LAKE ISABELLA: Last weekís wind and cold, knocked the crappie bite way down. The action has been particularly tough for the bank anglers as the water continues to come up, and the boat and float tube anglers have been hampered by wind. . Tougher for bank guys, boat guys canít get out. Crappie Mania continued through this past week with good to excellent action for shore, float tube, and boat anglers The best action has been on small jigs or live minnows under a bobber near stickups. Top shore action has been in the South Fork Arm, Kissack Cove, Rabbit Island, and French Gulch. The Rocky Point area has held more bigger fish for the boat and float tube guys. 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 jigs is a good idea. There is also still a pretty good trout bite, especially in the North Fork Arm with fewer fish at the auxiliary dam on the usual array of dough baits, inflated nightcrawlers, small jigs, and trout plastics. The catfish bite surged back on in the past week as the weather warms back up, especially in the Camp Nine area, on shad, clams, and super meal worms. Still fair to good bluegill action. 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: Bobís Bait 661-833-8657 or, North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812, or Copeís Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or

KERN RIVER: The upper river flows have jumped back up to nearly 1,800 cfs which has made fishing more difficult, but not impossible. There were DFW plants in most of the upper sections again last week and this week, which is keeping the bite OK on planters for anglers fishing salmon eggs, crickets, and Roostertails. Fly-fisherman are have pretty decent luck on wild fish. The lower river is still low at 400 cfs, 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 ( or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite has continued fair to good and slowly improving each week. The fish are almost all small, however, under the 18-inch minimum keeper size limit, but a few bigger fish are finally starting to show. The best bite has been on bloodworms, lug worms, and sardines, but a few on Flukes and Gitzits or live minnows. Catfish are still spotting with a few showing on sardines, anchovies, and Wussy Bait, too. 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: Bobís Bait 661-833-8657 or or Copeís Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: Few reports, but the carp bite has been decent on dough baits and Powder Bait, and the odd catfish reported on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: A fair bass bite on plastics and small swimbaits. Bluegill are the best bet with pretty good action, but some crappie showing, too. Trout slow with the most recent DFW plant over a month ago. Carp are a decent bet on dough baits. Information Bobís Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The crappie bite has been fair on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles or minnows, and the carp bite is good on Powder Bait or other dough baits. The bluegill bite has also turned on with fair to good action 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 crappie bite has been slow to fair over the past week, mostly on jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles or small minnows. The bluegill are fair to good on wax worms or meal worms, and a few bass are showing on nightcrawlers, live minnows, and plastic worms. DFW trout plant five weeks ago, but there were a few trout caught over the weekend after last weekís cool down.

MING LAKE: The carp, crappie, and bluegill have been fair. The crappie have been best on small jigs tipped with bait or Crappie Nibbles or small minnows. 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 and minnows. Trout even perked with the cool weather last week, but there have been no plants in over a month.

BRITE LAKE: Still a few trout showing after the Calaveras and DFW plants three 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.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bass bite has been fair and some fish are still in very shallow water and cover. The best action has been on minnows or plastics. The crappie are also pretty decent with fish showing on live minnows or small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. Carp have been fair to good on dough baits, especially Powder Bait. Bluegill are fair to good on the usual small baits. Fishing information: Bobís Bait 661-833-8657 or or Copeís Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or


SUCCESS LAKE: The good crappie action finally lulled after the cool weather this past week. Still some quality fish over two pounds caught. Most of the fish are showing from the bank on minnows, but some also on jigs. The bass action is fair to good bite on plastics and minnows on fish to three pounds, but few bigger. Also a good surface bite on small fish. Lots of fish on beds but that is winding down. Bluegill getting better with a fair bite on wax worms and meal worms. Other species very slow. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, or Copeís Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or

KAWEAH LAKE: Crappie slowed way down after the cool weather last week, but they are improving again this week. The best bite has been on on minnows or small jigs tipped with bait or Crappie Nibbles. The bass are fair to good with the fish still mostly shallow. The bluegill bite is also starting to kick into high gear. Catfish still slow. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.


GENERAL UPDATE: After some snow late opener week, 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 websiteís regulations pages. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: (Bridgeport region),, and

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 success of both limits and a few quality fish.

