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 caro weighed in during August will take the $100 prize, plus all the entry fee money from everyone entered. No entries so far. The July catfish derby was won with a 30-pounder caught out of Buena Vista Lakes by Joe Crompton, Bakersfield. He won a $195 prize. 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 clams and mackerel this past week. Also still fish being caught on chicken liver and dip baits. Most cats up into the 6 pounds, occasionally a bigger fish. Other species have been slow with very little fishing pressure with the heat. Some bluegill and bass reported, but mostly slow action. 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 been very good for trout with weekly plants in sections 4 through 6 (above Isabella). This may be the last week of plants. The quality of the planted trout has been fair to good with a lot of two to four-pound class rainbows mixed in with the pan-sized fish. Best bite on the planted trout has been spinners, 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 have dropped to about 200 cfs coming into Isabella and around 500 cfs below the dam. In the lower river trout are spotty, but a few bass and catfish are starting to show as flows make this stretch more fishable. 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 good for the diligent anglers working through the problems. Still lots of 2 to 5 pounders. The best action has been on sardines, chicken liver, and dip baits. Other species have slowed to nothing. 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 was worms, red worms, and meal worms. There is also a slow bite on small catfish with most anglers fishing dip baits, but a 30-pounder was caught by Joe Crompton, Bakersfield, to top of his stringer. 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.