LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite continues to be pretty fair around much of the lake from French Gulch around and into the South Fork arm. Frozen shad and clams have been the best baits. The cats are mostly two to four pounds with an occasional bigger fish. The bass bite is fair on small fish for anglers tossing plastics in shallow water. No reports on other species. 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 trout bite in the upper river above Isabella has been fair after sections two and four were planted with DFW trout last week. Crickets, salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers have been the best baits. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are seeing fair action on wild fish, especially on stripped streamers. The lower Kern has a slow trout bite, and a few more smallmouths and largemouths are showing on small plastics. Most are small. Also still the odd catfish showing up. 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 to good, mostly on sardines and blood worms, and there have been more keeper fishing showing in the catch over the past week. A few fish on deeper-running artificials. Catfish are fair on cut baits, especially sardines, and dip baits. 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: 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 plant last week, and there has been fair this week on PowerBait and Mice Tails. Fair bluegill action on meal worms, red worms, crickets, and nigthcrawler pieces. Carp have been fair to good on Powder and Wussy baits. Very few bass.
HART PARK LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season last week, and the bite was good into the weekend, but has been slow to fair since on small trout lures and floating dough baits like PowerBait. The carp bite has been fair on dough baits, especially the locally-made Wussyís Poor Manís Bait and Powder Bait. Also a fair bluegill bite on meal worms and crickets, but that bite is slowing. Bass pretty slow with only a few early and late in the day on plastics or reaction baits. Other species slow.
TRUXTUN LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season last week and the bite has been fair on PowerBait, Power Worms, and Mice Tails. Also some on small jigs twitched beneath a bobber. There is slow to fair action on bluegill, and meal worms, wax worms, red worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces are the best baits for the ëgills. Few other reports except for the odd carp and catfish.
MING LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season last week, and the bite was good for a couple of days, but it has slowed since. The best action has been on small trout lures and plastics along with PowerBait. The carp bite has been fair on dough and paste baits, especially Powder Bait and Wussyís. The bluegill bite is slow to fair on meal worms or wax worms. Slow other species, with only the occasional bass and catfish reported.
BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago, and a few trout are still showing on floating dough baits or small trout jigs, inflated garlic nightcrawlers, and Mice Tails.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The lake was planted with 2,000 pounds of trout for the Chamber of Commerce derby two weekends ago, and a county plant went in after the derby. The bite has remained fair since with the best action on floating dough baits, small trout plastics, and small jig. The county will be planting nine times this season instead of five times, like last season. There have also been a few small catfish reported on shad or cut baits. The bluegill bite has slowed, but a few are still showing on crickets, wax worms, and meal worms. Carp are slow to fair on cut baits and dip bait, especially on Wussy Bait. 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: This lake remains one of the top spots in the region for bass, but the pressure on the lake has been pretty intense, especially over the holiday weekend. Mostly smaller fish are showing on reaction baits and plastics. There bluegill bite has finally slowed, with only a few hand-sized fish showing now on wax worms and meal worms. Still a decent carp bite on dip baits, especially Powder Bait or Wussy Bait, with some quality carp in this action. 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 fair on plastics and topwater or reaction baits early in the day, but the topwater action is waning and more and more fishing are showing on plastics. Most are two- to three-pounders, but some bigger fish. A few bluegill reports, but little else. 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 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, the East and West Walker rivers remain open year-around to catch-and-release fishing. The East Walker has been good with flows steady at around 50 cfs, and the trout showing on small nymphs with a few on streamers. In the Mammoth region, Hot Creek and the upper Owens River above Benton Crossing remain open, and the fishing has been slow to fair in the Owens, but fair to good at Hot Creek, where there has been a good caddis hatch most mornings and evenings. In the Bishop region, the lower Owens River, including the gorge below Crowley Lake, remains open to year-around fishing, but the flows remain high below the gorge with flows over 400 cfs below Pleasant Valley Reservoir. Very difficult fishing.
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.
