Bluegill and catfish action fair at Buena Vista
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JIM MATTHEWS'S PICKS OF THE WEEK
1. The California Aqueduct remains the top pick for the good to excellent catfish action that just hasn't slowed down. The action is best at night in both the Antelope Valley and the southern San Joaquin valley stretches. The best bite throughout has been on lug or blood worms fished alone or mixed with chicken liver or other cut bait and drifted along the bottom, especially in areas where the flow is constricted, interrupted, or bends. Adding a scent also increases the number of bites. Cats to 10 pounds reported in both stretches. For updates on this bite, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824 for the Palmdale to Hesperia stretch and Bob's Bait Bucket at 661-833-8657 for the Taft region.
2. Apollo Park Lake's carp and bluegill fishing has continued excellent, and if anything the carp bite improved this past week. The bluegill are great for kids fishing a worm under a bobber, especially mornings and evenings. The carp have been best on dough baits with fish averaging two to five pounds, and carp to 20 pounds have been reported in the past week. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.
3. The fall ocean fishing bite for pelagic tuna is starting early for the San Diego fleet. Limits of yellowfin tuna are already common for the overnight boats running into Mexican waters, and there are good numbers of bluefin, skipjack, and even dorado starting to show on these trips. This will be a good 'get away from the heat' option and a way to fill the freezer with yellowfin fillets. For an update on the bite, check with www.976-tuna.com.
LAKE ISABELLA: The lake level continues falling, down to 45 percent full. It was 52 percent full three weeks ago. The catfish bite has been good on dip baits, shad, mackerel, and clams, especially in the Camp 9 area at night or early and late in the day. A few crappie continue to show but the bite has been very erratic. The action has continued to be on the submerged tree lines with small minnows. The North Fork area is still probably the best area. Ricky Franklin, Bakersfield, had a limit of 25 crappie on minnows up to 1-8 fishing from shore. There's a fair largemouth bite on crankbaits in crawdad colors early and late and then a decent bite on jigs or plastics in deeper water structure. Few trout or carp reports, but the bluegill bite has been slow to fair most coves with mostly small fish now. 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: Flows in the upper river have dropped down to just under 700 cfs this week (about the same as last week), and there is a fair to good trout bite. Trout were planted in section 4 this week and sections 2 through 5 two weeks ago. The bite has been fair to good on crickets, salmon eggs, nightcrawlers, and small spinners. Also improved fly action on the upper river and above the Johnsondale Bridge. Lower river flows were pretty stable but down just a little over the past week at about 1,600 cfs. This is a more fishable level but still very high. Just a few reports of bass and catfish in the bigger pools. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: There is a pretty good bite on catfish on cut baits and dip baits, especially in the Highway 166 area, but all along the aqueduct. Lots of fish on mackerel, blood or lug worms, chicken liver or dip baits fished along the bottom. The good bite on small stripers continues, with a lot of 15 to 17 inchers caught, but very few over the 18-inch minimum keeper size. The best bite has been on blood and sand worms, with a few fish on Flukes. Moss is making the fishing a little tougher. There have also been a lot of schools of smaller largemouth bass moving and taking reaction baits in the past week. 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: The carp and bluegill bites are both pretty good, and the catfish action has also come on pretty strong. Carp have been best on best on Wussy Bait and Powder Bait, while the catfish are showing on nightcrawlers or past baits. The bluegill are showing on crickets and wax worms. Still some bass showing, mostly early and late. In fact, all the bites are best early and late.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Light fishing pressure. The carp and bluegill bites still pretty good most mornings and evenings, and a few bass are being caught early mornings. The carp bite is best on dough baits, especially Wussy Bait and Powder Bait. The bass have been best on plastics and Senko-type baits, and the bluegill are hammering the wax worms or red worms. Information Bob's Bait 661-833-8657.
HART PARK LAKE: The carp and bluegill bites are good. The bass are still fair and they are showing on plastics, jigs, and reaction baits early and late in the day. The bluegill are best on wax and meal worms or red worms. The carp are best on Powder Bait, Wussy Bait, or other dough baits. A few smaller catfish are being reported on cut baits or paste baits.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The carp and bluegill bites are both fair to good, especially at night, but also early and late in the day. The bass remain fair with a few on plastics or swimbaits early in the morning. The carp are best on Wussy Bait, Powder Bait, or a variety of homemade dough baits. The bluegill are showing in fair numbers on wax worms, red worms, crickets, and meal worms.
