Feb
04

JIM MATTHEWS’ PICKS OF THE WEEK

1. While the weather slowed the yellowtail action at the Coronado Islands, the 1 1/2-day fleet fishing for rockfish and yellowtail in Mexican waters in the Colonet area continue to see good fishing. With better weather, both of these bites should surge again. This bite stays in the top pick because the quality of the yellowtail is just excellent. These are all 18 to 25 pound class fish, and most are on the yo-yo iron or live bait on a dropper loop fished right on the bottom. For updated information, check the landing counts, live reports, and updates on 976-TUNA.com.

2. Silverwood Lake’s striped bass bite surged back on this past week while most other bites were slipping. These are mostly one to three-pound fish and the action has been at the dam and around the marina docks for anglers fishing cut sardines in deep water. For an update on this action, call the marina at 760-389-2299 or the Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423.

3. The Santa Ana River Lakes’ trout bite has been very good over the past week, producing one rainbow in the 22-pound class and a number of 10-pound plus fish. This water continues to provide probably the most consistent and best overall trout fishing in Southern California thanks to hefty weekly plants. For an update on the action call 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

Feb
04

FRESHWATER HOT SPOTS

TROUT: Santa Ana River Lake has been fair to good with rainbows planted each week with big rainbows part of the mix. The biggest landed this past week was 22 pounds. Laguna Niguel will get trout this week and remains a fair bet. All the San Bernardino County park lakes are getting county plants every week, but now DFW fish for two weeks now. These lakes include Yucaipa, Glen Helen, Cucamonga-Guasti, Mojave Narrows, and Prado. Casitas Lake remains fair with DFW fish planted again last week and three weeks ago. In the high desert, both Hesperia Lake and Jess Ranch have been fair to good for two-pound class fish with a bigger fish possible at both.

BLACK BASS: The bass are mostly suspended or on deep-water points and best on live bait or jigging spoons. Lake Skinner is one water going against that grain and still producing a fair number of bass on plastics in last than 20 feet of water. Other decent bets, with mostly deep water fish, include Casitas, Castaic, Diamond Valley, and Perris. Piru is fair but getting little pressure. Lower Otay has been fair and Pyramid and Silverwood are pretty slow. On the Colorado River, the smallmouth and largemouth bites have also been slow to fair from Lake Havasu south into the lower river backwaters and up in Lake Mohave. Even on the river the bite is mostly on bottom jigs and plastics now.

STRIPED BASS: The striper action has been generally slow everywhere this past week thanks to the big weekend storm. The exception to that has been Silverwood which seemed to improve with the rain and produce a lot of fish to three pounds from deep water on sardines. Most of the other waters — Castaic, Pyramid, and Skinner — were very slow. Some fish continue to show from the California aqueduct, but this bite is fair at best. On the Colorado River, the bite is slow to fair in Lake Mohave with a lot of one to three pound fish and fish from six to 12 pounds each week. Havasu is also producing a few fish near the dam.

PANFISH: Fishing pressure is light and most of the bites have slowed way down. There was a surprise crappie bite with fish to two-plus pounds at Lake Perris this week and a fair number of crappie to three pounds continue to show from Lake Ming in the Bakersfield area. Other than that, very few crappie reported anywhere else. There are also very few bluegill or redear showing anywhere in the region.

CATFISH: Every place has slowed way down with the exception of Lake Isabella, which has continued to have a fair bite on live minnows with fish to 10 pounds reported this past week. Cachuma is also fair for the cats. The odd catfish is also still being reported at Piru, Pyramid, Skinner, and Castaic. Fishing pressure is near nothing for catfish everywhere.

Feb
04

TROUT PLANTS

The following waters are scheduled to be planted with rainbow trout from Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries this week (Jan. 31-Feb. 6):

FRESNO: Avocado Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Woodward Park Lake (Fresno).

INYO: Diaz Lake, Owens River (below Tinnemaha and Section 2), Pleasant Valley Reservoir.

Tentative plants for next week (Feb. 7-13):

KERN: Brite Valley Reservoir, Kern River (section 4).

TULARE: Del Lago Park Lake.

FRESNO: Avocado Lake, Kings River (below Pine Flat Dam), Woodward Park Lake (Fresno).

For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking page at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/.

