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. There continue to be a very few reports or crappie for hard-working float tube or boat anglers fishing flooded trees for four or five fish per day. The fish are mostly in the 1-8 to 3-0 class but the bite is tough. Most of the action has been on small minnows or small jigs topped with Crappie Nibbles. Everything else is very slow in the lake. A few trout reports have come in from where the Kern enters in the old cemetery area. A few carp and some small bluegill. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or 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 finally dropped to around 600 cfs, and planted trout have spread out along the river and are showing in good numbers on crickets, salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers. More and more fish on spinners, too. Trout plants went into sections 4, 5, and 6 this week. The lower Kern is still nearly very high through the canyon but coming down each day and it is becoming more fishable. A few more trout are showing in the quieter pools. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are seeing good action on wild fish, especially on stripped streamers. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or ( or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Light fishing pressure with the heat and moss growth, but the striper and catfish bites remain fair. Lots of small stripers under the keeper size, but also some keepers. The striper bite is best on sardines, blood and lug worms, or anchovies. Almost no fish on artificials. Fair action on catfish with both mackerel and sardines producing. A few carp are also showing. No largemouth reports. 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

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: A few catfish reported on nightcrawlers, and a fair carp bite on dough baits.

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.

BRITE LAKE: No reports.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: Light fishing pressure, but there continues to be a fair bluegill bite and fair action on small catfish. Both are showing on meal worms. Few reports of other species this past week. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or


SUCCESS LAKE: The bluegill bite remains fair to good with fish to a pound still showing on meal worms and wax worms. The bass bite is fair to good, but most of the fish are small, and they are showing plastics and reaction baits in six to 18 feet of water early and late and then deeper the rest of the day. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626,

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: (Bridgeport region),, and

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 seeing pretty good action. Bridgeport has continued very good for bait anglers fishing Buckeye Bay with fish to seven pounds reported. Lower Twin has had some quality trout, including an 8-8 brown this week. But both Twins and the Virginia Lakes have been solid producers of pan-sized fish. The East Walker is down to 300 cfs, which is an excellent fishing flow and the bite is pretty good in the upper mile stretch below the dam, but slows the further downstream you go. Nymphing and stream fishing is the way to go.

In the June Lake region, all of the lakes and streams have been fishing pretty well this week. Silver Lake has produced a few limits and fish, most pan-sized, but some bigger and the water level is finally coming down. The best action has been in deeper water or at the stream inlets at first light for fly and fly-bubble anglers. 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 five to six colors of leadcore in Gull, Silver, Grant, and as deep as nine 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 finally coming down and very fishable and producing quite a few rainbows and browns on nightcrawlers and small lures.

In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake remains the hotspot with good fly action on midge and small perch fry patterns. Lots of quality fish topping four pounds, but most 16 to 20 inches and running 1-8 to 3-0. The 20 to 40 fish days of the past few weeks have ebbed into 10 to 20 fish days for boat- or tube-based fly anglers. 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 very high and difficulty to fish.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: At Silver Lake, Jim Annos of Ridgecrest landed a 6-10 rainbow from a boat on an orange Pinched Crawler.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or

JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at 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 with the topwater action at all four lakes early and late in the day. At Santa Margarita, the bass have been fair on plastics and reaction baits, especially 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. All San Antonio parks and ramps are open. Few fishing reports information. At Nacimiento, the spotted bass action is fair, with a lot of fish on plastics and reaction baits early and late in the day. Fish are mostly in deeper water.


CACHUMA: Overall light fishing pressure and slow action. The bite on catfish and bass are the best bets, but they both have been fair at best. Only an occasional crappie is being reported. Trout are very slow with only the occasional fish showing from deep water (80-plus 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 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 slow with few anglers targeting the rainbows. No recent plants. A few anglers targeting carp in recent days have done very well with dough baits on fish to 10-plus pounds. 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. The last general night fishing weekend will be Sept. 7-9, this Thursday through Saturday. The lake will be open until 11 p.m. these days. The last night bass tournament on the RTF Bass Tour will be held this Saturday, Sept. 16. Call Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 on the night tournament schedule and entry information. 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

