LAKE ISABELLA: There is a pretty good catfish bite with most of the action in the South Fork arm of the lake. Frozen shad, minnows, clams,
dip baits, and other cut baits have been the best. Fish to six pounds or better in this action. Everything else is very slow in the lake. Very few trout reports, and the crappie and bass bites are still slow. A few carp and some small bluegill. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.
KERN RIVER: The trout plants went into sections 4, 5, and 6 in the upper river last week and two weeks ago. The DFW hasn’t been posting the plants on its website until the week after they are made. The action is very good in the upper river on trout with the best bite on crickets, salmon eggs, nightcrawlers. Flows are very fishable, finally. All of the upper creeks, especially those getting plants once or twice are month are also good, with Peppermint Creek one of the better bets. The lower Kern is still nearly unfishable through the canyon. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The heat has continued to keep fishing pressure down in recent days, but the striper bite remains fair, with lots of small stripers under the keeper size. More moss each week making fishing more difficult. The bite has been sardines, blood and lug worms, anchovies, Gitzits, and jigs, but the hardbait bite is still off. Fair to good action on catfish with both mackerel and sardines producing. No largemouth reports. 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.
MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: A few catfish reported on nightcrawlers, and a fair carp bite on dough baits.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Carp have been fair to good on Powder and Wussy baits. Also a fair to good bluegill bite on meal worms, red worms, and nigthcrawler pieces. Very few bass. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.
HART PARK LAKE: The carp bite has been good on dough baits, especially the locally-made Wussy’s Poor Man’s Bait and Powder Bait. Also a pretty good bluegill bite on meal worms and crickets. Bass pretty slow with only a few early and late in the day on plastics or reaction baits. Other species slow.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The carp bite is good on dough baits and there is fair to good action on bluegill. Meal worms, red worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces are the best baits for the ëgills. Bass slow. Few other reports.
MING LAKE: The carp bite has been good on dough and paste baits, especially Powder Bait and Wussy’s. The bluegill bite is good on meal worms. Slow other species, with only the occasional bass reported.
BRITE LAKE: No reports.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: A few crappie are being caught on live minnow. Not much in the way of volume, but the size has been decent. Also a lot of small catfish showing on meal worms, along with the occasional bluegill on the same bait. Few reports of other species this past week. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is fair to good with the fish showing on plastics and reaction baits in six to 18 feet of water early and late and then deeper the rest of the day. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass are fair go good and showing on plastics and topwater or reaction baits early in the day. Most are two- to three-pounders, but some bigger fish. A few bluegill reports, but little else. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.