Where they're biting

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1. The California Aqueduct stays the top pick yet another week, in spite of colder conditions and wind this week. There is good striper action in both the southern San Joaquin Valley and Antelope Valley stretches. The action is still best early and late in the day. The best bite has been on shad-like lures or lug or blood worms. The catfish bite is also pretty decent on chicken liver, sardines, or other cut bait and drifted along the bottom, especially in areas where the flow is constricted, interrupted, or bends. The overall size of the stripers has been increasing in the Bakersfield region (many over the 18-inch mimimum, now), and fish to seven pounds have been reported in the Antelope Valley stretch this week. Most of the cats are two to six pounds in both areas. For updates on this bite, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824 for the Palmdale to Hesperia stretch and Bob’s Bait Bucket at 661-833-8657 for the Taft region.

2. The striper bite at Lake Silverwood wedges its way into the top picks this week with a lot of 10-fish limited reported by anglers over the past week, and most of the fish are from two to five pounds. The fish are showing at the marina docks and at the dam on shad, anchovies, nightcrawlers, and lug worms. For an update on this bite, call the marina at 760-389-2299.

3. The Kern River’s trout action both above and below Lake Isabella stays in the top picks, with more DFW trout plants in the upper and lower river this week. Lots of limits in both areas being reported with fish to five pounds. The river flows are perfect for fishing. Salmon eggs, nightcrawlers, and SuperDupers in both the upper and lower river are the best baits. For an update on this bite, call Bob’s Bait Bucket at 661-833-8657.



HESPERIA LAKE: The catfish bite remains good, and weekly plants continue on Thursdays. With the water temperature dropping (currently about 70 degrees), it won’t be long before trout season kicks off here. Check with the lake office about when the first plants will arrive. The catfish have been good on a variety of cut baits and nightcrawlers, and adding scent has increased their effectiveness. Several limits reported along with some nice topping four pounds. Mohammed Ahmed and Aaleya Ahmed, both Victorville, had a pair of five-fish limits, and the biggest fish was a 9-8. Both were fishing with a shrimp and nightcrawler combo off the north shore. Lake information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: The trout action is slowly improving as the water cools with chilly nights. Slow to fair action on both lake on PowerBait in the spring green, garlic, and rainbow configurations, nightcrawlers, and some of the small jigs and plastics. Best spots include the northern and eastern shores of lake 2 and the grassy point and western shore near the drain of lake 3. Bass are slow with a few showing on Senkos, plastics, and nightcrawlers from the northern and eastern shores of lake 2. Catfish have been caught on the northern shore of lake 2 on shrimp and nightcrawlers in a slow to fair bite. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com

MOJAVE NARROWS: No reports. The park is only open Thursday through Monday, closed Tuesday and Wednesday. No news on when country trout plants will begin, and no DFW trout plants on the schedule yet. Information, call 760-245-2226.



APOLLO PARK LAKE: The lake is closed this week to fishing. It will reopen Saturday for the 2019 Winter Adult Classic Fishing Derby. Entry fee is $20 and trout has been planted with around 4,000 pounds of trout, including some trophy trout topping 10 pounds. There is a $1,000 first prize. Overall, the bluegill/warmouth and carp bites have remained good. The carp are best on dough baits fly-lined within 20 feet of shore, and the fish are running from eight inches up into double digit poundage, but nothing like the 28 pounder caught two weeks ago. The bluegill and warmouth are showing on any small bait fished under a bobber, but especially red worms and meal worms. They are small, but a lot of fun to catch. Few catfish reported this past week. The For more information on the derby, fishing updates on plants, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

JACKSON LAKE (NEAR WRIGHTWOOD): The most recent DFW trout plant was over a month ago, but some anglers are still reported decent catches of rainbows on PowerBait and nightcrawlers. There continues to be a fair to good bite on small bluegill on any small bait suspended under a bobber fished near the weeds, and some carp to three pounds have been reported. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: The lake closed to fishing Sunday, Oct. 6 and will reopen to fishing on Feb. 2 for the trout season kickoff. Call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club for membership and fishing information at 661-947-2884 or go to website at www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.

