LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite continues to be fair to good. Most of the action is in the South Fork arm of the lake. Frozen shad, minnows, clams, dip baits, and other cut baits have been the best. Fish to six pounds or better. Also a few bass reports this past week, mostly on plastics or reaction baits. Everything else is very slow. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.
KERN RIVER: The trout bite in the upper river above Isabella has been very good. The flows have dropped to around 260 cfs, and planted trout have spread out along the river and are still showing in fair numbers on crickets, salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers. More and more fish on spinners, too. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are seeing good action on wild fish, especially on stripped streamers. Trout plants went into sections 4, 5, and 6 two weeks ago. The lower Kern is still coming down (nearly 800 cfs) through the canyon but coming down each day and it is becoming more fishable. There is a fair trout bite and a few bass are showing. Best news is that the catfish action is improving. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Light fishing pressure with the heat and moss growth, but the striper bite remain fair, mostly on blood worms and sardines. A few also finally starting to show on lures. Very few cats this week. 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.
MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: A fair carp bite on dough baits, and an occasional catfish reported on nightcrawlers,
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Fair to good bluegill action on meal worms, red worms, crickets, and nigthcrawler pieces. Carp have been fair to good on Powder and Wussy baits. Very few bass. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.
HART PARK LAKE: The carp bite has been good on dough baits, especially the locally-made Wussy’s Poor Man’s Bait and Powder Bait. Also a pretty fair bluegill bite on meal worms and crickets. Bass pretty slow with only a few early and late in the day on plastics or reaction baits. Other species slow.
TRUXTUN LAKE: There is fair to good action on bluegill, and meal worms, wax worms, red worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces are the best baits for the ‘gills. The carp bite is fair to good on dough baits, while bass are slow. Few other reports.
MING LAKE: The carp bite has been fair to good on dough and paste baits, especially Powder Bait and Wussy’s. The bluegill bite is also fair to good on meal worms. Slow other species, with only the occasional bass reported. Drag boat races this past weekend, shut down the action for a couple of days.
BRITE LAKE: No reports.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Light fishing pressure with only a few small catfish showing on shad or mackerel. The bluegill bite improved again and has been pretty good on wax and meal worms over the past week. Carp have also been pretty fair on Wussy Bait. The 2017 Taft Chamber of Commerce Trout Fishing Derby will be Saturday, Nov. 18, starting at 6 a.m. at Evans Lake. Entry fee is $20 per adult (14 and over) and $10 for kids 13 and under). Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bluegill bite remains very good for anglers fishing wax worms and meal worms. This is the first good bite on bluegill in a couple of seasons here. There is also a very good bite on bass with drop-shot plastics and Rat-L-Traps. While most are small, there is very good action, and a few bigger fish are in the mix. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass are fair on plastics and topwater or reaction baits early in the day. Most are two- to three-pounders, but some bigger fish. A few bluegill reports, but little else. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.
GENERAL UPDATE: Anglers should check the regulations. Many waters have special restrictions. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.
TOP FISHING NEWS: Fair to good action throughout the Eastern Sierra. The best bites are listed by region.
In the Bridgeport region, Bridgeport Reservoir, Virginia Lakes, and Lower Twin Lake remain the hot spots with all three still providing good Bridgeport has continued for bait anglers fishing Buckeye Bay and near the dam with fish to seven pounds reported. Lower Twin has had some quality trout to six pounds, but both Twins and the Virginia Lakes have been solid producers of pan-sized fish. The East Walker is down to 200 cfs, which is an excellent fishing flow. The bite has improved throughout the river, including the Nevada side, with good action for streamer anglers but the nymph bite slowed this week to just fair. The West Walker is also pretty good now with flows down to 120 cfs.
