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Tim Bealessio, 28, of Bakersfield, caught this 125-pound halibut July 17 at Excursion Inlet near Juneau, Alaska using frozen herring for bait.

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Josh Rose, 3, caught these trout at McGee Creek, near Lake Crowly in the Eastern Sierra, July 26 while fishing with his parents Brandie and Jeff and grandfathers Craig Rose and Larry Campbell. He used PowerBait.

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Jay Rich and Terry Rawles of Bakersfield teamed to win the Best Bass Tournament's $20,000 first-place prize over the weekend at Lake Oroville. Their 10-fish totaled 19.21 pounds, beating the second-place team by more than a haf-pound, and topping a field of 150 teams. Their biggest fish was 3.5 pounds, which was caught on Sunday.

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John Dunnegan of Bakersfield caught this rainbow trout at Lake Isabella, using a white lure.

Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley

LAKE ISABELLA: Good action on catfish, bass, and a few crappie.

KERN RIVER: DFW has planted all sections of the upper and lower river last week, this week, and the river is slated for fish again next week in the upper stretches. The trout bite has been very good on the planted fish for anglers fishing salmon eggs and crickets. The fly anglers are also seeing very good action on wild fish in the upper stretches. The lower river continues to have. Top areas are in the Rancheria, Hart Park, and Ming Lake stretches with most anglers simply wading the river.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Good for small stripers and catfish. Catfish bite has slowed at little.

MILL CREEK PARK: Good bite on bluegill. A few bass showing.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Bluegill, carp bites are best bets. The bass are fair on plastics.

HART PARK LAKE: Good bluegill bite. The bass bite heating up.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Bluegill, carp action is good. Bass slow to fair.

MING LAKE: Action on bluegill and carp is very good. The bass are improving.

BRITE LAKE: Trout plant last week.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: Fair to good bluegill action. Fair catfish bite. Bass action improving.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: Good action on bluegill with a few bass, carp being caught.

SUCCESS LAKE: Good bluegill action. Bass bite good.

KAWEAH LAKE: Bluegill, catfish good. Other species slow.

Other regional lakes

CACHUMA: Good catfish bite. The bass bite is fair. The first trout plant of the season is set for the week of Nov. 3.

CASITAS: The bass action remains fair to good.

CASTAIC: The striper bite very good. Largemouth bite good off the main point of the marina. Catfish fair in Elizabeth Canyon.

LOPEZ: Bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish fair to good.

NACIMIENTO: Best action has been for catfish on cut baits and nightcrawlers with fish to 10 pounds or better reported. Good bluegill bite. The spotted bass are good on drop-shot plastics mornings and evenings. Largemouth and smallmouth spotty.

PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been good. Other species have been slow.

PYRAMID: Lots of small stripers from 10 to 12 inches showing, but few bigger fish.

SAN ANTONIO: More boiling stripers this week. Most of the fish are 10 to 12 pounds with a few smaller and a few bigger. Catfish bite fair to good. Black bass bite fair.

SANTA MARGARITA: Fair bass bite. Fair action on bluegill and redear in eight to 15 feet of water, and the catfish bite has been pretty good.

Eastern Sierra

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Good action on the East Walker River but the flows dropped again (25 cfs) with the best action on fish stacked up in the bigger pools on nymphs. Bridgeport Reservoir is finally starting to improve. Best bite at the dam at dusk. Twin Lakes improved for both shore and boat anglers. The West Walker River remains a hot spot in this region with an excellent bite on flies, spinners, and bait in the low flows. Virginia Lakes excellent.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Silver Lake has been very good on Mice Tails or lures for both shore and boat anglers. 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 fair to good on holdover trout.

MAMMOTH AREA: Convict Lake and Convict Creek have both been good this week with light fishing pressure and good action. Crowley Lake has very low water levels but good fishing. The Twin Lakes and Lake Mary are fair to good on rainbows and brookies. Hot Creek has been fair to good with good caddis and midge activity and some mayfly activity early in the morning. Upper Owens River fair to good with few bigger fish but decent numbers of smaller trout. Rock Creek Lake is fair to good with some limits.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Lake Sabrina 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 has seen excellent action all of this past week. Intake II might even be better with limits reported for most anglers, including some bigger fish to five pounds. Best action at Owens inlet and at the dam.

LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: Most of the small streams along Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra were planted again this week.

Trout plants

KERN: Kern River (Sections 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

TULARE: Kern River (Sections 5, 6), Tule River North Fork (Middle Fork No. 1), Tule River South Fork (Middle Fork No. 2, Middle Fork No. 3).

Ocean report

BLUEFIN ACTION HISTORIC: Last week's little cold front didn't touch the wide open bluefin tuna fishing for the San Diego overnight fleet. While the yellowfin and dorado are slowly creeping back south and the bulk of the bite for everything is in the 80 to 120-mile range now so the full-day and three-quarter day boats aren't getting into these fish any longer. Most overnight and long trips on the sport boats are getting limits of yellowtail to supplement the bite on the 40 to 70-pound bluefin. There is just no end in sight to this action and reservations are easy to get again. There has not been a season this good on bluefin in at least 25 years.

CORONADO ISLANDS YELLOWTAIL: The half-day boats out of San Diego are mostly focusing on rockfish, but the three-quarter day boats are still running over to the Coronado Islands and hammering the yellowtail.

CATALINA AND CLEMENTE UPDATE: The huge volume of squid along the coast and at the offshore islands has not translated into much of a bite except for rockfish.Catalina has a very good rockfish bite with a lot of whitefish and sheephead also in the catch, with similar fishing at Clemente. Clemente has been a bright spot for yellowtail for the few boats making this run. On its weekend trip, the Thunderbird out of Davey's Locker reported 47 yellowtail on a private charter with all of these fish nice quality 12 to 14 pounders.

NEARSHORE BITE ALL ROCKFISH: Almost all of the half- and three-quarter day sportboats from Oceanside to the Channel Islands are focusing on the excellent rockfish action all along the coast. The average has been half-limits for the half-day boats and three-quarter to full limits on the longer trips.