*** FISH REPORT FRIDAY, July 10th***
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The Upper Kern River continues to be one of the best bets for local fishing. The flows are excellent and the water clarity is good. The Upper Kern has been stocked every week for the last 6 weeks in Sections 4 and 5; Section 4, Powerhouse #3 to Riverside Park in Kernville; Section 5, Fairview Dam to Lazy River Lodge. Additionally, there are plants scheduled for the next two weeks in the above sections and one during the week of July 19th in Section 6, Johnsondale Bridge to Fairview Dam. Fishing remains very good throughout the 20 mile stretch. Anglers are reporting limits of planters and holdovers with an occasional brown coming out on salmon eggs, spinners and nightcrawlers. Fly anglers have been very successful with dry flies and nymphs. The Lower Kern River smallmouth action is solid with senkos, crankbaits, and soft plastics on drop-shot. At the time of reporting, the Upper Kern River was flowing at 233 CFS and the Lower Kern River was at 1356 CFS.
Nacimiento dropped to 43 percent of capacity, and bass fishing has been good. There is a decent topwater bite early in the day followed by a deeper finesses bite. Small jigs and drop shot are working in the 20 to 30 foot zone on main lake and secondary points. The white bass are biting white swimbaits and spoons in coves. Catfish anglers are doing well with mackerel, chicken liver, and dip baits. The crappie are biting in about 20 feet of water over structure. They are biting small live minnows and crappie jigs. Bluegill are biting live worms.
The lake dropped slightly this week from 34 to 32 percent. There is still a very good crappie bite taking place around the South Fork area. Slabs care coming out at Rocky Point and Camp 9 in deeper water on small/medium minnows. Fishing near structure with minijigs is still producing good numbers of fish. The bass bite is improving and better models are starting to show. Bass have been going for jigs, spinnerbaits and senko’s. The catfish action continues to be very good throughout the late afternoon and into the evening. Anglers have reported whiskerfish to 10 pounds coming on Triple S Dip Bait, minnows, nightcrawlers and cut baits. The trout bite from shore has been great some days and a bit slower on others. The best action continues to be around the dam and in deeper water near the river inlet. This past week there were a few trout taken on minijigs as a bycatch from anglers targeting crappie. The boaters trolling around the dam have had some success picking out a handful of quality trout with an occasional Kokanee.
There was no real change for aqueduct anglers last week, and that’s a good thing. Striper are still biting cut baits, Flukes, jerkbaits, and topwater. Try the topwater and jerkbaits early and later in the day, and use cut baits if you’re going to fish mid-morning or late afternoon. Flukes will also work throughout the day. Catfish anglers are doing well on sardines, anchovies, and dip baits. The bite is still better after the sun goes down. Bass anglers reported decent fishing along the weed lines with Senkos, drop shot plastics, and topwater.
Castaic remained at 94 percent of capacity with water temperatures in the mid to upper seventies. The summer pattern is in full effect, and successful anglers are throwing finesse baits, topwater or live shad. Drop shot, Ned rigs and shaky heads in Hologram Shad, Aaron’s Magic and Ox Blood are working on primary and secondary points down to 30 feet deep. In coves topwater is working early and later in the day. For anglers who can net shat the bass and striper are wide open on the flyline. Striper are also biting trolled umbrella rigs and deep diving jerkbaits. Some striper were reported on cut baits near the buoy line. The trout action slowed a bit, but anglers are still taking trout on Powerbait, Mousetails, nightcrawlers, or lures near the marina.
Pyramid Lake held at 92 percent of capacity with water temperatures in the mid to upper seventies. Bass fishing remained decent for anglers using finesses baits or jigs in 10 to 25 feet of water, and the weed lines are providing great cover for many of the bass. Anglers tossing Texas rigged worms into weed bed holes and pockets are finding quality bass. The best colors have been Margarita Mutilator, Ox Blood, and Green Pumpkin. Weightless Senkos are also taking a few bass on bluff drop-offs and weed line edges. There’s still a decent jerkbait and topwater bite in the mornings. Striper are biting trolled umbrella rigs in 25 feet of water, and some anglers are reporting catching a few linesides on sardines. Catfish are good on sardines, anchovies, and dip baits in deeper coves.
The water level is dropping fast, and the bass bite has been tough as a result. The lake is at 32 percent of capacity, and successful anglers are using drop shot and small jigs. Working the drop shot very slow in deeper water is the best bet. However, lizards and small jigs are also fooling a few bass. The catfish anglers reported fair fishing using dip baits, cut baits, and night crawlers. Crappie are biting in about 20 feet of water on small minnows, and crappie jigs. Anglers also reported some crappie and bluegill near the docks.