In the June Lake region, all of the lakes and streams have been fishing fair this week. Silver Lake has been fair with an occasional limit on fish to 2-8. Most pan-sized. Planted rainbow action has been good at all the lakes with the stockers showing on garlic PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, Mice Tails, Pinched Crawlers, and a wide variety of small trout jigs. Trollers are mostly working two to five colors of leadcore in Gull, Silver, Grant, and as deep as six colors in June. Needlefish and Tasmanian Devils, and small Rapalas have been best. The fly-bubble rig is also been working early and late when the trout are on top, especially at the walk-in lakes of Fern, Gem, Parker, and Little Walker lakes. Grant has been the best spot for a bigger brown trout, but the water level has been falling. Float tube fly anglers are doing best early in the day at the creek inlets on dries and emergers near weed beds in all the lakes. Gull and Silver have been best for fly anglers. Rush Creek is very fishable and producing quite a few rainbows and browns on nightcrawlers and small lures. Desert Springs trout were planted throughout the look last week.
In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake remains the hotspot with good fly action small perch fry patterns, and there have been some good mayfly hatches in recent days that have brought trout to the surface. Lots of quality fish topping four pounds, but most 15 to 20 inches and running 1-8 to 3-0. Good anglers can still get into five to 10 fish per day or more. Convict Lake has been pretty consistent with fish to three pounds with some bigger fish landed each week. The inlets and outlet are still the best spots to fish. The Rock Creek drainage has been fair to good, and the high country above Rock Creek Lake has very good action on small fish. Other waters in this region are slow to fair except right after DFW plants.
In the Bishop region, the entire Bishop Creek drainage, including Sabrina, Intake 2, Cardinal Pond, Ron’s Pond, Weir Pond, South Lake, and both forks of Bishop Creek, has been fair to good. At Sabrina, the trout action is good at the inlets for shoreline bait anglers and trollers are also getting limits, but it is taking a little more work. Intake II and North Lake are fair to good on both baits and lures. South Lake is still fair at best. The lower Owens River remains high and difficulty to fish.
NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Silver Lake, Gary Dangerfield, Fontana, landed rainbows at 6-9 and 4-3 from a boat with a Roostertail.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernie’s Tackle at 760-648-7756.
MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE 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.
INDEPENDENCE TO LONE PINE AREA: Check trout plants list for waters planted recently.
The bass bite is fair to good at all four lakes. At Santa Margarita, the bass have been best on plastics and reaction baits, with some topwater, but the bluegill and crappie bites are both good on Crappie Nibbles and jigs or worms. Lopez has a fair to good bass bite, especially early on topwater baits, with panfish action also fair to good on small baits. No recent reports from San Antonio. At Nacimiento, the spotted bass action is fair to good and improving, with a lot of fish on plastics and reaction baits early and late in the day and the cooler nights have brought the fish up a little.
LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES
CACHUMA: Overall slow to fair action. The bite on catfish and bass are the best bets. Only an occasional crappie is being reported. Trout are very slow with only the occasional fish showing from deep water (60 feet) near the dam. But there are lots of small bluegill around most shorelines. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, and quite a few carp are near the surface. 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 and catfish bites are both pretty fair. The bass have been best on topwater, plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits early and late in the day, but they move deep during the day and the action slows way down. The catfish have been best on nightcrawlers and cut baits in most of the coves and off points. The bluegill and redear bites are fair but getting light fishing pressure and most of the panfish are small. The trout action has been fair for the very few anglers trolling in 50 to 60 feet of water at the buoy line. Needlefish on lead core have been the ticket. No recent plants. 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 striped bass have been boiling at lot over the past week and there has been some good quality fish in this bite. Topwater baits, surface rip baits, and spoons are all getting stripers. Ronald Vickery, Sylmar, had eight stripers to eight pounds fishing the boils. The largemouths and smallmouths are also up chasing shad morning and evening, and the action has been good in the backs of the coves on reaction baits. Chris Brown, Lebec, had a nice pair of smallmouth bass to 2.5 pounds from the Fish Arm. The bluegill bite slowed a little, but it remains fair to good in both the upper and lower lakes. Still a lot of small fish with an occasional bigger fish to a pound. Meal worms and wax worms the best baits. Trout are slow, with no recent plants and none likely until winter. A few catfish reports on quality fish, but the fish are few and far between. Few anglers targeting the cats. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PIRU: Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass but the warm weather and dropping water levels has moved the fish into deeper water. There has been a topwater bite during a narrow window early in the day. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow to fair. Best action on bluegill is in four to 12 feet on wax worms or crickets. 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 this week with a lot of limits of fish reported trolling shad-pattern lures or flies. Also pretty good action on sardines in 20 to 50 feet of water. Also still boils most mornings and sometimes throughout the day, and then topwater or jerk baits are working. Ben Beilin, Valencia, had 10 stripers to three pounds in the channel. Largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been good mornings on shad-pattern lures and plastics. A lot of fish are up chasing baitfish in the morning, and them move deeper during the day. Butch Brown, Castaic, landed a 10-pound largemouth on a Deps 250. There is a fair catfish bite with the fish mostly in 20 to 50 feet now, and sardines, mackeral, and nightcrawlers are best. Bluegill and redear are fair to good in 10 to 18 feet of water on wax worms and red worms. Trout slow with no recent DFW plants. 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 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 (Oct. 8-14):
SAN BERNARDINO: Silverwood Lake.
