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May
17

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The trout bite has been very good with a lot of bigger quality fish showing from two to five pounds. The best action has been for trollers dragging Needlefish or bait fisherman work the auxiliary dam and North Fork Arm of the lake. The crappie bite has slowed a little again with the wind and cooler weather early this week pushing the fish back away from the shoreline and out into 20 to 25 feet of water. The bite is still fair to good with Piney Point and Rocky Point the hotspots. The best action has been on small jigs or live minnows fished in this deeper water. The best colors on the jigs have been red and white or red and chartreuse, but other colors are also getting fish. Adding Crappie Nibbles to the jig helps the bite. The catfish bite also has been good, especially on shad and clams in the South Fork Arm of the lake. Still fair to good bluegill action, and a few bass are showing, but not many reports. For carp anglers, this bite is pretty much wide open with the fish flooding the shallows and showing best on dough baits. Lots of carp to eight pounds. For fishing 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 upper river flows have dropped steadily over the past week from 1,800 to 1,200 cfs, and the trout bite in the upper river has been pretty good with rainbows to three pounds reported. The best bite has been on salmon eggs, crickets, and Roostertails. Fly-fisherman are have pretty decent luck on wild fish. The lower river flows have been bumped up into the 1,000 cfs range, and it is fishing pretty well for bass and catfish. The catfish are being caught on clams and nightcrawlers, while the bass are best on small plastic worms and nightcrawlers. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite has been very good, but the action is almost all little fish below the keeper size. Sardines and blood worms have been the best baits, with very few fish on artificial lures. Catfish are improving with fair to good action on sardines, anchovies, and Wussy Bait. A few largemouth are starting to show now. 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: Flows are way up and the bite has been pretty fair for catfish with a few carp also being caught on dough baits and Powder Bait.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Bluegill are the best bet with pretty good action on wax worms and meal worms. A few bass are being caught on plastics and Senkos, and the carp action is pretty good on dough baits. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The carp, bluegill, and bass bites are all pretty decent, but the crappie have slowed way down. The carp bite is good on Powder Bait or other dough baits. The bluegill bite is best on meal worms, wax worms, red worms, or crickets. A few bass are being caught on on plastics worms, nightcralwers, and live minnows.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The bass bite has been fair to good on plastics, nightcrawlers, or live minnows, but the bluegill bite is better with a lot of fish showing on wax worms, red worms, or meal worms. The carp bite is good on dough baits.

MING LAKE: The carp, bass, and bluegill have been good. Crappie slowed. The carp are best on Powder Bait or Wussy Bait. The bluegill are best on meal worms or wax worms. Bass are fair on plastics, Senko-type baits, and minnows.

BRITE LAKE: Still a few trout showing after the Calaveras and DFW plants four weeks ago. Most of the planted fish were in the 1-8 to 2-0 range with some bigger. Best action on PowerBait and Power Mice. A few crappie are still being caught, and there are some bluegill and bass showing.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bluegill bite has been good on red worms and wax worms along most shoreline. The bass bite has been fair to good on plastics off the points and brush. Carp have been fair to good on dough baits, especially Powder Bait. Crappie slowed, and a few catfish are starting to show. 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.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The good crappie action perked back up after last week’s cold snap, and the good quality fish continue to show on small jigs with Crappie Nibbles and live minnows. The bass action is also good, but the fish are post-spawn and mostly in 20 to 35 feet of water except early and late in the day. Bluegill is fair to good on red worms, wax worms, and meal worms. Also a few catfish starting to show. 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: Crappie slowed way down after the cool weather last week, but a few fish are still showing on small jigs tipped with bait or Crappie Nibbles and live minnows. The bass are fair to good with the fish backing out of the shallows and in 15 to 35 feet of water on plastics and small swimbaits. The bluegill bite is good, and a few catfish are starting to show. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

