LAKE ISABELLA: Even with the falling water level, the catfish bite remains pretty good action on fish to six pounds on clams, Sonny’s Dip Bait, and cut baits with a lot of three to six pounds fish and some to 10 pounds or better. The crappie bite has slowed way down, but a few fish continue to show on crappie jigs fished in deep stickups or minnows. The bass action has been fair to good with most of the action in 10 to 25 feet of water, mostly on drop-shot plastics, but a few on cranks or topwater early and late in the day. A few trout continue to show in deeper water at the auxiliary dam, Camp 9, and many fish have moved up into the river to reach cooler water. The carp bite remains less consistent, but still pretty good on dough baits with fish 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: DFW trout were planted in section 4 two weeks ago, and they are slated to go into sections 4, 5, and 6 next week. The bite has remained pretty good on on salmon eggs, crickets, and Roostertails. Fly-fisherman are having good luck on wild fish, especially in the upper stretch of the river, mostly on small nymphs. The lower river flows remain very high making the river almost unfishable. 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 fair, but mostly on smaller, undersize fish, and mostly early and late in the day. Floating vegetation and moss seems to have been a little less of a problem this past week, but still an issue. Sardines and blood worms have been the best baits, with very few fish on artificial lures, mostly early and late in the day. Catfish are improving with fair to good action on sardines, anchovies, and Wussy Bait. A few largemouth bass are starting to show on cranks and Senkos. 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 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. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.
HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill and carp are good, while the bass are fair on plastics, nightcrawlers, or reaction baits, but only early and late in the day. 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 have been good, but the warm weather is putting even a damper on these bites. 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. The carp are showing on on dough baits and a few catfish have been reported this past week.
MING LAKE: The carp, bass, and bluegill have been fair. 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: Good action on small bass on small lures and nightcrawlers. Also fair to good action on bluegill and crappie on small baits like meal worms and jigs. A few trout showing early in the morning on small jigs.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: There is a fair bite on smaller catfish on shad, anchovies, nightcrawlers, chicken liv er and dip baits, but the action on carp and bluegill is better. The carp are showing on Powder Bait and Wussy Bait, while the bluegill are best on the usual array of small baits, with crickets and wax worms probably the best bets. 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 fair to good bass action has continued, mostly early and late in the day on plastics, topwater, and reaction baits. The crappie have slowed way down with only an occasional fish showing on small jigs with Crappie Nibbles and live minnows. Bluegill are fair to good on red worms, wax worms, and meal worms. Also a fair number of catfish showing on cut baits and dip baits. 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 fair to good with the fish mostly in 15 to 35 feet of water on plastics and small swimbaits. There has been some early morning topwater action. The bluegill bite is good, and a few catfish are starting to show and a few crappie continue to be caught. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.
GENERAL UPDATE: The weather has been excellent if not warm in the Sierra the past week, and thunderstorms have been moving across the region. 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 slowed over the past 10 days as water temperatures ramped up and flows have bounced around between 200 and 250 cfs. Still pretty fair action, but the lover river and Nevada stretched have been better than the Miracle Mile stretch. Still trout to 25 inches being caught on nymphs and streamers, but little dry fly action and what there has been has been very inconsistent. Bridgeport Reservoir remains very good for trollers in Buckeye Bay, but the bait and fly action has picked up this week in the creek inlets. 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 Virginia Lakes drainage, overall just fair fishing, but both Virginias have been kicking out some big trout from three to five 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 pounders. Grant continues to produce a few nice brown trout to 20 inches.
In the Mammoth region, Crowley Lake is very good right now for big trout on the fly. A number of rainbows, cutts, and browns topping five pounds have been reported this week. These have all been caught on midge or damselfly imitation, but some are starting to show on perch fry imitations. 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. Smoke continues to be a problem from the fire near Devil’s Postpile.
In the Bishop region, the whole Bishop Creek drainage has been fair to good. Bishop Creek and Sabrina continue to be the best, and Sabrina got a plant of trophy trout this week. North and South Lake are also fair to 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 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, with the fish showing for trollers off points. At Santa Margarita, the bass and panfish bites are fair to good. 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 been fair to good for bluegill, with a lot of small fish on bobber suspended baits around structure early and late in the day. The bass bite is also pretty good on plastics and reaction baits, especially early in the say. Continued reports of good smallmouth action at San Antonio.
