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William Owen of Bakersfield caught this catfish recently at Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area's Lake Evans, using shad for bait. The fish was 5 pounds, 11 ounces.

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Logan Abbott, 9, and Caden Abbott, 6, are shown recently during their first quail hunt their father near Glenville.

Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley

LAKE ISABELLA: The crappie bite has been spotty this past week but the warmer weather could turn this bite back one. Most of the action has been in 35-40 feet of water on live minnows. Still light pressure. The catfish bite is getting all the attention and it continues to be good with the best bite on live minnows and frozen shad. The fish are mostly from 1-8 to two pounds with an occasional bigger fish. Overall slow action on other species with the odd quality largemouth bass showing on bigger swimbaits.

KERN RIVER: The upper river trout bite remains fair to good for fly anglers fishing the wild or holdover fish, mostly on small nymphs, and there has been very good action on planted trout after plants two weeks ago in the Kern River Park and Powerhouse No. 1 areas. The bite has been best on salmon eggs, nightcrawlers and small spinners. Lower river is very slow.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Little change here with continued good action on smaller class stripers, most below the 18-inch minimum size, but enough keeper fish to make things interesting. The best bite has been on sand worms, but blood worms, tube baits, Rat-L-Traps, and sardine are getting a few fish. Continued slow catfish action.

MILL CREEK PARK: Few reports. Bluegill, catfish bites are slow and there is very little action.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The Bakersfield Fire Department Derby is Saturday and the lake was slated to get four trout plants for this event, one Thursday, two today, and one early Saturday morning while the event is ongoing. The bite has been good and it should be even better this weekend. The best action has been PowerBait with garlic oil or the new Hatchery Dust. Nightcrawlers in garlic also working. Slow other species.

HART PARK LAKE: While the fishing during the Saturday derby in Mirror Lake was spotty, the bite in Mirror was good in the days after the event with some limits reported in less than an hour. The big lake was also filled early in the week after weir repairs were made.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Fair to good trout action with DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Quite a few limits reported on PowerBait, nightcrawlers, trout jigs, and trout plastics. More bass starting to show with warmer weather.

MING LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago, and the action has been fair to good on PowerBait with garlic, Power Mice, or inflated nightcrawlers. Other species are slow but bass are starting to show.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Continued good action on PowerBait, nightcrawlers and small trout jigs and worms.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: There was a 2,000-plus pound plant of trout this week, including some trophy fish over 10 pounds, and the bite has been excellent on orange PowerBait rolled in the new Hatchery Dust. There is also still a very good crappie bite on minnows with a lot of fish in the 11/2-pound class. The largemouth bass bite is also turning on in Webb on plastic worms and minnows, and even some catfish are starting to show on frozen shad.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: The water level remains too low for trout stocking. Very slow fishing.

SUCCESS LAKE: Bass action has broken open with good action on plastics as the bass start nosing up into the shallows in their annual pre-spawn movement. Lots of 1- to 2-pound fish and bass to 6 pounds reported in recent day. There are also still some bass in deeper water and showing on jigging spoons. Bluegill bite slow in deep water.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been improving with more fish showing in less than 15 feet of water on plastics and small swimbaits this week. The bluegill action is slow with the best bite in deeper water.

Other regional lakes

CACHUMA: The crappie bite broke wide open this past week with several anglers reported 25-fish limits. The trout bite has been slowing. The smallmouth and largemouth bass bites are slowly improving.

CASITAS: The bass action has continue to improve. Brandon LeMay, Ojai, had a 7-12 bass on a plastic worm, and Travis Walters, Oak View, landed a 6-pounder, also on a plastic. Trout bite remains fair.

CASTAIC: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. The striper have been showing at the dam. Brett Packard, Castaic, landed a 22-pounder at the dam. Quite a few smallmouths have been reported recently.

LOPEZ: The bass action has been improving. Some crappie showing around the docks.

NACIMIENTO: Spotted bass have been fair to good. A few largemouth bass in this bite.

PIRU: Largemouth bass bite fair with most of the fishing showing on jigging spoons and ice jigs in 20 to 40 feet of water

PYRAMID: Winds have hampered the bite in recent days, but there was a DFW trout plant last week which made for better trout fishing and brought a few quality stripers up for the swimbait hurlers. Also some stripers on deep baits. Catfish slowed.

SAN ANTONIO: The largemouth bass bite has improved dramatically in the past week to 10 days with fish starting to move shallower and showing on plastic worms. Catfish action slow.

SANTA MARGARITA: The largemouth bass bite is kicking into gear with more and more fish showing in 10 feet of water or less. Other species remain slow.

Trout plants

None scheduled this week for Kern, Tulare counties

Ocean report

LONG-RANGE TUNA EXCELLENT: The long-range fleet out of San Diego continues to have excellent fishing off the tip of Baja for giant yellowfin tuna. The Red Rooster III returned this week with a great catch of 150 to 300-pound yellowfin. Top fish was a 312 pounder caught by Josh Gerson, Sherman Oaks, on his first giant tuna trip and he caught the big fish on the last morning of the trip. The Royal Polaris is heading back up the line and reported a catch of 22 yellowfin and 38 wahoo last Thursday, and the big fish that days was a 279-pounder. Many of the skippers are taking a week-break next week for the Fred Hall Show in Long Beach.

ROCKFISH OPENER FRIDAY: The rockfish season reopens today, and conditions are excellent all along the coast for these great gamefish. Anglers are again restricted to 50 fathoms (300 feet) or shallower, but there have been some good regulation changes. First, the daily limit of bocaccio has been upped to three fish within the 10-fish total rockfish limit, and there is no longer a size restriction on bocaccio. Second, red rockfish can now be fished within Cow Cod Conservancy Areas in less than 120 feet of water.

MEXICAN WATERS ROCKFISH: The San Diego half- and three-quarter day fleet has been fishing Mexican water for rockfish and if the bite is any indication, the Southern California opener should be excellent. On Tuesday, the Premier out of H&M Landing was out with 16 anglers on a half-day trip and they landed 70 bocaccio, 52 rockfish, five whitefish, and four sculpin. The Malihini, also out of H&M, was out Tuesday on the 3/4-day with 18 anglers and they had 129 rockfish, 47 red snapper, and four ling cod. The San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing was out Sunday with 33 anglers and they landed 268 rockfish, 60 red snapper, and two ling cod. The 1 1/2-day trips have been better.

BASS STILL SPOTTY: The cold water temperatures along the coast have continued to plague the bass bite all along the coast. For example, the New Seaforth out of Seaforth Sportfishing in San Diego was on a local half-day with five anglers and they only landed two calicos, one sand bass, two sculpin, and four mackerel on Tuesday.