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Weekly Fishing Report

*** FISH REPORT FRIDAY, March 13th***

We are having the BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR at the Cope’s Tackle & Rod shop this weekend starting TODAY at NOON, and ending SUNDAY at 5:00PM. All of the vendors that were going to be at the Central Valley Sportsmen’s Show will be on hand at our shop giving away double the prizes. This is a sale you do not want to miss.

***Best Bet***

***Lake Nacimiento***

The lake level remained at 52 percent of capacity, and water temperatures broke into the low 60s. Fishing has been outstanding with anglers doing well for both spotted bass and crappie. The bass are up shallow, and they are biting just about any soft plastic bait on the bottom. Anglers are doing best with drop shot, dart heads, Neko rigs and jigs. The bass are hanging in the 10 to 30 foot zone. Crappie are biting crappie jigs and grubs over structure. Several anglers reported nice quality crappie. Catfish are fair on sardines, anchovies, and dip baits.

***Buena Vista Lakes***

Nothing changed here, and that’s a good thing. Anglers are still reporting numerous trout in the 2 to 5lb range. The best action has been with Carolina rigged Powerbait in garlic chartreuse, pink Powerbait, corn flavor Powerbait, and inflated nightcrawlers. Adding garlic scent has been a key factor in many of the larger catches. The crappie bite is decent on crappie jigs and small minnows. The largemouth bass remained fair using finesse techniques. The catfish are biting nightcrawlers, cut baits, and dip baits.

**Kern River**

The Upper Kern River was planted in section 4 last week, and it’s scheduled for another plant this week. Trout fishing is excellent from Powerhouse #3 through Riverside Park in Kernville using salmon eggs, crickets, Powerbait, and worms. In the 20 mile stretch of the Upper Kern fly anglers are doing well with smaller Zebra Midges and nymphs. The Lower Kern River is still producing trout from the dam to the mouth of the canyon. At the time of reporting, the Upper Kern River was flowing at 326 CFS and the Lower Kern River was at 392 CFS.

**California Aqueduct**

The bite was good again this week with anglers reporting both striper and catfish biting very well. The striped bass are being taken on flukes, jerkbaits, swimbaits, tube jigs and cut baits. Most of the fish are being caught near the gates, but some are being reported near bends and grates too. The bait anglers are doing well on sardines and anchovies. The cut baits are working well for the catfish too. Bass are starting to show, and a few have been caught on soft plastics and jerkbaits in slower moving water.

**Lake Isabella**

Isabella rose to 31 percent, and crappie are the best bet. Crappie fishing is good when you find the right structure. Check different structure spots until you find a decent school. The best action has been using small to medium minnows and crappie jigs. Catfishing in still good with anglers reporting steady action on cut baits, nightcrawlers and dip baits. There’s a scheduled trout plant this week, and anglers have been catching trout on garlic scented powerbait, minijigs, nightcrawlers and Mice Tails. Bass are still holding in deeper water with anglers catching a few using Heddon Sonars, spoons and ice jigs.

**Pyramid Lake**

Pyramid will remain at 85 percent capacity until they finish working on the spillway. Water temperatures are rising with afternoon temps in the low 60s. Bass fishing has picked up, but it’s still not at spring bite levels. Anglers are doing well on drop shot, shaky heads and Senkos. Most of the biting bass are in the 5 to 20 foot zone, but bass will take baits down to 30 feet and deeper. There’s a morning crankbait bite on deep diving shad and craw patterned baits. An 11lb bass was reported last week. Striper fishing has been fair, and anglers are doing the best on cut baits, jerkbaits and umbrella rigs. Catfishing is good with anglers reporting nice grade cats in deeper coves around the lake. Catfish are biting sardines, anchovies and dip baits.

*Castaic Lake*

Castaic rose slightly to 79 percent, and water temperatures are in the mid to upper fifties. Bass fishing is steadily improving with dialed in local anglers reporting 20 fish days. The best approach is a very slow finesse presentation in 20 to 30 feet of water. Anglers are using two and three inch baits in colors similar to Hologram Shad, Oxblood and Margarita Mutilator. Bass are also responding to A-rigs, jerks, cranks and jigs. The finesse approach will get the numbers while the reaction baits are scoring quality. Striper are slow with anglers doing best on cut baits down deep. Catfish are decent on sardines, anchovies, and dip baits.

