*** FISH REPORT FRIDAY, September 11th***
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Nacimiento dropped to 28 percent of capacity, and water temperatures are in the80s. The spotted bass and white bass bite continued last week with anglers doing well on topwater, jerkbaits, underspins, or spoons. Tossing those baits to the edges of the boils has led to 30 plus fish days for many anglers. Fishing finesses plastics in 10 to 30 feet of water is also working for spotted bass. The best colors are hologram Shad, Ox Blood and Aaron’s Magic. The catfish are biting well on sardines, mackerel, and dip bait. The crappie bite is decent in 20 feet of water on small live minnows and crappie jigs.
The striped bass bite slowed a bit last week, but with cooler temperatures ahead the bite should pick back up. Angler reports indicate that striper are biting well early or late in the day. The best option has been to fish cut sardines, lug worms, or jumbo live minnows. However, the usual lineup of lures did take striper too. Flukes on a jig head, tube baits, and jerkbaits all scored bites. Swimbaits on an under-spin also took a fair number of linesides last week. More anglers took advantage of cooler nighttime temperatures, and as a result the catfish numbers were solid. The catfish were biting dip baits, sardines, anchovies, and chicken liver. The bass bite was fair last week, but anglers continued to pull bass from the weed beds. Senkos, drop shot and topwater were the baits of choice.
Castaic Lake remained at 90 percent of capacity, and water temperatures are in the low eighties. Bass fishing is good with anglers scoring on topwater, jerkbaits, and finesses plastics. The topwater and crankbaits are working in the mornings, and drop shot, Ned rigs, and Senkos are working out deeper for the remainder of the day. Shad imitations and Aaron’s Magic are still the favorite colors for finesses tactics, but Green Pumpkin or Watermelon are the favored colors for Senko style baits. There are striper boils early and late in the day, and anglers are getting bite on topwater, jerkbaits, Kastmasters, and flukes. Trolling deep diving jerkbaits and umbrellas is working mid-day. Catfish anglers are getting bit on sardines, chicken liver, and nightcrawlers in coves. Bluegill and redear sunfish are biting wax worms, redworms and meal worms near submerged cover.
Pyramid Lake held at 92 percent of capacity, and the water clarity is improving. The water temperatures remain in the low eighties. Bass anglers are doing well using topwater in the mornings, and then they are switching to plastics for the rest of the day. Drop shot, Ned rigs, and Senkos are working in 15 to 30 feet of water near main lake points, and Texas rigs and flukes are getting bite in the weed beds. The best colors have been Green Pumpkin, shad, and brown. The striper bite was a little slower last week, but anglers did catch a few on topwater, A-rigs, and weightless flukes. Striper are also falling for trolled umbrella rigs and deep diving jerkbaits. Catfish are biting cut baits, dip baits, and nightcrawlers in deeper water around the lake.
The Upper Kern River continues to a a fairly solid trout bite along the 20 mile stretch. One of the best bets is to move along the river until you find a hole that’s holding fish. Its been fished hard this summer, but there’s still plenty of fish in here. Riverside Park remains a good option and usually holds a good number of fish from the stocking. Anglers have been scoring trout on salmon eggs, nightcrawlers, mice tails and small spinners. The Lower Kern River is producing Smallmouth and largemouth bass on senkos, crankbaits, and soft plastics on drop-shot. Catfish can be found on dip baits, nightcrawlers and cutbaits. At the time of reporting, the Upper Kern River was flowing at 136 CFS and the Lower Kern River was flowing at 281 CFS. The last plant in the Upper Kern was a week ago in the following areas, Section 4, Powerhouse #3 to Riverside Park in Kernville; Section 5, Fairview Dam to Lazy River Lodge;
The lake dropped slightly this week to just below 19 percent capacity. The lake level is pretty low and the bass have moved into the rocky shorelines and shallow water flats. The reaction bite has been solid in the morning and late afternoon in depths of 5 to 25-feet of water. A few better quality bass were caught on crankbaits early. Top water, spinnerbaits, Jigs and big plastic worms have all been working pretty good during the prime fishing times. The catfish bite hasn’t slowed much and continue to be one of the best options here. We have had good reports of whiskerfish around the dam and French Gulch with Triple S Dip Bait, nightcrawlers and mackerel. Crappie are showing at Red’s marina with live minnows or minijigs. No reports on trout this week.
