By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
CARP DERBY: The annual Bob's Bait month-long carp derby kicked off August 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 carp weighed in during August will take the $100 prize, plus all the entry fee money from everyone entered. There are currently 43 entered. Current leader is Jeff Prickett, Bakersfield, with a 27.12-pounder out of Lake Ming. To to register, call Bob's Bait (661) 833-8657.
LAKE ISABELLA: Lake is so low, boat ramps are all out of the water and boat launching must be done from shorelines and most bigger boats can't be launched. Very good action on catfish and bass. Almost no fishing pressure. The catfish action, which is good for boat and shore-bound anglers. The cats are running up to six pounds. Bluegill and crappie have slowed.
KERN RIVER: The river remains very low with flows hovering around 200 cfs this past week. The trout bite has been fair to good. No recent DFW plants. The lower river is excellent for bass in the Rancheria, Hart Park, and Ming Lake stretches with flows again in the 300 cfs range. Many anglers are wading the river and fishing the banks and catching a small bass on every cast, and the occasional bigger fish. Derrek Bias, Bakersfield, landed an 11-pound largemouth from the lower river this week.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The aqueduct has been better this past week with a fair bite on small stripers. Catfish slow.
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: Water level remains good and this is one of the best fishing spots in the region with a good bluegill bite. Carp bite good. Bass bite fair.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Bluegill, carp bites are good. Bass fair.
MING LAKE: The water level remains very good and the action on bluegill and carp is very good. Bass fair.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Good bluegill action. Fair catfish bite.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Good action on bluegill with a few bass being caught on reaction baits, frogs in evenings. Carp being landed on dough baits.
SUCCESS LAKE: Good bluegill action and nice stringers of fish showing up along most shoreline areas. Bass bite good. Lots of 1- to 2-pound fish and bass to 6.
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. Other species slow.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: Catfish dominated the action again this past week with fish to 6 pounds from Santa Cruz Bay, Cachuma Bay, Martini Bay, Johnson's Bay and the Mohawk area all producing on cut mackerel and nightcrawlers. The bass bite improved. Crappie are still fair in Santa Cruz.
CASITAS: The bass action remains fair to good early in the morning and late in the evenings. A few catfish and bluegill-redear are showing. Other species have been slow.
CASTAIC: The striper and largemouth bass bites have been good. Catfish fair. The bluegill bite has been slow, Crappie even slower. Carp are fair.
LOPEZ: Bass have been slow. The bite on small bluegill is good in most coves with structure.
NACIMIENTO: Very low water level. A few white bass are showing. There is also a good bluegill bite in most of the coves. Spotted, largemouth and smallmouth bass are slow to fair.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been very good.
PYRAMID: Fair to good catfish bite for shore anglers fishing in the main channel by the gate house and in most of the deeper coves and bays. The largemouth bass bite has been very good.
SAN ANTONIO: The catfish bite has been fair to good. The black bass bite has been spotty.
SANTA MARGARITA: The morning and evening largemouth bass bite has been good. There's also a fair bite on the crappie. Light fishing pressure.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Twin Lakes remains good for kokanee. The shore bite is only marginally good early and late in the day on floating baits and lures. The West Walker is on fire with good action on bait, spinners, and dry flies. Virginia Lakes has been very good.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Silver Lake has been very good on Mice Tails for both shore and boat anglers. Rush Creek has been fair to good, mostly on planted fish. All the lakes in the loop and Rush Creek have been planted nearly every week for the past month.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake had very low water levels but good fishing. Convict Lake is good with a lot of limits. 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 is very low and it won't be long before DFW stocking trucks can't reach the water. But the bite has been fair to good at the inlets and in deep water and the back lake. Bishop Creek (all sections) has been good with weekly DFW plants. Weir Pond is also good and Intake II has been consistent. South Lake has also been good this week in spite of its really low level. Pleasant Valley Reservoir is getting light pressure. Best action at Owens inlet.
LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All small streams along Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra were planted again this week.
None for Kern or Tulare counties.
SAN DIEGO OFFSHORE BLUEFIN HAMPERED BY WIND: The epic bluefin tuna bite has continued this past week, but the bite has been intermittently been hampered by wind that has made fishing tougher. The anglers aboard the Grande on Wednesday morning were in drift with some giant bluefin to 150 pounds, and the size was simply too much for anglers fishing 30-pound test, but on 40-pound and up some fish were being boated -- nothing under 50 pounds and fish to 80 pounds have come to gaff. No final count at press time and the weather was calmed on Wednesday morning. Skippers continue to be amazed at the volume and quality of bluefin in this bite. Most boats are booked up through August with only a handful of openings over the next two weeks, so anglers need to think about September.
LOCAL ISLANDS AND SQUID: There continues to be a very good volume of bait squid around and that has been translating into pretty good fishing at Catalina and San Clemente for calicos and white seabass, along with a few yellowtail. Relatively light fishing pressure, because of the hot offshore fishing.
LOCAL INSHORE UPDATE: The winds have impacted the local bite, too, and some boats have shifted back to rockfish. The Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing was out on two half-day trips Tuesday and racked up limits of rockfish. The Freelance out of Davey's Locker had been averaging 40 to 50 sand bass on its twilight trips early this week, which has been two to three keeper bass per angler. There have also been a handful of white seabass on many of these local trips, thanks to the live squid available most places for bait. The Redondo Special out of Redondo Sportfish had had a handful of seabass on Tuesday along with a yellowtail.