LAKE ISABELLA: The trout bite has been very good with a lot of bigger quality fish showing from two to five pounds. The best action has been for trollers dragging Needlefish or bait fisherman work the auxiliary dam and North Fork Arm of the lake. The crappie bite has slowed a little again with the wind and cooler weather early this week pushing the fish back away from the shoreline and out into 20 to 25 feet of water. The bite is still fair to good with Piney Point and Rocky Point the hotspots. The best action has been on small jigs or live minnows fished in this deeper water. The best colors on the jigs have been red and white or red and chartreuse, but other colors are also getting fish. Adding Crappie Nibbles to the jig helps the bite. The catfish bite also has been good, especially on shad and clams in the South Fork Arm of the lake. Still fair to good bluegill action, and a few bass are showing, but not many reports. For carp anglers, this bite is pretty much wide open with the fish flooding the shallows and showing best on dough baits. Lots of carp to eight pounds. 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 upper river flows have dropped steadily over the past week from 1,800 to 1,200 cfs, and the trout bite in the upper river has been pretty good with rainbows to three pounds reported. The best bite has been on salmon eggs, crickets, and Roostertails. Fly-fisherman are have pretty decent luck on wild fish. The lower river flows have been bumped up into the 1,000 cfs range, and it is fishing pretty well for bass and catfish. The catfish are being caught on clams and nightcrawlers, while the bass are best on small plastic worms and nightcrawlers. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite has been very good, but the action is almost all little fish below the keeper size. 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. A few largemouth are starting to show now. 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: Flows are way up and the bite has been pretty fair for catfish with a few carp also being caught on dough baits and Powder Bait.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Bluegill are the best bet with pretty good action on wax worms and meal worms. A few bass are being caught on plastics and Senkos, and the carp action is pretty good on dough baits. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.
HART PARK LAKE: The carp, bluegill, and bass bites are all pretty decent, but the crappie have slowed way down. The carp bite is good on Powder Bait or other dough baits. The bluegill bite is best on meal worms, wax worms, red worms, or crickets. A few bass are being caught on on plastics worms, nightcralwers, and live minnows.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The bass bite has been fair to good on plastics, nightcrawlers, or live minnows, but the bluegill bite is better with a lot of fish showing on wax worms, red worms, or meal worms. The carp bite is good on dough baits.
MING LAKE: The carp, bass, and bluegill have been good. Crappie slowed. 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.
BRITE LAKE: Still a few trout showing after the Calaveras and DFW plants four weeks ago. Most of the planted fish were in the 1-8 to 2-0 range with some bigger. Best action on PowerBait and Power Mice. A few crappie are still being caught, and there are some bluegill and bass showing.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bluegill bite has been good on red worms and wax worms along most shoreline. The bass bite has been fair to good on plastics off the points and brush. Carp have been fair to good on dough baits, especially Powder Bait. Crappie slowed, and a few catfish are starting to show. 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 good crappie action perked back up after last week’s cold snap, and the good quality fish continue to show on small jigs with Crappie Nibbles and live minnows. The bass action is also good, but the fish 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. Also a few catfish starting to show. 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: Crappie slowed way down after the cool weather last week, but a few fish are still showing on small jigs tipped with bait or Crappie Nibbles and live minnows. The bass are fair to good with the fish backing out of the shallows and 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. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.
GENERAL UPDATE: The weather has been excellent in the Sierra the past week, except some usual winds for this time of year. 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: Overall, the trout fishing remains fair to good throughout the region with the DFW planting many roadside waters each week, and holdover and wild fish showing in decent numbers. That means a steady succession of both limits and a few quality fish.
In the Bridgeport region, the East Walker River has been very good even with flows a little up. Lots of browns and rainbows up to 20 inches or better being caught on nymphs and streamers, both rainbows and browns. There have been reports of 30-plus fish days on all stretches and the Rosaschi stretch in Nevada. Bridgeport Reservoir remains perhaps the hotspot in the whole Eastern Sierra for both shore and boat anglers with a lot of quality rainbows and a few browns, and limits are common for the diligent. Fish to eight pounds reported this week. Both Twin Lakes, upper and lower, were slow to fair with winds, but still some flurries of decent action, and some fish to six pounds.
