STRIPER DERBY: Bob’s Bait Bucket’s annual month-long striper derby is ongoing through June. 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 striper weighed in during June will take the $100 prize, plus all the entry fee money from everyone entered. So far 62 have signed up (so pot is $112), and the leader is Mike Brown, Bakersfield, with a 5-7 striper from the aqueduct. For more information or to register, call Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.
LAKE ISABELLA: The trout action has been fair to good near the dam, with a lot of quality trout up to three pounds or better showing on Thomas Buoyants and salmon peach PowerBait. Trolling has been the best bet. There also continues to be a fair catfish bite on minnows, garlic shrimp and dip baits, with fish up into the 6 pound class pretty common. The crappie bite has been slow with only a few sporadic reports of a few fish up in the trees. Some bluegill and bass reported, but mostly slow action. The water level is rocketing up. Lake level is at 27 percent (up from 8 percent at last year this time). Flows have been 19,000 cfs coming in and 800 cfs going out this week. 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 fair to good for trout with weekly plants in sections 4 through 6, and all sections received trout last week and are slated to get fish again this week week. The number of fish planted is still down from previous years, but the quality has been excellent with a lot of two to four-pound class rainbows. 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 with a major crane fly hatch lasting all day and an afternoon blue-wing olive hatch with some surface trout activity. Flows are up with runoff this week with the heat. The lower river is low (400 cfs) but ideal for fishing. Trout spotty, but a few bass and catfish are starting to show as water temperatures rise. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Very good striped bass action and increasing numbers of fish over the minimum keeper size. The flow has been up and down over the past few days, but the fishing is best when the water is moving. Best action has been on blood and lug worms, sardines, Gitzits, Rat-L-Traps, and bucktail jigs. Not much on topwater. Continued fair to good catfish action but the number of big fish has dropped off. Still lots of two to five pounders. The best action has been on sardines, chicken liver, and dip baits. Only the odd largemouth showing on swimbaits, plastics, and live minnows. 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: Water flowing again, and the catfish bite has been fair on nightcralwers. Other species have been slow.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The bass action has been slow to fair over the past week with only a few bass showing on Senkos, Brush Hawgs, plastic worms, and nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite is finally starting but still not hot.
HART PARK LAKE: Fair bass action on Senkos, brush hawgs, plastics, small jigs, minnows or nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite is very good with the warm weather kicking the bite into gear. Best action on wax worms and meal worms. A few catfish have been reported.
TRUXTUN LAKE: A fair bass bite on plastic worms, live minnows, or Senko-type baits, and the bluegill bite has been improving. Robert Thomas, Bakersfield, landed a 7-13 catfish. Few other reports, with only a few bluegill or carp reported.
MING LAKE: The bluegill action is very good — the best in the Bakersfield area right now. Most fish are showing on meal worms, wax worms, and crickets (which have been in short supply this past week). Also a fair bass bite on live minnows, plastic worms, and swim baits.
BRITE LAKE: There is a faur crappie bite on half- to three-quarter pounders and an occasional bigger fish, but it has slowed since last week. The is by far the best crappie bite in the region now. Most are showing on small minnows and jigs. Also some bass showing and the odd trout.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: There is a fair to good bite on small catfish with most anglers fishing dip baits. The bluegill bite is getting better daily, but still just fair. Best action on meal worms or wax worms. Only the occasional bass reported. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or bobsbaitbucket.com.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Some bass on cranks, and minnows, catfish on mackerel. Few reports, but the bass are fair, and a few bluegill have been caught on warmer days.
SUCCESS LAKE: Water level is coming up with the lake about 65 to 70 percent, and the bass bite has been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits. A few panfish starting to show, along with the odd catfish. Slow other species. The new marina is in operation. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, sequoiafishingcompany.com. For updated fishing reports, go to the Fresno Bee report at fresnobee.com/sports/outdoors/hunting-fishing/.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been good with a lot of fish showing on drop-shot plastics, and some on reaction baits and nightcrawlers. Most fish in less than 15 feet of water. Bluegill just starting to show in good numbers. Other species still very slow. Launch ramp open, lake near full. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212. For updated fishing reports, go to the Fresno Bee report at .fresnobee.com/sports/outdoors/hunting-fishing/.