Lake Success held near 54 percent of capacity, and bass fishing remained fair. With the hot summer weather many of the bass moved into heavy cover or deeper water. Most of the bites are coming in 20 to 35 feet of water on finesses baits with drop shot and Ned rigs working the best. Creature baits, Senkos, and lizards tossed into the trees are responsible for some of the larger models. Occasional topwater bass have been reported early and late in the day. Crappie are biting crappie jigs and small live minnows from 15 to 25 deep. Catfish are eating nightcrawlers, chicken liver, and dip bait.
*Buena Vista Lakes*
The catfish are still a good bet at Buena Vista Lake. Anglers are catching good numbers of the whiskerfish on nightcrawlers, sardines, and dip baits. Pan fish have also been a good option. Anglers are catching bluegill and a few crappie near brush and the cattails on redworms and small live minnows. The bass have been tough for some anglers while others have figured out exactly where the bass are hiding, and that’s in the cattails. Flipping creature baits or pulling topwater frogs through the tules is producing some nice bass.
The lake is still producing a good number of bass for anglers throwing Senkos, and finesse plastics. The best colors have been Green Pumpkin, Watermelon and Ox Blood. Anglers are also connecting on topwater during lower light conditions. The occasional crankbait bass is also being reported. Catfish are biting Triple S Dip bait and cutbaits. The bluegill are eating redworms and mealworms.
*Hart Park Lake*
Fishing at Hart Park is fair with anglers catching bass using finesses baits and creature baits. The key to the plastic bait bite has been to work it very slowly, and the creature baits are working well punched through heavy cover. The other successful tactic has been to throw topwater in low light conditions. Catfish were reported for anglers using dip baits, chicken liver, and sardines. Bluegill are biting red worms, wax worms and meal worms.
Bass fishing at Truxtun Lake is fair with anglers reporting bass biting Yum Dingers and shaky heads. There’s also a topwater bite in the mornings and evenings. Catfishing has been good for anglers soaking chicken liver and dip bait. Bluegill are biting redworms and wax worms.
*River walk Lakes*
The overall fishing has been fair to good at River walk. The bass bite has been fairly solid in the early morning and late afternoons. Most of the action is on soft plastics, but several bass were taken on reaction baits. The best bet has been to use drop shot with soft plastics in green pumpkin and ox blood. Topwater has been producing in the mornings and evenings, and crankbaits are getting bit early. The bluegill are biting redworms.
Week of July 5th
Upper Kern River Sections 4 and 5.
Week of July 12th
Upper Kern River Sections 4 and 5; Hedrick Pond; Balch Park Lake Upper and Lower; Tule River North Fork, Middle Fork #1; Tule River South Fork, Middle Fork #2 and #3.
Week of July 19th
Upper Kern River Sections 4, 5 and 6; Lower Peppermint Creek.
The New Lo- An returned Thursday from a 1.5 day trip with 26 Bluefin Tuna for 24 anglers. The Shogun out of Fishermen’s Landing returned Tuesday with 1 Yellowtail, 1 Yellowfin Tuna and 23 Bluefin Tuna with 20 fish over 100 pounds. The Grande returned with 6 Yellowfin Tuna, 1 Bonito, and 40 Bluefin Tuna for their full day with 20 anglers on Thursday.
The Pacific Islander out of Channel Islands Sportfishing returned from a 1.5 day trip on Thursday with 16 White Seabass, 360 Rockfish and 18 Ling Cod for 18 anglers. The Endeavor out of Ventura Sportfishing returned Thursday with 8 White Seabass, 8 California Halibut, 130 Ocean whitefish and 96 Rock fish for 19 anglers on their trip. From shore the surf perch bite has been solid. An occasional halibut can be taken on Lucky Craft jerkbaits.
*Port San Luis/Morro Bay*
The Patriot out of Patriot Sportfishing returned Thursday with 1 Ling cod, 8 Copper, 11 Red and 181 Assorted Rock fish for 20 anglers on a ½ day trip. The Fiesta out of Virg’s Landing returned Thursday from a ¾ day trip with 1 Ling Cod, 120 Red, 20 Copper, 19 Boccaccio, 1 Ocean whitefish and 31 assorted Rockfish for 19 anglers. From the shore, anglers can find surf perch on Berkeley Gulp sand worms.