May
03

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: Crappie Mania continued through this past week with good to excellent action for shore, float tube, and boat anglers fishing small jigs or live minnows under a bobber near stickups. Shore anglers are getting a lot of smaller fish, under 10-inches long, but the boat and float tube anglers are getting bigger fish to 14 or 14 inches from deeper water. Best shore fishing has been in the South Fork Arm, Kissack Cove, Rabbit Island, and French Gulch. The Rocky Point area has held more bigger fish for the boat and float tube guys. A lot of 25-fish limits posted. The best colors on the jigs have been red and white or red and chartreuse, but other colors are also getting fish. Adding Crappie Nibbles to the jigs is a good idea. There is also still a pretty good trout bite, especially by the auxiliary dam on the usual array of dough baits, inflated nightcrawlers, small jigs, and trout plastics. Most recent DFW plant was three weeks ago. The catfish bite slowed back down, but some fish are still showing on cut baits and stink baits in the Camp Nine area evening and after dark. The bass and bluegill bite are also starting to take off, with some especially good bluegill catches this past week. For carp anglers, this bite is pretty much wide open with the fish flooding the shallows and showing best on dough baits. Lots of carp to eight pounds. For fishing 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 upper river flows dropped back down, and the trout action has improved for wild fish, especially for fly anglers fishing stonefly nymphs. There were DFW plants last week in the upper river (sections 4, 5, and 6), and the bite has been pretty good on salmon eggs, crickets, and Roostertails. The lower river is still low at 400 cfs, and it is fishing pretty well for bass and catfish. The catfish are being caught on clams and nightcrawlers, while the bass are best on small plastic worms and nightcrawlers. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite has continued fair to good and slowly improving each week. The fish are almost all small, however, under the 18-inch minimum keeper size limit, but a few bigger fish are finally starting to show. The best bite has been on bloodworms, lug worms, and sardines, but a few on Flukes and Gitzits or live minnows. Catfish are still spotting with a few showing on sardines, anchovies, and Wussy Bait, too. A few largemouth are starting to show now. 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: Few reports, but the carp bite has been decent on dough baits and Powder Bait, and the odd catfish reported on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: A fair bass bite on plastics and small swimbaits. Bluegill are the best bet with pretty good action, but some crappie showing, too. Trout slow with the most recent DFW plant over a month ago. Carp are a decent bet on dough baits. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The crappie bite has been fair on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles or minnows, and the carp bite is good on Powder Bait or other dough baits. The bluegill bite has also turned on with fair to good action on meal worms, wax worms, red worms, or crickets. A few bass are being caught on on plastics worms, nightcralwers, and live minnows. Last DFW trout plant four weeks ago. Very slow trout action.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The crappie bite has been fair again over the past week, mostly on jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles or small minnows. The bluegill are fair to good on wax worms or meal worms, and a few bass are showing on nightcrawlers, live minnows, and plastic worms. DFW trout plant four weeks ago, and very slow action.

MING LAKE: The carp, crappie, and bluegill have been fair to good. The crappie have been best on small jigs tipped with bait or Crappie Nibbles or small minnows. The carp are best on Powder Bait or Wussy Bait. While the bluegill are best on meal worms or wax worms. Bass are fair on plastics and minnows. Trout very slow with no plants in over a month.

BRITE LAKE: Still a few trout showing after the Calaveras and DFW plants two weeks ago. Most of the planted fish were in the 1-8 to 2-0 range with some bigger. Best action on PowerBait and Power Mice. A few crappie are still being caught.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bass bite has been fair and some fish are still in very shallow water and cover. The best action has been on minnows or plastics. The crappie are also pretty decent with fish showing on live minnows or small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. Carp have been fair to good on dough baits, especially Powder Bait. Bluegill are fair to good on the usual small baits. 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.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The good crappie action continues, and most of the action has been late in the day. There have been a lot of quality fish over two pounds caught. Most of the fish are showing from the bank on minnows, but some also on jigs. The bass action is fair to good bite on plastics and minnows on fish to three pounds, but few bigger. Also a good surface bite on small fish. Lots of fish on beds but that is winding down. Bluegill getting better with a fair bite on wax worms and meal worms. Other species very slow. 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: Crappie turned on here in the past week with a pretty good bite on minnows or small jigs tipped with bait or Crappie Nibbles. The bass are fair to good with the fish still mostly shallow. The bluegill bite is also starting to kick into high gear. Catfish still slow. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Apr
12

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: It’s crappie mania time. The crappie bite broke wide open two weekends ago and has been going strong ever since. The best action is in the South Fork, but the fish are showing everywhere. There have been a lot of 25-fish limits posted with crappie up to 14-inches in the stringers. Most of the action has been on red and white or chartreuse crappie jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles or with live minnows. There is also still a pretty good trout bite, especially by the auxiliary dam on the usual array of dough baits, inflated nightcrawlers, small jigs, and trout plastics. There was a DFW trout plant last week. Other species have been slow, but the catfish and carp are improving, and bass and bluegill are starting to be caught. For fishing 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.

Naci, Isab, BV, crappie, a few trout, BV

Carp, wussy, powder,
Naci, red hot, bass and crappie

Upper river, 4700, 400 lower, clam, cralwers, cats, bass crawlers, plastic.

Lots of small stripers, lug, blood, Zoom Flukes, Gitzits, not topwater yet. Few more largemouth.

KERN RIVER: The upper river is flowing at over 4,000 cfs as runoff rockets off the Sierra with the heat. Fishing is tough overall on the upper river. No recent plants on either the upper or lower river. The lower river is still low at 400 cfs, and it is fishing pretty well for bass and catfish. The catfish are being caught on clams and nightcrawlers, while the bass are best on small plastic worms and nightcrawlers. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite has improved again this past week with pretty good action. The fish are almost all small, however, under the 18-inch minimum keeper size limit. The best bite has been on bloodworms and lug worms, with a few on Flukes and Gitzits or live minnows. Catfish are starting to show in all stretches, but this bite is just starting, mostly on sardines, anchovies, and Wussy Bait, too. A few largemouth are starting to show now. 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: Few reports. A few more carp starting to show on dough baits and Powder Bait, and the odd catfish reported on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago, and the trout bite has been slow on PowerBait and Mice Tails, small trout jigs, and inflated nightcrawlers. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The crappie bite has improved with more crappie showing than trout now, including some better quality slabs. The carp bite is finally starting to turn around on Powder Bait. The bass and bluegill bites are also improving with the warmer weather. The bass are mostly showing on plastics worms, nightcralwers, and live minnows. The bluegill have been best on wax and meal worms.DFW trout plant two weeks ago. Slow trout action.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The crappie bite just continues to improve with some decent catches reported in the past week, mostly on jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles or small minnows. The bass and bluegill are improving, too, with the bluegill showing on wax worms or meal worms, and the bass mostly being caught on nightcrawlers, live minnows, and plastic worms. DFW trout plant two weeks ago. Mostly slow action, but a few on PowerBait, Mice Tails, and inflated nightcrawlers.

