CARP DERBY: Bob’s Bait Bucket’s annual month-long carp derby is ongoing through August. The entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in a fish. Only fresh fish can be weighed in and no weighing in of fish the same day as entering derby. Entry fee is $1 per angler and all money goes into the winner-take-all pot that starts with $100 from Bob’s. There are currently 65 anglers signed up and the leader is Dennis Allsworth, Bakersfield, with a 15-pounder caught out of the aqueduct. For more information or to register, call Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.
LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite has been good to excellent, mostly in the south fork arm, with the best bite on garlic shrimp and shad, with some fish still showing on the the super meal worms. Most are in the two-pound class with some bigger. No crappie reported this week. Some largemouth early in the morning on topwater or reaction baits, and some bluegill on meal worms, wax worms, or red worms. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.
KERN RIVER: The lower river is very low, but the bite on largemouth bass has been fair to good with fish to four pounds, especially in the stretch behind Hart Park and Ming Lakes. The bite has been best on small reaction baits, plastics, and nightcrawlers. Also some smallmouth in this bite. The catfish are fair in the bigger pools, mostly on clams. Slow to fair trout action in the upper river. Best fishing has been in the McNally’s to Limestone stretch for bait (mostly salmon eggs and crickets) and lure anglers, while fly anglers are having their best luck in the upper river above the Johnsondale bridge. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The bite is still good for catfish with the best bite is at night or early and late in the day on blood worms, lug worms, sardines, super meal worms, and mackerel. Also a pretty fair largemouth bass bite on plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits, but the striper bite is slow. Few bluegill this past week. Anglers are reminded the limit on stripers is two fish greater than 18 inches, while the largemouth limit is five fish greater than 12 inches. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.
MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: Few reports in the past week.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Carp are showing in fair to good numbers on dough baits, and the bluegill bite is fair to good on wax worms and meal worms. An occasional bass on Senkos, plastics, and nightcrawlers in the evenings.
HART PARK LAKE: Lake level is still good. The carp and bluegill are the best bets with pretty decent bites on both. The carp are best on dough baits or corn, while the bluegill bite is good on meal worms and wax worms. Few bass or crappie reported.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Carp and bluegill are both pretty good. The carp are best on dough baits, especially Powder Bait, while the bluegill are good on wax worms, meal worms, or red worms. Slow to fair bass action on Senkos or Brush Hawgs.
MING LAKE: Water level still good. The carp bite has been fair to good on Powder Bait and other dough bait mixtures. The bluegill bite has been good on meal worms and wax worms. The bass action is slow to fair on reaction baits or live minnows. Crappie remain slow.
BRITE LAKE: The bluegill bite has been fair to good on wax worms or meal worms. The bass action has been slow to fair with the best bite on plastics and small jigs. No other reports.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Fair to good action, mostly on very small catfish, but few bigger fish. Those bigger cats have been showing on Sonny’s Catfish Bait, super meal worms, or cut baits. The bluegill bite is fair to good on wax or meal worms. Carp have been fair on Powder Bait, and a very few bass are showing Lake Webb on Senkos, Brush Hawgs, live minnows, plastic worms, and nightcrawlers. No crappie reports. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: The bluegill bite is fair, but bass are mostly slow.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite has been fair on plastic worms and lizards or jigs with trailers fished along the bottom. Best action has been early in the morning with some topwater. A fair to good bluegill bluegill bite on wax worms or crickets, and the odd catfish has been reported. Lake levels continue to fall and the lake is only 7 percent capacity. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com. For updated fishing reports, go to the Fresno Bee report at http://www.fresnobee.com/sports/outdoors/hunting-fishing/.
KAWEAH LAKE: Bass action has been tough with the water level falling steadily and most of the fish are suspended. There is, however, a decent topwater bite early in the morning, and a few fish are showing on plastic fished on the bottom. A few catfish are showing at night on cut baits and nightcrawlers. Few reports of other species. Lake is now only 14 percent of capacity. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212. For updated fishing reports, go to the Fresno Bee report at http://www.fresnobee.com/sports/outdoors/hunting-fishing/.