LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure, but the catfish bite has been fair to good on shad and clams. Most are in the two-pound class with some bigger. While few anglers are fishing the bass, the bite has been good and a lot of quality fish are showing on reaction baits. Some bluegill on meal worms, wax worms, or red worms. Boat launching very difficult. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.
KERN RIVER: Extremely low flows in the upper river and slow to fair trout action. The best bite is on smaller wild fish in the Johnsondale Bridge stretch for fly anglers. For bait anglers, the McNally’s to Limestone stretch continues to produce a very few rainbows on salmon eggs and crickets. The lower river is very low, but the bite on largemouth bass has been fair to good with fish to four pounds (most are 10 to 12 inches) on small reaction baits, plastics, and nightcrawlers. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striped bass bite is finally starting to take off with quite a few three to five-pound keeper-class fish showing. The best bite has been on Whopper Ploppers (a Zara Spook-type lure with a plastic tail). The bite is also still pretty good on catfish for anglers fishing at night or first and last light. Mackerel and shad best baits with some nice quality fish topping five pounds. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on Senkos around all the bridges with fish to six pounds reports. Also a few on plastics, nightcrawlers, and cranks. Very few bluegill reported. 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: Few reports in the past week.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The upper lake has been good this past week on bass and bluegill. The bass are running up to four pounds and still best on reaction baits. The bluegill are best on wax worms, red worms, and meal worms. A few carp continue to show on dough baits.
HART PARK LAKE: Lake level is still good, but light fishing pressure. The carp and bluegill are the best bets with pretty decent bites on both. The carp are best on dough baits or corn, while the bluegill bite is good on red worms, meal worms, and wax worms. The bass are fair to good on reaction baits, but no crappie reports.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The bass bite has been pretty good morning and evening for anglers fishing reaction baits or plastics. Carp and bluegill are both fair to good. The carp are best on dough baits, especially Powder Bait, while the bluegill are good on wax worms, meal worms, or red worms.
MING LAKE: Water level still good, but very light fishing pressure. The bluegill bite has been good on meal worms and wax worms. The carp bite has been fair to good on Powder Bait and other dough bait mixtures. The bass action is fair on reaction baits or live minnows, but this action is improving. No crappie reports.
BRITE LAKE: Light fishing pressure. The bluegill bite has been fair to good on wax worms or meal worms. The bass action has been slow to fair with the best bite on plastics and small jigs. No other reports.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Light fishing pressure, but there continues to be fair to good catfish action, but most are small. Best action on Sonny’s Catfish Bait, cut baits, or super meal worms. Very few fish over two pounds. The bluegill bite is fair to good on wax worms, red worms, or meal worms. Carp have been fair on Powder Bait. Improving bass action in Lake Webb on Senkos, Brush Hawgs, live minnows, plastic worms, and nightcrawlers. No crappie reports. The Taft Chamber of Commerce Trout Derby will be held Saturday, Nov. 22. Registration/entry from available from the chamber, the lake, or Bob’s Bait. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: The bluegill bite is fair, but bass are mostly slow.
SUCCESS LAKE: Very light fishing pressure. The bass bite has been fair to good on reaction baits early and late in the day and plastic worms and lizards or jigs with trailers fished along the bottom during the day. A fair to good bluegill bluegill bite on wax worms or crickets, and the odd catfish has been reported. 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 fair to good with a decent topwater or reaction bait bite early in the morning, and a few fish are showing on plastic fished on the bottom. A few catfish are showing at night on cut baits and nightcrawlers. Few reports of other species. 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/.