INYO: Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (Intake II, Middle Fork, South Fork), Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, North Lake, Owens River (below Tinnemaha, and section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek.
MONO: Grant Lake, Gull Lake, Little Walker River, Robinson Creek, Silver Lake, Upper Twin Lake (Bridgeport), Lower Twin Lake (Bridgeport), West Walker River (sections 2 and 3).
FRESNO: Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).
The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (Oct. 15-21):
INYO: Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (lower), Diaz Lake, Lone Pine Creek.
MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir, Topaz Lake.
FRESNO: Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).
The following waters were planted last week (Oct. 1-7):
INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (lower, South Fork), Diaz Lake, Lake Sabrina, Lone Pine Creek, Rock Creek Lake, South Lake.
MONO: Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Deadman Creek, George Lake, Glass Creek, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Little Walker River, Lundy Lake, Mamie Lake, Mammoth Creek, Mary Lake, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Twin Lakes (Mammoth), Virginia Creek, West Walker River (sections 2 and 3).
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 STILL GOOD: The excellent bluefin tuna bite on the banks off San Clemente Island and high spots south continues this week with a lot of fish from 15 to 300 pounds reported.
The Fortune out of Fisherman’s Landing had 11 anglers on its Monday 1 1/2-day trip, and they landed 14 bluefin along with 25 yellowtail and 12 calico bass. The Aztec out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 10 anglers on its 1 1/2-day trip on Wednesday, and they landed five bluefin to 220 pounds and four quality yellowfin to 80 pounds. The Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had 30 anglers on its Tuesday overnight trip, and they landed three bluefin along with 46 yellowtail, 15 calico bass, and one lingcod.
Even the half-day and three-quarter day boats are seeing a few bluefin inside the Coronado Islands, and the half-day Dolphin out of Fisherman’s Landing had a bluefin on its Tuesday trip, along with 22 yellowtail, 30 rockfihs, one bonito, and one sand bass for 20 anglers. The Mission Belle out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 17 anglers on its Tuesday three-quarter day trip, and they landed 15 bluefin along with 43 yellowtail, 25 bonito, and 21 calico bass.
YELLOWFIN TUNA ALSO HOT: The fall massing of yellowfin tuna off northern Baja and into Southern California waters continues this week, and the bite has been very good from Ensenada to the border. Most of these fish are a solid 12 to 25 pounds with a nice 15-pound class average. There are also a lot of dorado on the kelp which are running eight to 20 pounds, and when you add in the yellowtail, these are excellent trips.
The Pacific Queen out of Fisherman’s Landing had 13 anglers on its Tuesday 1 1/2-day trip, and they landed 65 yellowfin (limits) and 26 dorado. The Pacific Star out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 16 anglers on a 2 1/2-day trip, and they landed one bluefin, 112 yellowtail, 23 yellowfin, and one dorado.