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, live shad (if you can dip some), and spoons are all getting stripers to 10 pounds when they boil, but the shad, sardines, and blood worms are also working on deeper, metered fish when the fish aren’t up. The largemouths and smallmouths are also up chasing shad morning and evening, but the bite is just fair. Reaction baits are best early and late, but some bigger fish showing on jigs in deeper water. The bluegill bite remains good in both the upper and lower lakes, but the weed beds continue to be troublesome. Tons of small fish, but some bigger fish to a pound and meal worms are the top bait, but red worms, nightcrawler pieces, crickets, and wax worms also good. 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 ( 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 or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: The striper bite is fair to good with a lot of fish showing on topwater early and then trolled flies and swim baits later. They are boiling on shad most mornings and then on the bait in deeper water later in the day. Trolling with umbrella rigs or jigging spoons has been the best bet when they move deer. Most are one to three pounds now with some bigger. Largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been fair and improving. A lot of fish up chasing baitfish morning and evening, and them move deeper during the day. The best bite has been on topwater baits early and then reaction baits, plastics and jigs. There is a fair catfish bite with the fish moving shallow. 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: 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 ( 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 (Sept. 10-16):

SAN BERNARDINO: Big Bear Lake, Santa Ana River, South Fork Santa Ana River.

INYO: Owens River (below Tinnemaha and section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir, Rock Creek Lake.

MONO: Convict Lake, Ellery Lake, George Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek (South Fork), Little Walker River, Mamie Lake, Mary Lake, Molybdenite Creek, Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Saddlebag Creek (Lee Vining Creek), Saddlebag Lake, Tioga Lake, Trumble Lake, Twin Lakes (Mammoth), Virginia Lakes (upper and lower), West Walker River (sections 2 and 3).

KERN: Kern River (sections 4 and 5).

TULARE: Kern River (sections 5 and 6).

FRESNO: Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).

The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week (Sept. 17-23):

SAN BERNARDINO: Lytle Creek (Middle and North forks).

INYO: Bishop Creek (lower), Lake Sabrina, Lone Pine Creek, South Lake.

MONO: Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Deadman Creek, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Lundy Lake, Mammoth Creek, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Owens River (section 3), Robinson Creek, Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Upper Twin Lake (Bridgeport), Lower Twin Lake (Bridgeport), Virginia Creek.

FRESNO: Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).

The following waters were planted last week (Sept. 3-9):

SAN BERNARDINO: Lytle Creek (Middle and North forks).

INYO: Bishop Creek (lower), Lake Sabrina, Lone Pine Creek, South Lake.

MONO: Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, Deadman Creek, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Lundy Lake, Mammoth Creek, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Owens River (section 3), Robinson Creek, Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Upper Twin Lake (Bridgeport), Lower Twin Lake (Bridgeport), Virginia Creek.

FRESNO: Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).


YELLOWFIN TUNA BREAK OPEN: The yellowfin tuna bite broke wide open early this week, and the action has been very good since for three-quarter day, overnight, and 1 1/2-day boats running out of San Diego. There has also been a large contingent of private boats hammering these school-sized fish running from six to 22 pounds. There have also been some yellowtail, dorado, and skipjack mixed in, and the tuna are being located on floating kelp, under diving birds, and deeper and located on sonar.

While most of the action is in Mexican waters, scattered schools of these tuna are showing all the way up to Catalina Island and the fall bite seems to be taking off. Some scores tell the story:

The Ranger 85 out of H&M Landing was on a 1 1/2-day trip on Wednesday with 22 anglers, and they landed 136 yellowfin, 20 skipjack, and five dorado. The Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on an overnight trip Wednesday, and the 25 anglers on board had 85 yellowfin and 40 skipjack. The San Diego, also out of Seaforth, had 55 anglers on its Wednesday three-quarter day trip, and they landed 140 yellowfin, 15 skipjack, four dorado, and one yellowtail. The New Lo-An out of Point Loma Sportfishing had 23 anglers on its Wednesday overnight, and they landed 93 yellowfin and 30 skipjack. The three-quarter day Mission Belle, also out of Point Loma, ran out with 28 anglers and they landed 35 yellowfin, 26 skipjack, and one dorado. The Oceanside 95, running out of Helgren’s Oceanside, had 31 anglers on its Wednesday 1 1/2-day trip and they landed 144 yellowfin and two dorado.

