***FISH REPORT FRIDAY, February 22***
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The water is flowing and should continue most of the year with all the rain we’ve had recently. The striper bite has been fairly good for anglers putting in the time. Most of the fish reported are coming from fresh frozen sardines, jerkbaits and tube baits. Some catfish are being caught on sardines and dip baits.
There is a trout plant scheduled today, February 22, around 400 lbs going in the main lake. This is not part of the derby allotment, but extra fish that got allotted to this lake. The bass bite picked up this past week with most of the fish coming on senko’s. On March 9th the Bakersfield Firefighter’s will be hosting its 8th Annual trout fishing derby and pancake breakfast. There will be over a thousand pounds of trout stocked and the Calaveras Trout Farm will be tagging and stocking 25 rainbow trout from 6 to 10 lbs. The 25 tagged fish have a combined prize over $3000, with a guaranteed $1000 winner with the lowest number tagged trout caught with an event t-shirt at the derby.
Castaic lake was stocked with trout this week. The weather has kept many anglers off the water, but those that have battled the elements have done pretty well. The best action has been with finesse tactics working drop-shots, senkos, roboworms and jigs. The striped bass have remained the top target here with the best action on sardines and anchovies. A few decent catfish have been caught with sardines by anglers targeting stripers.
The Upper Kern River was stocked again this week in both Tulare and Kern County sections. The bite slowed a bit from the recent storms causing the water flows to fluctuate heavily day to day. Mice tails, rooster tails, panther martins and salmon eggs have all big good choices. The following areas were stocked this week; 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 Upper Kern River flows at Kernville are at 839 CFS at the time of reporting and the Lower Kern is approximately 32 CFS.
*Buena Vista Lakes*
The trout bite improved this week and should remain decent for some time with the bimonthly planting. Mice tails, trout worms, Bait-Pro and pretty much all garlic scented power bait have been working well. The bass action is fair but improving with finesse presentations on senko’s.
The bass bite tapered down a bit this week, but action is still good. Most of the fish are coming on drop-shot with peppered grubs and senkos. Catfish bite is fair on dip baits and there are no scheduled trout plants.
The lake rose from 24 to 28 percent this week and the cold and muddy water have made it difficult to fish. A slow presentation with finesse tactics is the key here with plastics on drop-shot and jigs. The catfish bite is fair on blood dip baits.
There continues to be a very good winter bite going on here. Most of the fish are coming on drop shots and wacky-rigged senkos. There’s still a decent jig bite and a few fish coming on crawdad-pattern crankbaits. Striper bite remains good on chicken liver, lugworms and sardines.
The trout bite has been fairly steady since the last plant two weeks ago. Most of the action has come on garlic scented power bait and bait pro stuff. The bass action is improving on drop shot with shad like grubs and senkos.
-Hart Park Lake-
The bass bite is fair to good on drop shot with grubs and crawdad crankbaits. The bluegill bite is fair on any worms. No trout plants.
The lake rose from 13 to 17 percent this week. Cold and muddy water from the Kaweah River have contributed to very slow action.
The lake rose from 16 to 20 percent this week. The crappie bite was fairly decent this past week for boaters dropping jigs and minnows over deeper structure. The bass action started to improve this week on jigs and swimbaits. The catfish bite is fair on dip baits, frozen shad and night crawlers. The Kern Valley Chamber of Commerce Lake Isabella Trout Derby is scheduled for April 13-15.
The lake rose from 52 to 66 percent this week and is expected to reach full capacity this year. The water is muddy with a lot of debris floating around. The spotted bass action has been tough this week with the best action coming with plastics on drop-shot around the dam. White bass action is slow.
The Shogun out of Fishermen’s Landing finished a 1.5 day trip down to Punta Colonet on February 21st with 5 yellowtail, 75 vermillion rockfish, 5 ling cod and 85 assorted rockfish for 17 anglers.
The rockfish season ended December 31st and will reopen on March 1, 2019. The surf perch action has been steady on Berkeley Gulp sand worms.
*Port San Luis/Morro Bay*
The rockfish season ended on December 31st and will reopen April 1, 2019. The surf perch action has been pretty good on sand worms and sand crabs at Oceano and Toro creek in Morro bay.
Compiled By Chad Burton