Feb
04

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN WATERS

SILVERWOOD: The striper bite really surged on this past week with fair to good action on sardines fished off the marina docks, at the dam, and the main lake points in deep water. Most of the stripers are 1-8 to three pounds. Tom Hill, Orange County, had 10 stripers to two pounds on sardines at the dam. Fishing off the marina docks, Franklin White, Oak Hills, landed seven stripers to two pounds, while Javier Dominguez, Apple Valley, had a pair to stripers to three pounds. Both were using sardines. The trout bite has remained fair off the marina rocks and into both Cleghorn and Miller canyons on small jigs, spoons, and PowerBait. Most are pounders, but some bigger. DFW plants two and four weeks ago. Other species are very slow. Anglers should be aware of health warnings for the consumption of fish from this lake because of high PCB and mercury levels in the fish flesh and skin. Here’s the direct link to a PDF brochure explaining consumption recommendations: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pdf_zip/081013KioskadvySilverwood.pdf. Dock fishing is allowed for $3 for adults, $2 for kids and seniors. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged at Diamond Valley and Perris will be allowed at Silverwood. The park is open seven days a week. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423.

BIG BEAR LAKE: The lake has remained mostly ice-covered since the weekend. Very little open water. No reports. For updated fishing information: Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: No fishing report. Lake, derby, and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: Facilities closed for season. Lake frozen. Information: 909-867-2009 and the website, with an in-depth fishing report, is www.gvlfishing.com.

JENKS LAKE REGION: No recent plants at Jenks Lake (frozen over), Santa Ana River, and the South Fork of the Santa Ana River. The Jenks Lake parking area is closed for the season.

Feb
04

HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: Mt. Lassen trout plants last Thursday and again this Tuesday. Most trout are two-pound class fish with bigger fish in each plant. Top trout this past week were a pair of seven-pound rainbows. One was landed by Rudy Lopez, Fontana, and the other by Eric Reyes, Ontario. Richard Hawthorne, San Bernardino, had a 6-8, while Jeremy Martinez, Victorville, landed a six-pounder. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: The trout bite remains fair to before 11 a.m. for anglers using PowerBait (especially salmon peach, garlic, and orange), jigs, small trout lures, and nightcrawlers. Most are two pounders. Slow other species. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: No report. County trout plants are weekly, and DFW trout went in two and four weeks ago. For lake information: 760-245-2226.

Feb
04

INLAND VALEY LAKES SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

CUCAMONGA-GUASTI: No report. County trout plants are weekly, and DFW trout also went in two and four weeks ago. Information: 909-481-4205.

PRADO: No report. County trout plants are weekly, and DFW trout went in two and four weeks ago. Small boats (non-inflatable with a hard bottom) under 16 feet with electric motors are allowed. Information: 909-597-4260.

YUCAIPA: No report. County trout plants are weekly on Thursdays. DFW trout plants also went in two and four weeks ago. Information: 909-790-3127.

GLEN HELEN: The trout action has been fair with some limits reported each week. The county will be planting 750 pounds of trout each week on Thursday in the large lake. DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago. Information: 909-887-7540.

Feb
04

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

DIAMOND VALLEY: The trout bite was fair over the past week, in spite of nasty weather over the weekend. A 1,000-pound of Mt. Lassen trout went in last week as did DFW rainbows. Previous DFW plants were two weeks ago, and the last Mt. Lassen plant was four weeks ago. The shoreline around the marina, the launch ramp, and at both dams have been the best spots for the rainbows with spinners, small trout spoons, or MiceTails top baits. Very light fishing pressure and few striper reports, but a few have been reported by anglers trolling at the dams. Largemouth bass are fair, but most fish are in deep water or suspended off points. Very little fishing pressure. No reports on other species. The launch ramp is closed due to low water levels, but rental boats will remain available through the marina. For general lake and launch information, call 800-590-LAKE. For fishing and boat rental info call the marina at 951-926-7201 or www.dvmarina.com or Last Chance Bait and Tackle at 951-658-7410 or www.lastchancetackle.com.