MING LAKE: The carp and the crappie have been fair to good. The crappie have been best on small jigs tipped with bait or Crappie Nibbles or small minnows. The carp are best on Powder Bait or Wussy Bait. DFW trout plant two weeks ago, but the bite is mostly slow. Bass and bluegill have also improved. The bass are best on plastics and minnows, while the bluegilla re best on meal worms and wax worms. Trout slow with the most recent plant two weeks ago.

BRITE LAKE: Some catfish starting to show with fish to six pounds. The crappie bite has stayed pretty strong this past week for anglers fishing small 1/32nd-ounce jigs beneath a bobber. Most are eight to 10 inches. Better trout action with most showing on small jigs or floating dough baits. The Brite Lake Derby will be April 21 with the final weigh-in at 1:05 p.m. Big plants before the event. For more information on the derby, check with Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bass bite has been fair and some fish have moved up into very shallow water and cover. The best action has been on minnows or plastics. The crappie are also pretty decent with fish showing in the lakes and the canal between the lake and the golf course. Bluegill are starting to also perk up on the usual small baits. Last trout plant of the season was four weeks ago, and the bite is pretty much over for the season. 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.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The very good crappie bite has just continued to rock and roll, but the action is almost all at night or early and late in the day. There have been a lot of quality fish over two pounds caught. Most of the fish are showing from the bank on minnows, but some also on jigs. The bass action is also improving with a fair to good bite on plastics and minnows on fish to three pounds, but few bigger. Some bluegill starting to show. Other species very slow. 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 bass are starting to improve as the fish move into spawn mode. Most of the action on plastics, and most of the bass are smaller fish to two pounds. Some panfish and catfish starting to show. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Apr
05

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The crappie bite broke wide open this past Saturday and has been going strong ever since. There have been a lot of 25-fish limits posted with crappie up to 14-inches in the stringers. Most of the action has been on red and white or chartreuse crappie jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles or with live minnows. There is also still a pretty good trout bite, especially by the auxiliary dam on the usual array of dough baits, inflated nightcrawlers, small jigs, and trout plastics. There was a DFW trout plant last week. Other species have been slow, but the catfish and carp are improving, and bass and bluegill are starting to be caught. For fishing 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 DFW stocked the upper river three weeks ago in sections 4, 5, and 6, but none since. The lower river has not been planted in over a month. Overall, the trout bite is still just fair in upper river above Isabella, but the warmer weather and warming water conditions have continued to improve that bite. A few fish are showing for bait anglers fishing salmon eggs or crickets, but the fly anglers are seeing tough fishing. The lower river continues to produce a few nice holdover rainbows, but overall the fishing is tough for trout. The lower Kern is also cranking out a few smallmouths and largemouths on small plastics and cranks. Most fish are small, and a very few catfish are being caught on clams. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite remains fair and improving with the warm weather. The best bite has been on bloodworms and lug womrs, with a few on Gitzits and bucktails or live minnows. Most of the fish are under the 18-inch minimum keeper size. Catfish are starting to show in all stretches, but this bite is just starting, mostly on sardines, anchovies, and Wussy Bait, too. 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: Few reports. A few more carp starting to show on dough baits and Powder Bait, and the odd catfish reported on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant last week, and the trout bite has been slow to fair since the weekend on PowerBait and Mice Tails, small trout jigs, and inflated nightcrawlers. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago. The bite has been slow to fair since the weekend. Best action on Mice Tails, garlic or hatchery pellet PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, and Sierra Slammer trout jigs. The crappie bite has improved with more crappie showing than trout now, including some better quality slabs. The carp bite is finally starting to turn around on Powder Bait. The bass and bluegill bites are also improving with the warmer weather. The bass are mostly showing on plastics worms, nightcralwers, and live minnows. The bluegill have been best on wax and meal worms.

TRUXTUN LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago. Mostly slow action since the weekend on the rainbows, but a few on PowerBait, Mice Tails, and inflated nightcrawlers. Meanwhile, the crappie bite just continues to improve with some decent catches reported in the past week, mostly on jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles or small minnows. The bass and bluegill are improving, too, with the bluegill showing on wax worms or meal worms, and the bass mostly being caught on nightcrawlers, live minnows, and plastic worms.

MING LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago, but the bite is mostly slow on PowerBait, trout plastics, or small jigs. The carp and the crappie have taken up where the trout left off, with pretty fair action on both. The crappie have been best on small jigs tipped with bait or Crappie Nibbles or small minnows. The carp are best on Powder Bait or Wussy Bait. Bass and bluegill have also improved. The bass are best on plastics and minnows, while the bluegilla re best on meal worms and wax worms.