QUAIL LAKE: In spite of cold, windy weather, there is a good striper bite on fish averaging two to four pounds for anglers fishing at the outlet and along the north shore, especially between the islands. The best action has been on sardines or shad fished in combination with lug or blood worms. Nightcrawlers as the add-on bait also are working. Fewer boiling fish, but when the fish are up Rat-L-Traps, Zara Spooks, and big spoons are the best to use. The catfish bite also remains fair for anglers fishing at the outlet with big chunks of mackerel fly-lined at the outlet. Early and late in the day continue to be the best times to fish. A few bluegill and largemouth continue to show, but these bites are more spotty. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Hesperia to Quail Lake stretch): Cold, windy weather this week, but there continues to be a good bite early and late in the day on both stripers and catfish all along the aqueduct. There have been a lot of stripers from three to seven pounds and some bigger. The catfish also remain good on the chicken liver-nightcrawler or lug worm combo doused with scent. Anglers are getting fish at most bends and road crossings, weirs and siphons, throughout the Antelope Valley. The Palmdale and 25th Avenue area has been a hot spot and the 47th Avenue area has been crowded.  For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CENTRAL PARK LAKE (CALIFORNIA CITY): There continues to be a fair to  good bluegill bite with most of the fish small, but some up to hand-sized. Best action on nightcrawlers. The carp are also very good on dough baits. A few catfish reported again this week.

LITTLEROCK RESERVOIR: No reports again this week. The lake is normally open to walk-in fishing, but the Palmdale Water District has an ongoing sediment removal project and access is restricted at times. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.


SILVERWOOD: Fair to good fishing action for stripers and catfish, with a number of stripers limits reported in the past week. The fish are showing on anchovies, lug worms, and nightcrawlers around the dam, the marina, and in the Chemise area. Few boils reported this week. The quality has been improving. Mark Reines, Hesperia, had seven stripers to four on nightcrawlers at the dam. Dave Martinez, Hesperia, had a full limit of 10 stripers to five pounds, also on nightcrawlers at the dam. The catfish are best at the dock and into Cleghorn and Miller canyons, mostly on sardines and chicken liver with scent added. Fishing the cut baits in conjunction with a nightcrawler or blood/lug worm is also a good bet. Matt Hardy, Phelan, landed a seven-pound cat on anchovies off the docks. Very few largemouth bass on swimbaits or plastics. Bluegill and crappie are slow. Water levels at Silverwood have yo-yo up and down over the past week, but seem to have stabilized again at about 90 percent full. Anglers should be aware of health advisories for the consumption of fish from this lake because of high PCB and mercury levels in the fish flesh and skin. Here’s the direct link to a PDF brochure explaining consumption recommendations: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pdf_zip/081013KioskadvySilverwood.pdf. Dock fishing is allowed for $3 for adults, $2 for kids and seniors. Private boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Boats with wet lower units will be turned away. Boats inspected and tagged at Diamond Valley and Perris will be allowed at Silverwood. The park is open seven days a week. Information: marina 760-389-2299, state park 760-389-2281, Silverwood Country store 760-389-2423. 

BIG BEAR LAKE: The fall trout bite has continued pretty good but winds have made it cold and fishing difficult this week. There continued to be some bigger fish in the catch. Banks anglers are getting from two fish to limits from the Red House to Juniper Point along the North Shore. The action is best on Carolina rigs with long leaders of two to four-pound test fluorocarbon leaders and original or yellow garlic PowerBait. Trollers are working the same areas of the North Shore, especially in front of the West Launch Ramp to the Solar Observatory. The fish are in eight to 15 feet or water and whacking a variety of lures and slow-trolled/drifted baits at this depth. For information on fishing, call Big Bear Sporting Goods at 909-866-3222 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

GREGORY LAKE: The first Mt. Lassen plant of the season went in last week with a plant of 3,000 pounds of rainbows up to three pounds. Quite a few limits reported since the plant on PowerBait, small trout jigs, or MiceTails. DFW trout Monday three weeks ago. Lake and fishing information at 909-338-2233 or on the website at lakegregoryrecreation.com/fish. Fishing updates are posted infrequently on the park’s Facebook page or website.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE: While no private plants have gone in for a month-plus, the DFW planted trout here three weeks ago. The action is slow and the weather getting cold. PowerBait and inflated nightcrawlers are the best baits. The fish spread around the lake again. The website is www.gvlfishing.com and the Facebook page is Green Valley Lake Fishing.


