Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley
CARP DERBY: Bob's Bait Bucket's annual month-long August carp derby starts today. The entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in a fish. Only fresh fish can be weighed in and no weighing in of fish the same day as entering derby. Information: (661) 833-8657.
LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite continues to provide some of the best action in the region with most of the fish moving into deeper water (15-plus feet) and the bite has been red hot. Most of the fish are still 2- to 4-pounders and strigers of 15 to 25 fish have been common. The crappie, bass, trout and bluegill bites have been slow.
KERN RIVER: The upper river has been fair this past week for bait and lure anglers fishing for planted and wild rainbows, but the last plants were four weeks ago and none are scheduled for this week or next week. Fly anglers are seeing generally good early morning or afternoon action on wild fish with better action upriver near the Johnsondale Bridge or above. In the lower river flows are very low, but the smallmouth and largemouth bass have been pretty good. Catfish bite has been pretty good.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Light fishing pressure with the heat. The striper bite is fair to good with mostly small fish in the catch right now. Catfish are very good.
MILL CREEK PARK: Most of the action has been for bluegill on crickets and wax worms and carp on Powder Bait.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Bluegill are very good on most of the small baits. The carp bite is good. A few bass continue to show early.
HART PARK LAKE: Bluegill, carp action is good.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Bluegill, carp action good.
MING LAKE: Very good carp action on homemade dough baits or Powder Bait. The bluegill are also very good on wax worms and meal worms. The largemouth bass bite is tough, but a few are showing on plastics and nightcrawlers early and late in the day
BRITE LAKE: The bluegill action is pretty good on wax worms, crickets and meal worms. Few reports of other species.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The catfish and bluegill bites are both pretty good. The catfish are best on garlic shrimp, shad or nightcrawlers at night, but most are on the small side. However, Victor Jacquez, Bakersfield, caught a 40-pound catfish this week (See Steve merlo column on facing page). Bluegill, carp bites fair to good.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Good bluegill and carp action. A few catfish and bass are showing.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bluegill action is also pretty good on wax worms and meal worms. A fair number of carp and catfish. Bass spotty.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been spotty on nightcrawlers, but the bluegill and carp bites are pretty good. The bluegill bite is best on meal worms, wax worms, crickets and small jigs, while the carp are best on dough baits.
Other regional lakes
CACHUMA: Catfish are best bet here. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites fair.
CASITAS: There has been a good topwater and reaction bait bite in the mornings for the bass. Bluegill and redear bites are fair to good.
CASTAIC: Striper bite remains pretty good. There has also been a good topwater largemouth and smallmouth bass bite in the early mornings and then a fair bite late in the afternoons and into the evening on plastics and nightcrawler. Bluegill are slow to fair in eight to 20 feet of water. The water level dropped a foot this week (1,419 elevation) and the west ramp remains closed. Boat capacity reduced from 500 to 300 boats.
LOPEZ: The topwater bass bite is starting to take off. Bluegill, redear, crappie are fair to good. A few catfish continue to show.
NACIMIENTO: Fair to good action on 1- to 3-pound spotted bass. The white bass have been boiling in the mouths of the coves.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits with most fish in 12 to 30 feet of water, but there is some topwater action early and late in the day. The average fish is from one to two pounds. A few catfish reports on cut baits. The bluegill action is fair.
PYRAMID: The striper bite remains fair to good for 1 to 3-pounders. The largemouth bass bite is fair.
SAN ANTONIO: The striped bass bite has been fair with the best bite on swim baits in the evenings. The largemouth bass have been fair to good. Smallmouth are decent.
SANTA MARGARITA: The bass action has been fair to good. Crappie have been fair. Catfish have been fair to good in the bays and coves.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Bridgeport Reservoir is still pretty good for fly and bait anglers, but trolling was tougher. Kirman Lake is slow with a heavy algae bloom. Twin Lakes has been pretty good with some quality fish from 4-5 pounds.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Overall, fair trout action throughout the June Lake Loop with mornings and evenings the best time to fish. June Lake continues to produce a lot of 1- to 3-pound trout. Gull, Silver and Grant are all producing nice catches. A few browns at Silver and Grant.
MAMMOTH AREA: Crowley Lake has been fair to good for trout for midge anglers fishing in the bays, while trollers are fishing in 25 to 40 feet of water away from the wed beds. The Sacramento perch bite has been good all along the 395 side of the lake, from McGee Bay to Whiskey Creek around wed beds. The Owens has mostly smaller fish now. Hot Creek is mostly producing eight to 14-inch browns. At Convict Lake, the bite has been good with quite a few limits reported most days. In the upper Mammoth Lakes basin, there is fair to good action early and late in the day. Twin Lakes has been good near the falls and along the outside edges of weed beds.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: The Bishop Creek drainage was fair to good this past week during the full moon, but a little off from the previous week. North Lake, South Lake, and Sabrina were all slower with just fair action. Bishop Creek and Intake II remain the top spots to get a limit of trout.
LONE PINE TO INDEPENDENCE AREA: All of the trout streams in this region are fair to good with light pressure. Most are being planted each week now.
TULARE: Balch Park Lake (upper and lower), Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake).
EXCEPTIONAL PELAGIC ACTION: The excellent fishing for pelagic species has continued through the past week for sport boats from San Diego, Oceanside, and Orange County and Los Angeles County landings. It's simply as good as it gets once every 20 or 30 years. Yellowfin tuna, yellowtail and dorado are showing from the Catalina Channel all the way to the tip of Cabo San Lucas, and there are big schools of bluefin tuna in both Mexican and American waters. While the Mexicans have closed the bluefin season for the rest of this year, and the U.S. is considering a closure or greater restrictions, the sportfishing fleet is landing bluefin in excellent numbers and mostly the size range some are advocating as the minimum for harvest, 30-plus pounds. In San Diego, boats running half-day trips to 21/2-day trips have been focusing on the pelagics because of the huge volume of yellowfin tuna and yellowtail in local waters. In the Oceanside to Los Angeles region, the half-day boats are mostly focusing on bass and rockfish (although the tuna, yellowtail and dorado are there but usually kept down by boat traffic), but the three-quarter day and longer trips are also targeting the offshore species which are thick even in this region.