BRITE LAKE: The crappie bite has stayed pretty strong this past week for anglers fishing small 1/32nd-ounce jigs beneath a bobber. Most are eight to 10 inches. No DFW trout plants in over a month, and the bite is slow with only an occasional fish still showing on small jigs or floating dough baits. Some catfish starting to show. The Brite Lake Derby will be April 21 with the final weigh-in at 1:05 p.m. For more information on the derby, check with Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bass bite has been fair and some fish have moved up into very shallow water and cover. The best action has been on minnows or plastics. A few crappie are showing in the lakes and the canal between the lake and the golf course. Bluegill are starting to also perk up on the usual small baits. Last trout plant of the season was four weeks ago, and the bite is pretty much over for the season. 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.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The very good crappie bite has just continued to rock and roll, but the action is almost all at night or early and late in the day. There have been a lot of quality fish over two pounds caught. Most of the fish are showing from the bank on minnows, but some also on jigs. The bass action is also improving with a fair to good bite on plastics and minnows on fish to three pounds, but few bigger. Some bluegill starting to show. Other species very slow. 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 bass are starting to improve as the fish move into spawn mode. Most of the action on plastics, and most of the bass are smaller fish to two pounds. Some panfish and catfish starting to show. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Mar
22

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The big 2018 Isabella Lake Fishing Derby is this weekend (March 24-26), and there will be a $10,000 top prize for the longest trout and over $40,000 in other prizes. Entry fee is $30 per person, $65 for a family (two adults and up to three kids). There have been major trout plants prior to the derby. Derby information at www.kernriverlally.com. Overall, there continues to be a fair to good trout bite at the auxiliary dam beach and off Engineer’s Point, but that action has spread out this week with plants. Also a DFW plant this week. Most of the fish are showing on PowerBait, Mice Tails, and salmon eggs. Other species have been very slow, including catfish. For fishing 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 DFW stocked the upper river last week in sections 4, 5, and 6, while Section 2 in the lower river was planted four weeks ago. Overall, the trout bite is still just fair in upper river above Isabella, but the plants and warmer weather should perk that action. A few fish are showing for bait anglers fishing salmon eggs or crickets, but the fly anglers are seeing very tough fishing. The lower river continues to produce a few nice holdover rainbows, but overall the fishing is tough for trout. The lower Kern is starting to produce a few smallmouths and largemouths on small plastics and cranks. Most fish are small, and a very few catfish are being caught on clams. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite remains fair with the best action on bait right now. The stripers are very chunky fish, but most are just below the 18-inch minimum keeper size. The best bite has been on minnows and lug worms, but a few are showing on jerk baits. Catfish are starting to show in the Highway 166 stretch, mostly on mackerel, but a few on sardines, anchovies, and Wussy Bait, too. 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: Very slow action. Only an occasional carp dough baits and Powder Bait, and the odd catfish reported on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Trout action has been fair on PowerBait and Mice Tails, and small trout jigs. There were 2,000 pounds of trout stocked for the derby two weeks ago, and there was also a DFW plant two weeks ago. None since. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago, but none currently on the plant list. The bite has been slow to fair, even without recent plants. Top action on Mice Tails, garlic or hatchery pellet PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, and small trout jigs. There are also some nice crappie showing. Not a lot of fish, but pretty decent quality. The carp bite is finally starting to turn around on Wussy Bait and dough baits.

TRUXTUN LAKE: DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago, and the bite has slowed way down since last week. Best action on Sierra Slammer jigs, chunky cheese or garlic PowerBait, pink and white Mice Tails, and inflated nightcrawlers doused with garlic oil. There have also been a fair number of nice crappie caught. The bass are also improving again this week.

MING LAKE: Slow trout action with the most recent DFW plant two weeks ago. There are still a few holdover rainbows showing on PowerBait, trout plastics, or small jigs. The bass and carp bites have been getting better with each warm spell. The bass are showing on minnows and plastics, while the carp are showing on Wussy Bait. There has also been a fair bite on crappie on small minnows.

BRITE LAKE: No DFW trout plants in over a month, and the bite is slow with only an occasional fish still showing on small jigs or floating dough baits. A few crappie have been caught from near the shoreline rocks. The Brite Lake Derby will be April 21 with the final weigh-in at 1:05 p.m. For more information on the derby, check with Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: Trout plant two weeks ago, and the action has been slow to fair since with only a few rainbows being caught on hatchery pellet or chunky cheese PowerBait or Sierra Slammer trout jigs. The bass bite has been fair, with most being caught on minnows or plastics. Also a few more crappie this past week in the main lake and the canal between the lake and the golf course. 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.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The very good crappie bite has just continued to rock and roll. This action has been ongoing for over a month now, and there are fish to three pounds showing in this bite. Most of the fish are showing from the bank on minnows, but some also on jigs. The bass action is also improving with a fair to good bite on plastics and minnows on fish to three pounds, but few bigger. Some bluegill starting to show. Other species very slow. 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 bass are starting to improve as the fish move into spawn mode. Most of the action on plastics, and most of the bass are smaller fish to two pounds. Other species are very slow. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Mar
08