CASTAIC: Winds continue to plague boat launching here this week with the lake closed to boating a number of days. The shoreline bite is still been pretty decent with both stripers and largemouth showing in afternoon and evening topwater bites. The largemouth are also showing on plastics in shad colors. The stripers have been pretty decent on the troll (when boats can get on the lake) or for anglers spooning or fishing cut baits on metered fish. A fair number of trout continue to show on PowerBait and garlic-scented trout plastics. The catfish have slowed down with the water temperature dropping. Bluegill and crappie still are biting around submerged trees and shrubs. Few carp reports, but Donald Chavez, Frazier Park, landed an eight-pound carp fishing a nightcrawler from shore. The lake’s elevation is pretty stable, with Castaic 86 percent full, down three percent from last week. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700. 

PYRAMID: Winds have hampered fishing again this week, and few striper boils reported. The best striper action has been for trollers working throughout the lake, but around Chumash Island and toward Yellowbar has been the best area. Kastmasters, Flukes, and umbrella rigs have been top trolling baits. Still some decent bait action for shore and boat anglers with lugworms, nightcrawlers, sardines, or anchovies. The top bank areas have been the rip rap in front of the boat shop or along the channel by the entrance booth. Most stripers two to three pounds with some bigger. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites have been good in most coves on soft plastic worms or drop-shot nightcrawlers during the day, with boiling fish on bait balls in the evening. Flukes and Senkos (rigged weedless) are best on the boiling fish. Most are 1-8 to 3-0. Few catfish or bluegill reports, but a few trout continue to show from deeper water in the channel near the front of the lake. Nightcrawlers and PowerBait fished in deep water with long leaders has been the ticket, with some showing in the marina area on spinners. The lake’s level is not changing much. It is at 92 percent full this week, the same as last week. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700. 


ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado Rivers. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.

FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.


LAKE ISABELLA: There continues to be a fair to good catfish bite, but continued light fishing pressure with colder nights. The action has been best early in the morning and again after late in the evening. Top baits have been the Triple S dip bait, clams, shad, sardines, chicken liver, all used with scent added. Many anglers are adding nightcrawlers to their cut baits to add motion. Lots of fish from three to six pounds and some bigger. Light pressure, so no crappie reports this week. Still fair largemouth bass action, especially early and late in the way when the fish are up chasing bait. The lake level continues to drop slowly with it down to 30 percent full this week, down from 31 percent full last week. Few trout or carp reports, and the bluegill bite has slowed to nearly nothing. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com, North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812, or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com

KERN RIVER: The trout bite is good in both the upper and lower river, and there were DFW plants in sections 3 and 6 this week. Salmon eggs, nightcrawlers, Blue Fox spinners, SuperDupers have all been getting fish. Ideal flows for fishermen in both the upper (400 cfs) and lower river (750 cfs). Also improved fly action on the upper river from Kernville up to the Johnsondale Bridge and above. There were some reported of trout to five pounds in the lower river this week. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite is good with more and more keeper-sized fish from 20 to 24 inches again this week. Many anglers are getting two-fish limits of keepers and catch-and-release anglers are getting 20 to 25 stripers per trip. The best bite has been on sardines or blood worms for bait and Gitzits, Flukes or Lucky Craft jerk baits (in shad colors) for artificials. The catfish bite is fair on cut baits and dip baits, especially in the Highway 166 area. More and more are showing in other areas as the weather and water cools. Lots of fish on Triple S dip bait, mackerel, blood or lug worms, or chicken liver fished along the bottom. Anglers are reminded the limit on stripers is two fish greater than 18 inches, while the largemouth limit is five fish. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: Little change here with the carp and bluegill bites slowing a little but still fair. The catfish action is spotty. Carp have been best on best on Wussy Bait and Powder Bait, while the catfish are showing on nightcrawlers or past baits. The bluegill are showing on crickets and wax worms. Bass are improving with the cooler weather, mostly on nightcrawlers and plastics. 

