Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: See Steve Merlo's column on page 49 for report on crappie fishing. The catfish bite is getting much 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 2 pounds with an occasional bigger fish. Overall slow action on other species.
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 this past week, with the bite best at the Kern River Park and Powerhouse No. 1 areas.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Bite on small stripers remains good. Most are under 18-inch minimum size, but some legal fish are in the mix. Best bite has been on sand worms, blood worms (which have been in short supply due to the big storm back east), some on tube baits, Rat-L-Traps and sardines. Slow catfish action.
MILL CREEK PARK: The bluegill and catfish bites are very slow and there is very little action.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Good trout action after a DFW plants two, three, and four weeks ago. Not as many limits this week, but still a pretty good bite on PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers doused in garlic oil. Slow other species.
HART PARK LAKE: While the big lake remains too low for trout stocking for fishing, Mirror Lake is being filled with water for a 6 a.m. Saturday, Sherriff's Activity League trout derby. DFW plant scheduled this week. Weir repairs are ongoing on the big lake and should be done soon.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Good trout action with DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Lots of limits reported on PowerBait, nightcrawlers, trout jigs and trout plastics. Bass starting to show.
MING LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago, and action has been fair to good on PowerBait with garlic, Power Mice, or inflated nightcrawlers. Other species are slow but a few bass are starting to show.
BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Continued good action on PowerBait, nightcrawlers and small trout jigs and worms.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Good trout and crappie bites over the past week, and the largemouth bass action was really kicking into gear before the cold front early this week. A trout plant was slated for this week. There have been a lot of 2- to 3-pound rainbows showing on yellow PowerBait with garlic oil or garlic PowerBait. The crappie action remains very good with a lot of fish in the 1-pound range but some to 2-8. The bite is almost exclusively on small minnows. The bass bite has been good.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: The water level remains too low for trout stocking. Very slow fishing.
SUCCESS LAKE: Bass action in the low water has been slow to fair. Best action on drop-shot plastics or jigging spoons in deeper water. The bluegill bite is very slow in deep water.
KAWEAH LAKE: Bass bite had been slow to fair on plastics and jigs in deeper water. The bluegill action is slow with the best bite in deeper water. DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago. Other species very slow.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: The warm days prior to TuesdayÃs storm turned on the crappie bite in the narrows with a lot of anglers report catches of slabs to 2-8 in double digit numbers. Bass action also improved during last week's warm weather. Largemouth to 4-8 reported.
CASITAS: The bass action has been improving with some fish already starting to move up in a pre-spawn movement of fish. There were a pair of bass at 6-8 this past week. Trout bite fair.
CASTAIC: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. The rainbow bite was spotty prior to the plant with the best action around the marina shoreline on PowerBait, nightcrawlers and small trout jigs. The stripers have been showing in deep water over recent days and were best on ice jigs and deep-fished umbrella rigs. Top spots have been C-Point, the buoy line, and Necktie Canyo. Black bass still showing in 30-50 feet of water.
LOPEZ: Very slow fishing with light fishing pressure.
NACIMIENTO: Overall slow fishing with light fishing pressure. Spotted bass have been fair in deeper water on slow-fished plastics and jigs, but the white bass, catfish or panfish have been very slow.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite remains just fair with most of the fishing showing on jigging spoons and ice jigs in 30 to 70 feet of water. Some also on plastics worked around structure. There were also some trout reports this week, but there continue to be no DFW plants. Light fishing pressure, The crappie bite slowed way down, and other species very slow.
PYRAMID: Slow overall action much of this past week, but there was a DFW trout plant Tuesday this week which should perk the bite around the launch ramp. The striper action has been much slower this past week with only a few fish showing on big swimbaits or in deep water on cut anchovies or sardines. The largemouth bite has been fair with a few fish showing from deep water on jigging spoons and ice jigs. The catfish action has slowed, but the odd fish is still showing in deep water on cut baits.
SAN ANTONIO: Overall, the action has continued slow. Few striper reports but the fish seem to still be on the shad schools and a few have been reported by trollers or anglers soaking bait. Catfish action has been slow. Largemouth bass action is slow, but some fish reported in deep water on plastics and jigs.
SANTA MARGARITA: Most species slow with light fishing pressure. A few bass showing on dark plastics in deeper water.
LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake, Pyramid Lake.
KERN: Brite Valley Reservoir, Hart Park Lake, Ming Lake, River Walk Park Lake, Truxtun Lake.
LONG-RANGE TUNA AWESOME: The excellent yellowfin tuna bite continues for the long range boats running south off the tip of Baja for these giant fish. The American Angler returned home on Tuesday with 16 tuna over 200 pounds and four of those were over 300 pounds, including a 320-pounder. Conditions were a little rougher early this week, but the bite was still pretty much wide open for the boats still on the grounds. Most boats returned home this week and next week will stay in port through the Fred Hall Show March 6-10.
SAN DIEGO LOCAL: Several skippers continue to run 3/4-day and 11/2-day trips into Mexican waters for rockfish. These boats have been seeing excellent action on reds with a nice mix of lings and regular rockfish. deeper water spots, along with a few lings. Limits of rockfish have been the rule on these trips. The San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing was out Monday with 22 anglers on a 3/4-day trip and they landed 168 rockfish, 38 reds, three lings, and two sheephead.
LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY UPDATES: The action along the Los Angeles and Orange County coastline has been steady on the sculpin with a fair pick on the bass. On Monday before the big storm, the New Del Mar had a pair of half-day trips with 44 anglers total and limits of sculpin on both trips along with 40 perch, two sand bass and two calicos.
ISLANDS UPDATE: Continued slow action at both Catalina and San Clemente because of cold water conditions. There is still a lot of squid available at both locations, but outside of few bass and odd halibut showing, the yellowtail and white seabass remains slow.