LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure continues, and even those fishing are reporting a very slow bite. Even the trout have slowed way down since the plant three weeks ago at the auxiliary dam. No reports on crappie this week, even in the French Gulch Marina area where a few had been showing on small minnows. The catfish bite has been very slow with a rare fish being caught on clams or shrimp. The bass bite is very slow. The 2018 Isabella Lake Fishing Derby is set for March 24-26 with a $10,000 top prize for the longest trout and over $40,000 in prizes. Entry fee is $30 per person, $65 for a family (two adults and up to three kids). Derby information at www.kernriverlally.com. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com, North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812, or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.
KERN RIVER: The trout bite in the upper river above Isabella has been fair thanks to DFW plants three and five weeks ago. More DFW fish are slated to go in next week. James Ford, Bakersfield, landed a 10-pound hook-jawed, humped-back rainbow trout this past weekend from the upper river fishing a marshmallow-cricket combo. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are still seeing slow action. The best bet is slow-stripped or swinging streamers. The lower Kern is slow to fair for smallmouths and largemouths on small plastics and cranks. Most fish are small, and a few catfish are being caught on clams. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite remains fair but getting little pressure. The best is best has been live minnows, with a few on blood worms and Gitzits. Ashley Walker, Bakersfield, caught a 25-pound striper on anchovies this past week. Catfish remain very slow. Anglers are reminded the limit on stripers is two fish greater than 18 inches, while the largemouth limit is five fish. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.
MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: Slow action. Only an occasional carp dough baits and Powder Bait, and an the odd catfish reported on nightcrawlers,
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and last week. The bite is good the first two or three days after the plant, but this lake gets fished down quickly. The best action on PowerBait, Mice Tails, and Sierra Slammer jigs. Other species very slow.
HART PARK LAKE: Last DFW trout plant was four weeks ago, but a plant is scheduled for next week. Slow action with only a rare trout being caught on PowerBait, MiceTails, and small trout jigs. The carp bite is slow on dough baits. The bluegill and bass bites have slowed way down, too. Very light fishing pressure.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Trout have been fair since the plant last week with pretty decent action through the weekend on Sierra Slammer jigs, garlic PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers doused with garlic. There has also been a fair to good crappie bite on small minnows at night. Other species have been slow, except for a few bass.
MING LAKE: There has been a fair crappie bite here this past week, mostly on small jigs or small minnows. Most recent trout plant was three weeks ago, and this bite has slowed way down with only a few showing on
PowerBait, Mice Tails, inflated nightcrawlers, and small trout jigs. Also a few bass showing on plastics or nightcrawlers.
BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant this week has kept the trout action fair to good, and a decent number of crappie continue to show. The trout action has been best on small jigs, Mice Tails and PowerBait, while the crappie on small jigs fished on light line in deeper water or fished in tandem under a bobber in four to six feet of water. Some of the crappie have been 1-8 with few small fish right now. The Brite Lake Derby will be April 21 with the final weigh-in at 1:05 p.m.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: There was a trout plant late last week and the bite was excellent through Saturday, but slowed way down on Sunday. The best action has been on Mice Tails, PowerBait, and Sierra Slammer Jigs. The county will be planting nine times this season instead of five times, like last season. Other species have slowed way down with the cool weather. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is pretty slow with only a few smaller fish showing on plastics in deeper water. All other bites have slowed way down. DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass are tough with only a few fish on plastics. Most are two- to three-pounders, but some bigger fish. Other species are very slow, but there was a DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.
GENERAL UPDATE: The general fishing came to an end Nov. 15. Only the year-around waters with special regulations remain open. For information on the regulations, anglers should check the Department of Fish and Wildlife website’s regulations pages. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.
TOP FISHING NEWS: In the Bridgeport region, the East and West Walker rivers remain open year-around to catch-and-release fishing. The East Walker has been pretty decent with flows at 140 cfs this week, and the bite has improved with six to 10 fish days pretty common. Most of the fish have been rainbows, and they are showing on small nymphs or streamers. Most are 14 to 15 inches, but some bigger ‘bows and a few browns. In the Mammoth region, Hot Creek and the upper Owens River above Benton Crossing remain open, and the winter bite on big rainbows (moving up out of Crowley) is still good, but it has been a little tougher over the past week. The fish are still mostly in the Hot Fingers stretch of the river and rainbows to 24-inches have been reported. Hot Creek is fair with caddis and midge hatches most days but tough fishing. In the Bishop region, the lower Owens River, including the gorge below Crowley Lake, remains open to year-around fishing, and the flows have dropped to around 75 cfs below Pleasant Valley Reservoir, which is a very good fishing flow. The action has improved on small nymphs and midges.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.
MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.
BISHOP AREA: Fishing information: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.
The bass bite is slow to fair at all four lakes. At Nacimiento, the spotted bass action has stayed pretty fair on plastics and small swimbaits. This is probably the best action on the Central Coast right now. At Santa Margarita, the bass have been very slow, and no panfish have been reported this past week with very light pressure. Lopez Lake has a few bass showing, but the crappie and bluegill bites have slowed. The better bite has been in 20-plus feet of water. No reports from San Antonio.
LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES
CACHUMA: Generally slow action here. A few trout continue to show for anglers drifting garlic nightcrawlers or trolling in Sweetwater Bay, Clark’s Cove, and the main part of Cachuma Bay. Other species very slow, with only a few bass showing on plastics and small spinners. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 30-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.
CASITAS: A DFW trout plant went this week and three weeks ago, and the bite perked up a little this week around the marina area on small jigs and floating dough baits. There has also been a fair bass bite on plastics and nightcrawlers in 12 to 25 feet of water, but few other reports. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are Feb. 10, April 14, May 5, June 16, and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. The dates for the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are this Saturday, Feb. 3, and Feb. 17, March 3 and 17, April 7 and 28, and June 2. For information on these events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and they continue to show on the surface most mornings. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.
