1. The trout opener lived up to the hype, and Bridgeport Reservoir was probably the hotspot in the region producing a steady succession of big fish and limits of rainbows with a sprinkling of nice browns. The Bridgeport Fish Enhancement Foundation stocked the region heavily, and Bridgeport got a lot of those trophy fish, and it showed. Once the current snowstorm blows past this week, this is the best bet. For the most up-to-date conditions and reports, check with Ken’s Sporting Goods in Bridgeport at 760-932-7707.
2. Lake Isabella crappie bite stays in the top picks. While a lot of the fish being caught by shore anglers are six to 10-inch fish, boat and float tube anglers are getting good numbers of bigger fish to a pound or so from deeper water. The bite is best on small minnows or jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles under a bobber. For an update on this action, check with the staff at Bob’s Bait Bucket in Bakersfield at 661-833-8657.
3. The Pyramid Lake striper bite has been excellent and moves into the top picks this week. Lots of limits of fish around two pounds with some to six or seven pounds, and even the occasional bigger fish. The best bite has been on cut baits and lug worms, and there are also a lot of catfish showing in this bite. For an update on this action, check with the Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.