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 water have seemed to slow things down. Clams and shrimp have been the best baits. The bass bite is slow, and there have been 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, but there was a plant in the Kernville stretch this last week and two weeks ago. It is also on the plant list for next week. This has perked the bite a little in this area, with the best action on crickets, salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are seeing slow fair action on wild fish, especially on slow-stripped or swinging streamers, but this bite has continued to slow as the water cools. The lower Kern is 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, but there has been light pressure and few reports. More and more keeper fish showing. 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 this week and two weeks, and the bite is pretty good on PowerBait or Mice Tails. Other species very slow.
HART PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant this week and two weeks ago. This was the third plant of the season, and the action has been good this week. Most of the trout are showing on garlic and chunky cheese PowerBaits, MiceTails, and small trout jigs all decent options. 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 two weeks ago, and the bite has slowed since then. A few still being caught on PowerBait, Mice Tails, or inflated nightcrawlers. The bluegill, bass, catfish, and carp bites are all pretty slow.
MING LAKE: DFW trout plant this week and two weeks ago. The bite has been good this week, especially on PowerBait, Mice Tails, inflated nightcrawlers, or small trout jigs. As for other species, everything is very slow. Even the carp bite has slowed with only a few showing on paste baits.
BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago, and more fish are slated to go in next week. Slow action now this past week with only a few showing on floating dough baits or inflated nightcrawlers.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Trout plant this week, and the action is good. The best bite 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. 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. 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. The East Walker has been pretty decent with flows at 130 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. 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 remains fair with some quality spots in the catch. 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: After being closed for nearly a month due to the Thomas Fire, the marina reopened last week. The best action has been for trout in three to 15 feet of water from the dam into Cachuma Bay near the marina and up the main channel of the lake. Trollings 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. 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 first DFW trout plant of the season went in last week -- about 300 pounds of half-pounders. A few have been showing in the marina area since, mostly 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: While the trolling and bait bite has slowed down for stripers in recent days, a few fish are still being caught. The best action has been on lug worms and blood worms drifted in 40 to 80 feet of water, while fewer fish are showing on jigging spoons or trolled umbrella rigs. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites have been pretty fair for anglers fishing drop-shot plastics, Fluke-type baits, or nightcrawlers in 15 to 35 feet of water. Also a few on jigging spoons. No reports of crappie this week, and the catfish bite slowed to nothing. Most recent DFW trout plant was four weeks ago. 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 fair this week, but there is light fishing pressure. Most of the action has been on topwater or shad-patterned lures and swimbaits, and the bait bite has been as good on sardines, anchovies, or nightcrawlers. Most are two-pound class fish. Matt Brown, Frazier Park, had six stripers to 2-8 on sardines in the main channel. Slow catfish, but a few showing on chicken liver. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has slowed way down but still fair overall. Most of the fish are showing on dropshot or split-shot plastics in 15 to 35 feet. Bluegill and redear are slow. No recent DFW trout plants and slow action. 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. 31-Jan. 6):
KERN: Hart Park Lake, Ming Lake, River Walk Park Lake.
The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (Jan. 7-13):
KERN: Brite Valley Reservoir, Kern River (section 2).
The following waters were planted last week (Dec. 24-30):
VENTURA: Casitas Lake, Rancho Simi Park Lake.
LOS ANGELES: Reseda Park Lake.
ORANGE: Carr Park Lake, Centennial Lake, Eisenhower Park Lake, Greer Park Lake, Huntington Park Lake, Mile Square Park Lake, Ralph Clark Regional Park Lake, Tri-City Park Lake.
RIVERSIDE: Little Lake (Hemet), Perris Lake.
SAN BERNARDINO: Mojave Narrows Park Lake, Seccombe Park Lake.
INYO: Owens River (below Tinnemaha and Section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir.
KERN: Kern River (section 2).
FRESNO: Woodward Park Lake (Fresno).
OCEAN FISHING REPORT
BLUEFIN ACTION CONTINUES: While few boats have made the run out to the offshore tuna banks over the past week, those making the run are still finding excellent, often limit-style action on the bluefin. These are not the huge bluefin of earlier in the season, but they are solid 25 to 35 pound fish for the most part. There is also usually a pretty good bite on yellowtail when the bluefin aren’t cooperating (or everyone had their two-fish limit).
The most recent trip was the Tuesday run by the Chief out of H&M Landing. The 24 anglers on that overnight trip caught 48 bluefin tuna and 16 yellowtail.
On Sunday, the Oceanside 95 out of Helgren’s Sportfishing had 21 anglers on its 1 1/2-day trip, and they landed 34 bluefin and eight yellowtail.
These fish usually bite best on the backside of the new moon, so this week could see hot action.
SAN DIEGO YELLOWTAIL: With the closure of rockfish season in California waters, the San Diego half-day fleet has mostly been focusing on yellowtail and sculpin, and the morning yellowtail bite has been very good this week.