Kaweah dropped to 7 percent of capacity, and the bass are holding deep off main lake point and over rocky structure. Deep diving crankbaits, topwater, and finesses plastics are fooling bass. The reaction baits are working in the mornings and evenings. Then anglers are switching to drop shot and jigs. Catfishing anglers are catching a few whisker fish on sardines, dip bait, and chicken liver.
Lake Success dropped to 9 percent of capacity, and fishing has been fair. The bass are biting crankbaits, jigs, and the drop shot. Deep diving crankbaits and topwater are getting a few bites, but most of the action is found on plastics in 20 to 30 feet of water. Catfish are biting cut baits, night crawlers, and dip bait.
High temperatures slowed the number of fishing reports, but those anglers who braved the heat caught catfish, bass, and bluegill. The catfish were eating sardines, shrimp, nightcrawlers, and dip bait at Lake Evans, and the bluegill were biting redworms, wax worms, and meal worms under a bobber in both lakes. The bass in Buena Vista held tight to cover again last week, and some anglers managed to get bite on jigs and Senkos. Pitching offerings into the cattails was the key to finding biters.
At Hart Park bass anglers are landing bass on Senkos, drop shot, top water, and jigs. The Senkos and jigs are working well near cover, and the drop shot is best fished slowly in deeper water. Last week the topwater bite was decent in the evenings and early mornings on poppers. The catfish are biting dip baits, cut baits, and chicken liver. Bluegill are eating any live worm.
Truxtun Lake produced numerous bluegill last week. Anglers reported that the bluegill were biting redworms aggressively, but they were taking wax worms and meal worms as well. Bass anglers reported fair fishing on drop shot, Senkos, and jigs. There’s also a topwater bite in the mornings and evenings. One angler reported catching a 4lb bass on a buzzbait at night. Catfish anglers are doing the best after dark using dip baits, sardines, and night crawlers.
Quality bass have been showing with one local angler scoring multiple fish to five pounds over the last couple weeks. The best action has been with crankbaits, senkos and jigs. Bluegill action is very good on red worms, meal worms and wax worms under a bobber. A few catfish have been taken on Dip baits and cut baits.
The bass bite has been decent in the early morning and late afternoons. Most of the action is on soft plastics on drop-shot. Topwater action is fair in the mornings and evenings, and crankbaits are getting bit early. The bluegill are biting redworms.
Week of August 30th to September 5th — Upper Kern River Sections 4 and 5
On Thursday the Pacific Queen called in with 113 Bluefin Tuna (40 to 150 lbs.) and 43 Yellowtail (15 to 30 lbs.) and 5 yellowfin (40 to 75 lbs.) for Day 3 on their 3.5 Day Charter. The Pegasus returned with LIMITS of Bluefin Tuna (30 to 85 lbs.) for 18 anglers on their 1.5 day trip. The Outrider returned with 15 Bluefin Tuna (up to 60#) and 11 Yellowfin Tuna (up to 50#) for 11 anglers on their 1.5 Day Trip. The Pacific Dawn returned with LIMITS of Yellowfin Tuna (95) and LIMITS of Dorado (38) for 19 anglers on their 1.5 day trip.
The Gentleman out of Channel Islands Sportfishing returned Thursday with 70 Ocean Whitefish, 3 Yellowtail and 30 Calico Bass for 8 anglers on a ¾ day trip. The Estella out of Ventura Sportfishing returned Thursday with 10 Rockfish, 60 Ocean Whitefish and 3 California Sheephead for 11 anglers.
*Port San Luis/Morro Bay*
The Flying Fish out of Patriot Sportfishing returned Thursday with 16 Red, 6 Copper, 2 Ling cod, 1 Ocean whitefish and 128 assorted rockfish for 15 anglers on a ½ day trip. The Flying Fish returned Thursday from a ½ day with 15 Red, 7 Copper and 58 Assorted Rockfish for 8 anglers. The Fiesta out of Virg’s Landing returned Thursday from a ¾ day trip with 20 Red, 2 Ocean Whitefish and 168 assorted rockfish for 19 anglers.