LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite has been pretty fair with the action almost exclusively on live, large minnows. Very few catfish are showing on other baits, but a few have been caught on mackerel. Catfish to 10 pounds or better have been reported. No reports on other species. The 2016 Lake Isabella Trout Derby will be March 19-21. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.
KERN RIVER: DFW trout plant in upper river next week. The upper stretch has been very slow for bait and lure anglers with no trout plants this fall-winter season, and the bite for fly anglers on the upper river near Johnsondale Bridge is also slow on wild fish. The lower river is very low and the bite is very slow. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The largemouth bass bite has been pretty good in the Lerdo and Lost Hills stretches, with a fair number of stripers showing, too. Most of this action has been on live minnows. The Highway 166 stretch is also pretty decent for both largemouth and stripers. Few catfish. Anglers are reminded the Department of Water Resources (DWR) is repairing the lining and underlying embankment of the California Aqueduct near Taft. Repairs on a leak in the lining began January 11 and are expected to be completed by mid-February. Areas outside of the work stretch continue to have water. 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 www.bobsbaitbucket.com.
MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: Very slow fishing and few fishing reports.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Still the odd trout showing from the DFW plant three weeks ago. Most of the fish are showing on inflated nightcrawlers or PowerBait with garlic scent. Other species are very slow with only a few bass being reported. Derby dates: The Sheriff’s Activity League fund-raising derby will be held Feb. 20, while the Bakersfield Fire Fighter’s Derby will be March 5. Trout plants are slated to go in for both events.
HART PARK LAKE: There has been a slow bite on crappie, most three-quarter pound or bigger, on small minnows. The volume of crappie is not great, but the quality has been pretty good. Other species are very slow with only the occasional bass on plastics or live minnows. Almost no fishing pressure.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The bass bite has been slow with only a few fish on plastics or nightcrawlers, and no reports on other species. Very light fishing pressure.
MING LAKE: The bite on quality crappie has been fair over the past week, with the cold, wet weather knocking down the good action. The quality of the fish being caught is still good, up to three pounds, and the bite has been on small minnows. Other species very slow. DFW trout plant three weeks ago, but the odd rainbow is still showing on garlic nightcrawlers or PowerBait. Other species are very slow.
BRITE LAKE: DFW plant slated for next week. No reports.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The trout action has slowed but a few fish continue to show after the plant last week. Most of the trout are 1 1/2 to two pound rainbows with the best action on PowerBait in rainbow garlic and garlic or nightcrawlers with garlic scent. Also still a few crappie showing on small minnows. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: Few reports. Slow overall fishing with only an occasional bass.
SUCCESS LAKE: Very light fishing pressure. The bass bite has been slow with most of the action in deep water on bait, plastics, jigs, or spoons. Slow other species. 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/sports/outdoors/hunting-fishing/.
KAWEAH LAKE: Bass action has been slow to fair with most of the action on baits and spoons in deeper water. Other species very slow. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212. For updated fishing reports, go to the Fresno Bee report at http://www.fresnobee.com/sports/outdoors/hunting-fishing/.