LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite has been slow to fair with very light fishing pressure. The action continues almost all around the lake, but it has just been much slower. Clams and shrimp have been the best baits, but a variety of cut baits are working. The cats are mostly two to four pounds with an occasional bigger fish. The bass bite has also slowed, but a few fish are still showing on plastics. No reports on other species. 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 slow with no plants for three weeks. A few trout continue to show on crickets, salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers, but the action is tough. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are seeing fair action on wild fish, especially on stripped streamers, but this bite has also slowed. The lower Kern is a bright spot. The water level is low and the smallmouths and largemouths are showing in a pretty fair bite on small plastics and cranks. Most fish are small. Trout and catfish are slow in the lower river. 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, but finally more fishing are showing on Gitzit-type baits and Lucky Craft Pointer 100s. More and more keeper fish showing as the water cools and weeds disappear. Catfish are slow, but a few are showing 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: 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: Last DFW trout plant three weeks ago, and the bite is very slow with only a very rare fish on PowerBait or Mice Tails. There is a DFW plant slated for next week. Other bites have also slowed way down as the water cools.
HART PARK LAKE: Most recent and only DFW trout plant so far this season was three weeks ago, and the bite is very slow. A rare trout is still showing on garlic and chunky cheese PowerBaits. There is a DFW plant scheduled for next week. The carp bite is slow to fair on dough baits, especially the locally-made Wussy’s Poor Man’s Bait and Powder Bait. The bluegill and bass bites have slowed way down, too. Very light fishing pressure.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Most recent DFW trout plant was three weeks ago, and the bite is very slow now. A reare trout is still being caught on PowerBait, Mice Tails, or inflated nightcrawlers. There is a DFW plant slated for next week. The bluegill bite has slowed to nearly nothing, and only an occasional catfish or carp being reported now.
MING LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season three weeks ago, and another plant is scheduled for next week. But for now, the trout action is very slow with only an occasional fish caught on PowerBait. Even the carp bite has slowed with a few showing on paste baits. Other species very slow.
BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant four weeks ago, and the action is very slow.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: There was a county trout plant last week, and the bite was good through the weekend and quite a few fish are still showing. The best action has been on garlic and chunky cheese Power Baits on Mice Tails. The county will be planting nine times this season instead of five times, like last season. Last week’s plant was No. 2. 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 has slowed with the cooler weather, but the bite is still fair. The water level continues to drop and the pressure remains high on weekends. Mostly smaller fish are showing on reaction baits and plastics, with the bite moving slower and deeper. There bluegill bite has finally slowed way down, 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 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. 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 fair to good with flows steady at around 50 cfs, and the trout showing on small nymphs with a few on streamers. Most of the fish are 12- to 16-inches with some bigger. In the Mammoth region, Hot Creek and the upper Owens River above Benton Crossing remain open, and the fishing has been picking up on the upper Owens and trout start to move up out of Crowley into the Hot Fingers stretch of the river. Hot Creek is fair to good with caddis and midge hatches most days. 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 350 cfs below Pleasant Valley Reservoir. Very difficult fishing, but some decent trout are showing for drift-boat anglers.
The bass bite is fair at all four lakes and slowing as the weather and water cools. At Santa Margarita, the bass have slowed way down but the crappie continue to show on jigs and the bluegill/redear on red worms. Lopez Lake has a few bass showing, but the crappie and bluegill bites have slowed. At Nacimiento, the spotted bass action remains fair with some quality spots in the catch. Best action on plastics and small swimbaits. The better bite has been in 12-plus feet of water. No reports from San Antonio.
LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES
CACHUMA: The lake has been closed since last week due to the fire in the Los Padres National Forest and surrounding areas. The area is being used as a first staging area. No fishing 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: The lake has been closed since Wednesday last week because of the forest fires in the area. For an update on the closure, check with the marina (805-649-2043) 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 action has remains fair to good for anglers trolling umbrella rigs, throwing Fluke-type baits, trout-like swimbaits, or spooning. Most of the action is 40 to 70 feet of water on the spoons and ice jigs. The largemouth bass bite has been very good on drop-shot plastics or small swimbaits and jerkbaits in 15 to 40 feet of water. The numbers are good, but the size is mostly under four pounds, and there are some smallmouth in this bite. Jay Poore, Castaic, had a 3.5-pound smallmouth on a small plastic at the dam. Anthony Cassares, Simi Valley, had four largemouth bass to 3.5 pounds on Robo Worms off the west walls. The catfish bites is fair on cut baits, while the bluegill and trout are slow. No DFW trout plants since Thanksgiving week. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PIRU: Continued 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: The striper bite has remained good this week with most fish showing on sardines, anchovies, or nightcrawlers. Far fewer fish reported on Flukes and other small swimbaits or jerkbaits that resemble shad as recent weeks. 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 dropshot or split-shot plastics in 15 to 35 feet. Bluegill and redear are slow. DFW trout plant six 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: 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 (Dec. 10-16):
INYO: Owens River (below Tinnemaha, and section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir.
FRESNO: Avocado Lake, Woodward Park Lake (Fresno), Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).
The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (Dec. 17-23):
INYO: Diza Lake.
KERN: Hart Park Lake, Ming Lake, River Walk Lake, Truxton Lake.
TULARE: Kaweah Reservoir, Success Reservoir.
