***FISH REPORT FRIDAY, September 21***
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The striped bass are still keyed in on the shad with boils periodically. The shad are thick back in the coves and anglers have been working the points with topwater and spoons on the boils. Trolling off the points has been picking up a few stripers. The bass action is fair to good with walking baits and poppers grabbing a few early morning and more finesse tactics for later in the day. Working 3- to 4- inch Ned worms, weightless senkos and drop-shots around Oak Canyon and Hawk’s Nest in 20 to 25 feet of water. The bluegill and crappie bite is better with live worms in shallower coves. Catfish action is fair to good with mackerel and chicken liver.
The lake dropped below 15 percent and continues to fall daily. The crappie action remains decent for anglers fishing structure at the South Fork around Paradise Cove. Anglers have been using chartreuse and red/white crappie jigs with or without crappie nibbles. The Lake Isabella Bass Club is holding a team crappie tournament on Saturday, Sept. 22 with an entry fee of $55 for a two-angler team; 10-fish limits will be weighed in with a 6-inch minimum, and artificial lures only are allowed during the 6-hour tournament. For more information contact tournament director, Matt Smith, at 760-223-3898. The bass action is fair to good with anglers doing well on senkos and Texas-rigged plastics. Trout action is fair with a few holdovers coming out for anglers fishing deep water near the auxiliary dam and camp 9. The catfish action is fair to good on cut baits and dip baits.
There are no scheduled trout plants next week and the river hasn’t been stocked since the week of July 15. The water temperature is between 55 and 60 degrees with clear flows. The trout action has been fair to good for anglers fishing deep holes for holdover rainbows. Fly fishermen are having some success fishing in deep holes with nymphs early. The California Fly Fishing Open is this Saturday, September 22nd from 7:00am – 2:00pm at Kern River Fly shop.The Upper Kern at Kernville is flowing at 180 CFS and the lake is releasing 416 CFS to the Lower Kern. The bass and catfish action in the Lower Kern River is fair.
The striper action picked up this week with the cooler weather. The best action has been on sardines and blood worms with a few fish taking flukes, gitzits and jerkbaits. The catfish bite remains good for fish 6 to 9 pounds being reported on sardines, chicken liver and Wussy bait. The largemouth action is fair for anglers using senkos.
Stripers have been boiling on shad around the marina, Yellowbar, Bear Trap and Serrano. Topwater, jerkbaits and kastmasters have been the choice for these boils. Shore anglers fishing cut baits have had success with sardines and anchovies. The large and small mouth bass action has been decent on senkos and buzzbaits. Later in the day there has been a good bite on hard and soft jerk baits. The steeper bluffs with grass lines and deep-water access have been the best areas. Catfish action is fair to good on sardines and mackerel.
-Buena Vista Lakes-
The catfish bite is good with good numbers of catfish being caught on dip baits, anchovies, nightcrawlers and chicken liver. The Largemouth bass action is fair for anglers fishing weedy areas in deeper water with creature baits, senkos, and weedless jigs. There has been a decent bluegill bite on wax worms and meal worms.
The bass action is fair on weightless senkos and crankbaits with an occasional bass being taken on topwater. The bluegill bite is fair on wax worms and meal worms. Catfish are fair.
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 and hard jerkbaits. Carp are fair on dough baits.
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. A few catfish have been taken at night on cut baits.
-Hart Park Lake-
The bass action is fair to good 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 has dropped to 9 percent and is holding steady while the bass action has been excellent this week. A few anglers reported catching and releasing over 20 bass with a few over 5 pounds in the mix. The best fishing has been on jigs and crankbaits. The crappie action is fair on crappie jigs and live small minnows in deeper water. The bluegill are fair to good on worms and the catfish bite is fair on cut baits and dip baits.
The lake is holding steady at 8 percent full and anglers are having good success in the deep pools of water with an 11 pound largemouth caught and released this week. The lower water has concentrated the bass around the submerged islands and rock piles. Anglers are having good success fishing plastics on the drop-shot, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. The catfish bite has been good at night on cut baits. 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 nice fish reported.
The lake dropped to 15 percent this week and the bass fishing has slowed a bit. Topwater action in the early morning and square-bill crankbaits, kastmasters and underpins continue to produce fish. Anglers have been using spoons, inline spinners and under spins with success on white bass. The crappie action is fair on crappie jigs while the catfish bite is fair to good in the evening on cutbaits.
The trophy bluefin tuna bite slowed down this week, but the yellowfin tuna haven’t been on the chew with many boats limiting out for their anglers. The F/V Pegasus out of Fishermen’s Landing on a full day trip limited (90) yellowfin tuna for their 18 anglers on Thursday. The Searcher out of Fishermen’s Landing limited with 140 yellowfin tuna for their 28 anglers.
The F/V Speed twin out of Channel Islands Sportfishing finished their ½ day with 530 rockfish for their 53 anglers on Thursday. The F/V Island Spirit out of Ventura Sportfishing on a ¾ day picked up 130 ocean whitefish, 78 rockfish, 1 California sheepshead and 8 Calico bass for their 13 anglers on Thursday.
*Port San Luis/Morro Bay*
The F/V Patriot out of Patriot Sportfishing picked up 33 reds, 26 copper, 5 Boccaccio, 5 bolina, 181 assorted rockfish and 4 lingcod for their 25 anglers on a ½ day trip. The F/V Rita G out of Virg’s Landing returned with 3 reds and 117 assorted Rockfish for their 12 anglers on a ½ day trip Thursday.