In the June Lake region, the bite has continued fair to good at all the lakes. Silver Lake has been producing fish to five pounds and a lot of two to three pounds. Zephyr Wehrsphann, Alpine, landed trout at 3-1 and 2-1 using Berkley Mice Tails.
In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake continues to be a hot spot with good action for bait, troll, and fly anglers. Wind has been an issue, especially in the afternoon. The fish have spread out and a little harder to find this week. Hot Creek has been good with midge and bluewing olive hatches midday. The upper Owens remains pretty good with a lot of spawners out of Crowley still in the river. Convict Lake has been fair to good, and quite a few quality trout continue to show. Tops this week was a rainbow just over seven pounds.
In the Bishop region, the whole Bishop Creek drainage has been fair to good. Bishop Creek and Sabrina continue to be the best, but North Lake is also good. Inlet II has been very good thanks to regular DFW plants. The lower Owens River and Pleasant Valley Reservoir are fair.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Fishing Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.
MAMMOTH AREA: Fishing 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.
At Nacimiento, the spotted bass action is very good. The bite is best on plastics and reaction baits. Lots of fish to four pounds. Also a fair to good bite on white bass, with most one to two pounds. The crappie bite slowed. At Santa Margarita, the bass and panfish bites are fair to good with the bass starting to spawn. Best action on nightcrawlers and plastics, and some on reaction baits. Panfish best on small jigs topped with baits or live bait. Lopez Lake has a fair to good crappie and bluegill bites, and the bass bite is really taking off in shallow water on plastics and reaction baits. Also some reports of good smallmouth action at San Antonio this past week.
LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES
CACHUMA: Wind was quite most of the week (except the afternoons), and the crappie, bass, and trout bites all have been fair to good. The crappie bite has been best in Cachuma Bay and most coves with reeds on slow-trolled or drifted jigs. The crappie have been between a half-pound and 2.5 pounds. Bass are good on plastics and reaction baits, especially in Cachuma and Johnson bays. Fair to good trout action continues since the big derby three weeks ago, and the cooler weather has the trout closer to the surface again. The best bite is still for trollers near the dam or for shore anglers fishing inflated nightcrawlers in Cachuma Bay Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are stacking 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 -- very good if you can dip shad. Otherwise, plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits are the best bets in six to 18 feet of water. Fish to six pounds reported. Roxanne Grodin, Santa Barbara, landed a 5-2 bass on live shad. The bluegill and redear bites are starting to take off, mostly on small worms or nightcrawler pieces. The catfish are also starting to show, on live or fresh-dead shad. Kevin Del Ermia, Port Hueneme, landed a 12-5 catfish on the live shad. No crappie reports. Attention bowfishermen, the carp are moving into the shallows for the spawn. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. The final date for the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas is June 2. For information on this events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are June 16 and 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 stripers have been good, especially at the buoy line and in Necktie Canyon with cut baits in 40 to 50 feet of water. There is also a good swimbait bait at the dam and the west ramp, with the best action late in the afternoon and evening. Top striper reported was a 20-pounder landed by Jay Poore, Castaic, in the Fish Arm on a swimbait. Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass action this week on small swim baits and plastics. Scott Scotto, Castaic, landed a four-pound largemouth on a nightcrawler. The bluegill bite broke open with good action on small crappie jigs or meal worms in the Fish Arm, Henrickson Cove, and at the firebreak. Robert Page, Los Angeles, landed 20 bluegill with fish up to 1-8, all on meal worms in the Fish Arm. 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. Most of the fish showing 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 been good. The best bite has been on sardines and lug worms for both shore and boat anglers all around the lake. The shore hotspot has been at the canal by the entrance booth for shore anglers, the rip-rap in front of the boat shop, and at the dam. Howard Yu, Arcadia, caught and release 24 stripers to three pounds on sardines, while Akop Khatichian, Palmdale, had 16 fish, also to three pounds, also on sardine. The catfish bite is also pretty good on the same baits along with chicken liver and nightcrawlers in all coves. The largemoth bass have been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits, especially cranks and jerk baits along most shorelines. Lots of fish to three pounds. Bluegill are finally starting to improve, but few redear reports. 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.
