Fishing Picks of the Week

1. Crappie move to the top pick with bites lighting up all over the southern third of the state. There has been excellent action at Lower Otay and Lake Isabella, and a number of stops in between, but the best bite this week has been at Lake Isabella where 25-fish limits have been coming in regularly. The fish are running from a 0.5-pounds up to 2 pounds, and 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 Bob’s Bait Bucket in Bakersfield at 661-833-8657.

2. And staying in the top picks for another week: The excellent rockfish bite for anglers fishing on boats running out of the Oxnard, Santa Barbara, Ventura landings, and the Morro Bay-Avila region. The action remains pretty much wide open. While wind can be a problem, when the sea calms down limits of rockfish, with whitefish and lingcod in the mix, are common. For an update on this bite, visit for the latest fish counts from this week.

3. The carp bite broke at Apollo Park Lake in the High Desert also stays in the picks this week with a pretty incredible volume of big fish showing. Tops reported this week was a 24-pounder. Most anglers were getting nice stringers of five or six fish. The best action has been on homemade dough baits and mulberry Magic Bait for carp. Strawberry jello has been the favored dip for all these baits. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

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