By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure, but the catfish action remains fair to good with the best action on shrimp, garlic shrimp or shad. Lots of fish from 2-4 pounds. The crappie action off the French Gulch marina in 14 feet of water has been fair to good on small minnows. These are mostly fish over a pound, but they are tight to the docks. Other species are very slow, including trout which were planted last week. The lake remains so low the boat ramps pretty much require four-wheel drive to launch boats.
KERN RIVER: The upper river has been slow to fair this past week for trout, with the Democrat Dam area and the Kernville Park to the powerhouse stretches still the top spots. The best bite has been on salmon eggs and mice tails. Fly anglers are also still seeing a pretty fair bite on the wild trout, mostly on small nymphs. The lower river continues be very slow on both smallmouth and trout.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Excellent fishing for stripers this past week. While there are still a lot of dinks in the catch, the number of quality, keeper-sized fish has jumped. Top fish reported was an 11-6 caught by Bob Raab, Bakersfield, on a sardine. The sardine and lug worms have been the hot baits this past week, with far fewer fish on anchovies, blood worms, or Gitzit-like artificials. Catfish bite is slow.
MILL CREEK PARK: Slow fishing.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant this week and two weeks ago, and the bite was excellent by mid-week after the Tuesday plant. Lots of limits reported. PowerBait, Mice Tails and nightcrawlers all good bets. Best PowerBait colors have been yellow glitter and rainbow.
HART PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Good action on yellow glitter and rainbow PowerBait, green nightcrawlers, and Mice Tails. Other species slow.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Very good action with a lot of limits. Yellow, rainbow, garlic and salmon egg chunky cheese PowerBait have been the best bets. A few bass are also showing on nightcrawlers and plastics. Other species very slow.
MING LAKE: DFW trout went in this week and two weeks ago and there has been very good action this week on PowerBait in the garlic flavors, yellow glitter, and rainbow. Mice Tails with or without garlic oil are also good bets. There have been some bass showing in the evenings on plastics. There were also some crappie reported this past week. Other species slow.
BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. PowerBait with garlic, Mice Tails and small jigs with scent have been the best bets.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Trout plant last Thursday and the bite was very good through the weekend, but it has slowed a little since. The best action has been on yellow glitter and rainbow PowerBaits this past week, but the garlic and chunky cheese flavors are also still working along with the green nightcrawlers. Plants tentatively slated for every three weeks this season. A few crappie are finally starting to show on small minnows, but still not many anglers targeting the crappie.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Very good trout action this week on rainbow PowerBait and the garlic-flavored or scent-added nightcrawlers. Slow other species.
SUCCESS LAKE: Overall slow.
KAWEAH LAKE: Overall slow.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: Good trout action has continued this past week after the 4,000-pound plant four weeks ago, but the bite has been mostly for the trollers fishing from Santa Crus Point to Cachuma Point and from Little Cachuma to the dam. Shore anglers had the best bite at the right side of the marina boom line, HarveyÃs, and off E Point, but that bite slowed. The trollers scored with Rapalas, Kastmasters, and Yozuri Pin Minnows. The warm weather has perked the bass a little with the best action on swimbaits and jigs, and a few smallmouth were caught by trout trollers. The crappie are beginning to stir.
CASITAS: The bass action remains tough with a few fish showing for the diligent anglers. Even a few fish up in 10 feet of water or less with the warm weather. Best action is still on deep-water jigs, plastics and nightcrawlers. A few catfish are showing, mostly by accident.
CASTAIC: DFW trout plant went in last week at the main ramp. The trout bite had been slow before this plant. The stripers and largemouth bass are both pretty good.
LOPEZ: Slow to fair bass action with the warmer weather, but still pretty tough. Best action has been on plastics and nightcrawlers. A few catfish continue to show on cut baits in deeper water. Other action is slow.
NACIMIENTO: Few reports. Still slow to fair spotted bass action on nightcrawlers, jumbo red worms, or slow-fished jigs and plastics. Other species getting very little pressure so there have been few reports.
PIRU: Overall slow to fair fishing. The largemouth bass bite has been fair on plastics and reaction baits. The average fish is from 1-2 pounds. A few catfish reports, and a few deep-water crappie anglers have landed a few fish from 30-40 feet of water on small jigs. Other species have been slow.
PYRAMID: DFW trout plant here last week, which is the first in over a month. Lots of stripers from 10-12 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 catfish bite has been on nightcrawlers, blood worms, and cut baits. The largemouth bass bite has improved a little more this past week with the nice weather, and the best bite is on plastics and nightcrawlers. Most are one to two pounds with a few bigger fish.
SAN ANTONIO: Few reports.
SANTA MARGARITA: Very little fishing pressure, but the warm weather has brought a few bass up into shallower water with a few fish to eight pounds reported in the past week. Most are showing on nightcrawlers and plastics. Catfish and panfish are very slow.
KERN: Brite Valley Reservoir, Hart Park Lake, Ming Lake, River Walk Lake, Truxtun Lake, Woollomes Lake.
LONG RANGE REMAINS EXCELLENT: The long range yellowfin tuna trips off the tip of Baja continue to excellent. Two of the boats were en route back home at mid-week and reported final counts. The Royal Polaris actually cut the trip short a day because the hold was full. In all there were 22 yellowfin topping 200 pounds.
MEXICAN ROCKFISH AND YELLOWTAIL: The overnight to 21/2-day boats out of San Diego continue to report excellent rockfish action in spite of the weather change.
CORONADO ISLANDS UPDATE: The poor bite has continued with virtually no traffic from the San Diego fleet this past week after the yellowtail disappeared.
LOCAL COAST UPDATE: The half- and three-quarter day boats from Oceanside to Santa Barbara have mostly been absent from the scene this past week thanks to poor weather and wind conditions that made fishing difficult. Most skippers have kept their boats at the dock to do maintenance. Private boaters continue to report a few bass and sculpin in the Santa Monica Bay region and sand dabs are always an option.
LOBSTER STILL PRETTY FAIR: Lobster trips are continuing to produce from a half to two bugs per angler with the best action on strong tides.