The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (May 13-19):
INYO: Cottonwood Creek, Georges Creek, Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, Owens River (sectio0n 2), Shepherd Creek, Symmes Creek, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek, Tuttle Creek.
MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir, Convict Lake, Crowley Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Little Walker Lake, Owens River (section 3).
TULARE: Stoney Creek.
FRESNO: Dinkey Creek, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).
The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week next week (May 20-26):
SAN BERNARDINO: Arrowbear Lake, Green Valley Lake, Gregory Lake, Miller Canyon Creek, Mojave Narrows Regional Park Lake.
SAN DIEGO: Cuyamaca Lake.
INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (Lower, Intake II, Middle Fork, South Fork), Lake Sabraina, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinnemaha), Pleasant Valley Reservoir.
MONO: Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Crowley Lake, Deadman Creek, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Little Walker River, Lundy Lake, Mammoth Creek, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Molybdenite Creek, Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Twin Lakes (upper and lower, Bridgeport), Virgin Creek, West Walker River (section 2 and 3).
KERN: Kern River (sections 4 and 5).
TULARE: Balch Park Lake (upper and lower), Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake), Kern River (section 5 and 6), Stony Creek.
FRESNO: Courtright Reservoir, Dinkey Creek, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).
The following waters were planted last week (May 6-12):
SAN BERNARDINO: Silverwood Lake.
INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (Lower, Intake II, Middle Fork, South Fork), Lake Sabrina, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (below Tinnemaha and section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir.
MONO: Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Crowley Lake, Deadman Creek, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Little Walker River, Lundy Lake, Mammoth Creek, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Molybdenite Creek, Robinson Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Twin Lake (Upper and Lower, Bridgeport), Virginia Creek, West Walker River (section 2).
TULARE: Balch Park Lake (upper and lower), Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake).
FRESNO: Dinkey Creek, Hume Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).
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 TUNA BITE UPDATE: The bluefin tuna continue to show in pretty decent numbers for the offshore boats running out of San Diego Landings. While most of the action in on overnight and longer trips that head to the offshore banks, even the one-day boats have been finding a few bluefin closer in.
The Pacific Queen had 23 anglers on an overnight trip Wednesday this week, and they landed 13 bluefin to 70 pounds and one yellowtail. The Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on an overnight trip Tuesday, and the 21 anglers on board landed 12 bluefin between 40 and 60 pounds. The New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 17 anglers on its Tuesday 1 1/2-day trip, and they landed just one bluefin and five yellowtail. The Sunday trip with 25 anglers produced 19 bluefin to 71 pounds. The Old Glory out of H&M Landing had 15 anglers on Sunday’s overnight trip, and they landed one bluefin tuna and 75 yellowtail.
On the full-day boats, the Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing was out Tuesday, and they found nine bluefin and three yellowtail for the 23 anglers on that trip. The San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing ran a full-day trip on Monday with 22 anglers and they landed two bluefin. These boats had been focusing on the yellowtail action at the Coronados, but most are now looking for the bluefin.
LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY UPDATE: While most of the action continues to be for bottom fish, there are finally signs of surface action at Catalina Island and the nearshore kelp paddies.
The Sport King out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing in San Pedro has been running daily three-quarter day trips to Catalina this week, and the mixed bag action has been very good. On Tuesday, 12 anglers caught 61 perch, 52 whitefish, 26 sheephead, 16 calicos, 10 assorted rockfish, and one triggerfish. Monday’s trip with 17 anglers returned with a yellowtail in addition to 47 whitefish, 34 perch, 21 sheephead, 13 calicos, five rockfish, and two bonito.
