LAKE ISABELLA: The trout action was has stayed pretty fair since the derby last weekend. The best bite has been on inflated nightcrawlers, PowerBait, and small jigs, with the cemetery area the best bet. There are also a few crappie showing, especially in the South Fork on live minnows, but the water temperatures are still too cool for this bite to break open. A few catfish are starting to show, but this bite is just fair with meal worms, minnows, and shad the best baits. Also a few bass showing on plastics around structure with the fish in less than 15 feet of water. The lake level is still around 44 percent of full pool. The Kern River flow was up to 3,400 cfs Wednesday at Kernville. The outflow was around 4,200 cfs. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.
KERN RIVER: Trout were planted in all six sections of the Kern two weeks ago, and all sections are scheduled to get fish again next week. The bite has been slow to fair with high flows both above and below the lake. The lower Kern is still nearly unfishable through the canyon with Isabella release flows at 4,200 cfs. The upper river flows are up to 3,400 cfs at Kernville. A few bass are being caught right in Bakersfield where the river is running through town. Tough fishing conditions everywhere. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: It remains striper mania. The striper bite is excellent for both numbers and size. A 35-pound striper was caught on Wednesday this week. Many anglers continue to report 25 to 100 fish days, but most are below the 18-inch minimum size, but getting a couple of keepers is pretty easy. The bite has been almost all on sardines, blood and lug worms, Flukes, Gitzits, and Rat-L-Traps. In fact, the only thing not working has been anchovies. Also more catfish reported in the past week, mostly in the Highway 166 stretch, and they have been landed on both mackerel and sardines. Also a few largemouth starting to show on tube jigs. 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.
MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: A few catfish are starting to show on nightcrawlers.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Quite a few bass are showing with most in shallow for the spawn. Also some bluegill starting to be caught. Trout slow. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.
HART PARK LAKE: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics or nightcrawlers. A few more carp and bluegill are showing in fair action. Other species slow.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The bass are mostly in the shallows for the spawn. Fair to good action. The best bite has been on nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. A few carp and bluegill being caught in a fair bite, with the bluegill best on wax worms. Few other reports.
MING LAKE: The bass bite has been good with fish to six pounds reported in the past week. Plastics, Senkos, and live minnows have been the best baits. There are also more and more carp being caught on Powder Bait, and the bluegill bite is fair now. Trout are slow.
BRITE LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants. The bite has been slow this past week. Light fishing pressure.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The final trout plant of season went in four weeks ago, and the bite has really slowed way down with most of the rainbows caught out by now. A few crappie on small minnows. There are quite a few bass showing on nightcrawlers and plastics. Bluegill also starting to show but this bite is tough. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: There have been a few crappie reported in the past week on small minnows and small jigs. Other species slow.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is fair to good with a lot of fish still on beds. Best bite has been in four to 12 feet of water with plastics. The lake is currently 69 percent of capacity. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been good with most fish in the spawn or just past. Lots of two- to three-pound class fish showing on plastics with some on reaction baits. Lake level is 29 percent of capacity this week. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.
GENERAL UPDATE: General trout season will open April 29, and many waters in Inyo and Mono counties remain open year-around. Anglers should check the regulations on open waters and special restrictions. The early trout opener was March 4 on Inyo County waters south of (and including) Independence Creek and west of Highway 395. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.
TOP NEWS: Early trout season is in progress on some Inyo Valley waters. Anglers should check the regulations for open waters for this event and restrictions. Most open waters getting trout plants alternating weeks.
In the year-around waters, the lower Owens River below Pleasant Valley Reservoir has continued to have very high flows of over 700 cfs for the past several weeks. These are tough fishing flows. Very few trout showing for anglers fishing nymphs near the bottom with lots of lead. The East Walker flows finally dropped to 350 cfs after nearly two weeks of flows over 480 cfs. Fishing is still tough, but this flow is a little better. Light pressure and only the odd trout reported on nymphs or streamers swung through the quieter side channels. The West Walker flows have been from just under 500 cfs to over 900 cfs the past week. The flow Wednesday afternoon was 750 cfs. Light fishing pressure, but a few browns and rainbows coming from quieter water in the bigger pools.
The top spot in the region continues to be the Owens River above Crowley. There are a lot of big rainbows from 16 to 22 inches or more up out of Crowley in the Hot Fingers stretch of the Owens River. Access remains pretty good. Anglers should still call one of the shops in the region for the latest information.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.
MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently. 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.
INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently.
