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By Robert Hughes, of Bakersfield, caught this 52-inch leopard shark on July 26 inside the harbor at Morro Bay. He used cut bait , a 4/0 hook and 50-pound spider wire.
BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: Crappie action has slowed. The best bite is around drowned trees and brush (try fishing the tree line opposite the airport). Float tube and boat anglers fishing around any structure (mostly flooded trees), while the shore anglers are having a little more difficulty getting on the fish. The fish are in few spots thanks to low water levels. The trout bite has slowed. The bluegill bite is good in most coves, but there are more small fish with the bigger fish few and far between. Bass fair to good. Lake level very low.
KERN RIVER: Upper river is fishing very well following trout plants. Flows are quite low, so the fish are stacked up in the bigger pools with the upper river best early and late in the day. There have also been stocks in the whole upper river each of the last three weeks. The lower river has very low flows and that is creating good bass fishing conditions for the smallmouth that live in this part of the river way near Bakersfield.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite is good if you like fish just a couple of inches below the minimum legal size. Catfish action is just fair.
HART PARK LAKE: DFG trout this week and in two weeks. The water level is way down, and there continues to be a very good bluegill bite. The carp bite is also fair to good. The bite is best mornings and evenings. Bass bite improving.
TRUXTUN LAKE: DFG trout this week and in two weeks. Low water conditions and good bluegill action. Carp action fair. Bass improving.
RIVER WALK PARK: DFG trout plant this week and in two weeks. Very good bluegill action. Carp, bass fair.
MING LAKE: DFG trout this week and in two weeks. Low water conditions have stacked the fish on a few spots and there is very good bluegill action. Bass fair.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Good bluegill bite. Catfish, bass action fair. The annual Taft Chamber of Commerce Trout Fishing Derby will be 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 17, at Lake Evans.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Low water levels. Bluegill, bass bites fair.
SUCCESS LAKE: Good bass action. Bluegill bite is good.
KAWEAH LAKE: Bass bite, bluegill action is good, but other species slow.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: There was a 4,000 pound trout plant slated for Thursday, including trophy fish topping 8 pounds. Catfish good.
CASITAS: A catfish weighing 20 pounds was taken by Ken Tatsch, Ventura. Seth Casey, Ojai, caught seven largemouth, biggest at 4 pounds.
CASTAIC: Overall, all species are rated fair by the staff.
PIRU: Action on most all species has slowed. Small largemouth bass showing in 6-25 feet.
PYRAMID: Black bass action has been fair to good. The catfish action has also been fair on cut baits in the coves.
SAN ANTONIO: On and off striper bite, 8-12 pounds and smaller. The catfish bite is good. Largemouth bass action is slow. Crappie action has slowed.
NACIMIENTO: Fishing for a mix of spotted bass and white bass has been fair. Catfish fair to good on cut baits.
SANTA MARGARITA: Slow, but possibly showing a little improvement on smaller bass. Still very light fishing pressure, so there have been few reports.
LOPEZ: The bass bite has slowed. Gary Rodriguez caught a bass of 5.7. The bluegill and redear are also fair. Crappie and catfish have been slow.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Bridgeport Reservoir just fair. A few browns in the 3-pound range taken this week. Virginia Lakes is fair to good. Twin Lakes fair with mostly smaller fish. Most of the area streams are not getting any pressure as they are running very low. Kirman is excellent with a lot of 14- to 16-inch brook trout that weigh 3-plus pounds.
JUNE LAKE LOOP REGION: Silver Lake produced a big brown trout weighing 18 pounds, 1 ounce for Paul Rodriguez, Phillips Ranch. He was using a Number 9 Rapala and casting from the bank when the huge brown hit. Otherwise, fishing in the lake has been rated as just fair. The rest of the June Lake Loop is also fair to good. Rush Creek fair.
MAMMOTH AREA: The trout action at Crowley Lake is good to excellent. Convict Lake has been fair to good and the fishing pressure is light. The Upper Owens is good with mostly small fish showing now. Hot Creek is excellent with good hatches morning and afternoon (when wind isn’t blowing). The upper San Joaquin and Red’s Meadow is closed due to snow.
CONVICT LAKE: Fishing is good. A derby is running through the end of trout season with $6,000 in prizes. They have 144 derby competitors so far and 96 fish entered in the drawing.
BISHOP AREA: Pleasant Valley Reservoir has fair fishing and will get a DFG plant on the 11th. North Lake is getting ice at night. Sabrina and South Lake got snow but the roads are open and the fishing has been pretty good. Owens Gorge is fair.
LONE PINE-INDEPENDENCE AREA: Overall pretty slow. The bright spot has been Diaz Lake, which has received a couple of trout plants recently.
KERN: Hart Park, Truxtun lakes
TULARE: Kaweah Reservoir, Murry Park Pond, Success.
OFFSHORE EXOTICS STILL HOT: Off-shore action in the San Diego fishing fleet contines to be very good, incredible even. This kind of fishing, especially this late in the season, is just unheard of. It has been at least 15 years since the sportfishing fleet has caught fish like this clear into late October and November. Usually there’s a bit of yellowtail around, and possibly some bluefin tuna, but this year there is still a good action on dorado, yellowfin tuna, yellowtail, bluefin tuna. The Ocean Odyssey, on a 1 ½-day trip Monday, returned with limits of yellowtail and yellowfin tuna, along with a few dorado, for all anglers on board. Fishing pressure is light, as most folks figure there’s no fish out there this time of year. The bite is shifting a little south, between 70 and 120 miles, but boats are still seeing dorado and yellowtail as close as 25 miles out. These close fish allow even the three-quarter day boats to get in on this bite. The anglers on those trips are also catching respectable numbers of rockfish and bass to go with it. The fishing is just very good.
SAN DIEGO LOCAL: The bite remains good close in. There are yellowtail and a scattering of halibut and white seabass, plus the rockfish bite is excellent for those who have squid for bait. The squid are doing their part, hanging in there in about 100 feet of water and making bait is easy for everybody.
LOS ANGELES AND ORANGE COUNTY: There’s lots of squid out there in a hundred feet of water off Huntington Beach. Without squid, the rock fishing can be tough, but when you have plenty of squid, the rock fish action is phenomenal. The sand bass and calico bass fishing is very good, too.
LOCAL ISLANDS: The Coronado Islands are off limits to fishing right now while everybody is trying to figure out the new regulations. San Clemente has not been getting a whole lot of pressure. There’s a little bit of yellowtail at the east end. There’s also been a lot of 4- or 5-pound yellowtail. There’s still a lot of squid, so it is easy to make bait.
LOBSTER SEASON UPDATE: The lobster fishing is good. The Jig Strike and the Alicia came in early on Monday due to fog, but they had 10 lobsters apiece and combined they had 85 crabs.