At 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro, the Pursuit had 46 anglers on its Tuesday full-day trip to Catalina, and they landed two yellowtail, 33 whitefish, 18 sheephead, 12 calico bass, four perch, three barracuda, and two bonito. On the Monday trip, however, the 49 anglers on board landed 50 yellowtail. The Ultra had 10 anglers on an overnight trip, and they caught 39 yellowtail and a halibut. The Monte Carlo’s half-day trip on Tuesday had eight anglers, and they had limits of 80 assorted rockfish and 20 whitefish.
At Marina del Rey Sportfishing, there were 10 anglers aboard the Spitfire’s Tuesday three-quarter day trip, and they landed 50 rockfish and 50 sculpin along with 70 sand dabs. The Betty-O had seven anglers on Tuesday’s three-quarter day trip, and they caught limits of 70 rockfish and one sculpin.
OXNARD TO SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: While afternoon winds continue to be a problem, most landings in the Oxnard to Santa Barbara region are running boats every day and finding good to excellent rockfish action, and the surface bite is starting to pick up with more yellowtail and calico bass reported in the past week.
At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, the Speed Twin had 52 anglers on its Wednesday half-day trip, and they landed 448 assorted rockfish, 25 whitefish, and one lingcod. The Island Tak had a full-day surface charter, and the five anglers on board had five-fish limits of keeper calicos. It’s Tuesday trip with nine anglers produced 45 calicos for limits and a bonus yellowtail.
At Hook’s Sporfishing in Oxnard, the most recent trip was a three-quarter day trip Saturday. The Coroloma had 17 anglers who had limits of 170 assorted rockfish.
At Ventura Sportfishing in Ventura, the Island Spirit had 24 anglers on its Wednesday full day, and they landed 186 assorted rockfish, 91 whitefish, two sheephead, and two sculpin. The Amigo’s Tuesday full-day trip with 11 anglers produced 10 yellowtail and limits of 110 assorted rockfish.
At Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, there were 25 anglers on the Coral Sea’s Wednesday three-quarter day trip, and they landed 148 red snapper along with 102 other assorted rockfish for full limits. The Stardust had a half-day on Wednesday with 36 anglers, and they landed 87 red snapper, 81 other rockfish, five whitefish, three lingcod, and a sheephead.
CENTRAL COAST UPDATE: Afternoon winds continue to hamper the full-day anglers, but morning trips have been pleasant this past week and the rockfish bite has been excellent for Central Coast boats running out of Avila Beach and Morro Bay.
Inside Morro Bay, leopard sharks to five feet long have been reported in the past week, and there is also good jacksmelt and perch action on sabiki rigs baited with pieces of shrimp. In the local surf, the perch bite is good, mostly on lug worms.
At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, the Flying Fish had 24 anglers on its Wednesday three-quarter day trip, and they landed 143 assorted rockfish, 72 bolina, and 25 red snapper for full rockfish limits, and they had two lingcod. The Patriot had a half-day with 11 anglers and they caught 66 rockfish, 39 red snapper, and five bocaccio, also for limits.
At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, the Fiesta had 17 anglers on its Tuesday three-quarter day trip, and they landed 140 red snapper, 25 assorted rockfish, and five bocaccio for limit, along with five lingcod. The Sunday half-day trip on the Rita G had 22 anglers and they landed 198 red snapper, 22 other assorted rockfish, and two ling cod. Last week, Rita G deckhand Manny Castorena went on a Fiesta three-quarter day trip on his day off, and caught a 19-pound ling cod on a 12-ounce Big Rig Flutter Jig.
At Morro Bay Landing, the Avenger had nine anglers on its half-day trip Tuesday, and they caught 90 assorted rockfish for limits. The Endeavor had 16 anglers on its three-quarter day trip, and they landed 160 assorted rockfish and four 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. The next trip will be a two-day trip for offshore yellowtail and tuna on the Prowler out of Seaforth Landing June 17-19. The early booking price is just $375 (normal price is $550). Meals and permits are additional. For more information, check on www.976-TUNA.com or call 562-352-0012 for details.
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