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: There continues to be a fair trout bite at the auxiliary dam beach and off Engineer’s Point after a DFW plant four weeks ago. Most of the fish are showing on PowerBait and salmon eggs. Other species have been very slow, including catfish. The 2018 Isabella Lake Fishing Derby is set for March 24-26 with a $10,000 top prize for the longest trout and over $40,000 in prizes. Entry fee is $30 per person, $65 for a family (two adults and up to three kids). There will be major trout plants prior to the derby. Derby information at www.kernriverlally.com. For fishing 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: Continued slow trout bite in the upper river above Isabella remained with colder weather keeping water temperatures in the 35 degree range. A few fish are showing for bait anglers fishing salmon eggs or crickets, but the fly anglers are seeing very tough fishing. Section 2 in the lower river was planted two weeks ago, and the lower river continues to produce a few nice holdover rainbows. The lower Kern is slow for smallmouths and largemouths on small plastics and cranks. Most fish are small, and a very few catfish are being caught on clams. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite remains fair with light fishing pressure. The stripers are very chunky fish, but most are just below the 18-inch mimimum keeper size. The best bite has been on minnows, lug worms, and jerk baits. Water very clear. Catfish are starting to show in the Highway 166 stretch, but still tough most places. Sardines, anchovies, and Wussy Bait the best bets. 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: Very slow action. Only an occasional carp dough baits and Powder Bait, and the odd catfish reported on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago, plus a number of private plants for the Firefighters Derby this Saturday. It is limited to the first 800 anglers who sign up. Entry fee is $20 and the lowest-numbered tagged trout caught will win the $1,000 top prize. There will be 2,000 pounds of trout stocked for the event and 25 tagged trout, all worth cash. Best action has been on PowerBait, Sierra Slammer jigs, and Mice Tails. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week, two weeks ago, and four weeks ago. The bite is good again on Mice Tails, garlic or hatchery pellet PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, and small trout jigs. There has also been some nice crappie showing. Not a lot of fish, but pretty decent quality. The carp bite is very slow on dough baits with the cold weather. No bass or bluegill this week.

TRUXTUN LAKE: DFW trout plants this week, two weeks ago, and four weeks ago, and the bite continues pretty good. Sierra Slammer jigs, chunky cheese or garlic PowerBait, pink and white Mice Tails, and inflated nightcrawlers doused with garlic oil are the top baits. There have also been a fair number of nice crappie caught. Not a wide open bite, but a few nice fish reported. Other species have been very slow with the cold weather again this week.

MING LAKE: Continued good trout action after DFW plant this week, and there were also plants two and three weeks ago. Most of the action has been on PowerBait, Mice Tails, small trout jigs, and inflated nightcrawlers. There has also been a fair bite on crappie on small minnows. The continued cool weather has kept the bass bite off with only a few showing on drop-shot plastics or nightcrawlers.

BRITE LAKE: No DFW trout plants in over a month, and the bite is very slow. An occasional fish still showing on small jigs or floating dough baits. Fewer crappie reports this past week, but some are still showing on small jigs. The Brite Lake Derby will be April 21 with the final weigh-in at 1:05 p.m. For more information on the derby, check with Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: No word on trout plants this week or not, but the trout bite has slowed way down since the last plant a couple of weeks ago. The best action has been on hatchery pellet or chunky cheese PowerBait doused with Pro Cure garlic nightcrawler gel or Sierra Slammer trout jigs. The bass bite, which had been started to improved, has remained slow with the cooler weather. 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.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The big news is the very good crappie bite that has taken off here in the past three weeks with a lot of fish showing from the bank on minnows. And these are quality slabs with fish to three pounds. The bass action is also improving with a fair to good bite on plastics. Some bluegill starting to show. Other species very slow. 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 bass are starting to improve in spite of the cool weather. Most of the action on plastics, and most of the bass are smaller fish to two pounds. Other species are very slow. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Mar
01

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: There is a fair to good trout bite at the auxiliary dam beach and off Engineer’s Point after a DFW plant three weeks ago. Most of the fish are showing on PowerBait and salmon eggs. Other species have been very slow, including catfish. The 2018 Isabella Lake Fishing Derby is set for March 24-26 with a $10,000 top prize for the longest trout and over $40,000 in prizes. Entry fee is $30 per person, $65 for a family (two adults and up to three kids). There will be major trout plants prior to the derby. Derby information at www.kernriverlally.com. For fishing 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 in the upper river above Isabella remained slowe this week with colder weather keeping water temperatures in the 35 degree range again. A few fish are showing for bait anglers fishing salmon eggs or crickets, but the fly anglers are seeing very tough fishing. Section 2 in the lower river was planted last week. The lower river below Isabella is warmer. The Kern from Democrat Dam downstream to the next powerhouse is muddy. The lower Kern is slow for smallmouths and largemouths on small plastics and cranks. Most fish are small, and a very few catfish are being caught on clams. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite remains fair with light fishing pressure. The stripers are very chunky fish, but most are just below the 18-inch mimimum keeper size. The best bite has been on Gitzits for lure anglers, and blood or lug worms for bait fishermen. Catfish remain very slow. 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: Very slow action. Only an occasional carp dough baits and Powder Bait, and the odd catfish reported on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago. The trout bite had slowed way down. Best action on hatchery pellet or chunky cheese PowerBait, pink and white Mice Tails, and Sierra Slammer jigs. Other species very slow. The Firefighters Derby will be Saturday, March 10 this year, and it is limited to the first 800 anglers who sign up. Entry fee is $20 and the lowest-numbered tagged trout caught will win the $1,000 top prize. There will be 2,000 pounds of trout stocked for the event and 25 tagged trout, all worth cash. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago, and the bite has been fair on Mice Tails, garlic PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, and small trout jigs. There has also been some nice crappie showing. Not a lot of fish, but pretty decent quality. The carp bite is very slow on dough baits with the cold weather. No bass or bluegill this week.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Trout plant last week and three weeks ago made for good action over the weekend with quite a few fish continuing to show on Sierra Slammer jigs, chunky cheese or garlic PowerBait, pink and white Mice Tails, and inflated nightcrawlers doused with garlic oil. There have also been a fair number of nice crappie caught. Not a wide open bite, but a few nice fish reported. Other species have been very slow with the cold weather this week.

