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Bill Romley of Bakersfield, left, and his son John Romley of Monterey caught these 14-pound ling cods Dec. 20 aboard The Princess out of Virg's Landing at Morro Bay, using white and scrambled egg jigs.

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Tanner Williford, 12, of Bakersfield, displays two of the seven rockfish he caught in November aboard a chartered boat from Ventura Sportfishing. He used squid for bait.

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Nate Seaney, 10, and Al Seaney, 8, caught nine trout, 8-13 inches, in the Kern River with their Papa Randy on Jan. 4.

Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley

LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite has been improving with the balmy weather the past couple of weeks with the best bite shrimp, garlic shrimp, or shad. There is a crappie bite off the French Gulch marina in 14 feet of water on minnows and small jigs. Most of the fish pretty good quality, but the dock fishing is only accessible to anglers with boats there. Other species are very slow, including trout which were planted last week. The lake remains so low the boat ramps pretty much require four-wheel drive to launch boats.

KERN RIVER: The upper river has been fair this past week, especially in the Democrat Dam area and the Kernville Park to the powerhouse stretches. The best bite has been on salmon eggs and mice tails. Fly anglers are also still seeing a pretty fair bite on the wild trout, mostly on small nymphs. The lower river continues be very slow on both smallmouth and trout.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The aqueduct has continued good for the small stripers. Most of the fish remain under the minimum keeper size the bite has been hot on lug worms, blood worms, sardines, and tube baits. The fish are running from 1-3 pounds with a few over the 18-inch minimum size. The catfish bite is very slow.

MILL CREEK PARK: Overall slow fishing.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant last week and next week. The bite has slowed since the plant early last week, but still a few fish showing on chunky cheese Power Baits in garlic and salmon egg flavors. Mice Tails doused with garlic oil or the new Power Dust are also good. Other species slow.

HART PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and next week. The bite has slowed since the plant, but diligent anglers are still getting a fish or two. Garlic chunky cheese PowerBait has been the top bait. Other species slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The DFW trout plants last week and next week. Slow to fair action on PowerBaits in garlic or salmon egg chunky cheese flavors. Mice Tails have also been effective. Other species very slow.

MING LAKE: Fair trout action after a DFW trout plant last week and another plant is scheduled for next week. PowerBait in the garlic flavors and Mice Tails with garlic oil are the top bets. Other species are very slow right now.

BRITE LAKE: Fair trout action with DFW plants last week. PowerBait with garlic, Mice Tails and small jigs with scent have been the best bets.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: Trout plant is slated for this week which should turn on this action again. Last plants were the weeks between Christmas and New Year. Plants tentatively slated for every three weeks. Best trout action has been on the garlic chunky cheese PowerBaits. Some catfish continue to show on shad, live minnows, and anchovies from the big lake. Still slow crappie action. Other species slow.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: DFW trout plant went in last week and another is slated for next week. Fair bite on the trout with PowerBait in garlic flavors.

SUCCESS LAKE: Overall slow fishing.

KAWEAH LAKE: Overall slow fishing.

Other regional lakes

CACHUMA: The trout bite has been excellent since last Thursday's 4,000-pound plant. Lots of limits for both shore and boat anglers. Bthe best shore action was on the right side of the marina boom line. Boat anglers found the best fishing in the mouth of Cachuma Bay, Johnson's Bay and the rock walls between Bobcat and Santa Cruz Point. All other species have been slow except for a few catfish showing.

CASITAS: The bass action remains pretty fair but the bulk of the action in now in 30 or more feet of water with the fish mostly hugging structure and showing on plastics and nightcrawlers. The warm weather this past week has brought the fish up a little, but overall the bite is still a deep-water affair. A few catfish are showing. Overall very light fishing pressure.

CASTAIC: The striper bite has been generally good with a lot of limits showing for anglers either tossing swimbaits at the dam early in the morning or fishing sardines or anchovies off Kong Islands, Necktie Canyon, or at the buoy line. Most of the fish are 1-2 pounds, but some bigger fish in the 5-pound class seem to populate each stringer. Warmer weather has also kicked off the largemouth bite along many shorelines.

LOPEZ: There has been a fair bass bite on jigs and plastics, but this bite has really slowed. A few catfish continue to show on cut baits in deeper water, but all other action is slow.

NACIMIENTO: Few reports. Still slow to fair spotted bass action.

PIRU: Overall slow to fair fishing. The largemouth bass bite has been fair on plastics and reaction baits. The average fish is from 1-2 pounds. A few catfish reports. Other species have been slow.

PYRAMID: Last reported DFW trout plant was four weeks ago. Slow action on small spinners, spoons, and floating baits. Lots of small stripers from 10 to 12 inches showing but few bigger fish. Fair catfish bite in the main channel by the gate house and in most of the deeper coves and bays. The largemouth bass bite has improved a little this past week with the best bite on plastics and nightcrawlers. Most are 1-2 pounds.

SAN ANTONIO: Little fishing pressure and few reports, but it appears the stripers have turned back on with the warmer weather with boils in Half Moon Bay near the marina. With no launch ramps available now, only kayaks, canoes, or inflatables can get on the water. Few other reports, but a few catfish and bass are showing.

SANTA MARGARITA: Very little fishing pressure and the action has slowed. A fair bite on largemouth bite with nightcrawlers and plastics. Catfish and panfish are very slow.

Trout plants

LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake

KERN: Cuddy Creek Pond.

TULARE: Kaweah Reservoir, Success Reservoir.

Ocean report

LONG RANGE SPECTACULAR: The Royal Polaris was wrapping up its current trip early this week and reported in with exceptional fishing on the giant yellowfin. Most of the tuna were in the 80 to 120-pound range, but fish over 200 were reported each day. Big fish of the trip was a 300-pounder caught by Susan Gentry, the first that size of the season. There was also a 277-pounder and several other from 200 to 230 pounds.

SAN DIEGO LOCAL FLEET FISHING MEXICO: The rockfish season may be closed in California waters, but the Mexican rockfish season is in full swing, and half-day to 11/2-day trips are running out of the San Diego.

L.A.-O.C. SCULPIN AND BASS: Light loads and little traffic has been what sportboats out of the Los Angeles and Orange county landings are seeing during the rockfish closure, but there has been a decent pick on both calico and sand bass and limit-style fishing on the sculpin for anglers jumping on local half-day and three-quarter day boats.

CORONADO ISLANDS YELLOWTAIL: The Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing continues to target the yellowtail on three-quarter day trips to the Coronado Islands. While 29 anglers on Tuesday had just five yellows and 10 rockfish, the Monday trip with 17 anglers had a score of 21 yellows, 15 rockfish, and one ling cod. On Sunday, 22 anglers had 21 yellowtail and seven rockfish. The yellows are all 18 to 30 pounds. This mid-winter yellowtail action just won't seem to go away.