The bass bite is fair at all four lakes. At Santa Margarita, the bass have been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits, with some topwater, and fish to three pounds. The bluegill and crappie bites are also both good on Crappie Nibbles and jigs or worms with some quality slabs. Lopez Lake has a very good bite on bluegill and nearly as good action on crappie. There is also a fair bite on bass on plastics and reaction baits with some still on topwater. No recent reports from San Antonio. At Nacimiento, the spotted bass action is fair to good and improving, with a lot of fish on plastics and reaction baits early and late in the day and the cooler nights have brought the fish up a little.
LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES
CACHUMA: No report available. 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: There continues to be a fair to good bass bite on drop-shot plastics in 15 to 40 feet of water. Fish to seven pounds reported this week. No recent DFW trout plants, but plants should be starting soon. Few anglers targeting catfish, but there was a 25-pound catfish landed by Bill Cook, Santa Barbara, on his homemade stink bait. 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: All three species of bass continue to be good, but the volume of boiling fish is declining, with most of the topwater and near-surface action on largemouth and smallmouth and not the stripers. Most of the boils are still in the backs of coves. Topwater baits, surface rip baits, and spoons are all getting the black bass. Spooning deeper water has been best for the stripers, but a plant last week brought up a few bigger stripers and they were landed on swimbaits. Ronald Vickery, Sylmar, had a 10-pound striper, while John Potts, Sylmar, landed an eight pounder. Both were fishing swimbaits at the dam. Most of the black bass are two to three pounds and the stripers are mostly two to five pounds or better. The bluegill and catfish bites are both slow. Trout improved after last weekís DFW plant, but the rainbows have dispersed. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PIRU: Continued 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 to fair. Best action on bluegill is in 12 to 30 feet of water on wax worms, meal worms, or crickets. 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 bite has remained good this week fish reported on Flukes and other small swimbaits or jerkbaits that resemble shad when the fish are up top chasing bait. The trolling bite has improved, too, and there is also pretty fair action for stripers and catfish on sardines, anchovies, or nightcrawlers. The catfish bite has also been fair to good with some nice stringers of fish being caught on chicken liver or anchovies. Largemouth and smallmouth bass action has slowed way down, but a few are showing on shad-pattern lures in the mornings and plastics later in the day. Bluegill and redear are slow. DFW trout plant four weeks ago, but none since and none on the DFW schedule. 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: There will be a free Fishing With Santa event this Saturday, Dec. 2, at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area on the North Lake. There is no charge for the event for kids five to 15 years old. There is limited free parking available and a $6 in the fee lots. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the event from 9 a.m. to noon. No adult fishing is allowed during the event. For more information, call 626-575-5526. 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 (Nov. 26-Dec. 2):
INYO: Owens River (below Tinnemaha, Section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir.
FRESNO: Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).
The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (Dec. 3-9): None currently scheduled.
The following waters were planted last week (Nov. 19-25):
LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake, Echo Park Lake, El Dorado Park Lakes, Santa Fe Reservoir.
ORANGE: Mile Square Park Lake, Yorba Linda Park Lake.
RIVERSIDE: Cachuilla Park Lake, Little Lake (Hemet), Rancho Jurupa Park Pond.
SAN BERNARDINO: Cucamonga-Guasti Park Lake, Glen Helen Park Lake.
SAN DIEGO: Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake.
KERN: Hart Park Lake, Kern River (sections 2 and 4), Ming Lake, River Walk Park Lake, Truxton Lake.
TULARE: Success Reservoir.
FRESNO: Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Pine Flat Reservoir.
OCEAN FISHING REPORT
BLUEFIN TUNA STILL BITING: While the bite on jumbo bluefin tuna over 100 pounds has backed off this week, the action is still excellent on smaller grade fish for the one and 1 1/2-day boats running out to the tuna grounds off San Clemente. Most of the fish have been between 15 and 60 pounds with two ranges -- 20-pound class fish and 40 to 60-pound class fish. Two-fish limits have been the rule the last few days.
