best on crankbaits and spinnerbaits with good topwater action early and late in the day. Fish up to six pounds of better. The catfish action had been best on green garlic nightcrawlers, but shad remains a good bait, too. The low water level is helping concentrate the fish into a few good structure areas. The lake is at 14 percent capacity.
KERN RIVER: The river remains very low with flows in the upper river in the 120 to 250 cfs range, but has jumped up to 350 cfs after a few big thunderstorms. The upper river continues to fish pretty well with a decent number of fish showing on salmon eggs and crickets, especially in the McNally's stretch. No DFW trout plants in two weeks.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The aqueduct has been slow to fair for stripers on blood worms, but overall the moss and algae is getting thicker and fishing has been tough.
MILL CREEK PARK: Good bite on bluegill with a few bass also showing in the evening.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The bluegill bite remains the best bet on wax worms and meal worms. Carp are also showing on dough baits and Powder Bait. The bass are fair on plastics and minnows but mostly in the evenings.
HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill bite is good on meal worms and wax worms, and the carp action is good. The bass action is fair on plastics and reaction baits last in the day.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The bluegill action is good on wax worms, meal worms, or small jigs. The carp are good on dough baits. The bass are slow to fair in the evenings on nightcrawlers, plastics, and topwater.
MING LAKE: Bluegill good on wax worms and meal worms. Carp good on dough baits. The bass are slow to fair on plastics, Senkos, Brush Hawgs, and minnows in the evenings.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Good bluegill action with some fish to a pound, but most much smaller now. Best bite is on the usual small baits like wax worms, meal worms, red worms, crickets, or small nightcrawler pieces. There is also a fair catfish bite on nightcrawlers and shad. A few bass have been reported in the evenings.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Good action on bluegill with a few bass being caught on reaction baits and frogs in the evenings. Also some carp being landed on dough baits.
SUCCESS LAKE: Good bluegill action and nice stringers of fish showing up along most shoreline areas with some structure. The best bite has been on meal worms, wax worms, and red worms. The bass bite has also remained good on plastics and reaction baits.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bluegill action is good on wax worms and meal worms, and the catfish bite has been fair to good. The bass bite has been fair to good on plastics and small swimbaits best.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: Bass action improved over the past week with both the largemouth and smallmouth moving into 20 to 30 feet of water and chasing shad on contour breaks. The catfish bite has been fair on fish to six pounds.
CASITAS: The bass action has been fair to good early in the morning and late in the evenings, with some decent topwater action. A few catfish and bluegill-redear are showing.
CASTAIC: The stripers continue hot at the buoy line early in the morning. The fish are showing on cut baits and reaction baits imitating the shad. The catfish have also been pretty fair on cut baits at the buoy line. The bass are best on topwater baits, but most are small. The bluegill bite has been fair. Crappie poor.
LOPEZ: Bass have been slow. The bite on small bluegill is good in most coves with structure.
NACIMIENTO: A few white bass are showing throughout the main body of the lake. There is also a good bluegill bite in most of the coves and areas with structure or docks. The spotted, largemouth and smallmouth bass are slow to fair.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been very good on plastics and reaction baits with a good topwater bite most mornings. No reports on crappie this week. Other species have been slow.
PYRAMID: The striper bite has been fair to good for boat and shoreline anglers with the channel and the shoreline between the launch and beach areas hot for shore walkers and the Yellowbar and dam areas best for boaters. Catfish averaging eight to 10 pounds are showing in the cut bait bite. The largemouth and smallmouth bites are also pretty good.
SAN ANTONIO: Overall slowish action continues.. Catfish are the best bet with fair to good action on fish to 6-7 pounds.
SANTA MARGARITA: The morning and evening largemouth bass bite has been good. Fair bite on the crappie on the live shad.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Bridgeport Reservoir has been good for trollers around Rainbow Point. Shore fishing tougher. Kirman Lake again produced some very nice trout this past week. Twin Lakes remains good for rainbows to 3 pounds. The West Walker is good on bait. Virginia Lakes very good.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: All of the lakes in the loop were stocked by the DFW again this week and providing very good action on the planted and holdover rainbows, with quite a few cutthroats in June and a smattering of browns in Grant. Silver Lake very good.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake had very low water levels but fair to good fishing. Lots of fish up into the 4-pound class. There is also a good Sacramento perch bite. Convict Lake is good with a lot of limits and some quality rainbows being caught. The Twin Lakes and Lake Mary are fair to good on rainbows and brookies. Hot Creek was very good with excellent caddis action (mostly emergers). Rock Creek Lake is fair to good.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Lake Sabrina has been very good in spite of falling water levels. Bishop Creek (all sections) has been good with weekly DFW plants. Weir Pond is good and Intake II has been consistent.
LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All the small streams along Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra were planted again this week.
None this week slated for Kern or Tulare counties
SAN DIEGO OFFSHORE: The yellowtail and bluefin tuna action remains excellent for the San Diego offshore fleet with limit-style fishing on the yellowtail and good catches of bluefin reported on most overnight or longer trips.
LOCAL ISLANDS HOT: All of the local offshore islands are providing excellent fishing for a wide variety of sportfish, with Catalina and Clemente having good action on bass and bottomfish along with shots of yellowtail and white seabass.
SAN DIEGO SAND BASS: The sand bass bite for the half and three-quarter day boats in the San Diego region has remained good.