LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure continues, but a few crappie continue to show near the French Gulch Marina on small minnows. Not great volume, but a few fish to a pound or so. The catfish bite has been mostly slow. A few fish continue to show around much of the lake, but the cold weather and rain this week slowed fishing pressure even more. Clams and shrimp have been the best baits. The bass bite is slow, but there were a couple of reports of nice holdover trout this week. 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, especially after the rains early this week muddied up the river. There were DFW plants of trout in the Kernville stretch two and three weeks ago. There is also a plant scheduled for this week. The best action has on crickets, salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are seeing very slow action, and the water has been off-color with the storm and flows jumped. The best bet is still on 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. 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 mostly on sardines and blood worms and large minnows. A few stripers are also showing on Gitzit-type baits, but there has been very light pressure and few reports. 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: DFW trout plant last week and three weeks ago, and the bite was pretty good into the weekend on PowerBait or Mice Tails. Other species very slow.
HART PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant last week and three weeks ago. Most of the trout are showing on garlic and chunky cheese PowerBaits, MiceTails, and small trout jigs, especially Sierra Slammers. The carp bite is slow on dough baits. The bluegill and bass bites have slowed way down, too. Very light fishing pressure.
TRUXTUN LAKE: DFW trout plant last week and two weeks ago. Pretty fair trout bite on the usual array of floating dough baits and small trout jigs. There were also some crappie reported over the past week, mostly on small minnows. The bluegill, bass, catfish, and carp bites are all pretty slow.
MING LAKE: DFW trout plant last week and three weeks ago. The bite had been fair to good into the weekend, but it has slowed quite a bit since. PowerBait, Mice Tails, inflated nightcrawlers, and small trout jigs have been the best bets. Other species very slow, even the carp.
BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and four weeks ago. No reports since the storm or after the plant. Floating dough baits or inflated nightcrawlers have been the most productive.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Last week’s trout plant was delayed, but rainbows went in Tuesday this week, and the bite has been pretty good since on Mice Tails, PowerBait, and Sierra Slammer Jig. 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 has slowed with the cooler weather and rain, but the bite is still fair. Mostly smaller fish are showing on reaction baits and plastics, with the bite moving slower and deeper. All other bites have slowed way down. DFW trout plant two 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 two 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. Cold and snowy this week. The East Walker has been pretty decent with flows at 140 cfs this week. Anglers are reporting three to six fish per day, with some into the 19 to 23-inch range and showing on streamers or small nymphs. Not great volume (two to three fish per day), but some nice browns to 24-inches reported. 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 breaking wide open with a few anglers reported 20 to 30 fish days. The fish are stacking up in Hot Fingers stretch of the river. Anglers may have to snowmobile in, call ahead. 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, but the flows remain high below the gorge with flows over at 220 cfs below Pleasant Valley Reservoir. The levels have finally come down enough to provide decent action for bank anglers and drift-boat anglers.
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 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 was very good before the storm with the best action on plastics and small swimbaits. The better bite has been in 20-plus feet of water. No reports from San Antonio.
LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES
CACHUMA: Anglers should call ahead to see if access roads are open after flooding in this region this week. Before the storm, there was a fair trout bite in three to 15 feet of water from the dam into Cachuma Bay near the marina and up the main channel of the lake. Trollers are getting the most fish, but bait anglers drifting with nightcrawlers are also getting a few fish. Other species very slow, with only a few bass showing on plastics and small spinners. However, there was a 2.5-pound crappie reported this past week. 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: Anglers need to call ahead to check on access to the lake after flooding this week. A DFW trout plant was slated for this week, and there was a small plant two weeks ago. A few have been showing in 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. For an 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 largemouth and smallmouth bites are still fair to good on small plastics and spoons in 15 to 40 feet of water on structure. Tom Chawonec, Moorpark, had five bass to 3.5 pounds, and Eric Rosland, Oxnard, also landed five and his best was three pounds. The stripers have slowed to just fair with the best action jigging spoons in 40 to 75 feet of water after metering fish or bait. A few fish are also showing on lug worms and blood worms drifted in those same depths. No reports of crappie this week, and the catfish and bluegill bites are slow. A DFW trout plant was scheduled for this 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: There was a trout plant last Friday, and the bite has been pretty good around the launch ramp on small lures and trout plastics like MiceTails. Most are small. The stripers were good prior to the storm with even some topwater action on shad-pattern lures, and then in deeper water when they moved deeper on cut baits. Most are two-pound class fish. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been fair to good. Most of the fish are showing on dropshot or split-shot plastics in 15 to 35 feet. 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. 7-13):
VENTURA: Casitas Lake, Rancho Simi Park Lake.
LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake, Reseda Park Lake.
SAN BERNARDINO: Silverwood Lake.
SAN DIEGO: Chollas Park Lake, Cuyamaca Lake, Lake Murray.
KERN: Brite Valley Reservoir, Kern River (sections 1 and 2), Lake Isabella.
The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (Jan. 14-20):
TULARE: Del Lago Park Lake, Mooney Grove Park Pond.
FRESNO: Avocado Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Pine Flat Reservoir.
The following waters were planted last week (Dec. 31-Jan. 6):
LOS ANGELES: Alondra Park Lake, Belvedere Lake, Downey Wilderness Park Lake, El Dorado Park Lakes, Hansen Dam Lake, Legg Lakes, MacArthur Park Lake, Pyramid Lake, Santa Fe Reservoir.
SAN BERNARDINO: Silverwood Lake.
KERN: Hart Park Lake, Ming Lake, River Walk Park Lake, Truxtun Lake.
TULARE: Mooney Grove Park Pond.
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
OFFSHORE BLUEFIN ACTION CONTINUES: The offshore bluefin tuna bite has continued right up until and into the storm that moved through early this week. Early Tuesday, the New Lo-An returned from its 1 1/2-day trip and the 22 anglers on board had limits (44) of bluefin from 40 to 60 pounds fishing late Monday. The Saturday-Sunday trip had 27 anglers and they landed 54 bluefin of the same grade. The Shogun out of Fisherman’s Landing also had a 1 1/2-day trip returning on Sunday and the 31 anglers on board landed 25 bluefin. This bite is far from over.
SAN DIEGO HALF-DAY YELLOWTAIL HOT: While no boats had been on as of Wednesday after the storm moved through, the bite for the San Diego half-day fleet on smaller-grade yellowtail had continued excellent right up until the storm.
On Monday, the Daily Double out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 13 anglers on its morning half-day and they landed 65 yellowtail. Sunday’s trip with 11 anglers returned with 51 yellowtail.
Also on Monday, the Dolphin out of Fisherman’s Landing had 75 anglers on its packed morning half-day, and they landed 146 yellowtail, one halibut, and one sculpin. The afternoon trip with 42 anglers returned with 61 yellowtail. On Sunday, the afternoon trip with 33 anglers came home with 121 yellowtail.
The New Seaforth out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 52 anglers on its Monday afternoon half-day, and they landed 199 yellowtail and one sand bass. The morning trip with 42 anglers returned with 201 yellowtail. On the Sunday afternoon trip, the 47 anglers returned home with 235 yellowtail (that’s full limits) and a sand bass.
MEXICAN ROCKFISH: A few San Diego landing boats will continue to make runs into Mexican waters where there is no rockfish closure. This past weekend, the Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing shot south for its 1 1/2-day trip that returned to dock on Sunday. The 30 anglers on board ended up with 120 bonito, 75 rockfish, 66 red snapper, and one yellowtail.
NEARSHORE UPDATE: With the rockfish season closure in affect, the local half- and three-quarter day boats along the Los Angeles and Orange County coastline are focusing on bass and sculpin, and the action has been surprisingly good -- both before and after this week’s big storm moved through.
One of the only boats that ventured out Wednesday while things were still settling down was the Spitfire out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing. With just 10 anglers on its three-quarter day trip, they caught 20 keeper sand bass, 12 sculpin, 10 perch, and five keeper calico bass. Before the storm, the New Del Mar ran a half-day trip on Sunday afternoon, and the 51 anglers landed 255 sculpin, 83 perch, 12 sand bass, four calico bass, and one triggerfish.
At Davey’s Locker, the Western Pride was out on Monday with 17 anglers and they landed 170 perch, 85 sculpin, 10 sand dabs, and two sand bass.
NORTHERN LANDINGS: The landings from the Ventura and Santa Barbara region and the landings in the Morro Bay and Avila Beach region are pretty much closed down during the closed rockfish season.
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. For more information, check on www.976-TUNA.com or call 562-352-0012 for details.
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