MING LAKE: Continued good trout action after DFW plant last week and two weeks ago. Most of the action has been on PowerBait, Mice Tails, small trout jigs, and inflated nightcrawlers. There has also been a fair bite on crappie on small minnows. The continued cool weather has kjept the bass bite off with only a few showing on drop-shot plastics or nightcrawlers.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant four weeks ago, and the trout action has slowed way down. An occasional fish still showing on small jigs or floating dough baits. Fewer crappie reports this past week, but some are still showing on small jigs. The Brite Lake Derby will be April 21 with the final weigh-in at 1:05 p.m. For more information on the derby, check with Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The trout action has slowed way down since the plant last week. The best action has been on hatchery pellet or chunky cheese PowerBait doused with Pro Cure garlic nightcrawler gel or Sierra Slammer trout jigs. The bass bite, which had been started to improved, has remained slow with the cooler weather. 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.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The big news is the crappie bite that has taken off here in the past two weeks with a lot of fish showing from the bank on minnows. Also some bluegill showing. The bass action is improving with fair action on plastics. Other species very slow. 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 bass are tough with only a few fish on plastics. Most are two- to three-pounders, but some bigger fish. Other species are very slow. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Feb
22

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: There is a fair trout bite at the auxiliary dam and off Engineer’s Point after a DFW plant two weeks ago. Most of the fish are showing on PowerBait and salmon eggs. Other species have been very slow, including catfish. The 2018 Isabella Lake Fishing Derby is set for March 24-26 with a $10,000 top prize for the longest trout and over $40,000 in prizes. Entry fee is $30 per person, $65 for a family (two adults and up to three kids). There will be major trout plants prior to the derby. Derby information at www.kernriverlally.com. For fishing 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 in the upper river above Isabella slowed this week with colder weather dropping water temperatures into the 35 degree range again. A few fish are showing for bait anglers fishing salmon eggs or crickets, but the fly anglers are seeing very tough fishing. Section 2 in the lower river is the only stretch getting DFW trout this week. The lower river below Isabella is warmer. The Kern from Democrat Dam downstream to the next powerhouse is muddy. The lower Kern is slow for smallmouths and largemouths on small plastics and cranks. Most fish are small, and a very few catfish are being caught on clams. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite remains fair with light fishing pressure. The stripers are very chunky fish, but most are just below the 18-inch mimimum keeper size. The best bite has been on Gitzits for lure anglers, and blood or lug worms for bait fishermen. Catfish remain very slow. 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: Very slow action. Only an occasional carp dough baits and Powder Bait, and the odd catfish reported on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago. The trout bite had slowed way down still the plant last week, but it was fair over the weekend. Best action on hatchery pellet or chunky cheese PowerBait, pink and white Mice Tails, and Sierra Slammer jigs. Other species very slow. The Firefighters Derby will be Saturday March 10 this year, and it is limited to the first 800 anglers who sign up. Entry fee is $20 and the lowest-numbered tagged trout will win the $1,000 top prize. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: DFW plant this week and two weeks ago, and the bite has been fair to good since on Mice Tails, garlic PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, and small trout jigs. The carp bite is very slow on dough baits with the cold weather. No bass or bluegill this week either.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Trout plant this week and two weeks ago made for good action in recent days, mostly on Sierra Slammer jigs, chunky cheese or garlic PowerBait, pink and white Mice Tails, and inflated nightcrawlers doused with garlic oil. Other species have been very slow with the cold weather this week.

MING LAKE: Trout plant by the DFW this week and last week, and the bite has been pretty good on PowerBait, Mice Tails, small trout jigs, and inflated nightcrawlers. There has also been a fair bite on crappie on small minnows. The bass bite slowed with only a few showing on drop-shot plastics or nightcrawlers.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago, and the trout action has slowed way down. An occasional fish still showing on small jigs or floating dough baits. Fewer crappie reports this past week, but some are still showing on small jigs. The Brite Lake Derby will be April 21 with the final weigh-in at 1:05 p.m. For more information on the derby, check with Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The trout action has been good since the trout plant Tuesday this week with the best bite on hatchery pellet or chunky cheese PowerBait doused with Pro Cure garlic nightcrawler gel, and Sierra Slammer jigs. A few bass had been starting to nose around in the shallows, but the cold snap this week pushed them back out to deeper water. 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.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: Crappie off bank, minnows.
The big news is the crappie bite that has taken off here in the past 10 days with a lot of fish showing from the bank on minnows. The bass is pretty slow with only a few smaller fish showing on plastics in deeper water. Other species very slow. DFW trout plant four weeks ago. 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 bass are tough with only a few fish on plastics. Most are two- to three-pounders, but some bigger fish. Other species are very slow, but there was a DFW trout plant four weeks ago. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Feb
15