MING LAKE: Continued very good carp action on Powder Bait and other dough baits, expecially Wussy and Power baits. The bluegill are fair to good, especially early and late in the day on meal, wax, or red worms. The bass are fair on topwater early and then on live minnows and reaction baits.
BRITE LAKE: The bite has been very good on small bass on nightcrawlers or small cranks. Some topwater early and late. There are also some crappie showing on the outside edges of the weed lines. Also still a few trout showing on floating dough baits or MiceTails. The bluegill are pretty good off the rocks on small baits.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Heat has kept a lot of anglers away, but there is a fair catfish and bluegill bite. The catfish are best on cut baits with scents added, but the Triple S bait has been the hot ticket. For the bluegill, wax worms, meal worms, red worms, or nightcrawlers pieces have all be good bets, with some on tiny jigs, especially if tipped with bait. The carp action is also good with fish to eight pounds, but relatively light fishing pressure on the carp. The best bite has been on Powder Bait or other dough baits. Some morning largemouth action, and still the occasional crappie showing. 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: Dropping water levels have scattered the fish or moved the bass out to suspend. The bass action remains fair on reaction baits, with some good surface action on frogs and topwater plugs early. Few crappie reports, but the bluegill action is fair on crickets, wax worms, or meal worms, but finding fish has been the challenge. Catfish are fair on cut baits. The lake level continues to plummet, dropping to just 41 percent this week, down nine percent from last week. 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 lake level continues to come down with the lake at 19 percent full this week, down from 24 percent last week, and 54 percent four weeks ago. The dropping water levels have hammered the bites, but there is a fair bass bite on surface baits, reaction baits, and small swimbaits early mornings on or near the surface. A few bluegill and catfish also showing, but much tougher fishing. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.
HIGH DESERT WATERS
HESPERIA LAKE: The catfish action has remained good thanks to weekly plants on Thursdays. Most of the fish are 1-8 to 2-8, but some big fish have been landed in the past week. Bennie Kilgore, Fontana, landed a 16-pound catfish on shrimp off the east shoreline. Mario and Melissa Meza, Hesperia, teamed up against a 12-pounder and won using mackerel at the drain. Roy Jackson, Victorville, caught a five-cat limit with the best coming in at five pounds, all on nightcrawlers off the east shoreline.
Lake information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.
JESS RANCH LAKES: While the trout bite remains very slow, there are still a few bass showing on Senkos or nightcrawlers off the northern and eastern shores of lake 2 with fish up to four pounds. Bluegill are being caught in pretty decent numbers early and late in the day on meal worms and jigs on western shore of lake 2 and western shore near the pump house. The few trout reported have been in the two-pound range and have been caught on PowerBait, nightcrawlers, Mice Tails, or small jigs, especially off the northern shore of lake two and the grassy point and the eastern logged shore of Lake 3. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.
MOJAVE NARROWS: Weekly catfish plants with most of the fish are in the two to three-pound range. No other reports. Information, call 760-245-2226.
HIGH DESERT WATERS
ANTELOPE VALLEY REGION
APOLLO PARK LAKE: The carp bite is wide open, especially on dough baits with rasins. Lots of two to five-pound carp, and fish to 20 pounds have been reported in the past week. In addition, the bluegill and warmouth bite is still excellent on small fish. Any small bait under a bobber in working. Few catfish reported this past week, but there have been some to five pounds with the duck feeding area on the front lake the hot spot. For more information or updates on plant, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.
JACKSON LAKE (NEAR WRIGHTWOOD): No trout plants in nearly two months, but there have been reports of a few trout showing in the past week, mostly fish topping 12 inches. The action had been on peach PowerBait. The bite on small bluegill remains very good on any small bait suspended under a bobber fished near the weeds. Keep the hook size 14 or smaller. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.
LAKE PALMDALE: There continues to be a good bite for a variety of fish, but there is very light fishing pressure. The largemouth bass have been good on nightcrawlers pitched into holes in the weed beds around all of the docks. The evening catfish bite has been good to excellent for anglers fishing fly-lined cut baits best with a lot of one to three-pounders, but also some holdover and wild fish to 10 pounds. The best action has been on sardines or beef liver doused with Triple X Blood Bait scent with a nightcrawler added for wiggle. Suspending a bait under a bobber so it sits on top of the weeds or fly-lining out gets the same result. The inlet and Catfish Alley or the deep water near the entrance are the best places. The crappie, bluegill, and redear bites have slowed, but that is a weed issue. The carp are good, especially at the back end of the lake. The best bite has been on dough baits with fish to 35 pounds reported. There is a $100 bounty for the angler who catches and weighs in the most poundage of carp each month, and the most recent winner had 735 pounds to win. Call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club for membership and fishing information at 661-947-2884 or go to website at www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.