Hot Bites: Still relatively light fishing pressure at all the lakes on the Central Coast, but the bass bite is fair to good with most fish in the spawn or just past it. Margarita is full and still spilling, and the bass have been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits, but a lot of the bass are in a post spawn funk. Still decent crappie and bluegill bites. Lopez is at 61.7 percent of capacity and rising daily and the bass bite is good here, too, with panfish action improving by the day. San Antonio is 56 percent of capacity and the south shore reopened for weekends-only this past Friday. The South Shore park and ramps will open May 19, with a full reopening, including the north shore ramps tentatively set for June 9. No fishing report information. Nacimiento is at 90 percent capacity and the spotted bass action is excellent with the fish in full-spawn mode.
LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES
CACHUMA: The 22nd Annual Cachuma Lake Fishing Derby will be this coming Saturday and Sunday (April 22-23). Registration is $40 per anglers (ages 4-15 is just $10), and cash prizes of $599 and $300 will be awarded for the biggest and second biggest catch for trout, bass, crappie, and catfish. The two largest carp will win $100 and $50. There will also be tagged trout with the two highest numbered tag awarded $599 and $300. For more information, call the derby hotline at 805-696-8381 or go to www.troutderby.org. A 2,000-pound trout plant went in this week, and the trout are still showing from the previous two plants in the dam and Cachuma Bay areas, especially on trolled lures or nightcrawlers drifted under a float. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites have been fair to good with the fish still in the shallows for the spawn. The best bite has been on plastics, jigs, and small reaction baits with a lot of two- to three-pounders showing. Catfish are fair to good, mostly on cut mackerel in the coves. The crappie bite perked this week with a few crappie to two pounds reported. Bluegill, and carp bites are fair with a lot of carp up in the shallows. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, and quite a few carp are near the surface. Cachuma is 48 percent of capacity. 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: The bass action is wide open with fish all over the shallows on beds for the spawn. Most of the action is in less than 10 feet of water. Ten to 20 fish days are common. The bite is good on plastics, nightcrawlers, and small swimbaits. Fish to eight pounds again reported this past week. The trout action was slow, but a DFW trout plant went in last week and more are slated for this week and next week. Some redear are starting to show in four to 15 feet of water. No recent crappie reports, but a few catfish are starting to show on cut baits. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and the warm weather brought them up to the surface this week. Carp bowfisherman many 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. Casitas Lake level is 44 percent of capacity. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.
CASTAIC: The largemouth and smallmouth bass are both good with the fish up in the shallows for the spawn. Most of the action is in less than 15 feet of water, with plastics, jerkbaits, and Flukes all good bets. The stripers are fair and improving on cutbaits, blood or lug worms, jigging spoons, and ice jigs in 30 to 60 feet of water. Most are two-pound class fish. DFW trout plant four weeks ago and some trout are showing in the backs of coves all around the lake. The bluegill are also picking up with some fish in less than 10 feet of water on meal worms and wax worms. The lake is currently 92 percent of capacity. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PIRU: There continues to be a pretty good bass bite for both largemouth and smallmouth bass on plastics with a major movement of fish up into shallower water for the spawn. Most are in less than 15 feet of water. Best bite has been on plastics and most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range, but a couple of six-pound class fish were reported again this week. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow but a few bluegill are starting to show in 12 to 18 feet of water on small jigs tipped with bait. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Lake level is 25 percent of capacity. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PYRAMID: Largemouth bass are fair to good with a majority of the fish in less than 15 feet of water for the spawn. The best bite has been on plastics and jigs. The striper bite is pretty fair with a lot of fish showing on trolled flies and swim baits, but bait anglers fishing sardines or bloodworms are getting fish, too. Most are 1-8 to four pounds. A DFW trout plant went in this week, two weeks ago, and four weeks ago. Fair trout action, with a few showing on small spinners, spoons, jigs, PowerMice, and PowerBait. There is a slow catfish bite on the cut baits. Bluegill and redear are finally started to perk with a fair bite in 10 to 18 feet of water on wax worms and red worms. Water level is at 93 percent of capacity. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (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 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.
OCEAN FISHING REPORT
SAN DIEGO BLUEFIN AND YELLOWTAIL: The San Diego sportfishing fleet has continued to hammer on the bluefin tuna that are showing in excellent numbers, and the bite surged back on Monday and Tuesday this week after being spotty for most of last week. The overnight and 1 1/2-day boats are not the only boats posting good scores on the bluefin; with the three-quarter day boats also still getting in on this bite and posting scores as good on some days. The bluefin are mostly 30 to 50 pounds, but fish to 80 pounds or bigger are being landed each week. Mixed in with the bluefin are schools of smaller yellowtail, mostly three to seven pounds. Wind came up and hampered the bite on Wednesday, but this action is not expected to go away any time soon.
Some of the best scores this week were posted by the Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing. The boat had 30 anglers on its Tuesday overnight trip and they had full bluefin tuna limits at 60 fish. The Monday overnight with 16 anglers also returned with limits of 32 bluefin along with two yellowtail.
