Western and Eastern Sierra, Los Angeles Lakes
CARP DERBY: Bob’s Bait Bucketís annual month-long carp derby is ongoing through August. 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. The biggest caro weighed in during August will take the $100 prize, plus all the entry fee money from everyone entered. No entries so far. The July catfish derby was won with a 30-pounder caught out of Buena Vista Lakes by Joe Crompton, Bakersfield. He won a $195 prize. For more information or to register, call Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.
LAKE ISABELLA: There continues to be a fair to good catfish bite on with the best bite on clams and mackerel this past week. Also still fish being caught on chicken liver and dip baits. Most cats up into the six pounds, occasionally a bigger fish. Other species have been slow with very little fishing pressure with the heat. Some bluegill and bass reported, but mostly slow action. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.
KERN RIVER: The Kern River has been very good for trout with weekly plants in sections 4 through 6 (above Isabella). This may be the last week of plants. The quality of the planted trout has been fair to good with a lot of two to four-pound class rainbows mixed in with the pan-sized fish. Best bite on the planted trout has been spinners, crickets, and salmon eggs. For fly anglers, the bite is fair to good, especially in the upper river near Johnsondale Bridge for wild fish. Lots of different surface action and hatches now. Flows have dropped to about 200 cfs coming into Isabella and around 500 cfs below the dam. In the lower river trout are spotty, but a few bass and catfish are starting to show as flows make this stretch more fishable. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Very mossy which makes fishing tough, but the bite for catfish remains pretty good for the diligent anglers working through the problems. Still lots of two to five pounders. The best action has been on sardines, chicken liver, and dip baits. Other species have slowed to nothing. 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: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.
MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: Very slow.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Very slow overall fishing with only an occasional bluegill being caught. Also an occasional bass or carp.
HART PARK LAKE: Fair bluegill action with the best bite on wax worms, meal worms, crickets, and red worms. Slow bass action on Senkos, brush hawgs, plastics, small jigs, minnows or nightcrawlers early in the morning. Only the odd catfish reported.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Slow fishing and light fishing pressures. Only a few bluegill reported. Other species even slower.
MING LAKE: The bluegill action is fair. Most fish are showing on meal worms, wax worms, and crickets. Also a very slow bass bite on live minnows, plastic worms, and swim baits early in the day.
BRITE LAKE: A few bluegill and small crappie, otherwise a very slow bite.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bluegill bite is fair on was worms, red worms, and meal worms. There is also a slow bite on small catfish with most anglers fishing dip baits, but a 30-pounder was caught by Joe Crompton, Bakersfield, to top of his stringer. Other species very slow with only the odd bass. Fishing information: Bobís Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Overall slow fishing with few reports. Some bluegill on the usual baits. Other species very slow.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite has been fair on plastics and reaction baits. Bluegill good in some coves, and the odd catfish has been reported. The new marina is in operation. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish showing on drop-shot plastics, and some on reaction baits and topwater early in the day. Fair to good bluegill action, but most fish smaller. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.
LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES
CACHUMA: The catfish and bass bites both have remained good this week. The catfish are best in the east end on cut bait and nightcrawlers in five to 10 feet of water. Most of the fish are running about a pound, with some to 10 pounds this week. The bass have been good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and a wide variety of shad-like baits from cranks to spinnerbaits to spoons, especially in brown and copper tones, and topwater. Fish to five pounds reported. There continues to be a few trout showing at the dam for trollers working Needlefish-type lures or drifting bait in deep water in the same area. Crappie are mostly slow, while the bluegill bite has been pretty good. The carp bite is good on dough baits along most shorelines. Bow-fishing opportunities are good again in the mornings. 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: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good, with topwater, reaction baits and plastics all getting the fish, especially early and late in the day. Jaylen Cox, Carson, had a four-pound bass. The bluegill and redear continue to show in good numbers on red worms or nightcrawler pieces around the grass beds. Catfish are also fair on live shad or cut mackerel. Sebastian Hernandez, Oxnard, landed a 9-8 cat fishing a nightcrawler. Carp are still slow to fair on dough baits. Crappie and trout very slow. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. The Santa Ana launch ramp remains closed due to low water, but the Coyote ramp is open. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.
