STRIPER DERBY: Bobís Bait Bucketís annual month-long catfish derby is ongoing through July. The entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in a fish. Only fresh fish can be weighed in and no weighing in of fish the same day as entering derby. Entry fee is $1 per angler and all money goes into the winner-take-all pot that starts with $100 from Bobís. There are currently 204 signed up ($304 pot) and the current leader is still David Kiel, Bakersfield, with a 15-pounder. For more information or to register, call Bobís Bait at 661-833-8657.
LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite has been good to excellent in the South Fork arm of the lake with a lot of fish from two to six pounds with a couple of double digit fish reported in the past week. The best bait has been super meal worms (the 2 1/2- to three-inch supers) fished in conjunction with marshmallows or clams. Also some fish showing on anchovies or sardines. There was a general upturn in the fishing here this past week and a smattering of trout, bass, bluegill, and even crappie were reported. The trout were best at the dam on deeply-fished baits and lures, while the bass are showing around any piece of structure. The few crappie being caught on showing on small jigs and shiners fished around trees or other structure from float tubes or small boats. The largemouth have been best early in the morning on topwater or reaction baits. Bluegill are fair to good on meal worms, wax worms, or red worms. For fishing information: Bobís Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.
KERN RIVER: The lower river is very low (200 cfs), but the bite on largemouth bass has been very good with fish to four pounds, especially in the stretch behind Hart Park and Ming Lakes. The bite has been best on small reaction baits, plastics, and nightcrawlers. Also some smallmouth in this bite. The catfish are fair to good in the bigger pools, mostly on clams. Slow to fair trout action in the upper river with no recent trout plants and none slated. A few holdover hatchery rainbows are showing on salmon eggs and crickets, while the wild trout are showing in decent numbers for fly anglers, especially in the upper river from the Johnsondale Bridge upstream. Rains colored up the upper river and made the bite even tougher over the weekend and into this week. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The bite is still good for catfish with the best bite on blood worms, lug worms, sardines, super meal worms, and mackerel. Best bite at night. The bluegill are fair with some flurries of good action early and late in the day on crickets, wax worms, or meal worms. The few stripers showing have been landed on lug and blood worms. Largemouth slow. Anglers are reminded the limit on stripers is two fish greater than 18 inches, while the largemouth limit is five fish greater than 12 inches. Information: Bobís Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Carp are showing in fair to good numbers on dough baits, and the bluegill bite is good on wax worms and meal worms. A few bass on Senkos, plastics, and nightcrawlers in the evenings.
HART PARK LAKE: Lake level is still full. The carp and bass bites have been fair to good. Bass are best on plastic worms, nightcrawlers, live minnows, and Senko-type baits. The carp are best on dough baits or corn. The bluegill bite is good on meal worms and wax worms. Crappie are slow.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Fair to good action on largemouth bass on live minnows, Senkos, and Brush Hawgs, especially at night, while carp and bluegill are both pretty good. The carp are best on dough baits, especially Powder Bait, while the bluegill are good on wax worms, meal worms, or red worms.
MING LAKE: Water level still good. The bass action is fair on reaction baits, nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. The carp bite has been good on Powder Bait and other dough bait mixtures. The bluegill bite has come on strong with the heat and the bite is good on meal worms and wax worms. Crappie remain slow. Water levels will start dropping here as the water is drawn down for other uses (keeping the golf course and soccer fields green and keeping water in Hart Park Lake).
BRITE LAKE: Few crappie reports, but the bluegill bite has been fair with a few bigger fish to a pound still showing. Best action on wax worms or meal worms. The bass action has been slow to fair with the best bite on plastics and small jigs.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Busy on weekends, with pretty good action on bluegill but just fair catfish action. The bluegill are showing on wax worms, meal worms, and red worms. Some anglers using the new super meal worms are getting bigger bluegill. Catfish have been best on super meal worms (the three-inchers) and cut mackerel, sardines, or anchovies. Carp have been good on Powder Bait, and a few bass are showing Lake Webb on Senkos, Brush Hawgs, live minnows, plastic worms, and nightcrawlers. No crappie reports. Information: Bobís Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: The bass and bluegill bites are fair, but there have been few reports.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite has been fair to good on plastic worms and lizards or jigs with trailers fished along the bottom. Best action has been early in the morning with some topwater. A few bluegill are showing on wax worms or crickets, and the odd catfish has been reported. Lake levels continue to fall and the lake is only 9 percent capacity.
KAWEAH LAKE: Bass action has been tough with the water level falling steadily and most of the fish are suspended. There is, however, a decent topwater bite early in the morning, and a few fish are showing on plastic fished on the bottom. A few catfish are showing at night on cut baits and nightcrawlers. Few reports of other species. Lake is now only 22 percent of capacity. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212. For updated fishing reports, go to the Fresno Bee report at http://www.fresnobee.com/fishing/index.html.