In the Bridgeport region, the top trout of the season so far was caught last week at Bridgeport Reservoir, when Ron Petersen, a Reno fly-fisherman, caught a 13-5 brown trout while float tubing. He was stripping a Docís Twin Lake Special fly. 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. Both Twin Lakes, upper and lower, and fair with some flurries of good action, mostly on pan-sized fish. The Bridgeport Fish Enhancement Foundation reports that 73 anglers brought in trophy trout from the regionís waters since opener. The best so was an 8-3 from Upper Twin. For fly-anglers, the East Walker River has been excellent for both quality rainbows and browns. There have been reports of 30-plus fish days on all stretched and the Rosaschi stretch in Nevada.

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.

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: Kenís Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or

MAMMOTH AREA: Fishing Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AREA: Fishing information: Culverís 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.


CACHUMA: While wind has been a problem, the crappie bite remains strong with good action in Cachuma Bay on slow-trolled or drifted jigs. The crappie have been between a half-pound and 2.5 pounds. Bass are still in the spawn with good action on plastics and reaction baits, especially in Cachuma and Johnson bays. Fair to good trout action continues since the big derby two weeks ago, but the fish are moving to deeper water near the dam, but shore anglers fishing inflated nightcrawlers are still getting a few. Best bite still for boat anglers trolling Rapalas or Needlefish. Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are starting to show near the surface. 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 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. The bluegill and redear bites are starting to take off, mostly on small worms or nightcrawler pieces. No crappie or catfish 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 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

CASTAIC: The stripers have been good, with fish showing at the dam, west ramp, and SS Ski Cove with most of the fish this week on swimbaits at the surface, including most of the bigger fish. Also some reported on blood or lug worms in deeper water. Top stripers reported was a seven-pounder to top off a four-fish, 20-pound stringer caught by Dirk Rhynsburger, West Covina, on BBZ Jr. swimbaits. Ron Vickery, Santa Clarita, had four stripers to five pounds on swimbaits at the dam.

Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass action this week on small swim baits and plastics. Armen Vardepetyan, North Hollywood, had a pair of three-pound smallies on small jerkbaits at the dam. The Fishiní & Fun for Kids Day was this past Saturday and there was a 1,000-pound trout plant for this event. The trout pick picked up in the marina with some good scores on Kastmasters, trout plants (mostly MiceTails and worms), and PowerBait. The bluegill bite broke open with Good action on small crappie jigs or meal worms in Henrickson Cove and the firebreak. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 ( 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, crappie, and catfish are slow with little pressure. 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 has been excellent with a lot of limits reported and many anglers catching and releasing dozens of fish. 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 entrance to the lake. The catfish bite is also pretty good on the same baits along with chicken liver and nightcrawlers in all coves. Jonathan Bonilla, Van Nuys, had a mixed stringer of eight catfish and stripers to five pounds on sardines. Howard Yu, Arleta, had a limit of stripers to three pounds on sardines. The 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: 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 ( 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 6-12):

SAN BERNARDINO: Silverwood Lake.

INYO: Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek (Intake II, Middle Fork, South Fork), Lake Sabrina.

MONO: Buckeye Creek, Convict Creek, 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, 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).

The following waters are tentatively scheduled to be planted next week next week (May 13-19):

MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir.

TULARE: Stoney Creek.

FRESNO: Dinkey Creek, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam).

The following waters were planted last week (April 29-May 5):

LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake.

SAN BERNARDINO: Silverwood Lake.

INYO: Cottonwood Creek, Georges Creek, Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, Shepherd Creek, Symmes Creek, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek, Tuttle Creek.

MONO: Bridgeport Reservoir, Convict Lake, June Lake.

KERN: Kern River (section 5).

FRESNO: Dinkey Creek, Huntington Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Shaver Lake, Wishon Reservoir, Woodward Park Lake (Fresno).

For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFWís stocking page at This page is frequently updated after this news report is published so current week, next weekís, and even previous weekís plant information may change.


BLUEFIN TUNA BITE UPDATE: There continues to be a good volumne of bluefin tuna at the offshore banks for the 1 1/2-day boats making this run. Most of the fish are still in the 20 to 30 pound range, but skippers continue to report bigger fish.