QUAIL LAKE: There continue to be boiling stripers early mornings in the past week with the fish chasing shad. Most are three to seven pounds and showing on Pencil Popper, Zara Spooks, or Whopper Plopper baits on the surface. Some also on jerk baits. Grey shad and bone colors are best. Some anglers have also been drifting frozen shad at the inlet to get fish. The largemouth bite is very good on nightcrawlers along the 138 side of the lake around the tules. Also some fair topwater, spinnerbait, and small cranks early around the tules. Most fish are one to three pounds with some to five. The catfish bite also remains pretty good for anglers are drifting frozen shad under a slip bobber set so the bait runs six to 15 feet, or big hunks of mackerel with no weight fly-lined at the outlet. Night and early and late in the day have been the best times to fish for the cats. The bluegill bite remains pretty fair along the south shore tules on red worms, wax worms, meal worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces fished under a bobber. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.
CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Hesperia to Quail Lake stretch): The bite just remains wide open throughout the aqueduct, but the more remote areas seem to producing the most and biggest fish. Many anglers have been report five to eight fish for a night of fishing. The cats are running three to 10-plus pounds. The best action has been on chicken liver with Triple X Blood Bait and a nightcrawler or lug worm added for wiggle. There have been a lot of boiling stripers in the evenings until midnight wth most three to seven pounds, but a 17-pounder was reported this past week. Top spots for all species continue to be where the flows change and slow, especially road crossings, weirs, siphons, and where the canal curves. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.
CENTRAL PARK LAKE (CALIFORNIA CITY): There continues to be a good bluegill bite along with a few carp. No catfish or bass reports this week. The bluegill are being caught on the usual array of small baits with red worms perhaps the best. The carp are best on dough baits.
LITTLE ROCK RESERVOIR: No reports again this week. The lake is normally open to walk-in fishing, but the Palmdale Water District has an ongoing sediment removal project and access is restricted at times. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.
SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS
SILVERWOOD: The algae bloom again has Silverwood with a warning against body contact. Fair to good fishing action for stripers and catfish, but the largemouth, bluegill, and crappie are very slow. The catfish are running up to eight pounds and have been best around the marina, off the docks, in Miller Canyon, and at the dam with chicken liver and shrimp the best baits. The stripers have been good for anglers fishing anchovies or sardines at the dam, with some fish topping three pounds reported, but most are smaller. A few largemouth are showing early mornings on topwater and jerk baits in most coves. Silverwood remains high at 93 percent full. Anglers should be aware of health advisories for the consumption of fish from this lake because of high PCB and mercury levels in the fish flesh and skin. Here's the direct link to a PDF brochure explaining consumption recommendations: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pdf_zip/081013KioskadvySilverwood.pdf.
Dock fishing is allowed for $3 for adults, $2 for kids and seniors. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged at Diamond Valley and Perris will be allowed at Silverwood. The park is open seven days a week. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423.
BIG BEAR LAKE: Fair to good trout action if you follow the summer patterns. For shoreline anglers, fishing from sunrise (or before) until 10 or 11 (but earlier is better). Or fish evening from 7 p.m. or after. Top spots are from Old Grays Landing west to the Sandy Beach near the Red House. The average cast from shore will put the bait in 14 to 22 feet of water, which is the depth the trout are hanging out. Sometimes they move even deeper this time of year, so anglers should try west of the buoy line on either the north or south shores. A slip bobber rig can be set to a depth where the fish are suspending. The depth of which an angler suspends his or her bait can be changed by sliding a bobber stop closer or farther from the slip bobber. Some also use a cast-a-bubber filled with water so it sinks slowly and rests on top of the wed beds on the bottom. Using PowerBait and inflated nightcrawlers helps keep the bait above the weeds. Trollers should work the center part of the lake from the buoy line to the SS Relief with three to four colors or more of leadcore line. Other good circuits are the Trout Alley (the Rock Wall to the Zebra Room) and the West Launch Ramp to Old Gray's Landing. A wide variety of small spoons and Rapala-like lures in gold with red or orange highlights are the best baits to troll. The bass are fair on cranks and topwater early, and some panfish are showing on small jigs tipped with meal or wax worms, or just those baits under a bobber. All the lakes' public and private launch ramps are open. For information on fishing, call Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store's Facebook page.
