LAKE ISABELLA: The crappie bite broke wide open this past Saturday and has been going strong ever since. There have been a lot of 25-fish limits posted with crappie up to 14-inches in the stringers. Most of the action has been on red and white or chartreuse crappie jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles or with live minnows. There is also still a pretty good trout bite, especially by the auxiliary dam on the usual array of dough baits, inflated nightcrawlers, small jigs, and trout plastics. There was a DFW trout plant last week. Other species have been slow, but the catfish and carp are improving, and bass and bluegill are starting to be caught. For fishing information: Bobís Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com, North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812, or Copeís Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.
KERN RIVER: The DFW stocked the upper river three weeks ago in sections 4, 5, and 6, but none since. The lower river has not been planted in over a month. Overall, the trout bite is still just fair in upper river above Isabella, but the warmer weather and warming water conditions have continued to improve that bite. A few fish are showing for bait anglers fishing salmon eggs or crickets, but the fly anglers are seeing tough fishing. The lower river continues to produce a few nice holdover rainbows, but overall the fishing is tough for trout. The lower Kern is also cranking out a few smallmouths and largemouths on small plastics and cranks. Most fish are small, and a very 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 and improving with the warm weather. The best bite has been on bloodworms and lug womrs, with a few on Gitzits and bucktails or live minnows. Most of the fish are under the 18-inch minimum keeper size. Catfish are starting to show in all stretches, but this bite is just starting, mostly on sardines, anchovies, and Wussy Bait, too. Anglers are reminded the limit on stripers is two fish greater than 18 inches, while the largemouth limit is five fish. Information: Bobís Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or Copeís Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.
MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: Few reports. A few more carp starting to show on dough baits and Powder Bait, and the odd catfish reported on nightcrawlers.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant last week, and the trout bite has been slow to fair since the weekend on PowerBait and Mice Tails, small trout jigs, and inflated nightcrawlers. Information Bobís Bait 661-833-8657.
HART PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago. The bite has been slow to fair since the weekend. Best action on Mice Tails, garlic or hatchery pellet PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, and Sierra Slammer trout jigs. The crappie bite has improved with more crappie showing than trout now, including some better quality slabs. The carp bite is finally starting to turn around on Powder Bait. The bass and bluegill bites are also improving with the warmer weather. The bass are mostly showing on plastics worms, nightcralwers, and live minnows. The bluegill have been best on wax and meal worms.
TRUXTUN LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago. Mostly slow action since the weekend on the rainbows, but a few on PowerBait, Mice Tails, and inflated nightcrawlers. Meanwhile, the crappie bite just continues to improve with some decent catches reported in the past week, mostly on jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles or small minnows. The bass and bluegill are improving, too, with the bluegill showing on wax worms or meal worms, and the bass mostly being caught on nightcrawlers, live minnows, and plastic worms.
MING LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago, but the bite is mostly slow on PowerBait, trout plastics, or small jigs. The carp and the crappie have taken up where the trout left off, with pretty fair action on both. The crappie have been best on small jigs tipped with bait or Crappie Nibbles or small minnows. The carp are best on Powder Bait or Wussy Bait. Bass and bluegill have also improved. The bass are best on plastics and minnows, while the bluegilla re best on meal worms and wax worms.
BRITE LAKE: The crappie bite has stayed pretty strong this past week for anglers fishing small 1/32nd-ounce jigs beneath a bobber. Most are eight to 10 inches. No DFW trout plants in over a month, and the bite is slow with only an occasional fish still showing on small jigs or floating dough baits. Some catfish starting to show. The Brite Lake Derby will be April 21 with the final weigh-in at 1:05 p.m. For more information on the derby, check with Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bass bite has been fair and some fish have moved up into very shallow water and cover. The best action has been on minnows or plastics. A few crappie are showing in the lakes and the canal between the lake and the golf course. Bluegill are starting to also perk up on the usual small baits. Last trout plant of the season was four weeks ago, and the bite is pretty much over for the season. Fishing information: Bobís Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or Copeís Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.
SUCCESS LAKE: The very good crappie bite has just continued to rock and roll, but the action is almost all at night or early and late in the day. There have been a lot of quality fish over two pounds caught. Most of the fish are showing from the bank on minnows, but some also on jigs. The bass action is also improving with a fair to good bite on plastics and minnows on fish to three pounds, but few bigger. Some bluegill starting to show. Other species very slow. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com or Copeís Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass are starting to improve as the fish move into spawn mode. Most of the action on plastics, and most of the bass are smaller fish to two pounds. Some panfish and catfish starting to show. 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. The 2018 general season will open April 28. For information on the regulations, anglers should check the Department of Fish and Wildlife websiteís 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, very light fishing pressure over the past week, but conditions have improved dramatically the last few days. The flows on the East Walker are yo-yoing up and down pretty badly the past couple of weeks. Ramping up and down between 130 cfs and 470 cfs over the past two weeks. The flows were 470 cfs on Wednesday this week. In spite of that, the action has been pretty good for the few anglers fishing on both streamers and small nymphs with fish to 20 inches reported this week. The West Walker is also very fishable, but there have been no reports from the past couple of weeks. 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 if you can get to the water. Access is still an issue. 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 are around 250 cfs below Pleasant Valley Reservoir this week, which is getting on the upper end of wadable fishing flows. The action has improved on small nymphs and midges, but light fishing pressure.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Kenís Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.
MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.
BISHOP AREA: Fishing information: Culverís Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.
At Nacimiento, the spotted bass action has broken wide open in the past week with very good action as the fish move into the spawn. The fish have flooded into the shallows and the action is good on plastics and reaction baits. Lots of fish to four pounds. Also a pretty fair bite on white bass staging to run up into the river to spawn, with most one to two pounds. Also some crappie showing. At Santa Margarita, the bass and panfish bites are fair to good with the bass starting to spawn. Best action on nightcrawlers and plastics, and some on reaction baits. Panfish best on small jigs topped with baits or live bait. Lopez Lake has a fair to good crappie and bluegill bites, and the bass bite is really taking off in shallow water on plastics and reaction baits. No reports from San Antonio.
LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES
CACHUMA: The 23rd Annual Trout Derby will be April 21-22, and there is a 4,000-pound plant slated for this week. The best trout action has been fair on inflated nightcrawlers for shore anglers or trolled Rapalas for boat anglers. The best area has been around the marina and points leading out to the main body of the lake. The dam area is also good for the trollers. Richard Flores, Santa Barbara, landed the biggest trout of the season this past week when he caught a 9-5 rainbow. The crappie bite has taken off with a good bite adjacent to the marina and at the dam. Fish to 2-5 reported this week, most on small jigs. Bass are starting to take off with the spawn approaching. Good action on plastics and reaction baits, especially in Cachuma and Johnson bays. Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are starting to show near the surface. 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: The bass bite is excellent, with the fishing all over the shallows in mid-spawn. The best action has been on plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits in six to 18 feet of water, but fish are showing on all kinds of baits, including topwater. Sheila Silva, Simi Valley, landed a seven-pound bass to top off her April Foolís Day of bass catching. Melissa Anderson, Santa Barbara, landed a 4-8 bass on a Brush Hog. Several other fish from three to five pounds reported. DFW trout plants went in two and four weeks ago, but not many fish showing. More and more reader are starting to show, mostly on nightcrawler pieces and red worms. Attention bowfishermen, the carp are moving into the shallows for the spawn. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. The dates for the upcoming bass fishing events in the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are April 7 and 28, and June 2. For information on these events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or email@example.com. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are April 14, May 5, June 16, and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. 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: Overall, good striper action. The best bite has been in the marina area throughout the day on nightcrawlers, Senkos, and small swimbaits. The stripers are also showing at C-Point, the west walls, and the buoy line, where the fish are mostly in deep water between 40 and 60 feet down. Umbrella rigs in after and evening have been the best bet in those areas. Bao Pham, Long Beach, had three stripers on umbrella rigs off the west walls. His best fish was a four-pounder and the stringer weighed 11 pounds. The largemouth bass bite has been very good as the fish start to move shallow for the spawn. The best action has been in the morning on plastics, small jigs, and crawfish imitations. Jose Cortez, North Hills, had a six-pound largemouth on a plastic shad at the firebreak. Adam Portsmouth, Ventura, landed a pair of three-pound bass off Trout Point on Senkos. The most recent DFW trout plant was three weeks ago, and the bite has slowed way down. No catfish reports and no reports of crappie. The bluegill bite is slow. 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, but they have been moving shallower the past week or so in preparation for the spawn. Most of the fish showing now are being caught on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. 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: The striper and catfish bites have both been pretty good this past week, with the bite for both in most coves and the canal by the entrance booth. Sardine and lug worms have been best for the stripers, and the cats are best on chicken liver, anchovies, and cut mackerel. Both have been in deeper water. Horun Muhammad, West Hollywood, landed tw2o cats to four pounds on nightcrawlers in deep water. The largemouth bass are also pretty good with the fish just now starting to move up shallow and whacking plastics. Most fish are in 12 to 20 feet of water or even shallower. The trout bite is slow, and there have been no DFW plants in a month. 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 (April 1-7):
ORANGE: Laguna Lake.
SAN BERNARDINO: Arrowbear Lake.
RIVERSIDE: Lake Perris.
INYO: Cottonwood Creek, Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, Shepherd Creek, Symmes Creek, Tuttle Creek.
FRESNO: Avocado Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Woodward Park Lake (Fresno).
The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (April 8-14):
INYO: Owens River (below Tinnemaha, Section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir.
KERN: Lake Isabella.
TULARE: Del Lago Park Lake, Murry Park Pond.
FRESNO: Avocado Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Woodward Park Lake (Fresno).
The following waters were planted last week (March 25-31):
LOS ANGELES: El Dorado Park Lakes, Legg Lakes, Sante Fe Reservoir.
RIVERSIDE: Lake Skinner.
SAN BERNARDINO: Silverwood Lake.
SAN DIEGO: Lake Jennings
INYO: Owens River (section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir.
KERN: Hart Park Lake, Ming Lake, River Walk Park, Truxtun Lake.
TULARE: Kaweah Reservoir, Success Reservoir.