PERRIS: A surprise crappie bite popped up over the past week in the marina with fish up to 2-8 reported. Most have been landed on small jigs topped with a Crappie Nibble or a meal worm fished right above the bottom. Otherwise, things have been tough. A few trout are still showing after the DFW plant two weeks ago with the best action from Sail Cove to Lot No. 6 and around Alessandro Island. The bass action has been slow in deep water (15 to 40 feet) on plastics and nightcrawlers, especially near the dam. Bluegill and redear slowed way down with only the odd fish showing on a jig or small bait on a jig. No reports of other species. The launch ramp remains open. The reconstruction of the Lake Perris dam is ongoing. During the process, the entire dam and Bernasconi Beach side of the lake, including the Bernasconi Beach parking area, will be closed to public access. (The closure includes the bicycle trail on the east side of the lake.) The recreation area remains open, including access for fishing, boating, camping, and hiking. The west side of the lake will remain open. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged at Silverwood or Diamond Valley will also be allowed at Perris. Information: marina 951-657-2179, state park 951-940-5600.

SKINNER: The bite slowed across the board with the colder, wet weather this past weekend. The stripers have been fair, especially early in the morning at the dsam on cut baits, topwater, and rip baits. The largemouth bass bite is also pretty fair on plastic worms. Best largemouth reported was a 6-1 caught by Jackson Williams, Yucaipa, while a six-even bass was landed by Cheryl Clementson, Elsinroe, on a nightcrawler. Other species have been slow, except for the trout. There were DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Most of the trout have been showing around Ramp No. 2, most on small spinners, Power Mice, or floating baits. There will not be any county trout plants this season. Information: store 951-926-1505, marina 951-926-8515, entrance kiosk 951-926-1541.

ELSINORE: Slow fishing with few reports. For more fishing information, call William’s Bait, Tackle, and Boat Rental at 951-642-0640 or go to www.williamsboatandtackle.com.

CORONA: The lake is temporarily closed. Information: www.fishinglakes.com.

FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: Information: 909-795-0171 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MountainValleyResort.

Feb
04

SAN JACINTO MOUNTAIN WATERS

LAKE HEMET: DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Carp bowfishing is allowed Monday through Thursday but bow fishermen must check in first. Information: Lake Hemet campground 951-659-2680.

LAKE FULMOR AREA: No recent DFW plants in Fulmor Lake or Strawberry Creek. Information: 951-659-2117.

Feb
04

ORANGE COUNTY

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: The trout bite has been good with weekly plants, including some very large trout. Best fish reported this past week was a 22-pound rainbow landed by Jose Chua, San Gabriel, while using garlic PowerBait for bait. Other big fish included, an 11-11 landed by Paul Hansen, Newport Bach, on a B-Line worm, and an 11-8 caught by Blake Brewart, Pacific Palisades. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at www.fishinglakes.com.

IRVINE LAKE: Lake concession lease ends in March and no more trout plants are going in this year. Fishing has been slow to fair with very few trout and catfish showing. The best action has been on bass, which are pretty fair on plastics around deeper structure. No limit on trout or catfish. All boating, including use of rental boats, has been suspended here as of Sept. 5. Information: 714-649-9111 or go to irvinelake.net.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: A 2,000-pound trout plant was slated to go in this week. Next plants will be Feb. 15 (1,500 pounds), Feb. 29 (1,800 pounds), Mar. 14 (1,000 pounds), and March 28 (1,000 pounds). There are no fishing fees this season, only the $5 parking fee on weekends (or $3 during the week). For more information, 949-923-2240 or go to ocparks.com/parks/lagunan/.

Feb
04

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Pretty fair catfish action on one- to 1 1/2-pound fish. The best bite has been on nightcrawlers, mackerel, or small pieces of garlic-soaked cut baits in the mud lines in the backs of most coves. The largemouth and smallmouth have also been slow to fair, with smallmouth around Drake Cove or E-Point the best bet on spinners and shad imitations. Other species have been very slow, but the occasional crappie to two pounds have been reported by trout trollers. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 10-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.