BLUEFIN TUNA BITE TOUGHENS UP: The bluefin tuna bite has slowed pretty dramatically since the full moon, but there is still a pick on these quality fish on the offshore spots and near San Clemente. Most are still running from 60 to 120-plus pounds.

The Thunderbird out of Davey’s Locker had 30 anglers on its overnight trip off Clemente, and they landed three bluefin, 46 yellowtail, 18 bonito, and 12 calico bass. On Saturday’s two-day trip, the 16 anglers on the T’Bird had 28 bluefin and 33 yellowtail.

The Pacific Star was on a 2 1/2-day trip out of Seaforth Sportfishing and returned on Wednesday. The 26 anglers on this trip had 28 quality bluefin, 70 bonito, 11 yellowtail, eight dorado, and five yellowfin. The El Dorado out of Long Beach Sportfishing had 35 anglers it is Sunday overnight trip, and they landed seven quality bluefin.

YELLOWTAIL GOOD AT ALL LOCAL ISLANDS: The yellowtail are showing in excellent numbers at all of the local islands, from the Coronados off San Diego up into the Channel Islands. Catalina and San Clemente have good numbers of ‘tails, and they are even showing at near-shore kelp from La Jolla to spots off Los Angeles and Orange counties.

The Freedom out of 22nd Street Landing had 21 anglers on its Wednesday three-quarter day trip, and they landed 51 yellowtail and five barracuda at Catalina. The Freedom, also 22nd Street, had 35 anglers on its 1 1/2-day trip, and they landed 78 yellowtail and 50 bonito. The Victory out of Long Beach Sportfishing had 27 anglers on its Wednesday three-quarter day trip, and they landed 18 yellowtail, 42 whitefish, five barracuda, three sheephead, and two calico bass.

VENTURA-SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: The boats out of the Ventura and Santa Barbara Landings are mostly focusing on the excellent rockfish bite, but those targeting surface species have seen improved yellowtail action in recent days along with an occasional white seabass, and pretty good calico bass action.

The Aloha Spirit out of Channel Islands Sportfishing had 22 anglers on its Wednesday full-day trip and they landed 12 yellowtail, 96 rockfish, 37 calico bass, and seven whitefish. The Island Tak, also out of Channel Islands, had nine anglers on its Wednesday’ full day, and they landed four yellowtail and limits of 45 keeper calico bass. At Ventura Sportfishing, the Amigo had 22 anglers on its Wednesday full-day, and they landed five yellowtail along with 100 rockfish, four calicos, and three whitefish. The Island Spirit’s Monday full day produced 21 yellowtail, limits of 160 rockfish,k 12 whitefish, five sheephead, two barracuda, and one lingcod for the 16 anglers on board.

AVILA BEACH-MORRO BAY NEWS: Great weather and conditions over the past few days made for very good fishing for boats running out of this part of the coast. Rockfish limits remain the rule and there is a decent pick on the lings.

The Fiesta at Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay had 23 anglers on its Wednesday half-day trip, and they landed 210 rockfish, 19 lings, one sheephead, and one whitefish. The Fiesta ran a long-range trip to Cape San Martin this past weekend, and the jackpot fish was a 25-pound ling landed by Robin Moore, Bakersfield. That trip produced 54 lings.

At Morro Bay Landing, the Avenger had rockfish limits on both its Monday three-quarter day and Tuesday’s half day trips. On Monday, 30 anglers landed 240 red snapper, 20 bocaccio, and 40 miscellaneous rockfish. On Tuesday, 12 anglers had 100 red snapper and 20 bocaccio.

At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, the Flying Fish had 22 anglers on its Tuesday half-day trip, and they landed 214 rockfish, six red snapper, and one lingcod. The full-day trip aboard the Phenix on Tuesday produced 75 bolina, 25 red snapper, seven bocaccio, three rockfish, and five lingcod for the 11 anglers on board.

Inside the bay, the halibut are still showing in fair numbers on live bait, along with decent numbers of perch, grassies, leopard sharks and bat rays. In the local surf, the perch action remains good and there continue to be a few stripers in the surf north of Morro Bay.

INSTRUCTIONAL CHARTERS: 976-TUNA offers instructional charters throughout the season. The next available trip is a two-day trip aboard the Relentless out of H&M Landing leaving on Monday, Sept. 18. The early booking price is $450 (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 or call 562-352-0012 for details.

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