The scores on three 1 1/2-day trips show has the bluefin take ramped up this week. The Old Glory out of H&M Landing was on a 1 1/2-day trip Sunday and the 16 anglers on board had one bluefin, 80 yellowtail (limits), and two bonito. The Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on a Monday overnight trip with 20 anglers and they had one bluefin, nine yellowtail, and 12 bonito. Then on Tuesday, the Oceanside 95 out of Helgren’s Sportfishing had 13 anglers on a 1 1/2-day trip, and they landed 11 bluefin, 21 yellowtail, and 31 bonito.
The top scores for the three-quarter day were posted by the San Diego and Liberty.
The San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 28 anglers on its Tuesday three-quarter day trip and they landed limits of 54 bluefin. This boat’s Monday trip with 25 anglers produced 18 bluefin and 11 yellowtail. Also on Tuesday, the Liberty had 15 anglers on its three-quarter day trip and they also had limits of 30 bluefin. The Monday trip with had 12 anglers who landed seven bluefin, one yellowtail, and 20 bonito.
The Malihini out of H&M Landing had 24 anglers on its Tuesday three-quarter day trip and they caught four bluefin, one yellowtail, and 79 bonito. The Monday jaunt with 16 anglers returned with three bluefin and four yellowtail, while Sunday’s trip with 21 anglers produced 40 yellowtail.
On Monday, the Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 15 anglers on its three-quarter day trip and they landed five yellowtail and 17 bonito. The Saturday trip with 29 anglers returned with just eight yellowtail and one bonito.
LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY OVERNIGHT NEWS: The overnight boats running out of the Los Angeles and Orange County landings had been focusing on the white seabass bites at Catalina, Clemente, and Santa Barbara islands. That bite really slowed way down this week, and the overnight boats focused on rockfish on the banks off Clemente and Catalina and then moved inshore to pick at yellowtail.
The Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had 30 anglers on its Tuesday overnight trip and they landed six yellowtail, 250 rockfish, 50 red snapper, and 12 calico bass. On Monday’s overnight, 30 anglers landed three yellowtail, 60 whitefish, 180 rockfish, and three ling cod.
The Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing had 20 anglers on its Saturday overnight and they landed one yellowtail, 22 sheephead, 15 calico bass, six sand bass, four halibut, and two barracuda.
While most of the yellowtail on these trips are the smaller grade fish, a few bigger yellows are showing at Clemente and more northerly Channel Islands.
CATALINA ISLAND UPDATE: The full-day boats fishing Catalina Island saw the white seabass bite fade this week, but there is still a very good bite on bottom fish, a few yellowtail, and an occasional halibut.
The Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 36 anglers on its full-day trip Tuesday and they landed 33 yellowtail, 200 rockfish, 70 red snapper, 63 whitefish, 55 bocaccio, seven sheephead, two barracuda, two calico bass, and one bonito.
NEARSHORE STILL MOSTLY ROCKFISH: The half- and three-quarter day boats from Dana Point to Santa Barbara are mostly focusing on rockfish and other bottom species in a pretty good bite. There have also been a few more bass showing .
The Sportking out of LA Waterfront Sportfishing had 10 anglers on its Tuesday three-quarter day trip and they landed 59 perch, 58 red snapper, 22 rockfish, 10 bonito, eight whitefish, seven sheephead, two lingcod, and two calico bass.
A very good half-day score was posted on Monday by the Western Pride out of Davey’s Locker. This half-day trip had 18 anglers and they landed 47 keeper calico bass, 16 sand bass, and 20 scluplin. The Tuesday trip with 23 anglers, however, produced just 15 sand bass and four sculpin.
Up in Ventura and Santa Barbara, the rockfish still are dominating, but there are yellowtail and still a few white seabass showing. On Monday, the Erna B out of Channel Islands Sportfishing had 22 anglers on a three-quarter day trip, and they landed four yellowtail and three white seabass along with 15 rockfish, six whitefish, and a sculpin. That was the last day this week any white seabass were reported in this region.
MORRO BAY ROCKFISH WIDE OPEN, SURF PERCH: The rockfish bite out of Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay has been wide open since the season reopened on this part of the coast April. 1. The surf perch has been good on the beaches at San Simeon and Cuyucos.
The Fiesta, out of Virg’s, had 15 anglers on its three-quarter day trip Wednesday, and they landed 100 red snapper, 50 other rockfish, and 30 ling cod. The Rita G, also a half-day boat, had 19 anglers on its morning half-day Wednesday and they landed 114 red snapper, 79 assorted rockfish, and four ling cod.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: 976-TUNA offers instructional charters throughout the season. While all of the April and May trips are booked, the next available trip is a two-day aboard the Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker leaving June 11. The early-booking price is just $275 (normal price is $400). 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. For more information, check on www.976-TUNA.com or call 562-352-0012 for details.
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