Kern County and southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: The trout bite has been pretty fair at the auxiliary dam on nightcrawlers and floating dough baits, and there has continued to be a fair to good catfish bite in the French Gulch and Engineer Point areas on frozen shad. The odd good largemouth also continues to be caught, but that bite is still pretty tough. Other species are slow.
KERN RIVER: Continued slow fishing along the whole upper Kern River. The few fish caught this past week were on small, deeply fished nymphs or salmon eggs. The lower river is slow, too, with only a few small smallmouth bass in the Richbar, Hobo areas off on spinners, crawlers and plastics.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striped bass bite is still pretty fair and a lot of 24-inch class fish, well over the 18-inch minimum size, have been caught on blood worms or sand worms this past week. Also still a few catfish showing.
HART PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Fair action on floating baits and inflated nightcrawlers doused with garlic scent. Other species are very slow.
TRUXTUN LAKE: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Just fair trout action. Flies and jigs under a float still working, but the usual floating baits or inflated nightcrawlers also working. Other species very slow.
RIVER WALK PARK: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Just fair action. Bass and bluegill very slow.
MING LAKE: Pretty fair trout action on PowerBait and garlic nightcrawlers. DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Other species are slow.
BRITE LAKE: No DFG trout plant in more than a month.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The trout action continues pretty good with quality fish a part of many stringers after this past weekendís Innagural Two-Day Trout Derby on Lake Evans. The top fish was a 13.5-ounder caught by Jose Rodriguez, Bakersfield, on a small swim bait. Lots of quality fish still in the lake. The winter crappie bite is slow to fair on live minnows with fish to two pounds showing. A few catfish are also starting to show, but no big fish this week.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: No DFG trout plants in over a month. Slow action. The bluegill bite is slow on red worms or meal worms.
SUCCESS LAKE: DFG trout plant three weeks ago. Other species mostly slow with a few bass still showing in deeper water on plastics and jigs.
KAWEAH LAKE: DFG trout plant three weeks ago. Mostly slow action on other species with only a few bass and the odd redear showing.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: Bass action is fair for both largemouth and smallmouth. Top spot was the east end of the lake. Steve Morris, Lompoc, got a four fish stringer of bass consisting of both largemouth and smallmouth fishing the upper end of the lake in 20 to 35 feet of water with a drop-shot rig. Trout action just fair despite a DFG trout plant last week. Jim Stornetta, Santa Maria, caught a limit of trout fishing mid-lake.
CASITAS: Bass fishing has improved with more fish working shallow in 10 to 15 feet of water on plastics and nightcrawlers, but the best bite is still in deeper water. Travis Walters, Oakview, had a 9.3-pound largemouth on a plastic this past week. The catfish action in the Santa Ana Arm of the lake has slowed as the flow of water from the rains slowed. The action had been pretty fair on chunks of mackerel. Joey LeSuer, Ojai, caught a 21-pounder, and Shaun Flaherty, Oakview, landed a 16-12. The bite has slowed this week. The scheduled DFG trout plant last week did not go in, and that bite is slow. Crappie and redear also slow. Private boats are allowed at Casitas, but boats will be inspected and face a 10-day dry dock requirement because of fears of quagga mussel infestation. The lake is open every day, including all holidays from dusk to dawn.
CASTAIC: The action is still a little slow for both stripers and largemouth. The stripers that are being caught are mostly small and are showing on anchovies (if you can get them), sardines, and nightcrawlers. Kong Island, the forebay buoy line, and Sharron's Rest were the top spots. The occasional big striper is still showing on swimbaits fished along the shoreline near the marina or the corner of the dam near the tower. Ken Hemer, Castaic, caught an 8.6-pound striper on a Tail Spinner at the marina. The largemouth bite is just fair. Anglers have been using spoons and jigs along the points or in the backs of the coves with some success. The lagoon has remained a good bet with largemouth and trout showing in fair numbers.
LOPEZ: Very light fishing pressure, but the bite was pretty good on crappie at the dam. The bass bite has been fair with the smallmouth bass best in the finger coves near the dam. Few other reports.
NACIMIENTO: Fair spotted bass action with jigs, plastics and swim baits all producing fish. Other species slow.
PIRU: Continued light fishing pressure this past week, but there has been fair trout action with the most recent DFG plant two weeks ago. The best action has been on floating baits and small lures and jigs and the marina area is best. The largemouth bass action is slow to fair on jigging spoons, ice jigs and plastics in 30-50 feet of water. A few crappie continue to show on small jigs, but the bluegill, redear, and catfish are mostly very slow.
PYRAMID: A DFG trout plant Jan. 25 has led to pretty decent trout action, especially in the marina area. The best bite has been on small spinners and spoons and PowerBait-type dough baits. The striper bite has been spotty with a few smaller fish to five pounds caught on swim baits and cut bait, but a 20-pounder was reported at the dam this past weekend. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites are just starting to perk a little with the better weather, but they are still mostly in deeper water and showing on plastics and jigs. The redear, bluegill and catfish are all very slow.
SAN ANTONIO: Very few reports.
SANTA MARGARITA: Bass action still slow, but a few crappie are showing on small jigs. Very light fishing pressure. The marina store is open Wednesday through Sunday.
GENERAL: General trout season reopens in Inyo and Mono counties on Saturday, April 24.
None scheduled for this week for Kern or Tulare counties.
LONG RANGE TUNA ACTION AWESOME: The action on cow and super cow yellowfin tuna continues to be awesome for the long-range boats out of San Diego fishing down off the tip of Baja, but rain and wind the last several day have plagued the boats fishing these grounds. Anglers on the Royal Polaris had 19 fish on Tuesday from 80 to 150 pounds in spite of stormy weather. The action was excellent from late last week into Saturday before the weather changed and several fish in the high 200-pound class were posted. This bite has been nothing short of phenomenal.
HUMBOLDT SQUID STILL EXCELLENT: Anglers have been seeing excellent action on the giant Humboldt squid out of San Diego, Oceanside, and now all the way up into the Santa Monica Bay. The best trips are twilight boats that run from 6 p.m. until guys get bored or have their fill of squid. The catch has been four to five per squid per person on slower nights and up to eight or 10 per rod on the average, wild fishing evenings. And the fishing has been wild much of the past week on these 15 to 50-pound Humboldts. Most landings from the Santa Monica Bay into San Diego are now running twilight squid jaunts.
MEXICO ROCKFISH TRIPS: The overnight to and two-day rockfish trips out of San Diego targeting Mexican waters continue to have excellent fishing for a wide range of rockfish, including lings and cows. Limits have been common, and the weather this past week has generally been very good.
ISLAND UPDATES: Better weather conditions has allowed for private boats and a few skippers are running their charter boats out to the local islands, but across the boat, the exotics are still not showing. White seabass and yellowtail are mostly absent from the catch, but Catalina and Clemente have had pretty decent calico bass and bonito action.
LONG BEACH HALIBUT DERBY: The annual Long Beach Sportfishing Halibut Derby is ongoing. The big fish at the top of the list right now still just under 13 pounds. Every one riding a sportfishing trip out of Long Beach is eligible, and for more information, anglers can go to LongBeachSportfishing.com.
LOCAL NEARSHORE ACTION: In spite of better weather, there is little change on this scene. The half- and three-quarter day boats are seeing just a pick on the bass and sculpin. The best bite still has been in the Santa Monica Bay with three to five mixed fish per road had been common on most days.