By The Bakersfield Californian
LAKE ISABELLA: Lake is so low the boat ramps are all out of the water and boat launching must be done from shorelines and most bigger boats can't be launched. There is still very good action on catfish and bass but almost no fishing pressure. The best action has been best on salted garlic clam meat, regular clams, shad, and green garlic nightcrawlers. The cats are running up to six pounds. The bass, with the best bite for boat anglers, have been best on crankbaits and spinnerbaits with good topwater action early and late in the day. Fish up to six pounds or better. No crappie reports this past week, but a fair number of bluegill continue to show. No trout reports.
KERN RIVER: The river remains very low. The trout bite has been fair to good in the mornings. No recent DFW plants. The lower river is excellent for bass in the Rancheria, Hart Park, and Ming Lake stretches now that the water has cleared.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The aqueduct has been fair this past week in spite of moss with a decent bite on small stripers on blood worms with a few on tube baits and Rat-L-Traps. Catfish are fair with fish to 12 pounds.
MILL CREEK PARK: Good bite on bluegill with a few bass also showing in the evening. No catfish reports.
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: This is one of the best fishing spots in the region with a very good bluegill, carp and bass.
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: The water level remains very good and the action on bluegill and carp is very good. The bluegill are best on wax worms and meal worms. Carp bite is best on dough baits. The bass are slow to fair on plastics, Senkos, Brush Hawgs, and minnows in the evenings.
BRITE LAKE: No report.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Fair to 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, but most of the fish are smaller. A few bass have been reported in the evenings, mostly on plastics and nightcrawlers, but also some topwater. Low water levels.
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. Lots of one to two-pound fish and bass to six pounds reported.
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: Catfish good with fish to six pounds. The bass bite fair in 20 to 30 feet. Trout slow this past week.
CASITAS: The bass action fair to good early in the morning and late in the evenings. A few catfish and bluegill-redear are showing for the few anglers targeting these species.
CASTAIC: Striper bite very good in deep water at the dam. The largemouth bass bite has been good on cranks and other reaction baits early and late in the day around structure in the backs of the coves and around the marina. Catfish still good in Elizabeth Canyon.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been good on plastics and reaction baits with a good topwater bite most mornings. The average fish is from one to two pounds, but bass to seven pounds have been reported. A few catfish reports, but no reports on crappie this week. Other species have been slow.
LOPEZ: The bass have been fair to good. The panfish bite is fair on bluegill with a few crappie and redear..
NACIMIENTO: Very low water level at 38 to 39 percent of capacity. The best action has been for catfish on cut baits and nightcrawlers. 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.
PYRAMID: Lots of small stripers from 10 to 12 inches showing. Fair catfish bite 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: Very light fishing pressure. There's a pretty fair bass bite.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: The East Walker River flows remain pretty good at between 75 and 100 cfs, but the algae is now coming through the dam, decaying, and created a big stink and nightmare fishing conditions in the first couple of sections of river below the dam. Bridgeport Reservoir was a little better this past week, with a decent bite for bait anglers off Rainbow Point. Kirman Lake is fair to good for fly anglers fishing midge patterns under an indicator or slow-stripping Pheasant Tail nymphs or soft hackles. Twin Lakes remains good for kokanee at six to seven colors of leadcore and for rainbows to three pounds just above the kokes. Virginia Lakes has been very good with weekly plants and a lot of limits caught on flies, lures, and bait.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Silver Lake has been very good. 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. Saddlebag Lake and the area creeks are all very good thanks to plants this week.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake has very low water levels but good fishing. Lots of fish up into the four-pound class with some bigger browns. Convict Lake continues to be fair to good with quite a few limits of pan-sized torut and a few bigger fish. The Twin Lakes and Lake Mary are fair to good on rainbows and brookies. Hot Creek was very good. Rock Creek Lake is fair to good with some limits.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Lake Sabrina is very low. But the bite has been fair to good at the inlets and in deep water and the back lake, and the lake is slated for DFW fish again this week -- probably the last of the season.
LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All the small streams along Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra were planted again this week.
None slated this week for Kern, Tulare counties
SAN DIEGO OFFSHORE BLUEFIN: The year of the bluefin tuna continues for the San Diego overnight to two-day fleet. Most of the 1 1/2-day boats have been averaging from 45 to 100 bluefin per day this week (about one to three fish per angler with some limits). This bite is showing no signs of going away and, if anything, the action on hog bluefin just keeps getting better. It's trophy hunting time.
LOCAL ISLANDS UPDATE: There continues to be a decent pick on white seabass, yellowtail, and keeper calico bass at both Catalina and San Clemente islands. The squid bait is still there and when a skipper finds a squid hatch and the tides are right, the bite can be excellent.
NEARSHORE UPDATE: While the calico and sand bass bites are still pretty fair all along the coast, most of the fish are under the 14-inch minimum so many skippers have switched back to bottomfish and finding good action on rockfish, sculpin, with a few sheephead and whitefish mixed in.