The Shogun out of Fishermanís Landing had a 1 1/2-day trip that returned Wednesday, and the 22 anglers landed 34 bluefin to 40 pounds, two yellowtail, and two bonito.

On Monday, the Tribute out of Seaforth Sportfishing was on an overnight trip with 12 anglers, and they landed three bluefin and limits of 60 yellowtail. The Pacific Voyager returned from a three-day trip Tuesday, and the 18 anglers on board caught 11 bluefin, 93 yellowtail, and 100 rockfish.

SAN DIEGO CORONADO ISLANDS YELLOWTAIL: The yellowtail bite is happening at the Coronado Islands this week.

At Point Loma Sportfishing, the Mission Belle had 17 anglers on its Wednesday three-quarter day trip, and they landed 61 yellowtail and three barracuda. The Tuesday trip with 12 anglers produced 43 yellowtail and one barracuda.

At Fishermanís Landing, the Libertyís full-day trip Wednesday with 43 anglers was near limits with 115 yellowtail. The Tuesday trip with 23 anglers produced 112 yellowtail and seven bonito.

At H&M Landing, the Legend had a three-quarter day trip Tuesday, and the nine anglers on board landed 21 yellowtail and three bonito.

At Seaforth Sportfishing, the San Diego had 32 anglers on its Wednesday full-day trip, and they landed 54 yellowtail. The Tuesday trip with 43 anglers ended up with 86 yellowtail on the deck and two bonito.

LOS ANGELES-ORANGE COUNTY BOATS STILL ROCKFISHING: Youíd think the surface bite would be starting, but most of the boats along the Orange and Los Angeles counties coastline are still focusing on the bottom species, with pretty fair action on the rockfish, sculpin, and whitefish. There does finally seem to be some action on bass and yellowtail, especially at Catalina.

The Freelance out of Daveyís Locker had 70 anglers on its Wednesday three-quarter day trip, and they landed 98 assorted rockfish, 31 red snapper, 18 whitefish, five bocaccio, and 37 perch.

The Pursuit out of 22n d Street Landing ran to Catalina Island with 67 anglers on a full-day trip Wednesday, and they landed three yellowtail along with 115 whitefish, 108 assorted rockfish, 76 bonito, 15 calico bass, 11 red snapper, seven sheephead, three sculpin, and one barracuda.

OXNARD TO SANTA BARBARA UPDATE: Winds continue to hamper the fishing for the sportboats fishing the northern Channel Islands, and there have been no reports of yellowtail or white seabass this week.

At Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard, the Island Tak had nine anglers on its Wednesday full-day trip, and they landed 14 whitefish, 13 sheephead, 11 calico bass, and 10 assorted rockfish on a trip looking for yellowtail and seabass. The Speed Twin had 36 anglers on its Wednesday half-day, and they caught 245 rockfish, 11 whitefish, and five sculpin.

At Hookís Sporfishing in Oxnard, the Coroloma had 13 anglers on Tuesday three-quarter day trip, and they landed 130 rockfish and one whitefish.

At Ventura Sportfishing in Ventura, the Amigo had 22 anglers on its full-day trip Monday, and they landed limits of 220 assorted rockfish and limits of 44 lingcod.

At Sea Landing in Santa Barbara, the Stardust had a half-day trip Wednesday, and the 19 anglers on board landed bottomfish limits with 118 red snapper and 72 other assorted rockfish.

CENTRAL COAST ROCKFISH UPDATE: The rockfish bite on the Central Coast for Avila Beach and Morro Bay landings has been very good with some bouts of wind over the past week.

At Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach, the Phenix had nine anglers on Tuesdayís full-day trip, and they landed 44 assorted rockfish, 42 red snapper, and four bocaccio for limits. They also had one lingcod.

At Virgís Landing in Morro Bay, the Fiesta had 18 anglers on its three-quarter day trip Tuesday, and they landed 100 red snapper, 44 assorted rockfish, and one lingcod. The Monday trip with 28 anglers produced 230 red snapper and 50 other rockfish.

At Morro Bay Landing, the Avenger had 35 anglers on its three-quarter day trip, and they landed 300 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 or call 562-352-0012 for details.

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