Even the three-quarter day boats are cashing in on this bite. The Mission Belle out of Seaforth Sportfishing had 22 anglers on its Wednesday day trip, and they landed limits of 110 yellowfin tuna. The Liberty out of Fisherman’s Landing had 42 anglers on Tuesday’s trip, and they landed nine yellowfin, six yellowtail, five skipjack, and one dorado. Monday’s trip with 20 anglers produced limits of 100 yellowfin, five dorado, seven skipjack, and two yellowtail.
CATALINA AND CLEMENTE UPDATES: The action has been hit and miss for Catalina Island on yellowtail, but their continues to be a pretty good bite on rockfish, calico bass and bonito during this in-between moon phase. San Clemente Island, along with Anacapa and Santa Cruz, have continued to produce a good number of quality yellowtail along with pretty decent bass and bottom fish action.
The Freelance out of Davey’s Locker had 68 anglers on Tuesday’s three-quarter day trip to Catalina, and they landed just one yellowtail, but added 70 whitefish, 24 bonito, 10 Spanish jacks, and two sheephead. The Pursuit out of 22nd Street Landing had 11 anglers on its all-day trip to Catalina, and they landed 84 rockfish, 31 bocaccio, 18 whitefish, 15 red snapper, six perch, five calico bass, four bonito, and one barracuda.
The Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing had 35 anglers on its overnight trip to Clemente, and they landed 55 quality yellowtail and five bonito.
LOBSTER UPDATE: The action has been just fair overall, but boats running in the Santa Monica Bay and San Diego Bay have reported the best scores. The Jig Strike out of H&M Landing had five anglers on its Tuesday twilight trip and they caught 23 lobster, releasing 44 shorts. The Alicia, also out of H&M Landing on Tuesday, had 10 anglers and they ended up with 18 lobster (59 shorts released) and eight sand bass.
VENTURA-SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: The Ventura and Santa Barbara area Landings’ boats continue to have good rockfish action along with some quality yellowtail and calico bass on surface-fishing trips.
At Channel Islands Sportfishing, the Island Tak had 10 anglers on its Wednesday full-day trip, and they landed 30 keeper calico bass and one yellowtail. The three-quarter day trip on the Gentleman with 16 anglers produced 160 rockfish, 64 whitefish, one sheephead, and one lingcod. On Tuesday, the Aloha Spirit had 15 anglers on its Wednesday full-day trip, and they landed 14 yellowtail, 48 rockfish, and 10 whitefish. On Tuesday’s trip, 14 anglers landed 31 yellowtail, two calico bass, and one sheephead.
At Ventura Sportfishing, the Island Spirit had a full-day trip Tuesday with 11 anglers, and they landed 28 yellowtail, 20 rockfish, and five lingcod.
At Hook’s Landing, the Coroloma’s Wednesday three-quarter day trip with 20 anglers produced 16 yellowtail along with 25 bonito, 23 whitefish, 21 rockfish, and two calico bass.
AVILA BEACH-MORRO BAY NEWS: The rockfish bite remains very good to excellent with most boats posting full limits of rockfish. The ling cod action is still up and down, but there are a few on most trips.
At Virg’s Landing, the Fiesta had 22 anglers on its Wednesday half-day trip and they caught 176 rockfish, 44 red snapper, and five lingcod. The Tuesday trip with 32 anglers also had limits of cod, including 287 rockfish, 32 red snapper, 12 lings, and one sheephead.
At Morro Bay Landing, the Avenger had 20 anglers on Tuesday’s three-quarter day trip, and they landed 119 rockfish, 80 red snapper, one bocaccio, and five lings. The Endeavor had 17 anglers on Wednesday, and they landed 160 red snapper, 10 rockfish, and 15 lings.
At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, the Phenix had 13 anglers on Wednesday’s all-day trip, and they landed 72 red snapper, 51 rockfish, six bocaccio, one bolina, and six lingcod.
The local surf fishing remains fair to good for perch on bloodworms and lugworms. There are also a few stripers showing on Rapalas.
INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: 976-TUNA offers instructional charters throughout the season. The next available trip is a two-day trip aboard the Toronado out of Pierpoint Landing leaving Sunday, Oct. 15. The early booking price is $350 (not including meals, permits, and tips). 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.