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By Brynna Thornberry of Bakersfield caught this 3-1/2-foot leopard shark in Morro Bay on July 4
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By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, Southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: Lake is extremely low but there is still very good action on catfish, bass and crappie. The crappie are almost all showing on small minnows fished near the dam from a boat or float tube with the fish running up to 1-8 and some limits have been reported. The bass are fair to good on jigs and deep-diving crankbaits. Bluegill fair.
KERN RIVER: The trout bite has been fair to good in the mornings on flies, salmon eggs, and crickets in the upper, upper river, but the stretch around Kernville has been tough. No recent DFW plants. The lower river continues to have a good bass bite and the water has cleared up .
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The aqueduct has been very good this past week for both small stripers and catfish. Tops this past week was a 22-pound striper on a large minnow. The catfish bite has continued good on crickets. Lots of fish to 6 pounds or better reported.
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. Carp are also showing on dough baits and Powder Bait. Bass bite fair.
HART PARK LAKE: Carp bite is good, mostly on dough baits. Bass bite is fair.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Bluegill, carp action good. Bass slow to fair.
MING LAKE: Action on bluegill and carp is very good. Bass slow to fair.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Fair to good bluegill action with some fish to a pound. Fair catfish bite on nightcrawlers and shad, but most of the fish are under three pounds. Remember the story of Oscar Enciso of Bakersfield and his 34-pound catfish caught last week. The lake staff is looking for Enciso (see picture on facing page) because he was so excited after catching the fish and rushing off the get it weighed that he left a trolling motor at the dock.
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. The bass bite has also remained good on plastics and reaction baits. Lots of 1- to 2-pound fish and bass to 6 pounds.
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 species very slow.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: There continues to be a good catfish bite on fish to 6 pounds. The bass bite has been slow to fair. A few redear and bluegill are being caught. CASITAS: Bass action fair to good. A few catfish and bluegill-redear are showing.
CASTAIC: The striper bite has continued very good. The bluegill bite has been fair.
LOPEZ: The bass have been fair to good with the best bite on topwater and reaction baits early and late and then nightcrawlers. The panfish bite is fair to good on bluegill with a few crappie and redear. Fair catfish action.
NACIMIENTO: Very low water level, and the best action has been for catfish on cut baits and nightcrawlers with fish to 10 pounds or better reported. There is also a good bluegill bite. The spotted bass are good on drop-shot plastics mornings and evenings in the shoreline ares in six to 25 feet of water. Largemouth and smallmouth spotty.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been good on plastics and reaction baits. The average fish is 1-2 pounds, and bass to 7 pounds. A few catfish reports.
PYRAMID: Lots of small stripers from 10 to 12 inches showing but few bigger fish. Fair catfish bite in the main channel. The largemouth bass bite has been very good all over the lake.
SAN ANTONIO: While the stripers having been boiling much the past week, there is still a fair bite for trollers working near the dam and off B Rock. Most of the fish are 10 to 12 pounds with a few smaller and a few bigger. The catfish bite has been fair to good. Black bass bite fair.
SANTA MARGARITA: Very light fishing pressure. Fair bass bite. Fair action on bluegill and redear in eight to 15 feet of water.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Good action on the East Walker River, mostly on nymphs and streamers, but flows are still low (55 cfs range). Kirman Lake is good and getting better by the day. Lots of quality brookies and cutthroats on streamers, scuds, and soft hackles. Four-pound fish are common. The Twin Lake has improved with pretty good action for both shore and boat anglers as night get chilly. Lots of pan-sized fish and some rainbows to four pounds. The West Walker River remains a hot spot in this region with an excellent bite. Virginia Lakes are also excellent with limits common.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Silver Lake has been very good. Grant Lake has been producing a few nice browns and rainbows. Gull and June are also good with a lot of fish from one to two pounds on both baits and lures, and June has consistently been cranking out four to six-pound fish each week, especially for trollers. Rush Creek has been fair to good, mostly on planted and holdover plants. Saddlebag Lake and the area creeks are all very good thanks to plants this week.
MAMMOTH AREA: Convict Lake and Convict Creek have both been good this week. Lots of fish up into the 4-pound class with some bigger browns. The Twin Lakes and Lake Mary are fair to good on rainbows and brookies. Hot Creek, Upper Owens River, Rock Creek Lake fair to good.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Lake Sabrina very low. The fishing has continued fair to good in deeper water. Bishop Creek has been very good with very low flows in the South Fork now that South Lake is at minimum pool. Weir Pond is good with a lot of limits of stocker rainbows and a few wild fish. North Lake and Intake II have been the hot spots in the drainage.
LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: Most of the small streams along Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra were planted again this week (see trout plants).
None this week for Kern, Tulare counties
OFFSHORE STILL WIDE OPEN: The offshore fishing scene for the San Diego sport boat fleet continues excellent with the overnight, 1-1/2-day and longer trips all generally getting limits of yellowtail, and a great mixed bag of yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, and dorado. While most of the bluefin are 15 to 40 pounds, and skippers are reporting far fewer schools of bigger fish over 80 pounds that simply can't be landed on the 30- to 50-pound class gear most anglers are bringing on these trips. Most boats booked at least a week to two weeks in advance for weekend trips, but the mid-week trips frequently have openings. Most skippers expect this action will last well into November.
ISLAND UPDATE: There continues to be relatively light fishing pressure at both San Clemente and Catalina Island this week, but the private boats fishing these two islands are still able to get squid for bait and find a decent pick on the white seabass and homeguard yellowtail. For the sportboats, the action is mostly for bottom fish and bonito, both of which have been very good. Limits of rockfish with a good pick on the whitefish and sheephead have been common.
NEARSHORE ROCKFISH AND BASS: Local half-day and three-quarter day boats continue to focus on the excellent rockfish and bottom fish action from San Diego up into the Channel Islands.