CASITAS: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. The action on the rainbows has remained pretty fair and a few bigger fish from the Tailwalker plant in December continue to show. The best action has been in the marina area, across from the marina, and for trollers working off the mouth of the marina. Matt Purnell, Ventura, landed a three-pound rainbow. The bass bite has remained slow to fair with most of the fish on jigging spoons or ice jigs, but some are showing on plastics or nightcrawlers. Buddy Morton, Meiners Oaks, caught a six-pound bass on a Carolina-rigged plastic. The odd crappie to 2-8 is still showing on small jigs or slow-trolled trolled shad-like baits. Other species very slow. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: Very little fishing pressure. DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago. A few trout are showing around the launch ramp after plants, but the fish are dispersing quickly and the action only last a few days near the ramp. Best action on PowerBait, Power Mice, or inflated nightcrawlers with garlic scent. The trout are bringing up some bigger stripers that are showing on trout-like swimbaits. There has also been a slow to fair bite on three to five pounders on small, shad-life swimbaits, spoons, and some on cut baits, especially on sardines in 60 feet of water. The largemouth bass action is slow with most of the action in 15 to 50 feet of water on plastics and jigging spoons. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Cold, stormy weekend cut the already light fishing pressure and slowed the action even more over the past week. There is a slow bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics in deeper water, and boat anglers are also using jigging spoons as the fish suspend in 25 to 60 feet of water. Catfish are slow in 20 to 60 feet of water on cut baits, and there continues to be the odd crappie showing, with most in the one to two-pound range. Other species are very slow. The launch ramp is open. Water level is very low and boater should be aware that lake hazards exist with the low lake levels. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: DFW trout plant two and four weeks ago. The trout bite has been slow to fair near the launch ramp, especially along the best to the southwest of the ramp. Best action on small spinners or spoons, with PowerBait or PowerMice also getting some fish. Stripers are fair with most fish from one to four pounds. Best action has been for anglers slow-trolling or fishing cut baits at the dam or channel, but some bigger fish have been showing on swimbaits, especially right after the plants. A few catfish are showing on cut baits but this bite is slow. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action on plastics and reaction baits, but most of the fish are in deep water now on jigging spoons. Bluegill and redear slow. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: Most of the city and county parks are being planted with trout every two to three weeks by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. However, no plants are scheduled in Los Angeles or Orange counties this week. This could change. Anglers can check the trout plants on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Feb
04

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

TOP NEWS: With trout plant season in full swing across San Diego county, the best rainbow action continues to be at lakes getting planted with private hatchery fish. Jennings is the top dog in plants. It was planted with 2,000-pounds of rainbows last week with another 2,500-pounds is slated for this week. Wohlford is getting plants alternating weeks, with one last week and another scheduled for next week. Other lakes getting private plants every two weeks include Dixon, also which had plants last week and will get them again next week. Poway’s 21st Annual Youth Fish Derby is this Saturday and the lake is closed to fishing and boating this week (Feb. 1-5). The lake will receive a 3,000-pound trout plant before the derby.

Top fish this past week: At Poway, an 11-pound rainbow was landed John Thomas, San Diego, fishing at the buoy line with a mini jig.

DFW stocking news: There are no DFW plants in San Diego County this week.

BARRETT: Closed. Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml, Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

HODGES: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 760-432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.

LOWER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.

UPPER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474. Concession: 619-397-5212.

MURRAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-466-4847 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Concession: 619-466-4847.

MIRAMAR: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Marina concession: 858-527-1722. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

SUTHERLAND: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.

WOHLFORD: Lake information: 760-839-4346 or www.wohlfordlake.com

DIXON LAKE: Lake information: 760-839-4680 or www.dixonlake.com.

POWAY: Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.

JENNINGS: Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.

MORENA: Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.

CUYAMACA: Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org.

HENSHAW: Information: 760-782-3501.

Feb
04

COLORADO RIVER

ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado Rivers. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.

FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.

TOP NEWS: Very light fishing pressure all along the Colorado River. The top bites have been the striper action in Lake Mohave and Lake Havasu. Mohave has been the better of the two with slow to fair action, with Havasu a little slower. In Lake Mohave, the fish are showing in the mouths of coves and off points from Katherine’s Landing to the dam. Most are one to three pounders, but there are eight to 15 pounders in this action. In Havasu, the bite is also in the southern end of the lake, mostly on cut baits in deep water. Some stripers are also showing below Davis Dam in the river around Bullhead City. Trout action improved in below Davis Camp and in the Rotary Park areas after plants in both areas two weeks ago. Most are pan-sized, but some to three pounds. Small spinners or spoons have been getting limits. Other species mostly slow.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Feb
04

LOWER DESERT WATERS

SALTON SEA: Very slow tilapia action with the water temperature down significantly with cold nights. The park entrance fee is $5 with self-registration. The water is so low that launching is nearly impossible except for small boats (boaters should check with the main office at the recreation area before bringing a boat). The camp store is open Friday through Sunday. Information: Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (open Friday-Sunday). Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).

