Fish photo 5/19

Syed Khizer caught this 17-pound catfish at the aqueduct on May 6, using sardine for bait.

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LAKE ISABELLA: The trout action was has stayed pretty fair on inflated nightcrawlers, PowerBait and small jigs at the main dam and auxiliary dam. The catfish are pretty fair in the South Fork, and the best bite has been on meal worms dipped in Tomatillo sauce. There are very few crappie showing, but those being caught are coming from the South Fork on live minnows. Bass are also slow. The lake level is 49 percent of full pool. The Kern River flow was 4,100 cfs Wednesday at Kernville. The outflow was around 4,700 cfs.

KERN RIVER: Trout were planted in all six sections of the Kern two weeks ago. The bite has been slow to fair, with high flows both above and below the lake. The lower Kern is still nearly unfishable through the canyon, with Isabella release flows at 5,000 cfs. The upper river flows are up to 4,000 cfs at Kernville. A few bass are being caught right in Bakersfield where the river is running through town. Tough fishing conditions everywhere.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite remains very good for both numbers and moderate size. Most fish are below the 18-inch minimum size, but getting a couple of keepers is still pretty easy. The bite has been sardines, blood and lug worms, anchovies, Gitzits, and jigs, but the hardbait bite is off. No topwater yet. More catfish reported in the past week on both mackerel and sardines, especially in the Highway 166 stretch. No largemouth reports. Anglers are reminded the limit on stripers is two fish greater than 18 inches, while the largemouth limit is five fish.

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: A few catfish reported on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: A fair bluegill bite and quite a few carp are showing now. The bluegill bite is best on wax worms, while the carp are best on dough baits. A few bass.

HART PARK LAKE: The carp bite has been fair to good on dough baits, especially the locally made Wussy’s Poor Man’s Bait and Powder Bait. Also a pretty good bluegill bite on meal worms, wax worms and crickets. Also still a few bass. Other species slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The bass are fair, with the best action on nightcrawlers, plastics or live minnows. A few carp and bluegill being caught in a fair bite, with the bluegill best on wax worms.

MING LAKE: The carp bite has been fair to good on dough and paste baits, especially Powder Bait and Wussy’s. The bass bite has been fair. Plastics, Senkos and live minnows have been the best baits. The bluegill bite is also fair to good on wax worms and meal worms. A few crappie reported.

BRITE LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants. The bite has been slow this week. Light fishing pressure.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The largemouth bass bite is the best bet, with fair action on nightcrawlers, plastics and Senkos. A few crappie on small minnows. Bluegill are fair on wax worms.


SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is fair to good with the spawn pretty much over. Best bite has been in six to 18 feet of water with plastics and reaction baits. The lake is 86 percent of capacity.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been good, with most fish in the two- to three-pound class and showing on plastics, with some on reaction baits. Lake level is 54 percent of capacity. Launch ramp open.


HOT BITES: Still relatively light fishing pressure at all the lakes on the Central Coast, but the bass bite is fair to good with most fish post-spawn now. Margarita is full, and the bass have been fair on plastics and reaction baits, but a lot of the bass are in a post-spawn funk. Still decent crappie and bluegill bites. Lopez has a good bass bite, with panfish action improving by the day. At Nacimiento, the spotted bass action is good, with a lot of fish on plastics and reaction baits in less than 20 feet of water.


CACHUMA: Between wind and a full moon, the action last week slowed way down. Only a few of anything and everything were reported. The crappie bite is still very spotty with the fish scattered and schools difficult to locate. Trout are still showing in spotty numbers near the dam on slow-trolled lures or nightcrawlers drifted under a float. The rainbows are moving deeper. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites have been slow to fair this week, mostly on plastics and reaction baits. The catfish bite also slowed down, but lots of carp remain up in the shallows. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, and quite a few carp are near the surface. Cachuma is 48 percent of capacity. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 30-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch.

CASITAS: The bass action is still very good, with the bite is mostly on live shad right now. The bite is just fair on plastics, nightcrawlers, cranks, spinnerbaits and small swimbaits. Some quality fish. Scott Fujiyama and Jon Shibata, Santa Barbara, had a number of bass to seven pounds. Frank Gonzalez, Santa Paula, landed a five-pound bass on live shad. The bigger crappie are also showing on the live shad and slabs to nearly three pounds have been reported this week. The trout action has been fair for anglers targeting the rainbows trolling Needlefish near the dam or drifting with nightcrawlers in the same area. There were DFW plants this week and three weeks ago. Some redear are starting to show in four to 15 feet of water. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and the warm weather brought them up to the surface this week. Casitas Lake level is 44 percent of capacity.

CASTAIC: All the bass are good now, with the stripers, largemouths and smallmouths all up chasing shad. The stripers are best on shad-like swimbaits and cranks, either cast or trolled. Those baits are also working for the black bass, but plastic worms and nightcrawlers are as good. The best action is in less than 20 feet of water and some fish are tight in the shallows chasing bait. Trout are slow, but another DFW plant is slated for this week. The bluegill are also picking up with some good catches of fish in less than 10 feet of water on meal worms and wax worms. Catfish slow.

PIRU: Fair to good bass bite for largemouth and smallmouth bass this week, and the fish remain mostly shallow — less than 20 feet of water — and are showing on plastics and reaction baits. Fish are chasing baitfish now, and some are showing on surface baits. Most of the bass are in the one- to three-pound range. Bluegill, crappie and catfish are perking up with a fair-to-good bluegill bite if you can find a school of fish as they move into full-spawn mode. Best action is four to 12 feet on wax worms or crickets. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Lake level is 25 percent of capacity.

PYRAMID: Largemouth bass are fair to good with a majority of the fish in less than 20 feet of water and chasing baitfish. The best bite has been on reaction baits, plastics and jigs. The striper bite is fair, with a lot of fish showing on trolled flies and swim baits, but bait anglers fishing sardines or bloodworms are also getting fish. Most are under a pound, but enough two-to-four-pounders to keep things interesting. DFW trout plants went in this week and four weeks ago but this bite is pretty slow. There is a fair catfish bite with the fish moving shallow. Bluegill and redear are finally started to perk with a fair to good bite in 10 to 18 feet of water on wax worms and red worms. Water level is at 93 percent of capacity. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (except the rainbow trout).

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