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: Not much change here. The bass bite remains still fair to good. Plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits and swimbaits are the best bets in 12 to 30 feet of water. 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. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. 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: There has been good to excellent striper and catfish action over the past week. Shore anglers have been getting limits of smaller stripers and good numbers of bigger catfish in the cove to the left of the West Ramp. Boat anglers are getting fish at the buoy line, Necktie Canyon, and Kong Island. The best bite has been from lake opening to 10 or 11 a.m. Most of the action has been on cut bait in 40 to 60 feet of water. Trong Nguyen, El Monte, had a limit of 10 stripers to five pounds on sardines at the buoy line. The largemouth bite is also very good around much of the lake on nightcrawlers, plastics, and jigs. Reaction baits like a Rat-L-Trap or Rebel Jumpin’ Minnow have been good for smallmouth early in the day or late in the evening. Ron Vickery, San Fernando, landed six bass on jigs and his best was a nine pounder. Richard Lopez, Los Angeles, had a five-pound largemouth off C Point on a Senko. The bluegill bite has remained good, but the crappie have slowed. The bluegill are best on jigs and meal worms (or the two together) in 15 to 25 feet of water in most coves. Some are quality fish to a pound. In the lower lake, the bluegill bite has is also good on hand-sized fish on the usual array of small baits. The carp bite is also good but getting light pressure. 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 good on sardines, lug worms, nightcrawlers, and chicken liver, and some are even showing on topwater or jerk baits fished in boils, which have been happening more frequently. Trolling umbrella rigs is also a good bet. Lots of small stripers under two pounds (many even under a pound). 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. 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.
The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (July 8-14):
INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (Lower, Intake II, Middle Fork, South Fork), Georges Creek, Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, Lake Sabrina, North Lake, Owens River (below Tinnemaha and Section 2), Rock Creek Lake, South Lake, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek, Tuttle Creek.
MONO: Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Crowley Lake, Deadman Creek, Ellery Lake, George Lake, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Lee Vining Creek South Fork, Lundy Lake, Mamie Lake, Mammoth Creek, Mary Lake, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Owens River (section 3), Rock Creek (sections 1 and 2), Rush Creek, Saddlebag Creek (upper Lee Vining Creek), Saddlebag Lake, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Tioga Lake, Twin Lakes(Mammoth).
FRESNO: Dinkey Creek, Wishon Reservoir.
The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week next week (July 15-21):
INYO: Bishp Creek (Lower), Lone Pine Creek.
MONO: Crowley Lake, Owens River (section 3).
KERN: Kern River (sections 4 and 5).
FRESNO: Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).
The following waters were planted last week (July 1-7):
RIVERSIDE: Hemet Lake, Fulmor Lake, Strawberry Creek.
SAN BERNARDINO: Lytle Creek (Middle Fork).
SAN DIEGO: Cuyamaca Lake, Doane Pond.
INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (lower, Intake II), Lake Sabrina, Lone Pine Creek, South Lake.
MONO: Convict Creek, Convict Lake, Deadman Creek, George Lake, Glass Creek, Grant Lake, Gull Lake, June Lake, Lee Vining Creek, Lundy Lake, Mamie Lake, Mammoth Creek, Mary Lake, McGee Creek, Mill Creek, Owens River (section 3), Rush Creek, Sherwin Creek, Silver Lake, Twin Lakes (Mammoth).
TULARE: Balch Park Lake (upper and lower), Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake).
FRESNO: Dinkey Creek, Hume Lake, Huntington Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Shaver Lake.
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 the current week, next week’s, and even previous week’s plant information may change.
OCEAN FISHING REPORT
SAN DIEGO OFFSHORE UPDATE: Wild fishing for the San Diego fleet in recent days. The yellowfin tuna are already showing within one day range, the big bluefin tuna remain in the picture and more smaller bluefin have flooded into these water, and the yellowtail action remains good, with fish showing in good numbers at the Coronado Islands and floating kelp offshore. There have even been reports of yellowtail and white seabass at the Point Loma kelp and other nearshore spots this week.
On Wednesday this week, the San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on a full-day trip fishing just outside the Coronado Islands and the 46 anglers on board landed 14 bluefin, 20 yellowfin, and four yellowtail. Also out of Seaforth, the Tribute was on an overnight with 19 anglers on Wednesday and they landed five of the bigger bluefin along with six yellowfin tuna. The Aztec, on a more traditional 1 1/2-day bluefin trip, had 12 anglers and they landed five of the big bluefin from 165 to 215 pounds.
LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY UPDATE: There continues to be a good volume of yellowtail and a few white seabass around both Catalina and San Clemente Islands for full-day and overnight boats running out of the Los Angeles and Orange county-based landings. Most of the action for the half- and three-quarter day fleet has been for bass, bonito, and barracuda, although the backup bite on bottomfish, sand dabs, perch, and sculpin have stayed good, too.
At Davey’s Locker in Balboa, the Thunderbird was on an overnight trip with 26 anglers and they landed six yellowtail, one white seabass, and three halibut along with 170 whitefish and 25 barracuda. On Tuesday, this boat returned from a two-day trip, and the 20 anglers on that trip landed 26 yellowtail, 11 halibut, and four white seabass along with 342 whitefish, 21 keeper calico bass, 23 sheephead, 12 bonito, and seven barracuda.
At 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro, the Pursuit was on a full-day trip with 42 anglers on Wednesday, and they landed 347 perch, 55 whitefish, 47 keeper calico bass, 33 sheephead, and two sculpin. The Monte Carlo had 39 anglers on its Wednesday morning half-day trip, and they landed 125 sand dab, 92 sculpin, and six red snapper.
The New Del Mar had 76 anglers on a Fourth of July half-day trip, and they caught two bonus yellowtail along with 240 whitefish, 232 sculpin, 53 assorted rockfish, a sheephead, and a halibut.
OXNARD TO SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: There continues to be a pretty decent pick yellowtail with some good scores in the past week, but the bite on white seabass slacked off a little for the northern Channel Islands for Oxnard to Santa Barbara boats running three-quarter day to overnight trips. There is also a decent pick on calico bass, bonito, and increasing numbers of barracuda – and, of course, there continues to be an excellent rockfish bite.
At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard on Wednesday, the Aloha Spirit had 22 anglers on a full-day trip, and they landed 62 yellowtail and three white seabass along with 25 calico bass, nine whitefish, seven barracuda, and six sheephead. The Mirage was on an overnight trip with 16 anglers, and they landed 126 yellowtail, 148 rockfish, five calicos, and three lingcod. The Gentleman had 27 anglers on a three-quarter day trip, and they landed four yellowtail along with 40 whitefish, 30 keeper calico bass, 18 perch, 17 barracuda, 15 assorted rockfish, and 12 bonito. The Cobra was on a full-day trip with just four anglers, and they landed 13 yellowtail along with 35 whitefish, seven barracuda, five calicos, and one sheephead.
At Hook’s Sporfishing in Oxnard, the Coroloma had 18 anglers on a three-quarter day trip Wednesday, and they caught 66 rockfish, 13 calico bass, five whitefish, one each on barracuda, lingcod, and perch, and two bonus halibut.
At Ventura Sportfishing in Ventura, the Island Spirit had 24 anglers on a full-day trip Wednesday, and the 34 anglers on board landed 162 yellowtail and one halibut.
CENTRAL COAST UPDATE: Pretty normal weather conditions this past week with afternoon winds and four to six foot swells. Inside Morro Bay, there continues to be a lot of bait. Leopard sharks and bat rays continue to bite pretty well and dominate the catch, but a few halibut have been reported each of the past couple of weeks. In the local surf, the perch bite is good, mostly on lug worms or the Gulp! sand worms.
At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, the Patriot had 22 anglers on a Wednesday half-day trip, and they landed 142 assorted rockfish, 26 red snapper, 10 bocaccio, and three lingcod. The Flying Fish had 10 anglers on a three-quarter day trip, and they landed 76 assorted rockfish and 24 red snapper for limits along with 10 lingcod.
At Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, the fiesta had 19 anglers on its full-day trip Wednesday, and they landed 120 red snapper, 25 assorted rockfish, 20 bocaccio, and 24 lingcod. The half-day Black Pearl had 31 anglers who landed 264 assorted rockfish, 32 red snapper, and four lings.
At Morro Bay Landing, the Avenger had 35 anglers on its three-quarter day trip Wednesday, and they landed 200 red snapper, 130 other assorted rockfish, 20 bocaccio, and two lings. The half-day Avenger with 31 anglers returned with 290 assorted rockfish, 10 red snapper, and 10 bocaccio for limits. They also had one 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 aboard the Ranger 85 out of H&M Landing departing Monday, July 23. The early booking price is $400 (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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