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Trout were planted Wednesday last week, and the action has been good on gold spinners, Phoebes, and Kastmasters, along with mini jigs. Bait anglers are using PowerBait or nightcrawlers with garlic oil. This was the first plant of the season, nearly a month before the first plant last year. The carp and bluegill bites are slowing but still fair most mornings and evenings, and a few bass are being caught early mornings on Senko-type baits, jigs, and crankbaits. The carp bite is best on dough baits, especially Wussy Bait and Powder Bait. The bluegill are best on wax worms or red worms. A few more bass reported this week. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: Trout were planted Wednesday last week, and the action has been pretty good since on PowerBait with garlic oil added. A few on Mice Tails or other small trout plastics, and gold spinners or Kastmasters are getting the rainbows. This was the first plant of the season, nearly a month before the first plant last year. The bass bite is improving here as nights cools, while the carp and bluegill bites are slowing to just fair. The bass are best on plastics, jigs, and reaction baits early and late in the day. The bluegill are best on wax and meal worms or red worms. The carp are best on Powder Bait, Wussy Bait, or other dough baits. A few smaller catfish are being reported on cut baits or paste baits.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Little change here. The carp and bluegill bites are both fair to good, especially morning and evening, but darn few anglers are out. The bass remain fair with a few on plastics or swimbaits early in the morning. The carp are best on Wussy Bait, Powder Bait, or a variety of homemade dough baits. The bluegill are showing in fair numbers on wax worms, red worms, crickets, and meal worms. The odd catfish is showing on Triple S Dip Bait. A few more bass are starting to show.

MING LAKE: The first DFW trout plant of the season went in two weeks ago, and the bite has finally started to slow down this week. The bite has been best on PowerBait or MiceTails with garlic oil, garlic nightcrawlers, or small trout jigs and gold spinners. Still a few carp showing on Powder Bait and Wussy Bait. The bluegill bit is fair on meal, wax, or red worms. A few bass on topwater or reaction baits early and then on live minnows or plastics.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant this week. This should perk the trout bite. There has continued to be a fair bite on small bluegill and warmouth near the aerator. Also still a few small largemouth around the weeds.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: Light fishing pressure, but there is a fair bluegill bite on wax worms, meal worms, or red worms. The catfish are slowish on cut baits with scents added, but the Triple S dip bait has been best. Early in the morning and late in the evening is best for the cats. The carp action is fair with fish to eight pounds, but few anglers. The best bite has been on Powder Bait or other dough baits. Some morning largemouth action and that has been improving with the cooler weather. Most of the action early and late on reacton baits or plastics. The trout season will kick off in late November with the first plants for the Nov. 23 Taft Chamber of Commerce Derby. General trout season will start after that event. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.


SUCCESS LAKE: The lake’s are mostly on structure and are showing in pretty good numbers early and late in the day on reaction baits and Senkos. Few crappie reports, but the bluegill action is fair on crickets, wax worms, or meal worms, but finding fish has been the challenge. Catfish are fair on cut baits. The lake level is about as low as it can get, falling to just 11 percent of capacity, a little more down from last week. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The lake level continues to sit at just eight percent full. This is about as low as it gets. The bite is still slow to fair, but some bass are showing early and late in surface baits on reaction baits and small swimbaits. A few bluegill and catfish being reported. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.


Top Eastern Sierra fishing report web sites are: www.KensSport.com (Bridgeport region), www.TheTroutFly.com (Mammoth Lakes region), and www.SierraDrifters.com (Bishop and Mammoth Lakes region). 


For trout plants statewide, you can visit the DFW’s stocking page at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/.

This week’s trout plants: In Kern and Tulare County, sections 3 and 6 of the Kern River will be planted along with Brite Valley Reservoir. 


For the most comprehensive and up-to-date ocean fishing available, go to www.976-TUNA.com.


Please feel free to send your freshwater or saltwater fishing reports and fishing photos to Jim Matthews, Outdoor News Service, at odwriter@verizon.net and the information will be included in the weekly report. If you have questions or comments, please call Matthews at 909-887-3444.

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