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Rian Grell (left), 7, of Tehachapi, caught this 10-pound catfish at Lake Isabella on April 18 while fishing with his grandfather Ben Stephens of Tehachapi and cousin Caiden Grell, 10, of Bakersfield. They were using brown PowerBait. The fish was released despite a protest by Rian.

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Francisco Palos of Delano caught a 7- and 4-pound catfish April 21 at Lake Wollomes, using nightcrawlers for bait.

Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley

LAKE ISABELLA: Winds have continued to plague the crappie bite much of the week, and the fish have backed out into 15 to 20 feet of water where they are still being caught. When the winds die down, Crappie Mania is expected to come right back on. Fewer limits this week and the shore bite is really tough in the wind, but the fish being caught are still running from three-quarter pound up into the two-pound class. The best action is still on small minnows, but a few fish are also showing on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. Crappie anglers are reminded the limit is 25 per licensed angler. Anglers may not help another angler fill his limit, and each angler must have his own stringer or fish basket. The catfish bite has continued to get better each week and the wind hasn't slowed down this action.

KERN RIVER: The upper river has been fair this week for bait and lure anglers, but the fly anglers are seeing some pretty good afternoon action on wild fish. DFW plants in sections 1 through 6 last week, and all the high elevation waters opened for the general trout opener last weekend. The best bite has been on salmon eggs and mice tails for bait and lure anglers and small nymphs and emergers for fly anglers. In the lower river, Democrat Dam has been good with a few limits reported.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The hot striper action just won't slow down, and while most of the fish are under the 18-inch minimum size, the bite has been very good. The catfish bite is coming on strong.

MILL CREEK PARK: The carp bite is starting to turn on a little on dough baits, but other species are tough.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The largemouth bass bite is good with a lot of fish in the mornings and evenings. Bluegill are also very good now. The carp bite is really starting.

HART PARK LAKE: The bass bite has been good. Most smaller fish under two pounds showing on Brush Hawgs and Senkos. The bluegill action very good now. The crappie bite has slowed. Trout pretty much over.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The bass action remains pretty good on nightcrawlers, plastics and Brush Hawgs. The carp and bluegill are also good in the shallows. The carp are best on dough baits and the bluegill best on meal and wax worms.

MING LAKE: The bass, bluegill and carp are all pretty good, and a few crappie continue to show. The carp bite has been good. The largemouth bass bite is best on plastics and nightcrawlers. The bluegill are also biting.

BRITE LAKE: The largemouth bass bite is pretty good with the showing on nightcrawlers, plastics and reaction baits. The bluegill action is also pretty good with the fish moving into the spawn. Trout are very slow with no plants for over a month.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bass action is very good on a variety of plastic baits and nightcrawlers, but Brush Hawgs and Senkos have been top bets. The catfish action remains pretty fair on shad and nightcrawlers. The bluegill action very good as they move shallow for the spawn, and the best bite has been on wax worms, crickets and meal worms.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: Catfish action has been fair to good and the water level, while low, is still good for fishing. The bass are fair to good on plastics and reaction baits, and more and more bluegill are being caught in a good bite. The 'gills are best on meal, wax worms. Carp are good.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is pretty good, mostly on reaction baits early and late and plastics and jigs the rest of the day. The bluegill action is also pretty good on wax worms and meal worms. Other species still slow. DFW trout plant last week.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been good on plastics and nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite is also good on small baits with the fish starting to move shallow. DFW trout plant last week.

Other regional lakes

CACHUMA: The trout action remains pretty good for trollers working Rapalas or Kastmasters at the dam or shore anglers fishing off E-Point and the area to the right of the log boom with PowerBait and inflated nightcrawlers. Most are from 1-2 pounds. The bass action has been fair to good with some topwater early and late and then the best action on plastics and nightcrawlers fished off the points. Crappie are spotty. Catfish improving.

CASITAS: The bass good with a lot of fish in 20 feet of water or less on plastics, nightcrawlers and reaction baits. Bluegill, redear are fair to good.

CASTAIC: Stripers are good. The other alternative is to fish swimbaits at the marina and the dam. The largemouth bite has also been good.

LOPEZ: The bass bite is very good. The bluegill, redear and crappie are fair to good.

NACIMIENTO: Very good black bass action continues good with smallmouth, spotted bass and largemouth all biting on plastics, especially in the area from Las Tables to the dam. The white bass have been fair to good. The crappie are also pretty good on small spinners and jigs in less than 10 feet.

PIRU: The largemouth bite has been good. Bluegill starting to improve.

PYRAMID: The striper bite is good with a lot of small fish from 10 to 12 inches showing, but still few bigger fish. The best action has been on nightcrawlers, cut baits, lug worms 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, lug worms and cut baits. The largemouth bass bite has improved, and the best bite is on plastics and nightcrawlers.

SAN ANTONIO: The black bass are still good but most fish have backed out of the shallows and showing in six to 25 feet of water on plastics with some reaction bait fish early and late in the day. No reports on other species. With no launch ramps available now, only kayaks, canoes or inflatables can get on the water.

SANTA MARGARITA: The bass bite has been very good with a lot of fish still shallow in five to eight feet of water, but some fish are moving deeper. Catfish and panfish are very slow.

Eastern Sierra

BRIDGEPORT REGION: The Twin Lakes were just fair on opening weekend with a lot of rainbows showing for shore anglers, but few bigger fish. That changed Tuesday when the bite for bigger browns broke open. Dan Stewart, Bishop, landed browns at 12 pounds and 9-12. There were several other five and six pounds fish reported. Bridgeport Reservoir has also been fair with the best action for trollers working Needlefish and Thomas Buoyants. What the bite lacks in volume, it has made up in quality with most of the rainbows two to three pounds and brown trout to five pounds reported.

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Overall, very good trout action throughout the June Lake Loop for the opener.

MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake, the focal point of the Eastern Sierra trout opener, was good in spite of cold weather all day Saturday and snow the night before that kept crowds down. Larry Alaso, Mammoth Lake, landed a 7-12 rainbow. The upper Owens River and Hot Creek both fished well for fly anglers. The Owens had a lot of bigger, 2- to 3-pound class rainbows, up out of Crowley for the spawn, while Hot Creek was mostly producing eight to 14-inch browns. Convict Lake had mixed reviews.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: The Bishop Creek drainage was very good with roads open to all waters by mid-day Saturday, including North Lake, South Lake and Sabrina.

LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All of the trout streams in this region were planted before the opener and provided good action.

Trout plants

LA COUNTY: Castaic Lake.

Ocean report

LONG RANGE NEWS: The long range fleet out of San Diego is still seeing excellent action off the tip of Baja, but the bite has been all very early morning stuff this week with much slower fishing during daylight hours.

CORONADO ISLAND UPDATE: The yellowtail action, which has been hit-and-miss for a month, surged on this week.

WHITE SEABASS UPDATE: White seabass continue to be a factor for anglers fishing at San Clemente, Santa Barbara and Catalina Island.

ROCKFISH ACTION STRONG: The excellent rockfish bite that has been going on all along the coast and at the local islands just won't slow down.