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: There is a fair trout bite at the auxiliary dam after a plant this week, and the best action has been on PowerBait and salmon eggs. Other species have been very slow, including catfish. The 2018 Isabella Lake Fishing Derby is set for March 24-26 with a $10,000 top prize for the longest trout and over $40,000 in prizes. Entry fee is $30 per person, $65 for a family (two adults and up to three kids). Derby information at www.kernriverlally.com. For fishing 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 in the upper river above Isabella has been fair thanks to DFW plants last week, and more fish are slated to go in next week. For fly anglers, the upper river has been fair with a stonefly hatch, but the water temperatures are still pretty cool in the mid-40s. There were trout plants in the lower river this week, and the bite has been fair on salmon eggs with rainbows to three pounds reported. Water temperatures are higher below the dam, and there is a mid-afternoon mayfly hatch for fly anglers to note. The lower Kern is slow for smallmouths and largemouths on small plastics and cranks. Most fish are small, and a very few catfish are being caught on clams. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite remains fair with light fishing pressure. The stripers are very chunky fish, but most are just below the 18-inch mimimum keeper size. The best bite has been on Gitzits for lure anglers, and blood or lug worms for bait fishermen. Catfish remain very slow. 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: Slow action. Only an occasional carp dough baits and Powder Bait, and an the odd catfish reported on nightcrawlers,

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago. The trout bite had slowed way down until this plant and has been pretty fair since. Best action on hatchery pellet PowerBait, Mice Tails, and Sierra Slammer jigs. Other species very slow. The Firefighters Derby will be Saturday March 10 this year, and it is limited to the first 800 anglers who sign up. Entry fee is $20 and the lowest-numbered tagged trout will win the $1,000 top prize. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: DFW plant last week, and the bite has been fair since on Mice Tails, garlic PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, and small trout jigs. The carp bite is slow on dough baits, but improving on Wussy Bait. The warm weather has a few bass showing on plastics and nightcrawlers, but no bluegill yet.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Trout plant last week and continued fair action on Sierra Slammer jigs, PowerBait, Mice Tails, and inflated nightcrawlers doused with garlic. Other species have been slow, except for a few bass which are starting to show as water temperatures come up with the warm weather.

MING LAKE: Trout plant this week by the DFW and the bite was pretty good through the weekend. It has just been fair since with the best bite on PowerBait, Mice Tails, small trout jigs, and inflated nightcrawlers. The bass bite has picked up with pretty fair action on drop-shot plastics or nightcrawlers with the fish moving around in the warming water after the weekend cool down.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago, and the trout action has slowed way down. An occasional fish still showing on small jigs or floating dough baits. Fewer crappie reports this past week, but some are still showing on small jigs. The Brite Lake Derby will be April 21 with the final weigh-in at 1:05 p.m. For more information on the derby, check with Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The trout action has been fair with some fish showing on hatchery pellet or chunky cheese PowerBait and Sierra Slammer jigs. No word on if a plant was going in this week or early next week. The county will be planting nine times this season instead of five times, like last season. A few bass are starting to nose around the shallows and the weather warms up the shallows. 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.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is pretty slow with only a few smaller fish showing on plastics in deeper water. All other bites have slowed way down. DFW trout plant three weeks ago. 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 bass are tough with only a few fish on plastics. Most are two- to three-pounders, but some bigger fish. Other species are very slow, but there was a DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Feb
01

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure continues, and even those fishing are reporting a very slow bite. Even the trout have slowed way down since the plant three weeks ago at the auxiliary dam. No reports on crappie this week, even in the French Gulch Marina area where a few had been showing on small minnows. The catfish bite has been very slow with a rare fish being caught on clams or shrimp. The bass bite is very slow. The 2018 Isabella Lake Fishing Derby is set for March 24-26 with a $10,000 top prize for the longest trout and over $40,000 in prizes. Entry fee is $30 per person, $65 for a family (two adults and up to three kids). Derby information at www.kernriverlally.com. For fishing 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 in the upper river above Isabella has been fair thanks to DFW plants three and five weeks ago. More DFW fish are slated to go in next week. James Ford, Bakersfield, landed a 10-pound hook-jawed, humped-back rainbow trout this past weekend from the upper river fishing a marshmallow-cricket combo. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are still seeing slow action. The best bet is slow-stripped or swinging streamers. The lower Kern is slow to fair for smallmouths and largemouths on small plastics and cranks. Most fish are small, and a few catfish are being caught on clams. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite remains fair but getting little pressure. The best is best has been live minnows, with a few on blood worms and Gitzits. Ashley Walker, Bakersfield, caught a 25-pound striper on anchovies this past week. Catfish remain very slow. 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: Slow action. Only an occasional carp dough baits and Powder Bait, and an the odd catfish reported on nightcrawlers,

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and last week. The bite is good the first two or three days after the plant, but this lake gets fished down quickly. The best action on PowerBait, Mice Tails, and Sierra Slammer jigs. Other species very slow.