FRESNO: Avocado Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Woodward Park Lake (Fresno).
The following waters were planted last week (Dec. 3-9):
FRESNO: 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
BLUEFIN BITE STILL HOT: Hot bluefin tuna action in December? Yes, that is right. The wide open bite on bluefin tuna offshore has continued to be excellent for the 1 1/2-day boats out of San Diego, Orange, and Los Angeles boats making the run. Two-fish limits for all anglers on board have again been the rule this week. These are mostly 25 to 30 pounds. There have also been flurries of excellent yellowtail action and some yellowfin still showing on these trips. The scores tell the incredible story.
At Fisherman’s Landing, the Condor was on an overnight trip Tuesday with 18 anglers and they had limits of 36 bluefin. The Pacific Queen, on a 1 1/2-day trip Tuesday, had 20 anglers who landed limits of 40 bluefin along with 47 yellowtail. These two boats along with the Liberty have been reporting bluefin limits every day out for more than a week now.
At H&M Landing, the story had been the same. The Legend was out Monday with 18 anglers and they came home with 36 bluefin. The Mustang returned from a two-day on Wednesday this week, and the 12 anglers on board had 48 bluefin.
At Seaforth Sportfishing, the Aztec had 15 anglers on its Tuesday 1 1/2-day trip, and they landed 30 bluefin and one yellowtail.
At Helgren’s Sportfishing in Oceanside, the Oceanside 95 was on a 1 1/2-day trip with 34 anglers and they had limits of 68 bluefin and hammered the yellowtail, putting 191 on the deck.
At Davey’s Locker in Orange County, the Freelance was on an overnight trip Wednesday with just anglers and they landed 10 bluefin and 12 yellowtail. At 22n d Street Landing in Los Angeles County, the Fortune had 21 anglers on Sunday’s 1 1/2-day trip, and they landed 42 bluefin.
NEARSHORE UPDATE: The bite for all of the boats running into nearshore waters from San Diego to Los Angeles, the bite has been generally good for bottom fish. The further north or further offshore you travel the more likelihood of limits and better quality fish.
The three-quarter and full-day boats are getting near-limits or limits of assorted rockfish, and good scores on whitefish, with occasional sheephead while fishing around Catalina or some of the other nearshore banks. The half-day fleet is seeing half- to three-quarter limits on the bottom stuff. Mostly light loads, especially during the week.
The Sportking out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing had just six anglers on its Tuesday three-quarter day trip, and they landed 65 red snapper, 25 whitefish, five sheephead, two lingcod, and one bonus halibut.
The Betto-O out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had just five anglers on its Wednesday three-quarter day trip, and they landed 30 rockfish, 24 whitefish, 15 red snapper, two Spanish jacks, and one sheephead.
VENTURA-SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: The Ventura and Santa Barbara area landings’ boats continue to have excellent rockfish action. There continue to be a few calico bass in the catch, but the yellowtail seemed to disappear this past week.
At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, the Island Tak was on a full-day trip with just five anglers on Monday and they had full, 25-fish, calico bass limits and five rockfish. The half-day Speed Twin with 30 anglers on Wednesday returned with 275 rockfish and seven lincod.
At Hook’s Landing in Oxnard, the Outrider was on an overnight trip with 13 anglers on Sunday, and they landed 130 rockfish, 79 whitefish, 24 lingcod, and 10 sheephead.
At Ventura Sportfishing, the Amigo was on a full-day trip Monday with 20 anglers, and they landed 140 rockfish, 45 whitefish, 40 lingcod, three sheephead, and one Cabazon.
At Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, the Coral Sea had 20 anglers on its Wednesday trip, and they landed 180 rockfish and 30 lingcod.
AVILA BEACH-MORRO BAY NEWS: Offshore winds and low swells made for generally good conditions over the past week, and the rockfish and lingcod bite remained excellent. In the local surf, the barred surfperch bite remains consistent on better quality fish up to three pounds, mostly on live lugworms, blood worms, ghost shrimp, or free-dried blood worms.
At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, the annual John Rowley Biggest, Baddest Lingcod Tournament fish-off this past Saturday was won by Jerry Brazeale, Fresno, with a 25.6-pound ling that won him the $5,000 grand prize, while Andrew Johnson, Bakersfield, was second with a 19.2-pound gator, good for the $3,000 prize. Third place and $2,000 went to Robin Moore, Bakersfield, with a 17.8-poound ling. There were 32 qualifying anglers who fished on the Fiesta and Rita G at Cape San Martin.
On Wednesday, the Fiesta was on a full-day trip with 25 anglers, and they landed 225 red snapper, 15 assorted rockfish, and 10 bocaccio, for full rockfish limits. They also had six lingcod and two whitefish.
At Morro Bay Landing, the Endeavor was out with 19 anglers who landed 190 assorted rockfish and 38 lincod, including a 25-pounder landed by William Do, Bakersfield. On Monday, the Avenger had 16 anglers who landed 80 rockfish and 16 lings.
At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, the Patriot had 18 anglers on its Wednesday half-day trip, and they landed 160 rockfish, 15 lingcod, and four red snapper. Tuesday’s three-quarter day trip with 14 anglers produced 64 rockfish, 28 lings, and six red snapper along with 32 dungeness crabs and five rock crabs.
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