GREGORY LAKE: The most recent DFW trout plant was over a month action. Very slow trout action, but there should be a trout plant this coming week for the derby. What derby? The VFW Auxiliary 9624 Trout Derby will be 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7. Entry is $20 per ticket. Big trout plant before the event For derby info, call 909-553-8200 or 909-338-5385. Lake and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish. Fishing updates are posted infrequently on the park's Facebook page or website.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE: Fair trout action overall, but some real quality rainbows continue to show. The bite is best early and late in the day, and small trout jigs, Mice Tails, trout spoons, inflated nightcrawlers with garlic, and PowerBait in yellow or chartreuse are the best baits. The fish are congregating in the deeper water at the dam. Jess Ranch trout plants are going in most weeks, with plants last week and on tap again this week for the holiday weekend. The 400 pound plants always include 50 pounds of trophy fish. No DFW plants in over a month. The website is www.gvlfishing.com and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.
INTERSTATE 5 LAKES
CASTAIC: The striper bite has been good for stripers boiling in the morning. The key is matching the lure size to the bait size, which means smaller baits. The duration of the boils has been short, but there is good action for a period of time. After that the stripers are best on sand worms, lug worms, blood worms, and frozen shad, Triple X sardines or anchovies in deeper water. The largemouth and smallmouth bass also continued to be fair to good. The bite is on smaller topwater or near-surface baits early and late in the day. Pop-R type lures and Flukes have been best. After the surface flurry, plastics worms and nightcrawlers are best with the fish in most coves. The largemouth are mostly under three pounds. The bluegill action is good along most shoreline structure in four to 20 feet of water on small baits, especially in the lower lake. The trout bite has slowed way down but a few fish are showing for trollers working downriggers or leadcore and small spoons, but some also on PowerBaits, Mice Tails, and inflated inflated garlic nightcrawlers. Almost no pressure on the trout. The lake's elevation is pretty stable, with Castaic 88 percent full this week. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PYRAMID: There has continued to be a good striper bite on the surface most morning, with quite a few limits of stripers to five pounds reported on topwater baits. During the day, trolled umbrella rigs with shad-like baits. Jigging spoons or sardines, anchovies, blood or lug worms, and even nightcrawlers are get the deep bait fish. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites have been good in most coves on soft plastic worms or drop-shot nightcrawlers during the day, with boiling fish on bait balls in the mornings. Flukes and Senkos (rigged weedless) are best on the boiling fish. Most are 1-8 to 3-0. A good number of catfish are also showing on cut baits, especially blood, lug, and sand worms, but frozen sardines, anchovies, and shad are nearly as good, especially when scent is added. The fish are deep in most coves, and the channel along the entrance booth is still a hot spot along with the ramp. The bluegill bite is still fair to good along the shoreline structure on meal worm, wax worms, red worms, and crickets. A few trout continue to show from deeper water in the channel near the front of the lake. Nightcrawlers and PowerBait fished in deep water with long leaders has been the ticket. The algae bloom has been increasing in the past week, but no warmings or closures have been issued. The lake's level is not changing much. It was again 93 percent full this week. 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.
ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado Rivers. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.
FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.
Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com (Mammoth Lakes region), and www.SierraDrifters.com (Bishop and Mammoth Lakes region).
For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW's stocking page at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/.
This week's trout plants: In Kern County, section 4 of the Kern River is slated to get fish. In Inyo County, plants are to go into Baker Creek, Big Pine Creek, Bishop Creek's Middle Fork, South Fork and Intake II, Cottonwood Creek, Georges Creek, Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, Lake Sabrina, Lone Pine Creek, North Lake, Rock Creek Lake, shepherd Creek, South Lake, Symmes Creek, Taboose Creek, Tinnemaha Creek, and Tuttle Creek. In Fresno County, the Kings River below Pine Flat Dam is on the list, along with Mono Creek, Portal Forebay, and the South Fork of the San Joaquin River. No plants scheduled Los Angeles or San Bernardino counties.
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