CASTAIC: The striper bite remains fair to good with a lot of fish showing on lugworms, spoons, or trolled umbrella rigs in 20-feet plus of water. The largemouth bass bite may even be better than the striper action with the fish in 20 to 45 feet of water on small plastics and jigging spoons. Jesse Hernandez, Bakersfield, caught and released six largemouth to four pounds on drop-shot plastics. No reports of crappie this week, and the catfish and bluegill bites are slow. A DFW trout plant went in three weeks ago, but few fish are showing. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PIRU: Few reports. Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range and showing in deeper water on jigs and plastics. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with little pressure. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PYRAMID: There were actually two DFW trout plants last week, and the action has been very good since with some of the fish pushing two pounds. The best action has been adjacent to the launch ramp on PowerBait, Mice Tails, and small jigs or spoons. The striper bite has also been fair to good with most of the fish around two pounds. The best bite has been on
lug worms or sardines in deeper water, with some up closer to the surface on swim baits. The largemouth action is also pretty fair on plastics and small jigs in just 10 to 25 feet of water. Slow catfish, but a few showing on chicken liver. Bluegill and redear are slow. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: For county trout plants, see the list in this report or go to the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.
The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (Jan. 28-Feb 3):
VENTURA: Casitas Lake, Rancho Simi Park Lake.
SAN DIEGO: Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, Lake Murray.
KERN: Brite Valley Reservoir, River Walk Lake.
The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (Feb. 4-10):
INYO: Diaz Lake, Owens River (below Tinnemaha, Section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir.
KERN: Hart Park Lake, Kern River (sections 1 and 2), Ming Lake, Truxtun Lake.
The following waters were planted last week (Jan. 21-27):
LOS ANGELES: Alondra Park Lake, Belvedere Lake, Cerritos Lake, Downey Wilderness Park Lake, Echo Park Lake, El Dorado Park Lakes, Hansen Dam Lake, Hollenbeck Park Lake, Kenneth Hahn Lake, La Mirada Lake, Legg Lakes, Lincoln Park Lake, MacArthur Park Lake, Pyramid Lake, Reseda Park Lake, Sante Fe Reservoir.
RIVERSIDE: Rancho Jurupa Park Pond.
INYO: Owens River (section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir.
KERN: River Walk Park Lake, Truxton Lake.
TULARE: Mooney Grove Park Pond.
FRESNO: Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Woodward Park Lake (Fresno).
For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking page at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/. This page is frequently updated after this news report is published so current week, next week’s, and even previous week’s plant information may change.
OCEAN FISHING REPORT
GENERAL UPDATE: Very light fishing pressure all along the coast right now with most boats not running trips. The few boats running trips are finding decent action both inshore and offshore.
BLUEFIN AND OFFSHORE UPDATE: A handful of boats continue to run 1 1/2-day trips to the offshore bluefin and yellowtail grounds this past week.
On the New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing, there were 31 anglers on its Sunday trip and they landed 13 bluefin tuna to 50 pounds and 26 yellowtail, while last Thursday’s trip with 24 anglers produced limits of 48 bluefin to 60 pounds.
The Mustang out of H&M Landing had 16 anglers on its Tuesday 1 1/2-day trip, and they landed two bluefin tuna and 80 yellowtail. The Sunday trip with 17 anglers produced 34 bluefin and 45 yellowtail.
MEXICAN YELLOWTAIL AND ROCKFISH: A handful of San Diego 1 1/2-day boats are running south into Mexican waters for yellowtail and rockfish combination trips, and the action has been solid.
The Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had 32 anglers on its Sunday 1 1/2-day trip into Mexican waters, and they landed 71 yellowtail, 140 red snapper, and three lingcod. Last Thursday’s trip with 26 anglers produced 130 yellowtail (limits).
The Chief out of H&M Landing had 30 anglers on its trip, and they landed six yellowtail along with 150 red snapper and 100 bonito.
The Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 28 anglers on its Sunday 1 1/2-day trip, and they landed seven yellowtail along with 140 red snapper, 120 rockfish, 11 bonito, and two lingcod.
LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY LOCAL UPDATE: The nearshore bite for the half- and three-quarter day boats running out of Los Angeles and Orange county-based landings has been pretty fair for sculpin, bass, and perch.
The Sport King out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing had 12 anglers on its Tuesday trip, and they landed 65 sculpin, 40 perch, 20 keeper sand bass, and two keeper calicos.
The Spitfire out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing was on a three-quarter day trip Wednesday with 20 anglers, and they landed 45 sculpin, 16 sand bass, and four calicos.
VENTURA TO MORRO BAY LANDINGS: Channel Islands Sportfishing is running sand dab, bass, and yellowtail trips, while boats at other landings are staying at dock until rockfish season reopens.
On Saturday, the Aloha Spirit had 22 anglers on a full-day trip, and they caught three yellowtail and one sculpin. On the same day, the Sea Jay had 11 anglers on its full-day trip, and they landed 22 keeper calico bass and 25 perch. The Gentleman had a three-quarter day sand dab trip with 41 anglers and they landed over 4,000 sand dabs, also on Saturday.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: 976-TUNA offers instructional charters throughout the season. These trips are held from early spring through fall, offering advice to beginning or veteran anglers and on-the-water teaching of techniques for different saltwater species. The first trip scheduled for 2018 is a two-day trip aboard the Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing for offshore tuna and yellowtail. The early booking price is just $450 (normal price is $575). Meals and permits are additional. For more information, check on www.976-TUNA.com or call 562-352-0012 for details.
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