CASTAIC: The water level continues to come up and hit 80 percent of capacity this past week. The striper bite has been fair to good with more fish moving up to chase baitfish, with boils most mornings now and some fish on top throughout the day. Topwater, cranks, and other reaction baits that resemble shad are the best bet for the two to four pounders, but trollers are getting a lot of smaller fish under two pounds. Drifting lug worms or sardines is also a good bet. Guide Bob Caffey continues to hammer stripers them with his clients. More information at www.troutonly.net. The largemouth bass has been slow this past week with only a few fish busting shad early in the mornings. Some fish later in the day on Senkos and plastics. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in six to 25 feet of water, and some nice stringers are starting to be posted with more anglers targeting these fish. Other species are slow. Water level continues to come up. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.
PIRU: The bluegill bite is good on red worms, wax worms and meal worms in less than 15 feet of water. Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish on reaction baits that imitate shad. Fish to four pounds reported. Brief windows of topwater action most mornings. The crappie bite is off with no fish reported recently. Catfish still slow with only the odd fish reported on cut bait in 20 to 60 feet of water. Other species are very slow. The launch ramp is open. Water level is very low and boater should be aware that lake hazards exist with the low lake levels. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.
PYRAMID: Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on cut baits, but also some fish on slow-trolled lures and flies or umbrella rigs. There is also some surface action early in the day. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. A few catfish are showing on cut baits and this bite has improved in the past week with fair action. Largemouth bass have been fair to good with the topwater bite kicking into gear most mornings and evenings now. Day action is best on plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are fair to good on small jigs topped with baits or half a nightcrawler fished around structure in six to 20 feet of water. DFG trout plant two weeks ago. A few trout reported around the marina. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. 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 the web site at campone.com.
LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: The urban trout season is over until winter plants, and the DFW has not been planting catfish due to cutbacks in its hatchery budget. Anglers can check the plants list on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.
GENERAL UPDATE: The general trout season is open through Nov. 15. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.
TOP NEWS: Fishing improved throughout the region in recent days as the weather cooled. Most of the roadside waters are getting weekly DFW trout plant areas, and those areas remain good. The top action: The West Walker River is good for both fly and spin anglers. Bridgeport Reservoir is very good with a lot of limits of fish to four pounds for bait, troll, and fly anglers. Crowley Lake has continued to produce a lot of rainbows and cutthroats from 20 to 24-inches for fly anglers fishing midges and tiny perch fry imitations. Grant Lake right where Rush Creek dumps in and Silver Lake have both been good this week. The East Walker Riverís flows have been down around 125 feet per second this week, which is a pretty good flow, but the bite is still tough. The Virginia Lakes are good to excellent and probably deserve to be in the top picks. All the lakes in the June Lake loop have been better this week, not just Grant and Silver. Lundy Lake is fair, and the backcountry above the lake is good for day-hike and back-pack anglers. The lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin are fair at best, but Convict Lake continues fair to good and there was a stock of trophy trout two weeks ago -- and those fish continue to show. The Rock Creek drainage is fair, but the backcountry is very good for small fish. The Bishop Creek drainage is generally fair to good, and many of the backcountry lakes are opening up and there is good fishing for day-hike and backpacking anglers. Top spots include North Lake and Intake II after DFW plants. Sabrina is full for the first time since 2011 and has been very good again over the past week with a lot of limits and two to four-pound trout. South Lake is higher than it has been in four years and rental boats are available, but fishing is still just fair, at best. Weir Pond has been a top spot for fly anglers fishing dry flies early and late. Mosquitos are a problem throughout the region.
BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Kenís Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.
JUNE LAKE LOOP-LEE VINING REGION: Information: Silver Lake Resort at 760-648-7726 or at silverlakeresort.net or Ernieís Tackle at 760-648-7756.
MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.
BISHOP AND BIG PINE 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.