*Lake Success*

The lake rose to 22 percent, and fishing is good. Crappie are the best bet at Success right now with anglers catching limits using crappie jigs and medium minnows over structure. Bass fishing is decent, and anglers are doing the best using drop shot, Ned rigs and Senkos. There’s also an emerging reaction bite on jerkbaits and spinnerbaits. Catfish are fair on cut baits and dip baits. There was a trout plant last week, and anglers are scoring trout using Powerbait, Pinched Crawlers, spinners and Kastmasters.

*Riverwalk Lake*

With warmer spring like days bass fishing is steadily improving. The action has been decent with finesse soft plastics, and there were a few bass that fell for reaction baits. Trout have been slow, but the good news is that there’s a heavy plant scheduled in the near future. On March 21st the Bakersfield Firefighter’s will be hosting its 9th Annual trout fishing derby and pancake breakfast. They will be utilizing both lakes this year. The tagged trout will be stocked in both lakes and participants will be free to fish anywhere they’d like. The lowest tag numbered trout will be worth $1000 at the end of the event.

*Ming Lake*

Some trout are still being reported, and anglers are doing the best using Mousetails, spinners, garlic scented baits, and nightcrawlers. The winter bass bite remained fair to good on soft plastics with finesse presentations. The bluegill bite is fair to good on redworms.

-Lake Kaweah-

The lake rose to 17 percent, and the bass bite remained fair. Anglers are still doing the best in the 20 to 30 foot zone using finesse techniques. Drop shot, shaky heads, Ned rigs, and Senkos are working for anglers, but we have received reports of bass on crankbaits and jigs too. There was a trout plant last week, and anglers are catching trout using Powerbait, Mousetails, spinners, and Kastmasters.

-Hart Park Lake-

Bass fishing is still improving, and we had several reports of nice sized bass. The number of bass being caught is improving too with anglers doing the best using small jigs, drop shot and Senkos. There are even some nice jerkbait bass being reported. Catfish remained slow, but they can be taken using sardines, anchovies, chicken liver or dip baits. Bluegill are biting redworms.

-Truxtun Lake-

Bass fishing is still improving with anglers scoring fish using finesse techniques. Drop shot and Senkos are working the best, but we received a report of a 4lb bass this week on a crawdad colored crankbait. The catfish bite remained fair on sardines, dip baits, and chicken liver. Bluegill are biting redworms.

***Trout Plants***

Week of March 8 – Lake Isabella, Lake Success, Lake Kaweah
Week of March 15 – Riverwalk, Lake Isabella, Kern River Sections 4 and 5

***Ocean Fishing***

Rockfishing was amazing last week. Most boats reported limits of rockfish and lingcod. One Ventura area boat even scored a couple of early season white seabass. Booking a trip from Santa Barbra to San Diego is almost a guarantee of limit style bottom fishing! In San Diego the Bluefin season kicked off with numerous boats getting into nice sized Bluefin schools. The 40 to 100lb brutes are biting flylined sardines on 40lb line. Saltwater fishing season has arrived!

San Diego to San Pedro

Rockfishing has been excellent in San Diego with limit style fishing a definite possibility. The big story is the Bluefin. Last week saw numerous 40lb to 100lb Bluefin come over the rail.

Some of the recent numbers for Fishermen’s Landing include the following: The Pacific Queen returned with 31 Bluefin Tuna (40 to 50 lbs.) and 66 Yellowtail for 27 anglers. The New Seaforth caught 115 Vermilion Rockfish, 70 Rockfish, 65 Whitefish for 25 anglers.


On March 9th, The Mirage returned with 124 Ocean Whitefish, 12 Lingcod, 11 California Sheephead, and 230 Rockfish for 25 anglers. The Island Spirit returned with 300 Rockfish, 2 Ocean Whitefish, and 2 Rock Sole for 30 anglers.

Port San Luis/Morro Bay

Rockfishing is closed until April 1st north of Point Conception.

Compiled By Chad Burton, and Chris Borden