By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
STRIPER DERBY: The annual Bob's Bait month-long striper derby kicked off June 1. 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 striper weighed in during June will take the $100 prize, plus all the entry fee money from everyone entered. Last year's winner took home almost $500. For more information or to register, call Bob's Bait at (661) 833-8657.
LAKE ISABELLA: The crappie has remained spotty from shore, but boat and tube anglers are getting fishing in seven to 20 feet of water scattered at different locations around the lake. Most of the fish are in the one-pound or better class. The bass are fair with a few fish showing on reaction baits, plastics, and jigs with the best bite early and late in the day. Heath Williams, Bakersfield, landed and released an 11-8 bass drop-shotting a plastic worm from his float tube and had several other three to five pound fish. Catfish still good on shad, clams and Sonny's Dip Bait with fish to six pounds reported. The trout bite is fair at the dam on salmon peach Power Bait or nightcrawlers in garlic oil. The bluegill bite is also fair to good.
KERN RIVER: The trout action is good to excellent on the upper river with a lot of four to six-pound trout reports on crickets, Power Bait, and Mice Tails. Flows remain very low at only 700 cfs. Good action all the way from the Johnsondale Bridge down to Kernville. Fly anglers are also seeing very good action with more dry fly stuff mornings now, but the best action is still on small nymphs. Few reports from the high elevation waters. In the lower river flows are right around 900 cfs and very fishable, and the trout bite has been pretty fair.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite has been pretty fair on Gitzits, Rat-L-Traps, minnows and blood worms, but no big fish reported this week. Lots of stuff to five or six pounds. The catfish action is good on the new Secret 7 dip bait. The best bite has been in the evening or at night with a lot of fish to four pounds.
MILL CREEK PARK: Mostly slow action but the panfish bite is fair and a few carp are being caught. Occasional early morning or late evening bass.
HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill bite has been very good on wax worms, meal worms, and crickets, and the carp bite is also pretty good. Bass action has been fair.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Good bluegill action on red worms, meal worms, wax worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces. The bass action is fair very early or late in the day.
RIVER WALK PARK: Bluegill action is very good on meal and wax worms or crickets. Also a good carp bite on Powder Bait. Bass fair early and late in the day.
MING LAKE: Very good bluegill action on wax worms, red worms, and meal worms, and the carp action is improving with a pretty good bite on dough baits. Bass are fair with the best bite early and late in the day on plastics, spinnerbaits, and topwater lures. No crappie reports this week, and trout season is over.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The largemouth bass bite is fair early and late in the day on plastics, Brush Hogs, Senkos, minnows, and nightcrawlers. The bluegill action is hot on meal worms, red worms, and nightcrawler pieces. The catfish bite has been improving with the warm weather, especially on shad. Also a pretty decent carp bite on dough baits.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: The bluegill bite is very good on wax worms, meal worms, or crickets, while the early morning and late evening bass bite is fair on Senkos, Brush Hogs, plastics or nightcrawlers.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bass action has been pretty good on drop-shot plastics and Senko-type lures. The best action is in less than eight feet of water early and late in the day. The bluegill bite is also pretty fair on small baits.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been fair to good on plastics, Brush Hogs, swimbaits, and spinnerbaits. The best bite is at first or last light. The bluegill action is good on the usual array of small baits.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: The bass bite is still very good on plastics around much of the lake with both largemouths and smallmouths in the catch. Best news is that shad are on the bank early and can be dipped and provide an excellent bait for the bass, cats, and crappie. The catfish bite is fair to good in the coves and creek channels in three to 15 feet of water on cut and dough baits. Some holdover trout continue to show. Bluegill are good in the backs of most coves.
CASITAS: The algae bloom has subsided, and the bass bite has been good to excellent on live shad, plastics, and topwater lures early and late in the day with most fish under four pounds. Bass are up shallow early and late and then down to 25 feet later in the day. Bluegill and redear bite is very good in less than 10 feet of water on red worms and nightcrawler pieces.
