*** FISH REPORT FRIDAY, November 20th***
Thank you to all the great anglers out there who help contribute to Bakersfield’s only local fishing report. Please don’t forget to send us your best catches of the week to be featured in next week’s report.
Striper fishing has been great, and anglers are catching good numbers with some monster sized fish being reported too. Another 30 plus pound striper was caught Thursday at the aqueduct on a double fluke rig. The bait anglers are doing very well using sardines, anchovies, jumbo live minnows, and bloodworms while the lures anglers have been clobbering them with white jerkbaits, topwater, and Flukes. Many early morning anglers have reported quick limits at the usual spots along the southern aqueduct. Catfish anglers are scoring decent numbers as well. They have been using sardines, anchovies, and dip bait. The largemouth bass were fair with anglers doing the best using small swimbaits, drop shot, and shaky heads.
The lake held at 17 percent of capacity this week. The quality bass action made a great showing this week with many fish over 5 pounds making there presence. Dylan Newell of Bakersfield headed out on Tuesday and landed an 8 lbs bass off Rocky Point with a green pumpkin jig. A few other local anglers reported nice bags of fish to 10 lbs. This week the larger model fish have come on jigs, swimbaits, big worms and crankbaits. The catfish bite remains steady and they can be found on Dip Baits, mackerel, and shrimp. Crappie can still be found but the bite is a little tougher. The best bet is to find the right structure holding fish and they’re coming on live minnows or minijigs. No trout reports this week.
Lake Nacimiento remained near 24 percent of capacity, and fishing is good for spotted bass. Anglers are fooling them in deeper water using drop shot, Neko rigs, and jigs. The bite has been in the 15 to 30 zone. Vertical spoons dropped on schooling fish are also taking some decent spotted and white bass. Catfish are biting anchovies, chicken liver, and dip bait. Panfish can be taken over deeper structure with crappie jigs and live worms.
The water level fell to 76 percent of capacity with water temperatures in the mid-sixties. Bass fishing has been hit or miss for anglers as the water level continues to fluctuate. One reliable option has been to use drop shot or Carolina rigged small plastics on main lake points. Otherwise, spoons, jerkbaits, and square bill crankbaits are scoring some decent bass. The striper have been responding the best to trolled spoons, umbrella rigs and flies. However, some anglers reported an emerging bait bite on sardines in 40 to 60 feet of water. Catfish are eating garlic nightcrawlers, cut baits, and dip baits in deeper coves around the lake.
Pyramid held at 93 percent of capacity with water temperatures in the mid to low sixties. The last cold front put a damper on the bass bite, but anglers are working finesses plastics near the dying weed beds and main lake points for some decent catches. Drop shot, Texas rigs and Senkos are still working the best, but deep diving crankbaits are also getting bites. Striper are taking Kastmasters and umbrella rigs on the troll. Bait anglers are catching a few striper on sardines, anchovies, and bloodworms. The catfish bite has been excellent with one angler reporting a 13 pound whisker fish. Catfish anglers have been using sardines, anchovies, night crawlers and dip bait in deeper coves around the lake.
Fishing in the Upper Kern has been great for some and slower for others. Fly anglers have been scoring fish with caddis in the afternoon. In the 20 mile stretch anglers have had success with salmon eggs, crickets and worms. The fish are a little sluggish since the water temps have cooled considerably. The Upper Kern was stocked this week in Section 4, Powerhouse #3 to Riverside Park in Kernville and Section 5, Fairview Dam to Lazy River Lodge. The Lower Kern bass bite remains steady on crankbaits, jigs and spinners. Catfish can be found on dip baits, nightcrawlers and cut baits. At the time of reporting, the Upper Kern River was flowing at 213 CFS and the Lower Kern River was flowing at 188 CFS.
The lake remained at a very low level, so watch for obstructions when motoring. Bass fishing has been fair, but some anglers are reporting limits. The bass have been biting spoons and finesses plastics. Rocky structure or main lake points have been the best places to concentrate your efforts. Catfish anglers have been catching decent numbers of whisker fish using cut baits, chicken liver, and dip bait.
