Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure, but the catfish action remains fair to good with the best action on large minnows and garlic shrimp. Lots of fish from 2-4 pounds. The crappie action off the French Gulch marina in 14 feet of water has been fair to good on small minnows. These are mostly fish over a pound, but they are tight to the docks. Other species are very slow, including trout which were planted this week and three weeks ago. The lake remains so low the boat ramps pretty much require four-wheel drive to launch boats.
KERN RIVER: The upper river has been slow to fair this past week for trout, with the Democrat Dam area and the Kernville Park to the powerhouse stretches still the top spots. Plants went in last week in sections 4, 5, and 6. 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 remained excellent for stripers this past week with a lot of 10 to 20 fish days. While there are still a lot of dinks in the catch, the number of quality, keeper-sized fish has jumped with more in the eight to 10-pound class.
MILL CREEK PARK: Overall slow fishing.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant this week and two weeks ago. The bite good. PowerBait, Mice Tails and nightcrawlers all good bets. Best PowerBait colors have been yellow glitter and rainbow. Other species are very slow.
HART PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Good action on yellow glitter and rainbow PowerBait, green nightcrawlers and Mice Tails. Other species slow, but a 10-pound bass was reported.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Good action on yellow, rainbow, garlic and salmon egg chunky cheese PowerBait have been the best bets. A few bass are also showing on nightcrawlers and plastics. Other species very slow.
MING LAKE: DFW trout went in this week and two weeks ago. Good action on PowerBait in the garlic flavors, yellow glitter, and rainbow. Mice Tails with or without garlic oil are also good bets. There have been some bass showing in the evenings on plastics. Other species are very slow right now.
BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The usual winter crappie bite has finally kicked into gear with good action this past week on fish averaging about a pound or better on small minnows. The action has been slow for the trout the past week. Plants have tentatively been slated for every three weeks this season, which could make this a plant week but no reported at mid-week if the truck had arrived.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago.
SUCCESS LAKE: Overall slow fishing. DFW trout plants last week and next week.
KAWEAH LAKE: Overall slow fishing. DFW trout plants last week and next week.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: The hot trout action slowed to just fair this past week with trollers having the best fishing.
CASITAS: The bass action has been fair to good. The fish are all in 25 feet of less now with a lot of bass in 10 feet or less.
CASTAIC: The stripers and largemouth bass are both pretty good. The best action for the stripers has been on sardines and lug worms at the dam, Necktie Canyon and C-Point. A few catfish showing, mostly for stripers anglers fishing bait. Other species are very slow.
LOPEZ: Slow to fair bass action with the warmer weather, but still pretty tough. Best action has been on plastics and nightcrawlers. A few catfish continue to show on cut baits in deeper water, but other action is slow.
NACIMIENTO: Few reports. Still slow to fair spotted bass action on nightcrawlers, jumbo red worms, or slow-fished jigs and plastics. Other species getting very little pressure so there have been few reports.
PIRU: Few reports, but the largemouth bass bite has been fair on plastics and reaction baits. The average fish is from one to two pounds. A few catfish reports, and a few deep-water crappie anglers have landed a few fish from 30-40 feet of water on small jigs.
PYRAMID: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Best bite is the first day or two after the plants on small spinners and PowerBait. Lots of small stripers from 10 to 12 inches showing but few bigger fish. The best action has been on nightcrawlers, cut baits and bloodworms. Fair catfish bite in the main channel by the gate house and in most of the deeper coves and bays. The best catfish bite has been on nightcrawlers, blood worms, and cut baits. The largemouth bass bite has improved a little more this past week.
SAN ANTONIO: Few fishing reports.
SANTA MARGARITA: Very little fishing pressure, but the warm weather has brought a few bass up into shallower water.
KERN: Brite Valley Reservoir, Cat Fish Lake, Hart Park Lake, Lake Isabella, Ming Lake, River Walk Lake, Truxtun Lake, Woollomes Lake.
LONG RANGE REMAINS EXCELLENT: The long-range fleet is back on the giant tuna grounds off the tip of Baja and the action has taken right up where it left off. The Royal Polaris reported excellent fishing the last two days with a 282-pound yellowfin landed by Kathy Rounds the best fish on the trip so far. The Royal Star had three fish over 200 pounds so far, including a 270 pounder, and the Red Rooster had a 250-pound landed by Bradley Woods. All three boats have reported the evening bite has been the best. The wahoo and pargo action also remains good on these trips
MEXICAN ROCKFISH: The overnight to 1- 1/2-day boats out of San Diego continue to report excellent rockfish. There is also usually a nice mix of sheephead and whitefish in the bag along with a few lings. The usual two boats, the Old Glory out of H&M Landing, and The Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing, continue to run these weekend trips and return with mixed limits or rockfish, bocaccio, red snapper, and lings, sometimes limits of all of them. Add in a few whitefish and you had perhaps the best bite ongoing in Southern California.
CORONADO ISLANDS YELLOWTAIL: The yellowtail action has been far more sporadic at the Coronado Islands this past week.
LOCAL COAST UPDATE: The half- and three-quarter day boats from Oceanside to Santa Barbara have been making very few trips with most of the boats prepping for the upcoming rockfish opener March 1. There continues to be a fair bite on perch, sculpin, and mixed bass for the few boats making runs in this region. Perch are making up the bulk of the bag with five to eight per angler with one or two of the other species mixed in the catch. There is also usually one boat a day out of Channel Islands Sportfishing making a trip for sand dabs and catches of 100 to 150 fish per angler have been common.