The Pacific Queen out of Fishermanís Landing had 31 anglers on Wednesdayís 1 1/2-day trip, and they landed 42 bluefin with more than half of the fish in that 40 to 60-pound range. The Legend out of H&M Landing had 15 anglers on its Tuesday 1 1/2-day trip, they had 30 fish, including one in the 90-pound range. The Aztec out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 28 anglers on its Tuesday 1 1/2-day trip, and they landed 41 bluefin to just over 50 pounds.
NEARSHORE BOATS FOCUS ON BOTTOMFISH: For the half- and three-quarter day boats all along the coast from San Diego to Los Angeles county landings, the focus has become mostly bottom fish. There are still a few yellowtail showing at the Coronado for the San Diego three-quarter day boats, but darn few. The Orange and Los Angeles county boats running to Catalina are still seeing some flurries of good bonito action and some keeper calicos, but the sacks are mostly being filled with bottomfish in a pretty good bite.
The Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 12 anglers on Wednesdayís three-quarter day trip, and they landed 60 red snapper, 40 rockfish, six bonito, and three calico bass.
The Freelance out of Daveyís Locker had 35 anglers on Sundayís three-quarter day trip to Catalina, and they landed two yellowtail along with 136 rockfish, 50 Spanish jack, 39 perch, 20 bonito, 16 whitefish, and eight calico bass.
The Sportkind out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing had 10 anglers on its Wednesday three-quarter day trip, and thbey landed 91 whitefish, 44 red snapper, 24 rockfish, and 10 sheephead.
VENTURA-SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: The Ventura and Santa Barbara area landingsí boats continue to have excellent rockfish action. There continue to be a few yellowtail and calico bass in the catch.
At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, the Gentleman was on a three-quarter day trip Tuesday with 24 anglers, and they landed 240 rockfish, 225 whitefish, 12 sheephead, and three lingcod. On Sunday, the Speed Twin had 39 anglers on a half-day trip, and they landed 10 yellowtail in addition to 178 whitefish, 156 rockfish, seven sheephead, two lingcod, and one sole.
At Hookís Landing in Oxnard, there havenít been any trips out since last Friday, Nov. 24.
At Ventura Sportfishing, the Pacific Dawn had 22 anglers on Sundayís overnight trip, and they landed 197 rockfish, 20 whitefish, 11 lingcod, three Cabazon, and one sole.
At Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, the Stardust was on a three-quarter day trip Wednesday, and the 10 anglers on board had limits of 100 rockfish along with eight whitefish. The Coral Seaís half-day trip with 25 anglers produced 198 rockfish, 50 lingcod, and three whitefish. The tally on its Tuesday trip with 22 anglers was 170 rockifhs and 50 red snapper.
AVILA BEACH-MORRO BAY NEWS: Four weeks in a row with good weather, and the hot bite has continued unabated for rockfish and lings for boats running out of Avila and Morro Bay landings. In the local surf, the barred surfperch bite remains consistent on better quality fish up to three pounds on Rapala jigs or live lugworms, blood worms, ghost shrimp, or free-dried blood worms.
At Virgís Landing in Morro Bay, the Rita G was on a half-day trip Wednesday with 11 anglers, and they landed 66 rockfish and 44 red snapper for full limits. The Fiesta was on a full-day trip Sunday, and the 25 anglers on board caught 150 red snapper, 75 rockfish, 25 bocaccio, and 30 lingcod.
At Morro Bay Landing, the Avenger had 28 anglers on Mondayís full-day trip, and they landed 200 assorted rockfish, 30 red snapper, 10 bocaccio, and 25 lingcod.
At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, the Patriot had 19 anglers on its Wednesday half-day trip, and they landed 185 rockfish, five red snapper, and six lingcod. The Tuesday three-quarter day trip on this boat had just six anglers, and they landed 55 rockfish, five red snapper, and three lingcod. They then caught 20 dungeness crabs and five rock crabs.