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Josh Conoway / special to the californian

This 11.5-pound largemouth bass was caught by Walter Simonds, right, of Mountain Mesa, during at Isabella Lake during the recent annual trout derby. Simonds used PowerBait. Mark Storms of Bakersfield on the left.

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Kevin Newlen, center, and his sons Kevin Jr. (11, left,) and Seth, 9, went turkey hunting in the Oak Flat Lookout area on March 24, the opening day for youth turkey hunters. Kevin helped call in two turkeys and each boy was able to shoot one, a 14-pounder and a 17-pounder.

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Natalie Carey, 8, caught this 1.5-pound bass at RiverLakes Lake on April 21, her first time fishing.

Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley

LAKE ISABELLA: The crappie bite remains good, but the bite is a little tougher with fewer limits, but a lot of nice 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. Bass action is fair to good, and quite a few bluegill are also being caught.

KERN RIVER: DFW plants, not listed on the state plants list, went in this week in all the spots on the upper river. The upper river trout bite remains good for fly anglers fishing the wild or holdover fish.

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.

MILL CREEK PARK: Decent bite on bluegill with a few bass also showing. No catfish reports.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The bass are still the mainstay in a fair bite. The bluegill bite is probably the best bet on wax worms and meal worms. Carp are also showing on dough baits.

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

TRUXTUN LAKE: The bass are fair. The bluegill action is good. The carp are also starting to be caught on dough baits.

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

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bluegill bite is very good. The catfish bite is slow to fair. A few bass have been reported in the past week.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: A few bass, bluegill, carp are being caught.

SUCCESS LAKE: Very good bluegill action and nice stringers of fish showing up along most shoreline areas with some structure. Bass bite good.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been fair to good. Plastics and small swimbaits best. The bluegill action is getting better. Other species very slow.

Other regional lakes

CACHUMA: Fair trout bite. The largemouth and smallmouth bites have been good. A few catfish are starting to show in Cachuma Bay on cut baits.

CASITAS: The bass bite has continued good. Trout, redear action has been fair.

CASTAIC: DFW trout plant went in this week, but the hot bite continues to be for largemouths and stripers. The stripers have been showing around the marina, Sharon's Rest, C-Point and off the dam. Quite a few catfish are also showing now.

LOPEZ: The bass bite is still good, mostly on plastics and reaction baits. The bluegill bite has been good around the docks and in most coves. Also some catfish starting to show. Other species very slow.

NACIMIENTO: Fair to good white bass action for trollers. For the spotted bass, the largemouths and smallmouth, plastics have been the best bet, but a lot of fish are also showing on reaction baits. More and more catfish and bluegill showing.

PIRU: The bass bite has been good with five-fish limits common. Crappie bite fair to good, but most of the fish being caught now are smaller.

PYRAMID: Good action on stripers again this week. The stripers are mostly 2-6 pounds, but some fish in the 20-pound class are caught after the DFW trout plants, and a DFW plants went in this week and two weeks ago. There have also been some nice catfish showing. Some rainbow trout are still showing in the shoreline. The largemouth bass bite is good.

SAN ANTONIO: The black bass bite has been good. Few striper reports. Catfish improving.

SANTA MARGARITA: The largemouth bass bite is good. A few quality crappie from 2-3 pounds. The bluegill and redear bites are also starting to turn on.

Eastern Sierra

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Continued excellent trout action throughout the region. Virginia Lakes got their first trout plant of the season this week. Both Twin Lakes continue to produce a lot of limits. Bridgeport Reservoir is the bright spot in the region with excellent action on fish to four pounds for both boat and shore anglers. The East Walker was very good the past week. Flows were up to nearly 100 cfs this week.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: All of the lakes in the loop were stocked by the DFW again last week and providing very good action on the planted and holdover rainbows to 7-8 (from Silver), with quite a few cutthroats in June and a smattering of browns in Grant.

MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake has very low water levels but excellent fishing with limits still common. Lots of fish up into the 4-pound class. There is also already a good Sacramento perch bite. Convict Lake is good with a lot of pan-sized limits reported. The Twin Lakes and Lake Mary are fair to good on holdover rainbows and brookies. Upper Owens River remains just fair. Rock Creek Lake is fair to good with some limits and the DFW is planting this week.

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. The Lower Owens still has a moderate flow are a very good mid-day baetis hatch and good nymph and streamer action. Pleasant Valley Reservoir is getting light pressure, and it received DFW trout plants last week. Best action at Owens inlet.

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

Trout plants

LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake, Crystal Lake, Pyramid Lake.

KERN: Cuddy Creek Pond.

Ocean report

LONG RANGE TUNA WIDE OPEN: Long range tuna trips out of San Diego fishing the Hurricane Bank and adjacent areas off the top of Baja continue to have spectacular fishing. The Excel, also out of Fisherman's Landing, reported in Monday with a count of 35 yellowfin and 40 wahoo that day. The bulk of the fish in the hold are from 150 to nearly 200 pounds and the big fish so far is a 258-pounder.

SAN DIEGO YELLOWTAIL: There continues to be a huge jag of yellowtail from Ensenada up into the Coronado Islands, and the bite has been steadily improving this week after a slow period the last couple of weeks. While most of these fish are 20-30 pounds, there are more of the smaller yellows starting to show. On Tuesday, the Mission Belle out of Point Loma was out with 34 anglers and they had 25 yellows.

ISLANDS: The bite has been improving at the offshore islands for the Los Angeles and Orange County boats this past week, especially on the overnight or two-day boats. The Thunderbird, on a two-day instructional charter out of Davey's Locker early this week, had 23 anglers who landed 24 yellowtail, one white seabass, 58 red snapper, 50 rockfish and 16 lings, mostly fishing at San Clemente.

NEARSHORE ACTION: The bottom fish bite remains excellent all along the coast with very good rockfish and sculpin action. SALMON: While the ocean salmon season has been slow in the Morro Bay region, the Santa Cruz region is very good and the bite in the San Francisco Bay has been wide open.