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Derek Winders, right, of Bakersfield, and Otto Schueckler of San Luis Obispo, harvested two 30-pound toms with 11.5-inch beards April 14 on a private ranch in Bradley.

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The team of Brett Jordan and Bryan Jordan reeled five bass totaling 28.72 pounds to win the 8-team American Bass Association tournament May 4th at Lake Isabella. Second place went to Wes Neal and Larry Merlo (five bass, 28.54 pounds; they also won biggest fish of 7.94). Third place went to Bill Heinze and Dan Keverline (five bass, 24.14 pounds). Next tournament will be June 1st.

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L-R: Ryder Frye, his father Ron Frye and Eduardo Steers caught 50 crappie on an April 16 outing at Lake Isabella's French Gulch Area. They used Berkley Gulp Minnows for bait.

Kern County, So. San Joaquin Valley

LAKE ISABELLA: The crappie bite remains wide open here again this week. Limits of fish from 1-8 to 2-8 showing for both shore, float tube and boat anglers in Boulder Gulch, Paradise Cove, Rocky Point and Piney Point. The best bite has been on live minnows, but fish are also showing on crappie jigs, especially when tipped with a bait or Crappie Nibble. The catfish bite is also good . The bass action is fair to good, mostly on plastics and reaction baits and quite a few bluegill are also being caught.

KERN RIVER: No DFW plants this week for the second week in a row. The bite is still fair to good on salmon eggs, Mice Tails, nightcrawlers and small spinners. The upper river trout bite remains good for fly anglers fishing the wild or holdover fish, mostly on small nymphs. Trout season opened this past week in all the high elevation waters.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Striper action remains very good and there are more and more fish above the 18-inch minimum size.The catfish bite is fair, but the quality of the fish being landed has been good with a lot of fish over 10 pounds on mackerel or shad.

MILL CREEK PARK: Few reports, but there has been a pretty decent bite on bluegill with a few bass also showing.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The bass are still the mainstay in a fair bite on plastics and minnows. The bluegill bite is probably the best bet on wax worms and meal worms.

HART PARK LAKE: The bass action is fair on plastics and reaction baits. Bluegill are also getting better with each warm day and the action is good.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The bass are fair to good on nightcrawlers and plastics. The bluegill action is good on wax worms, meal worms, or small jigs.

MING LAKE: The bass have been pretty good on plastics, Senkos, Brush Hawgs, and minnows. Bluegill fair to good on wax worms and meal worms.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bluegill bite is very good and taking over the action here. The best bite has been on wax worms and meal worms with the fish in the shallows in their spawn. The catfish bite is slow to fair on shad and dip baits. A few bass have been reported in the past week.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: Very slow fishing with such low water conditions.

SUCCESS LAKE: Not much change here with very good bluegill action and nice stringers of fish showing up along most shoreline areas with some structure. The bass bite has also remained good on plastics with the fish thick in the shallows, but the spawn is winding down and many fish moving out.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been fair to good as the spawn winds down, but most of the fish are still in shallow worms. Other species very slow. Information: 559-597-2526.

Other regional lakes

CACHUMA: Pretty good trout bite for trollers fishing Rapalas, Needlefish, Kastmasters, wedding rings over much of the lake behind three to five colors of lead core line.

CASITAS: The bass bite has continued good. Live shad have been the candy bait and anglers have been dipping them all week. Nightcrawlers and plastic worms have been close second.

CASTAIC: Final DFW trout plant of the season was last Monday. The rainbows are still showing along the marina shoreline but the hot bite continues to be for largemouths and stripers.

LOPEZ: The bass bite is still very good with the fish in late-spawn conditions and showing in two to 15 feet of water, especially in Cottonwood Cove and at the dam. Best bite on plastics and reaction baits. Also some crappie and bluegill showing around the docks on small jigs.

NACIMIENTO: The shad moved to the surface a month ago and the spotted and white bass have been busting the shad on the surface. Catches of 30 to 50 white bass a day have been common.

SAN ANTONIO: The black bass bite has been good. Few striper reports with the shad still in deeper water. The crappie bite has been fair to good with some good catches reported but light pressure. Catfish are improving.

SANTA MARGARITA: The largemouth bass bite is very good with a lot of quality fish from eight to 10 pounds showing in water as shallow as two to three feet.

PIRU: The bass bite has been good with five-fish limits common. The average fish are from one to two pounds, but bass to seven pounds have been reported. Crappie bite is fair to good, but most of the fish being caught now are smaller.

PYRAMID: Generally good action on stripers again this week, mostly from two to six pounds, but some fish in the 20-pound class are caught after the DFW trout plants, and a DFW plants went in last week and three weeks ago.

Eastern Sierra

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Continued excellent trout action throughout the region with nearly all waters ice-free. Only the Virginia Lakes had ice cover thanks to a cold snap over the weekend, but it was sheet ice and ice fishing wasn't recommended.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: All of the lakes in the loop were stocked by the DFW again this week and providing very good action on the planted and holdover rainbows, with quite a few cutthroats in June and a smattering of browns in Grant.

MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake had very low water levels but excellent fishing with limits still common. Lots of fish up into the four-pound class.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: In the Bishop Creek drainage, Intake II, Sabrina Lake, North Lake, and most of South Lake have been good. The best fishing is in Bishop Creek and Intake II thanks to DFG plants last week and in Lower Bishop Creek this week.

LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All the small streams along Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra were planted lake week and Lone Pine Creek received trout this week.

Trout plants

KERN: None


Ocean report

WHITE SEABASS SLOWED: The white seabass bite in the Channel Islands slowed almost as suddenly as it appeared this past week and it has been several days since any have been reported.

ROCKFISH STILL AWESOME: The bite on rockfish is still the mainstay for many skippers running along the coast, especially in the Channel Islands region. Rodcod season has opened off the Central Coast with anglers finding good fishing, netting limits or near limits.