***FISH REPORT FRIDAY, August 17***
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THIS WEEK’S HOT SPOT
Anglers reported days with wide open striper boils from shore and out on the water with success using topwater, swimbaits and spoons. Stripers are also taking cut baits like fresh frozen sardines and anchovies. The bass action continues to be good with an occasional larger model bass being caught on wake baits and walking baits in the early morning hours. The best action has been in the 20- to 30-foot depths on 5 inch watermelon/pumpkin senkos, 3 to 4 inch ned worms in holographic shad pattern and 4 ½- to 6- inch Roboworms on drop-shot or Carolina rig. The bluegill bite is good on wax worms and meal worms at Dry Gulch and the Firebreak. A few decent sized catfish were reported on cut baits.
The lake level continues to drop as more water is released into the Lower Kern River. The catfish bite is good with fish to 12 pounds being reported on Sonny’s Dip Bait, Clams and night crawlers. The bass bite has been decent in deeper water on crankbaits, stickbaits and jigs. The trout action is fair for anglers fishing the auxiliary dam and camp 9 on power bait, night crawlers and spinners. Boat anglers are getting a few fishing needlefish on lead core line around the auxiliary dam. A few crappie are showing on live minnows and crappie jigs with nibbles. The carp bite is fair on dough baits.
The Upper Kern River was last stocked with trout four weeks ago in Section 4, Powerhouse #3 to Riverside Park in Kernville; section 5, Fairview Dam to Lazy River Lodge; section 6, Johnsondale Bridge to Fairview Dam. The trout action has been fair to good with an occasional trophy trout being taken. The top baits last week were salmon eggs, crickets, and spinners. The Upper Kern at Kernville is flowing at 202 CFS and the lake is releasing 1094 CFS to the Lower Kern. The bass and catfish action in the Lower Kern River is fair.
The striped bass action is fair for anglers that are able to fish through the moss. Anglers fly-lining fresh frozen sardines, bloodworms and chicken liver have had the best luck. Flukes and gitzits with finesse tactics off the bottom have been working in the early morning hours. The catfish bite has been decent in the evening with cutbaits for fish over 10 pounds being reported. The largemouth bass action is fair to good for anglers fishing crankbaits and weightless senko’s.
Dangerous levels of blue-green algae continue to plague this lake. Anglers are reminded to avoid eating any fish taken from here until the levels get back in the normal ranges. Small boils have been producing some stripers on topwater, swimbaits and spoons. Anglers fishing sardines, nightcrawlers and lugworms have had great success. Topwater action along the banks and boat dock have been getting a mix of both largemouth and smallmouth bass. The catfish action is good with the top baits being mackerel, chicken liver and anchovies fishing in deep water and coves. Bluegill action is fair to good on worms.
-Buena Vista Lakes-
The catfish action is the best bet here using dip baits, anchovies, nightcrawlers and chicken liver. Many of the fish are small, but an occasion double digit fish is taken. The Largemouth bass action is fair for anglers fishing weedy areas in deeper water with creature baits, senkos, and weedless jigs. The bluegill are taking wax worms and meal worms.
The catfish bite picked up with a nice 13 pound channel catfish caught by Ivery Sheppard of Bakersfield this week. The bass action is fair on weightless senkos and crankbaits. The bluegill bite is fair on wax worms and meal worms. The carp action has been decent on dough baits.
The bluegill bite is very good at both lakes on meal worms and red worms. The bass action is fair to good at the amphitheater lake on senkos and soft plastics.
The bass bite has been fair to good on senkos, crankbaits and small swimbaits. The carp bite is fair on dough baits. Bluegill action is very good on meal worms and wax worms fly-lined or under a bobber.
-Hart Park Lake-
The bass action is fair on senko’s, soft plastics and crankbaits. The bluegill bite is good on wax worms and meal worms under a bobber. The catfish action is fair to good on cut bait and night crawlers. Carp bite is fair to good with dough bait.
The lake continues to fall, but it hasn’t stopped the bass bite. The bass action has been good for anglers fishing topwater and crankbaits in the early morning. Holographic shad roboworms and Texas rigged senkos have been working with finesse tactics. The crappie action is fair on crappie jigs with or without nibbles. The bluegill are fair to good on worms and the catfish bite is fair on cut baits and dip baits.
Anglers fishing topwater in the early morning have had good success for some decent sized bass. After the early morning bite anglers are fishing 20- to 30-foot depths using small swimbaits, senkos and 4 ½ ” hologram shad roboworms. A few crappie are being taken on live minnows and crappie jigs with or without nibbles. The bluegill action is good on worms with some decent sized fish coming out.
The bite continues to be very good for both spotted and white bass in the early to late morning. Anglers fishing small poppers, shallow diving crankbaits and spinnerbaits have been doing well early, while using spoons, soft plastics and crappie jigs for the later morning bite. Overall the action has been excellent before all the boaters hit the lake around 10 a.m.
Bluefin, Yellowfin, Yellowtail and Dorado are all within a full day boats range. The trophy bluefin tuna over 200 lbs continue to feed around San Clemente island. Cortez and Tanner banks have been great for smaller bluefin and decent sized yellowtail. Limits of Yellowtail with some over 30 lbs and Dorado have been the hot bite at the kelp paddies. The F/V Top Gun 80 out of H & M Landing had 24 bluefin tuna with 6 over 150 lbs and 18 over 200 lbs with the largest at 293 lbs on Monday.
The yellowtail and White Sea bass action continues to be decent out at the islands. The F/V Island Tak out of Channel Islands Sportfishing finished their full day trip with 7 Yellowtail and 55 Calico Bass for their 11 anglers on Thursday. Surf perch fishing continues to be good for anglers using sand worms and sand crabs.
*Port San Luis/Moro Bay*
Rock fishing is excellent with limits of rockfish and a few decent Ling cod being reported. The F/V Rita G out of Virg’s Landing returned with 75 vermilion, 12 copper, 2 bocaccio, 187 assorted Rockfish and 1 ling cod for their 26 anglers on a ½ day boat Thursday. The F/V Patriot out of Patriot Sportfishing returned with 38 Vermillion Rockfish, 9 copper, 4 canary, 7 bocaccio, 111 assorted rock fish and 2 Lingcod for 17 anglers on Thursday.