LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite has been the best bet this past week with pretty good action on fish to six pounds on clams, Sonny’s Dipo Bait, and cut baits. Most everything else has slowed down. Only a few crappie showing, and the bass are just fair. A few trout continue to show in deeper water at the auxiliary dam. For carp anglers, this bite has been less consistent.
KERN RIVER: Trout plants throughout the upper river three weeks ago (sections 4, 5, and 6) and a plant in section 4 this week have kept this action pretty decent and flows have dropped way down. The best bite has been on salmon eggs, crickets, and Roostertails. Fly-fisherman are having good luck on wild fish. The lower river flows jumped, making the river almost unfishable.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite has been fair, but mostly on smaller, undersize fish, and mostly early and late in the day. Floating vegetation and moss is becoming a problem. The Grapevine to 166 stretch continues to fish pretty well, too. Sardines and blood worms have been the best baits, with very few fish on artificial lures. Catfish are improving with fair to good action on sardines, anchovies, and Wussy Bait. Very few largemouth bass. Anglers are reminded the limit on stripers is two fish greater than 18 inches,.
MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: Flows are still up and the catfish bite stayed fair on cutbaits or nightcrawlers. A few carp also being caught on dough baits and Powder Bait.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Bluegill and carp are good. Bluegill are best on wax worms and meal worms. Carp are best on Powder Bait and other dough baits. Slow other species with only an occasional bass being caught on plastics and Senkos.
HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill and carp are good, while the bass are fair on plastics, nightcrawlers, or reaction baits. The carp are best on Powder Bait, Wussy Bait, or other dough baits, and the bluegill bite is best on meal worms, wax worms, red worms, or crickets.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The bluegill and carp bites has been good. A few bass also continue to show on plastics, nightcrawlers, or live minnows. The bluegill bite is best on wax worms, red worms, or meal worms.
MING LAKE: The carp, bass, and bluegill have been fair to good. The carp are best on Powder Bait or Wussy Bait. The bluegill are best on meal worms or wax worms. Bass are fair on plastics, Senko-type baits, and minnows.
SUCCESS LAKE: The good bass action has continued, but the crappie bite has been spotty as the fish start to back out of the shallows. The crappie are showing on small jigs with Crappie Nibbles and live minnows. The bass are post-spawn and mostly in 20 to 35 feet of water except early and late in the day. Bluegill is fair to good on red worms, wax worms, and meal worms.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass are fair to good with the fish mostly in 15 to 35 feet of water on plastics and small swimbaits. The bluegill bite is good, and a few catfish are starting to show.
LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES
CACHUMA: The bass and catfish are still pretty fair, and there have been more reports of crappie again this past week. The bass are showing best in eight to 25 feet of water on plastics, with some reaction bait and topwater fish early in the mornings. The catfish are best at the dam and in most coves on dough baits or scented cut baits. The crappie have moved out to deeper water 10-plus feet, but they are still showing off the reeds on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. Few reports of trout, but a few are showing for trollers and anglers drifting nightcrawlers in 20 to 50 feet of water, especially at the dam. Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are stacked up in the shallows. 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 still fair to good. Plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits and swimbaits are the best bets in 12 to 30 feet of water. Sheila Silva, Simi Valley, caught bass to 5-8 this past Sunday. The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good, mostly on small worms or nightcrawler pieces. The catfish are now showing in good numbers on fresh-dead shad or the usual array of frozen cut baits. Attention bowfishermen, the carp still shallow in a post spawn mode, and showing pretty well for anglers and bowfishermen. Fish up into the 20-pound class have been caught and arrowed. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. The last ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas is 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: The striper bite also continues to be very good for both shore anglers and trollers working umbrella rigs or drifting with nightcrawlers. Shore anglers are seeing the best bite off the west ramp on fresh sardines and ghost shrimp. While most of the stripers are two to four pounds, there have been a number of bigger fish reported. Fi Shen, Long Beach, had a 40-pound, 10-fish limit and his top fish was a seven pounder, all caught on sardines at the buoy line. Both the crappie and bluegill bites have really started to turn on. Both are showing in 12 to 40 feet of water, especially Utopia, Elizabeth Canyon, Dry Gulch and Firebreak. Some are quality fish to a pound. The morning bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass remains good on plastic worms and nightcrawlers fished in 10 to 30 feet of water around much of the lake on structure. Peter Havenbrook, Van Nuys, landed a six-pound bass on a Roboworm in Elizabeth Canyon. In the lower lake, the bluegill bite has broken wide open with a lot of hand-sized fish on the usual array of small baits. The carp bite is also good but getting light pressure. Adam Gretchen, West Covina, landed a 10-pound carp at the dam on dough bait. Very few catfish reported, but very little pressure on the cats. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PIRU: Few reports. Fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. The best bite has been in 12 to 30 feet of water on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. Bluegill and catfish are improving, but crappie remain slow. 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 very good on sardines, lug worms, and chicken liver, and some are even showing on nightcrawlers for both shore and boat anglers all around the lake. There has also been a lot more boiling fish in the past week. The shore hotspot has been at the canal by the entrance booth and the rip-rap in front of the boat shop. Most of the fish are one to three pounds with an occasional bigger fish to five or six pounds. Artak Kazikhanyan, Granada Hills, had six stripers to two pounds on chicken liver and lug worms. The catfish bite is also pretty good on sardines, chicken liver and nightcrawlers in deeper water in all coves. The largemoth bass have been good on plastics and reaction baits, especially cranks and jerk baits along most shorelines and along the edges of the vegetation. Lots of fish to three pounds. Wilburt Salbalburo, Baldwin Park, landed a three-pound bass on a nightcrawler. Bluegill are finally starting to improve with a pretty good bite on meal worms and small jigs. No crappie. 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.