CATFISH DERBY: Bob’s Bait Bucket’s annual month-long July catfish derby started July 1. 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. The biggest catfish weighed in during July will take the $100 prize, plus all the entry fee money from everyone entered. There are currently 207 anglers signed up so the pot is at $307. The current leader is Victor Jacquez, Bakersfield, who landed a 40-pound catfish this week on chicken liver from Buena Victa. Carp Derby starts Aug. 1. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.
LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite continues to provide some of the best action in the region with most of the fish moving into deeper water (15-feet plus) and the bite has been red hot. The best action is garlic shrimp, chicken liver, shad, nightcrawlers and Secret 7 catfish bait. Most of the fish are still nice two to four-pound class fish and strigers of 15 to 25 fish have been common. The crappie bite is tough but a few are still showing on minnows. The bass, trout, and bluegill bites have all been pretty slow. A few bass are showing in an early morning topwater bite. Carp anglers are doing pretty fair on homemade dough baits and Powder Bait. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.
KERN RIVER: The upper river has been fair this past week for bait and lure anglers fishing for planted and wild rainbows, but the last plants were four weeks ago and none are scheduled for this week or next week. Fly anglers are seeing generally good early morning or afternoon action on wild fish with better action upriver near the Johnsondale Bridge or above. In the lower river flows are very low, but the smallmouth and largemouth bass have been pretty good on nightcrawlers, plastics and Roostertails. The catfish bite has also been pretty good in the bigger pools on garlic shrimp or nightcrawlers. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Light fishing pressure with the heat. The striper bite is fair to good with mostly small fish in the catch right now. Small cranks, blood worms, lug worms, and sardines are the top baits for the stripers. Catfish are very good with a lot of nice cats showing in this bite. The action is mostly on garlic shrimp, shad, chicken liver, and mackerel. Other species have been slow. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com
MILL CREEK PARK: Most of the action has been for bluegill on crickets and wax worms and carp on Powder Bait. There are also still a few catfish showing on nightcrawlers.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Bluegill are very good on most of the small baits, especially on wax worms, meal worms, crickets, or red worms. The carp bite is good on dough baits. A few bass continue to show early on plastics or topwater.
HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill action is good on wax worms and meal worms. The carp action is also very good on Powder Bait. A rare bass is still showing early and late.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The carp action has been good on dough baits, especially Powder Bait. The bluegill are also good, while the bass have slowed with only a few fish early and late in the day on nightcrawlers, plastics, and Brush Hawgs. The bluegill are best on wax worms, meal worms, or crickets, and most are in less than 10 feet of water.
MING LAKE: Very good carp action on homemade dough baits or Powder Bait. The bluegill are also very good on wax worms and meal worms. The largemouth bass bite is tough, but a few are showing on plastics and nightcrawlers early and late in the day
BRITE LAKE: The bluegill action is pretty good on wax worms, crickets, and meal worms. Few reports of other species.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The catfish and bluegill bites are both pretty good. The catfish are best on garlic shrimp, shad, or nightcrawlers at night, but most are on the small side. However, Victor Jacquez, Bakersfield, caught a 40-pound catfish this week on chicken liver. Bluegill are showing on wax worms, meal worms, red worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces. The carp bite is fair to good on Powder Bait and other dough baits. The bass action is very slow with only a few on topwater, plastics and nightcrawlers early in the day. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Good bluegill and carp action, while a few catfish and bass are showing. The ëgills are best on meal or wax worms. Carp are best on homemade dough baits or Powder Bait.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bluegill action is also pretty good on wax worms and meal worms. A fair number of carp and catfish. Bass spotty. Other species still slow. Information: 559-781-2078.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been spotty on nightcrawlers, but the bluegill and carp bites are pretty good. The bluegill bite is best on meal worms, wax worms, crickets, and small jigs, while the carp are best on dough baits. Information: 559-597-2526.