FRESNO: Avocado Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).
For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFWís stocking page at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/. This page is frequently updated after this news report is published so current week, next weekís, and even previous weekís plant information may change.
OCEAN FISHING REPORT
BLUEFIN ARE POPPING: The New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing has jumped back on the bluefin tuna on the backside of this full moon. On Sunday, 21 anglers ended up with 42 fish (limits) to 40 pounds on a 1 1/2-day trip. On Tuesdayís trip, the fish were a better grade running from 50 to 75 pounds.
The Old Glory out of H&M Landing had 14 anglers on its Sunday 1 1/2-day trip, and they landed one bluefin and 15 yellowtail along with 70 red snapper, 43 bonito, seven assorted rockfish, and four lingcod.
ROCKFISH EVERYWHERE: The rockfish action remains pretty fair to very good from San Diego to Los Angeles county for half- and three-quarter day boats running from all the landings along the coast. As the weather warms, there are also marginally improving bites on local yellowtail, white seabass, calico and sand bass, and halibut.
In San Diego, the Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 14 anglers on its Tuesday three-quarter day trip, and they landed two yellowtail, 50 rockfish, 28 lingcod, and two bonito.
In Balboa, the Western Pride out of Daveyís Locker had 64 anglers on its Tuesday half-day trip, and they landed 295 assorted rockfish, 34 bocaccio, and 16 sculpin for a solid five-fish per angler average.
In San Pedro, the Sport King had 11 anglers on Tuesdayís three-quarter day trip, and they caught 45 red snapper, 45 bocaccio, five whitefish and one lingcod.
The Pursuit out of 22n d Street Landing in San Pedro had 28 anglers on Tuesdayís full-day trip, and they caught 138 bocaccio, 102 assorted rockfish, 20 red snapper, 15 whitefish, and two sheephead.
At Pierpoint Landing in Long Beach, the Toronado ran an overnight trip to the local islands with 20 anglers on Monday, and they landed limits of 200 rockfish, 41 sheephead, 31 lingcod, and 18 whitefish.
In Marina del Rey, the New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had a packed boat with 71 anglers on Mondayís half-day, and they landed 257 rockfish, 66 whitefish, 25 sculpin, two sheephead, and one lingcod for a fish-fish per angler average.
OXNARD TO SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: The rockfish bite continues to be excellent for the Southern California Landings in the northern end of the Bite. Oxnard, Ventura, and Santa Barbara region boats are all reporting mostly limits of rockfish on half-day to overnight trips.
At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, the Aloha Spirit had 19 anglers on Tuesdayís full-day trip, and they landed 160 rockfish and 38 lingcod. The Gentleman had 60 anglers on its three-quarter day run, and they landed 485 rockfish, 25 whitefish, five sculpin, and one sheephead. The Speed Twin was on a half-day trip Tuesday, and the 27 anglers on board landed 270 assorted rockfish for limits, 15 whitefish, 12 sculpin, six sheephead, and two lingcod.
At Hookís Sporfishing in Oxnard, the Coroloma had 13 anglers Mondayís three-quarter day trip, and they landed 130 rockfish.
At Ventura Sportfishing in Ventura, the Amigo had 15 anglers on its full-day run Tuesday, and they landed limits of 150 rockfish, 41 whitefish, and one Cabazon.
At Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, the Coral Sea had 17 anglers on Tuesdayís three-quarter day trip, and they landed 170 rockfish for limits along with 16 lings.
CENTRAL COAST ROCKFISH REOPENER: The rockfish season on the Central Coast reopened April Foolís Day, and the rockfish action has been excellent since.
At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, the Gentleman had 16 anglers on its Wednesday three-quarter day trip, and they landed limits of 160 rockfish, 35 whitefish, and one lingcod. The Mirage ran an overnight trip with 20 anglers, and they landed 200 rockfish and 30 lints.
At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, the Flying Fish had 23 anglers on Tuesdayís half-day, and they landed 156 assorted rockfish, 72 red snapper, and two bocaccio for limits. They also had six lingcod. The full-day trip aboard the Phenix for 16 anglers was also excellent with 13 lingcod and limits of rockfish that included 115 red snapper and seven bocaccio.
At Virgís Landing in Morro Bay, the Fiesta was on a full-day trip Wedesday, and the 25 anglers on board had 210 red snapper, 50 lingcod, and 40 red snapper for limits of rockfish and lings. The Rita G was on a half-day with 21 anglers on Wednesday, and they landed a mixed rockfish limits of 126 assorted rockfish and 84 red snapper along with four bonus lingcod.
At Morro Bay Landing, the Endeavor had 25 anglers on its Tuesday trip, and they landed 250 bottom fish along with three ling cod. Top fish was a 12-pound bocaccio.
SURF PERCH BITE KICKING OFF: The surf perch action is also starting to really turn on with some quality fish topping two pounds showing in the Oxnard to Santa Barbara region and the Avila-Morro Bay region. Blood and lug worms have been the best bait.
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 next trip will be an overnight jaunt May 2 aboard the Ultra out of San Pedro. The early booking price is just $245 (normal price is $295). 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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