Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
LAKE ISABELLA: The crappie bite broke wide open this past week with a lot of nice catches for shore, float tube and boat anglers fishing in the French Gulch region. The best bite has been on small minnows and jigs and the fish have been running up to 2 pounds or better most are in the 1-8 range. The catfish action remains fair to good with the best action on large minnows and garlic shrimp. Lots of fish from 2-4 pounds. Other species are very slow, including trout which were planted this week and three weeks ago.
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 three weeks ago 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 and very low.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The aqueduct has remained excellent for stripers this past week with a lot of 15 to 30 fish days. While there are still a lot of dinks in the catch, the number of quality, keeper-sized fish has jumped. Fly-lined sardines and lug worms have been the hot baits, with fewer fish on anchovies, blood worms or Gitzit-like artificials. The catfish bite is slow.
MILL CREEK PARK: Overall slow.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Good trout action after the 4,000 pound plant for the FiremanÃs Trout Derby this past weekend. Yellow glitter or rainbow PowerBait, Mice Tails and nightcrawlers have all been getting fish. A few largemouth bass are also starting to show as the spawn kicks into gear. Other species are very slow.
HART PARK LAKE: Slow to fair trout action with no recent DFW plants. Best bite on yellow glitter and rainbow PowerBait, green nightcrawlers and Mice Tails. The bass bite has kicked into gear with the fish moving shallow for the spawn. Most smaller fish under two pounds showing on Brush Hawgs and Senkos. Other species still slow.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Slow trout action. A few bass are also showing on nightcrawlers and plastics with the spawn starting. Other species slow.
MING LAKE: DFW trout went in three weeks ago. Mostly slow action on PowerBait in the garlic flavors, yellow glitter, and rainbow. Mice Tails with or without garlic oil are also good bets. The largemouth bass bite has really started to kick into high gear with a lot of fish shallow on beds. Plastics, Brush Hawgs and Senkos all good bets. Other species are very slow, but the warm weather is starting to move some bluegill shallow.
BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Mostly slow action on PowerBait with garlic, Mice Tails and small jigs with scent have been the best bets.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Trout action has been slow to fair after the plant two weeks ago. Best bite has been on PowerBait or Mice Tails with added garlic helping the action along. The catfish bite has improved with quite a few two to three-pound fish showing on the shrimp-nightcrawler combo. There also continue to be a pretty good crappie bite with fish to nearly 2 pounds on minnows. The spring bass bite is also really starting to kick into gear with a lot of fish along the shorelines fanning out beds.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago. The trout action has been slow on rainbow PowerBait and the garlic-flavored or scent-added nightcrawlers. Slow other species.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite has improved this past week with the fish moving up shallow in a major pre-spawn movement of fish. Other species still slow.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: Overall, the trout remain the best bet for trollers working the dam area and the wall between Santa Cruz and Cachuma bays.
CASITAS: The bass bite has kicked into high gear with the fish flooding into the shallows for the spawn.
CASTAIC: The stripers and largemouth bass are both pretty good. A few catfish showing, mostly for stripers anglers fishing bait. Other species are slow.
LOPEZ: The bass bite was breaking wide open this past week as the fish moved shallow. Best action has been on plastics and nightcrawlers. A few catfish continue to show on cut baits in deeper water, but all other action is slow.
NACIMIENTO: Fair to good spotted bass action this past week on plastics, nightcrawlers, and jigs. Fish mostly up shallow. Other species getting very little pressure so there have been few reports.
PIRU: Largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits. The average fish is from one to two pounds.
PYRAMID: DFW trout plant this week so this perked the action on the rainbows from shore in the plants area. 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.
SAN ANTONIO: Few fishing reports.
SANTA MARGARITA: Light fishing pressure. Bass in the shallows fanning beds this past week during the warm weather. Fish to six pounds reported on plastics, nightcrawlers and jigs. Catfish and panfish are very slow.
LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake Pyramid Lake
KERN: Cuddy Creek Pond, Lake Isabella.
TULARE: Kaweah Reservoir, Success Reservoir.
KERN: Cat Fish Lake.
LONG RANGE UPDATE: The long range yellowfin tuna action continues excellent off the tip of Baja. The Independence reported in early Wednesday and said 13 of its anglers were hooked up on big yellowfin at the same time Tuesday evening. The best fish landed Tuesday was a 220 pounder and the rest of the fish kept were from 100 to 180 pounds. The Royal Polaris reported that one of its anglers caught a 225 pounder Tuesday, one of nine over 200 pounds. The Excel is in route to Clipperton and will have a report from there later in the week.
ROCKFISH AND BASS: The calico bass bite has been very good, but the new size restrictions are keeping most skippers fishing for the rockfish, which remain very good all along the coast. The Reel Fun out of Dana Wharf Sportfish went on a local bass trip Tuesday and the 31 anglers on board had 28 sand bass and 11 calico bass that were keepers, but they released 98 undersize calicos. The bite is good but most guys want to take home some fish, so the rockfish trips are more in demand and the average has been from four to eight rockfish per angler on local half- and three-quarter day trips with some limit-fishing days that include a nice mix of sheephead, whitefish and sculpin.
YELLOWTAIL UPDATE: The yellowtail bite stormed back on at the Coronado Islands over the weekend and the best bite was Monday. Since then the bite has lulled with extra boat pressure as the word got out.