Feb
04

EASTERN SIERRA

GENERAL UPDATE: The general season closed Sunday, Nov. 15. A number of waters remain open to year-around, catch-and-release fishing. Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com, and www.SierraDrifters.com.

TOP NEWS: Almost no fishing pressure anywhere, but a handful of anglers for fishing the upper Owens above Crowley for the big rainbows and cutthroat hybrids that pack into the river in the winter. The East Walker River has had little pressure, but anglers fishing are getting a few rainbows in the Miracle Mile stretch and some browns below the bridge, mostly on midges or small nymphs. The West Walker River has been untouched. Hot Creek continues to have some pretty good midge and baetis hatches but light fishing pressure. The lower Owens River has low flows and fair action on small nymphs or streamers.

BRIDGEPORT REGION: Information: Ken’s Sporting Goods 760-932-7707 or www.kenssport.com.

MAMMOTH AREA: Information: The Troutfitter at 760-934-2517.

BISHOP AND BIG PINE AREA: Fishing information: Culver’s Sporting Goods 760-872-8361, Sierra Drifters Guide Service 760-935-4250, or Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop 760-873-0010.

Feb
04

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite has been pretty fair with the action almost exclusively on live, large minnows. Very few catfish are showing on other baits, but a few have been caught on mackerel. Catfish to 10 pounds or better have been reported. No reports on other species. The 2016 Lake Isabella Trout Derby will be March 19-21. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: DFW trout plant in upper river next week. The upper stretch has been very slow for bait and lure anglers with no trout plants this fall-winter season, and the bite for fly anglers on the upper river near Johnsondale Bridge is also slow on wild fish. The lower river is very low and the bite is very slow. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The largemouth bass bite has been pretty good in the Lerdo and Lost Hills stretches, with a fair number of stripers showing, too. Most of this action has been on live minnows. The Highway 166 stretch is also pretty decent for both largemouth and stripers. Few catfish. Anglers are reminded the Department of Water Resources (DWR) is repairing the lining and underlying embankment of the California Aqueduct near Taft. Repairs on a leak in the lining began January 11 and are expected to be completed by mid-February. Areas outside of the work stretch continue to have water. 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: Very slow fishing and few fishing reports.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Still the odd trout showing from the DFW plant three weeks ago. Most of the fish are showing on inflated nightcrawlers or PowerBait with garlic scent. Other species are very slow with only a few bass being reported. Derby dates: The Sheriff’s Activity League fund-raising derby will be held Feb. 20, while the Bakersfield Fire Fighter’s Derby will be March 5. Trout plants are slated to go in for both events.

HART PARK LAKE: There has been a slow bite on crappie, most three-quarter pound or bigger, on small minnows. The volume of crappie is not great, but the quality has been pretty good. Other species are very slow with only the occasional bass on plastics or live minnows. Almost no fishing pressure.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The bass bite has been slow with only a few fish on plastics or nightcrawlers, and no reports on other species. Very light fishing pressure.

MING LAKE: The bite on quality crappie has been fair over the past week, with the cold, wet weather knocking down the good action. The quality of the fish being caught is still good, up to three pounds, and the bite has been on small minnows. Other species very slow. DFW trout plant three weeks ago, but the odd rainbow is still showing on garlic nightcrawlers or PowerBait. Other species are very slow.

BRITE LAKE: DFW plant slated for next week. No reports.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The trout action has slowed but a few fish continue to show after the plant last week. Most of the trout are 1 1/2 to two pound rainbows with the best action on PowerBait in rainbow garlic and garlic or nightcrawlers with garlic scent. Also still a few crappie showing on small minnows. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: Few reports. Slow overall fishing with only an occasional bass.

SUCCESS LAKE: Very light fishing pressure. The bass bite has been slow with most of the action in deep water on bait, plastics, jigs, or spoons. Slow other species. 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 slow to fair with most of the action on baits and spoons in deeper water. Other species very slow. 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/.