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 6- to 10-inch fish, boat and float tube anglers are getting good numbers of bigger fish to 1 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 2 pounds with some to 6 or 7 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.