LAKE ISABELLA: Not much change and continued light fishing pressure. The catfish bite continues to provide fair to good action. The fish remain in 15-feet of water or more and the bite is best on garlic shrimp, chicken liver, shad, nightcrawlers, and some of the prepared baits. Top spots have been Red’s Marina, Paradise Cove, or French Gulch. Most of the fish are still nice two to four-pound class fish. The crappie action has muddled along in the trees in the North Fork in 16 to 20 feet of water on small minnows and crappie jigs. Other species slow. Carp anglers are doing pretty fair on homemade dough baits and Powder Bait. Lake level at about nine percent of capacity, but launch ramps in South Fork and near the dam remain open, but a four-wheel drive is the best option for getting boats in and out. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.
KERN RIVER: Locals report a DFW trout stock last week on upper Kern (not on DFW plant list) and the bite has improved, especially with salmon eggs or small spinners for the planters. Still light fishing pressure. Fly anglers continue to have fair action on wild fish, with the action progressively better the further upstream you go. Some decent evening caddis hatches. In the lower river flows are very low, but there has been a pretty good catfish bite, mostly on nightcrawlers, and the smallmouth action is finally starting to improve. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Good action on stripers, and while most of the fish are still under keeper size, the bite has gotten better with the cooler evenings. Most of the fish are still showing on blood worms, lug worms, sardine, Gitzit-like baits and cranks. The catfish bite also remains fair on garlic shrimp, shad, chicken liver, and mackerel. Quite a few fish topping five pounds. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.
MILL CREEK PARK: There has been a pretty good bite on channel catfish for anglers fishing nightcrawlers. Also a few smallmouths showing on the same bait. There continues to be a fair bite for bluegill on crickets and wax worms and carp on Powder Bait.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Bluegill are good on most of the small baits, especially on wax worms, meal worms, crickets, or red worms. The carp bite is good on dough baits. A few bass continue to show early on plastics or topwater, mostly frogs fishing on weeds.
HART PARK LAKE: Almost no fishing pressure this past week. The bluegill action is fair to good on wax worms and meal worms. The carp action is also good on Powder Bait. The bass bite is improving with some fish on frogs fished on the weed matts or spinnerbaits on the edges of the weeds.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The crappie bite continues here with fish still being report on small minnows. Light fishing pressure, but some of the fish are decent-sized. There has been a pretty fair bite on bass in the evenings on live minnows, spinnerbaits, and Brush Hawgs. The carp action has been fair on dough baits, especially Powder Bait. The bluegill are also fair on wax worms, meal worms, or crickets, and most are in less than 10 feet of water.
MING LAKE: Fair to good carp action on homemade dough baits or Powder Bait. The bluegill are fair on wax worms and meal worms. The largemouth bass bite has been improving with more and more fishing on frong imitations and spinnerbaits.
BRITE LAKE: The bluegill action is pretty good on wax worms, crickets, and meal worms. Few reports of other species.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The date for the 2014 Taft Chamber of Commerce Trout Derby has been set for Nov. 15. Overall light fishing pressure. The largemouth bass bite has improved with some fish showing on frogs fished on weed mats or spinnerbaits. The catfish and bluegill bites remain fair. The catfish are best on garlic shrimp, shad, or nightcrawlers at night, but most are on the small side. Bluegill are showing on wax worms, meal worms, red worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces. The carp bite is fair to good on Powder Bait and other dough baits. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Fair bluegill and carp action, while a few catfish and bass are showing. The ëgills are best on meal or wax worms. Carp are best on homemade dough baits or Powder Bait.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is improving with pretty good action on topwater lures or crankbaits as the bass start chasing the schooled up shad in early mornings or evenings. Best action around the exposed islands. Fair catfish action in the evenings with crawdads, chicken livers or anchovies. The launch ramp is still available on the Rocky Hill side, but falling water levels have made launching difficult. The lake is only at about four percent of capacity. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com. For updated fishing reports, go to the Fresno Bee report at http://www.fresnobee.com/fishing/index.html.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass are holding on the ledges or rock piles and providing fair action on cranks and drop-shot plastics. The shad are starting to ball up throughout the lake and the bass are chasing the baitfish. Bluegill and carp are both fair to good with jumbo red worms or wax worms best for the bluegill, while dough balls are best for the carp in the shallows. A few crappie showing on exposed structure throughout the lake. Catfish are fair to good with chicken livers, sardines, anchovies or dip baits, particularly in the evenings. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212. For updated fishing reports, go to the Fresno Bee report at http://www.fresnobee.com/fishing/index.html.