***FISH REPORT FRIDAY, July 12***
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The striped bass action remains solid and keeps improving, but it’s the catfish bite that has improved the most. Anchovies, sardines and Triple S Dip Bait are resulting in size and numbers. Stripers are biting well around the Buena Vista Golf Course section on sardines and anchovies. The artificial bite is very good in the morning and afternoon on shad colored jerkbaits, white/chartreuse flukes and topwater lures. Largemouth bass have been taking stickbaits, jigs and tubes along the bank with slower presentations.
The lake dropped slightly from 61 to 59 percent and the water temperature is around 70 degrees. The overall fishing has stayed consistently good for a variety of species. Crappie action has been excellent for boaters and float tubers fishing the submerged tree line on minijigs with nibbles. Crappie are held up in submerged trees and structure around the lake. Shore anglers have had success in areas where they can access the submerged structure. Largemouth bass are being caught on deep-diving crankbaits, senkos and plastic worms at depths to 25 feet. The catfish bite continues to be solid on shrimp, Triple S Dip Bait and mackerel. The trout action is solid on spinners, Berkeley flicker shad and Tasmanian devils.
There’s still decent fishing here although recreational boating has been putting heavy pressure on the lake over the weekends. Watermelon/red flake or green pumpkin senkos remain the best bet here for bass. Shad-pattern plastics on drop-shots are also working pretty good. There’s been a fairly steady bite in the afternoons working the mud lines with jerkbaits. Trout are getting tougher to locate, but anglers that are locating them have been able to get a few limits. The best action has come with jigs worked vertically and garlic scented power bait. Striped bass are occasionally boiling in the back of Elizabeth Canyon and the Ski Cove with a handful coming on topwater.
*Buena Vista Lakes*
The bass action has been steady on reaction baits and plastics on drop-shot. Wacky-rigged senkos worked 3 to 5 feet off the weed line has found some takers. The catfish bite is excellent on nightcrawlers, Triple S Dip Baits and mackerel. Earlier this week, Ivery Sheppard of Bakersfield landed a 25 pound catfish on mackerel. Crappie are being taken on minijigs and live small minnows.
The lake dropped slightly to 70 percent and recreational boating has taken over the lake by mid-morning; However, anglers getting out early in the mornings are finding good action for white bass in the coves. The whites are boiling in the mornings, and small white Kastmasters, roostertails and topwater are getting it done. The spotted bass have become active on topwater early and shad-patterned plastics later in the day. Crappie are found as deep as 25 feet in submerged structure, and minijigs are pulling them out.
The lake is overcapacity at 108 percent and the recreational boaters are making it difficult for fishing. Largemouth bass are coming on topwater frogs, senkos and creature baits in the morning and late afternoon. A few crappie “slabs” have been taken at the marina on minijigs. The bluegill bite is excellent on worms.
The flows are starting to slow down a bit and its been fluctuating between 2700 to 3300 CFS. The trout action is decent on salmon eggs, nightcrawlers and spinners. The tributary creeks feeding the Kern are fishing pretty well. Fly fishers can find some with stimulators in size 16 to 18 on top along with ant patterns, and beadhead pheasant tails in 16 and 18 below the surface. At the time of reporting the Upper Kern River flows were at 3067 CFS and the Lower Kern River is at 3439 CFS. Please use caution when you or anyone else gets near the waters edge with the extreme river flow.
Both largemouth and smallmouth bass bite continues to be solid with topwater early and flukes, jerkbaits and weightless senkos later. Smaller jigs and wacky-rigged senkos have also been working well, especially in shad patterned and watermelon colors. Stripers are going for anchovies, lug worms and sardines. Bluegill are being taken on meal worms. The catfish have been around the coves and going after anchovies, sardines and cut baits.
Water releases have caused the lake to fall slightly from 96 to 92 percent. Recreational boating has put heavy pressure on the lake and made fishing difficult throughout the day. The bass fishing has been best with Rat-L-Traps and jigs. Crappie have been taken around structure near Horse Creek with minijigs and minnows.
The bass bite is fair on jigs, creature baits and senkos. The carp are getting more active and there’s a good bluegill bite on live worms.
-Hart Park Lake-
The largemouth bass are going for senkos, jerkbaits and jigs. The crappie bite has been fair on crappie jigs with nibbles. The bluegill action is steady on red or meal worms. A few small catfish were caught on anchovies.
The bass action is fair on jigs and drop-shotted soft plastics. Catfish can be found on anchovies, nightcrawlers and 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. Crappie are fair on minijigs.
Week of July 7 - Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake); Balch Park Lake Lower.
The San Diego out of Seaforth Sportfishing returned Thursday from a full day with 140 Yellowtail and 33 bonito for 34 anglers. The Liberty out of Fishermen’s Landing returned Thursday from a full day with 176 Yellowtail and 3 barracuda for 40 anglers. The Pacific Queen returned Thursday from a 1.5 day trip with 5 Bluefin tuna, 2 Yellowfin tuna and 1 yellowtail for 34 anglers.
The Mirage out of Channel Islands Sportfishing returned Thursday from an overnight with 1 California Yellowtail, 1 California Halibut, 175 Ocean Whitefish, 4 Ling cod and 211 Rockfish for 23 anglers. The Amigo out of Ventura Sportfishing on an overnight picked up 2 White Sea bass, 200 rockfish, 24 Ling cod, 10 California Yellowtail, 52 Ocean Whitefish and 1 California Sheephead for 20 anglers on Thursday.
*Port San Luis/Morro Bay*
The Patriot out of Patriot Sportfishing on a ½ day trip Thursday had 38 Reds, 5 Copper, 2 Ling cod, 7 Boccaccio, 3 Canary and 157 assorted rockfish for 21 anglers. The Fiesta out of Virg’s Landing on a ¾ day ended with 5 Ling cod, 18 Reds, 130 Assorted Rockfish and 2 Cabezon for 15 anglers on Thursday.
Compiled By Chad Burton