CASTAIC: Striper fishing has been on fire all along the shoreline around the marina, in Government Cove, Eucalyptus Point, Kong Island, Ball Point and from the buoy Line to Elizabeth Canyon. Fresh dead sardines or frozen shad are the best bait fished in 20 to 80 feet of water. The largemouth bite has been good with a lot of three to five-pound fish on nightcrawlers and plastics.
LOPEZ: The redear bite has been excellent with a lot of fish to two pounds reported on nightcrawler pieces or small jigs tipped with baits. Also some decent bluegill in this bite, and the crappie are showing in fair numbers. The bass bite remains good.
NACIMIENTO: The spotted bass have been very good on plastics early and late in the day. There has been good action on the white bass in Las Tables for trollers and anglers tossing shad-like swimbaits.
PIRU: Winds have hampered the action this week, but the crappie and bass bites have continued fair to good. Bluegill and redear are showing in good numbers on crickets and red worms.
PYRAMID: Windy this week. The catfish bite has been good from shore and for boat anglers (when they can get out) fishing cut baits in deeper water. The striper bite has been fair to good for trollers, but the bait bite has been nearly as good with the fish still in deeper water. Most of the fish are from two to four pounds. The black bass action has been generally good with the fish still in five to 15 feet of water.
SANTA MARGARITA: The largemouth bass bite has been good with a lot of quality fish showing on plastics, spinnerbaits, jigs and Alabama rigs, but the best bite has been early and late in the day. Bluegill and redear are very good; crappie are fair.
SAN ANTONIO: The black bass action is still good early and late in the day on plastics, smaller swimbaits, cranks, spinnerbaits, and Alabama rigs.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: The East Walker has been good on nymphs and dries with some good hatches of midges and caddis. Bridgeport Reservoir has been very good with the best bite for bait anglers. Kirman Lake has been good with many anglers reporting five to 10 fish catch-and-release days on brookies to two pounds and cutthroats to five pounds. The Twin Lakes are both producing a lot of pan-sized trout with some to two pounds for trollers, shore bait anglers, and fly anglers. The West Walker River is very good on spinners, bait, and flies. The Virginia Lakes are all ice-free and the bite has remained wide open with limit-style fishing.
JUNE LAKE LOOP REGION: Silver Lake remains good with a lot of nice stringers. Winds have hampered fishing off and on. Grant, Gull, and June are all fair to good, with June especially good for trollers.
MAMMOTH AREA: Winds really hammered the fishing at Crowley Lake again this past week. Fly anglers are reporting 20 to 30 fish days on midges. The bait and troll bites are also good, and the perch are already showing in good numbers. Convict Lake is good on pansized fish. Mammoth Creek has been good on stocked trout with quite a few wild browns. The Upper Owens is fair to good with mostly small fish showing now. Hot Creek is excellent.
BISHOP AREA: Lake Sabrina has been good at the inlets with a lot of limits on baits and small lures, trolling is also good as the water comes up slowly. South Lake continues to be the top spot for quality fish. Bishop Creek (all forks) remains good and Intake II is getting regular DFG plants, too, and has been steady. The lower Owens has been very good with nymph, streamer and dry fly anglers all scoring.
LONE PINE-INDEPENDENCE AREA: All the small streams along Highway 395 from Big Pine Creek to Cottonwood Creek remain fair to good, and most have been planted again this week.
KERN: Kern River (Sections 0 through 5)
CENTRAL COAST: Winds have kept rockcod boats at the dock midweek.
BARRACUDA REMAIN GOOD: There has been a slight downturn in the barracuda action since last week's excellent bite, but most landings in the Huntington Beach to San Pedro region continue to find schools of fish each day with wide open action on Tuesday for anglers aboard the Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing and both the Enterprise and City of Long Beach out of Long Beach Sportfishing.