The Sea Watch out of Seaforth Sportfishing has been pounding the yellowtail on its morning half-day trips this whole week. On Wednesday, 38 anglers had 43 yellowtail and 12 keeper calicos. On the Tuesday morning trip, there were 49 anglers who landed 91 yellowtail and one halibut, while the Monday trip with 19 anglers returned with 51 yellowtail.
The Dolphin out of Fisherman’s Landing had 18 anglers on its Tuesday afternoon half-day and they caught 37 sand bass, 25 sculpin, and 10 calicos. The morning trip with 58 anglers produced 115 yellowtail.
The Daily Double out of Point Loma Sportfishing had just three anglers on its Wednesday half-day trip this week, but they landed three yellowtail, seven sand bass, six calico bass, three bonito, and one sculpin.
Last Friday, the Josie Lynn out of Point Loma Sportfishing had six anglers on its overnight trip, and they landed full-limits of 60 yellowtail.
MEXICAN ROCKFISH: The rockfish season, which closed all along the Southern California coast on Monday, is still open in Mexican waters. The Premier out of H&M Landing has been running half-day trips into Mexican water (you will need a passport for these trips) for rockfish since the California season closed on Monday, and the action has been very good. On Wednesday, 23 anglers landed 115 red snapper, 110 assorted rockfish, and five ling cod. The Monday trip with 23 anglers produced 227 rockfish, two lings, and one sheephead.
SCULPIN TIME: With the closure of rockfish season, most of the sportboats running out of Los Angeles and Orange county landings have been focusing on sculpin and sand bass, and with good success. The scores really tell the story.
The New Del Mar out of Marina del Rey Sportfishing had 34 anglers on its Wednesday half-day, and they caught 170 sculpin, 15 sand bass, one calico bass, and one bonus halibut. The Spitfire, also Marina del Rey, had 19 anglers on its three-quarter day trip, and they landed 95 sculpin, 32 keeper sand bass, eight calicos, and seven trigger-fish.
The Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 69 anglers on its Wednesday thre-quarter day trip, and they landed 102 sculpin, 40 perch, and three sand bass. The Tuesday trip with 61 anglers returned with 155 sculpin and 51 perch.
The Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing had 24 anglers on its Wednesday morning half-day, and they caught 41 sculpin and 19 sand bass. The Tuesday trip with 11 anglers produced 25 sculpin, 15 perch, and nine sand bass.
VENTURA-SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: The last day of rockfish season was Sunday, and the action was excellent right up until the closure for boats running out of Ventura and Santa Barbara area landings. Most boats will be laying off and doing maintenance until March 1s opener.
At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, no boats have been out since Sunday, but the final week was excellent. The Mirage finished the season with an overnight trip that returned Sunday, and the 24 anglers on board had 240 rockfish, 48 lingcod, and 48 whitefish.\
At Hook’s Landing in Oxnard, the final rockfish trip was a three-quarter day jaunt aboard the New Hustler, and the 35 anglers on board had 310 rockfish, 120 whitefish, and 32 sheephead.
At Ventura Sportfishing, the Island Spirit had 23 anglers on its Sunday full-day, and they landed limits of 230 rockfish, 120 whitefish, 38 sheephead, 11 lingcod, and one Cabazon.
At Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, both the Coral Sea and Stardust ran three-quarter day trips on the final day of rockfish season. The Coral Sea had 26 anglers who landed 180 rockfish, 52 lingcod, and 17 whitefish. Meanwhile, the 39 anglers on the Stardust landed 213 red snapper, 117 rockfish, and 53 lingcod.
AVILA BEACH-MORRO BAY NEWS: The rockfish season closed on this section of the coast on Sunday, but the bite was excellent right up to the end. In the local surf, the barred surfperch bite remains consistent on better quality fish up to three pounds, mostly on live lugworms or blood worms. The Rapala Shadow Rap jigs also are a good bet.
At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, the Fiesta ran the final rockfish trip of the season on Sunday and the 23 anglers on board had 170 red snapper, 60 assorted other rockfish, and 46 lings.
At Morro Bay Landing, the Avenger had the final trip of the season on Saturday and 46 anglers landed 460 rockfish and one lingcod on a half-day trip.
At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, the Phenix, Flying Fish, and Patriot all ran final-day trips on Sunday. The Patriot’s full day trip had 34 anglers who landed 159 bolina, 153 assorted rockfish, 22 red snapper, 19 lingcod, five cocaccio, and one Cabazon. The full-day Phenix had 18 anglers and they landed 66 bolina, 63 red snapper, 32 assorted other rockfish, 16 bocaccio, 12 lingcod, and one Cabazon. The half-day Flying Fish had 24 anglers, and they landed 180 assorted rockfish, 24 red snapper, and 15 lingcod.
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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