Lake Success remained near 7 percent of capacity, and bass fishing is fair. Anglers have been using finesses plastics, spoons, and crankbaits to boat a few bass. Main lake points and rocky structure continue to hold most of the fish. Vertical spoons have been effective after using electronics to locate schools of bass. Catfish anglers are getting bite using sardines, dip bait, and chicken liver.
Catfish are currently the best bet at BV with anglers catching a lot of smaller catfish. The numbers are good, and it’s a fun time with the kids. Anglers are using chicken liver, cut baits, and dip bait, and some larger whisker fish have been reported on shrimp. Bass and panfish have been slow, but anglers have used finesses plastics and live worms to land a few. Now it’s time for the good news. Lake Evans has been stocked with Golden Rainbow Trout and Rainbow Trout! Lake Evans will be open for anglers on November 24th. Until then Lake Evans remains closed to allow the trout to acclimate. Last year Mouse Tails, minijigs, Powerbait and garlic scented nightcrawlers all worked well for bites. Good Luck!
Fishing was fair at Hart Park, but anglers are catching bass, catfish, and panfish. The bass have been biting drop shot, small jigs, and the occasional crankbait. The catfish are eating cut baits, chicken liver, and dip bait, and the bluegill are biting any live worm.
Fishing has been fair for anglers at Truxtun Lake. The bass anglers have been getting bites using Senkos, drop shot, and spider jigs. Catfish were eating chicken liver, anchovies, and dip bait. Bluegill are biting redworms and mealworms floated under a bobber.
The first trout plant of the season at Ming is scheduled for next week, November 22nd. The bass bite has been steady on jigs, worms and crankbaits. Bluegill can be taken on wax worms, meal worms and red worms. Carp can be found on dough baits and small catfish can be caught with dip baits and mackerel.
The first trout plant of the season at Riverwalk is scheduled for next week, November 22nd. The bass action has improved in the late afternoon on reaction baits, jigs and soft plastics. Bluegill can be caught with live worms.
Week of November 15th – Upper Kern River Sections 4 and 5, Buena Vista Lake
Week of November 22nd — Upper Kern River Sections 5 and 6, Riverwalk Park, Ming lake, Bright valley Reservoir.
The Game Changer returned Thursday from a 2.5 Day Trip with 6 anglers catching 9 Bluefin Tuna ( 1 @ 302 pounds, 7 @ 150-195 pounds, 1 @ 20 pounds). The San Diego finished their full day trip Wednesday with 160 Yellowtail (limits), 2 Skipjack and 12 Dorado for their 34 Full Day anglers. The Outrider returned Thursday with 3 Bluefin Tuna (Up to 200#) from their 2.5 day trip for 9 anglers.
The Amigo out of 22nd Street Landing returned Wednesday from a 1.5 day with 16 anglers and 9 California Sheephead, 6 Yellowtail, 1 Cabezon, 2 Sculpin, 3 Ling cod, 12 Ocean Whitefish, 160 Rockfish and 35 Bonito. The Freelance out of Davey’s Locker returned Wednesday from a ¾ day trip with 100 Rockfish, 3 Sheephead, 225 Bonito, 1 Ling cod and 35 Ocean Whitefish for 45 anglers.
The Gentleman out of Channel Islands Sportfishing returned Wednesday with 200 Rockfish, 50 Ocean Whitefish and 4 California Sheephead for 25 anglers on a ¾ day trip. The New Hustler out of Ventura Sportfishing picked up 200 Rockfish, 188 Ocean Whitefish, 2 California Halibut, 1 California Sheephead and 9 Ling Cod for 20 anglers.
*Port San Luis/Morro Bay*
The Flying Fish out of Patriot Sportfishing returned Wednesday with 7 Red, 1 Copper, 2 Cabezon, 1 Bolina, 9 Lingcod and 71 assorted rockfish for 15 anglers on a ½ day trip. The Fiesta out of Virg’s Landing returned Wednesday from a ¾ day with 20 Red, 1 Ling Cod and 100 Assorted Rockfish for 18 anglers.