CARP DERBY: Bob’s Bait Bucket’s annual month-long carp derby is ongoing through August. 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 carp weighed in during August will take the $100 prize, plus all the entry fee money from everyone entered. There are 40 entries so far and the leader is Richard George, Bakersfield, with a 9-8 carp. For more information or to register, call Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.
LAKE ISABELLA: There continues to be a fair to good catfish bite on with the best bite on super meal worms, dip baits, and mackerel. Most cats up into the six pounds, occasionally a bigger fish. Other species have been slow with very little fishing pressure with the heat. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.
KERN RIVER: The Kern River has stayed fair to good for trout. The most recent plant was two weeks ago in sections 4 through 6 (above Isabella), and no more plants are on the schedule. Best bite on the planted trout has been crickets and salmon eggs. For fly anglers, the bite is fair to good, especially in the upper river near Johnsondale Bridge for wild fish. Lots of different surface action and hatches now. Flows are about 160 cfs coming into Isabella and around 500 cfs below the dam. In the lower river the bass and catfish bites are both good with the bass on spinners while the cats are best on clams. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Very mossy which makes fishing tough, but the bite for catfish remains pretty fair for the diligent anglers working through the problems. Most are two to five pounders. The best action has been on sardines, chicken liver, and dip baits. The striper bite has also come back on with the coming full moon, and they have been best on blood worms. Other species are very slow. 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 bobsbaitbucket.com.
MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: Very slow.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Very slow overall fishing with only an occasional bluegill being caught. Also an occasional bass or carp.
HART PARK LAKE: Fair bluegill action with the best bite on wax worms, meal worms, crickets, and red worms. Slow bass action on Senkos, brush hawgs, plastics, small jigs, minnows or nightcrawlers early in the morning. Only the odd catfish reported.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Slow fishing and light fishing pressures. Only a few bluegill reported. Other species even slower.
MING LAKE: The bluegill action is fair. Most fish are showing on meal worms, wax worms, and crickets. Also a very slow bass bite on live minnows, plastic worms, and swim baits early in the day.
BRITE LAKE: A few bluegill and small crappie, otherwise a very slow bite.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bluegill bite is fair on wax worms, red worms, and meal worms. There is also a slow bite on small catfish with most anglers fishing dip baits. Other species very slow with only the odd bass. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or bobsbaitbucket.com.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Overall slow fishing with few reports. Some bluegill on the usual baits. Other species very slow.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite has been fair on plastics and reaction baits. Bluegill good in some coves, and the odd catfish has been reported. The new marina is in operation. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, sequoiafishingcompany.com.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish showing on drop-shot plastics, and some on reaction baits and topwater early in the day. Fair to good bluegill action, but most fish smaller. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.