***FISH REPORT FRIDAY, August 30***
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The Upper Kern River was planted this week in sections 4 and 6. The larger model trout continue to move into the upper river from Lake Isabella with some fish going to 5 pounds being reported. The trout fishing throughout the 20 mile section has been very good the last couple of weeks. The flows are ideal for both spin fishermen and fly anglers. The following areas were stocked this week; section 4, Powerhouse #3 to Riverside Park in Kernville; section 6, Johnsondale Bridge to Fairview Dam. At the time of reporting, the Upper Kern River flows are at 610 CFS and the Lower Kern River is at 1667 cfs. The Lower Kern has produced some decent trout in the canyon and the smallmouth bass bite has improved. A few catfish have been reported around Hart Park.
The lake dropped slightly from 46 to 44 percent capacity and crappie are bouncing back after a lull. It’s taking a little bit longer to put together a limit, but anglers finding the right piece of structure are getting it done with minijigs and minnows. Holdover trout are being taken on scented baits floated off the bottom in deeper water. Catfish bite remains solid on Triple S Dip Bait, shrimp and chicken livers. Bass fishing has been decent on a variety of smaller reaction baits like underspins, jerkbaits and crankbaits.
The aqueduct flows have been good and the weeds are starting to dissipate. The striper bite is just fair with most of the fish undersized. The catfish bite continues to be the best bet here with Triple S Dip Bait, nightcrawlers and sardines. Largemouth bass are still showing on stickbaits, jigs and tubes along the bank with slower presentations.
The striper boils are still going strong around the lake during the early morning with many anglers reporting limits using top water baits and jigs. Additionally, they’ve been fairly active throughout the day on spoons, sardines and anchovies. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action is decent with soft plastics on drop-shot along the shorelines. Trout continue to be caught in the deeper section of the front channel on scented floating baits and meal worms. Catfish have been best in the deeper coves with chicken livers and sardines.
Striped bass have been keying on shad with sporadic boils early and late afternoons, the better action has been coming later. Topwater, Kastmasters and small shad like swimbaits are working fairly well. Bait anglers are still pulling on a few with lugworms and sardines. The largemouth and smallmouth fishing has been steady with finesse approaches and smaller baits being the best bet. Ice picks and 4 ½-inch roboworms in shad or oxblood colors are producing with most of the action coming in 15 to 25 feet of water. Catfish action is improving and are being taken on mackerel, chicken liver and night crawlers. Bluegill are showing in good numbers on mealworms and waxworms.
*Buena Vista Lakes*
The bass bite has slowed a bit, but anglers using finesse plastics on a drop-shot outside the weed line are finding a few takers. The catfish action continues to be good with most of the fish on the smaller side. Triple S Dip Bait, anchovies and mackerel have all been good choices for catfish. Crappie are being taken on minijigs and bluegill are going for mealworms.
The shad schools are still moving throughout the lake, and the bass are chasing them. There is some decent action in the early mornings with small topwater lures, but the best action remains on the bottom with plastics on the drop-shot or Texas-rig. White bass are active at times in the coves, chasing shad, and small white spoons or spinners are finding some biters. Crappie are found near structure with minijigs or Gulp minnows.
The bass fishing is just fair here with most of the fish coming from the early morning or late afternoon. Slow dragging creature baits has been a good way to find a larger fish, with wacky-rigged soft stickbaits and drop-shot plastics finding a few biters.
The bass bite is slow, but there is some action in the early mornings with deep-diving crank baits or soft plastics on drop-shot in oxblood and shad colors. Catfish are being taken from the shore at night on mackerel and Triple S Dip bait.
The bass bite is picking up on shad patterned reaction baits, lipless crankbaits and senkos. The carp are getting more active and going for dough baits. Bluegill are going for live worms.
-Hart Park Lake-
The largemouth bass are going for soft plastics on drop-shot and small crankbaits. The crappie action is slow to fair on minijigs. The bluegill action is good on mealworms and waxworms.
The bass action is fair on jigs and soft plastics on the drop-shot. Catfish can be found on anchovies and Triple S Dip bait. Bluegill bite is steady on any live worm.
The bass action at both lakes has been fair to good on senkos, jigs and crankbaits. Bluegill action is decent on live worms and a few catfish were caught on cut bait. Crappie are slow to fair on minijigs.
Week of August 25 - Upper Kern River sections 4 and 6.
The Pacific Queen out of Fishermen’s Landing returned Thursday with limits(375) Yellowfin tuna for 25 anglers on a 3 day trip. The Aztec out of Seaforth Sportfishing returned from their 2 Day on Wednesday with 223 Yellowfin Tuna, 56 Bluefin Tuna, 1 Dorado and 12 Skipjack Tuna for 28 anglers.
The Gentlemen out of Channel Islands Sportfishing returned Wednesday from a ¾ day with 30 Ocean whitefish, 10 California sheephead, 47 perch, 52 Calico Bass and 1 Rockfish for 29 anglers. The Island Spirit out of Ventura Sportfishing on a full day picked up 137 rockfish, 3 California Sheephead, 7 Calico Bass, 1 Ling Cod and 21 Ocean Whitefish for 15 anglers on Thursday.
*Port San Luis/Morro Bay*
The Patriot out of Patriot Sportfishing on a ½ day trip Wednesday grabbed 48 Reds, 5 Copper, 6 Boccaccio, 1 Canary, 1 Ling cod and 140 assorted rockfish for 22 anglers. The Fiesta out of Virg’s Landing on a ¾ day ended with 150 Reds, 10 Assorted Rockfish, 30 Copper, 8 Petrale Sole and 10 Boccaccio for 20 anglers on Tuesday.
Compiled By Chad Burton