HART PARK LAKE: Last DFW trout plant was four weeks ago, but a plant is scheduled for next week. Slow action with only a rare trout being caught on PowerBait, MiceTails, and small trout jigs. The carp bite is slow on dough baits. The bluegill and bass bites have slowed way down, too. Very light fishing pressure.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Trout have been fair since the plant last week with pretty decent action through the weekend on Sierra Slammer jigs, garlic PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers doused with garlic. There has also been a fair to good crappie bite on small minnows at night. Other species have been slow, except for a few bass.

MING LAKE: There has been a fair crappie bite here this past week, mostly on small jigs or small minnows. Most recent trout plant was three weeks ago, and this bite has slowed way down with only a few showing on
PowerBait, Mice Tails, inflated nightcrawlers, and small trout jigs. Also a few bass showing on plastics or nightcrawlers.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant this week has kept the trout action fair to good, and a decent number of crappie continue to show. The trout action has been best on small jigs, Mice Tails and PowerBait, while the crappie on small jigs fished on light line in deeper water or fished in tandem under a bobber in four to six feet of water. Some of the crappie have been 1-8 with few small fish right now. The Brite Lake Derby will be April 21 with the final weigh-in at 1:05 p.m.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: There was a trout plant late last week and the bite was excellent through Saturday, but slowed way down on Sunday. The best action has been on Mice Tails, PowerBait, and Sierra Slammer Jigs. The county will be planting nine times this season instead of five times, like last season. Other species have slowed way down with the cool weather. 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.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is pretty slow with only a few smaller fish showing on plastics in deeper water. All other bites have slowed way down. DFW trout plant three weeks ago. 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 bass are tough with only a few fish on plastics. Most are two- to three-pounders, but some bigger fish. Other species are very slow, but there was a DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Jan
25

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure continues, and even those fishing are reporting a very slow bite. Even the trout have slowed way down since the plant two weeks ago at the auxiliary dam. No reports on crappie this week, even in the French Gulch Marina area where a few had been showing on small minnows. The catfish bite has been very slow with a rare fish being caught on clams or shrimp. The bass bite is very slow. The 2018 Isabella Lake Fishing Derby is set for March 24-26 with a $10,000 top prize for the longest trout and over $40,000 in prizes. Entry fee is $30 per person, $65 for a family (up to 5). Derby information at www.kernriverlally.com. For fishing 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 in the upper river above Isabella has been slow. There were DFW plants of trout in the Kernville stretch two and four weeks ago, but the bite is tough. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are seeing very slow action, too. The best bet is still on slow-stripped or swinging streamers. The lower Kern is slow to fair for smallmouths and largemouths on small plastics and cranks. Most fish are small, and a few more catfish were reported on clams 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 remains fair but getting little pressure. The best is best has been live minnoiws, with a few on blood worms and Gitzits. T.J. Yaberra, Bakersfield, recently landed a 16-4 on sardines. Catfish are very slow. 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: Slow action. Only an occasional carp dough baits and Powder Bait, and an the odd catfish reported on nightcrawlers,

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant this week and three weeks ago. The bite really kicked back on since this week’s plant with the best action on PowerBait, Mice Tails, and Sierra Slammer jigs. Other species very slow.

HART PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Slow action with only a few showing on garlic and chunky cheese PowerBaits, MiceTails, and small trout jigs. The carp bite is slow on dough baits. The bluegill and bass bites have slowed way down, too. Very light fishing pressure.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Trout have been very good since the plant this week with a lot of limtis posted on Sierra Slammer jig, PowerBait (anything garlic), and inflated nightcrawlers doused with garlic. There has also been a fair to good crappie bite on small minnows at night. Other species have been slow, except for a few bass.

MING LAKE: There has been a fair crappie bite here this past week, mostly on small jigs or small minnows. Most recent trout plant was three weeks ago, and this bite has slowed way down with only a few showing on
PowerBait, Mice Tails, inflated nightcrawlers, and small trout jigs. Also a few bass showing on plastics or nightcrawlers.

BRITE LAKE: There was a DFW trout plant two weeks ago, but the bite remains pretty fair on small jigs and PowerBait. There has also been a pretty good crappie bite west of launch ramp on small jigs fished on light line in deeper water or fished in tandem under a bobber in four to six feet of water. Some of the crappie have been 1-8 with few small fish right now.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: Trout plant two weeks ago and the bite was pretty good for a week or so, but has slowed since. Still a few rainbows being caught on Mice Tails, PowerBait, and Sierra Slammer Jigs. The county will be planting nine times this season instead of five times, like last season. Other species have slowed way down with the cool weather. 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.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is pretty slow with only a few smaller fish showing on plastics in deeper water. All other bites have slowed way down. DFW trout plant three weeks ago. 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 bass are tough with only a few fish on plastics. Most are two- to three-pounders, but some bigger fish. Other species are very slow, but there was a DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Dec
08

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite continues to be fair with some improvement this week. The bite has been around much of the lake from French Gulch and into the South Fork arm. Clams and shrimp have been the best baits, but a variety of cut baits are working. The cats are mostly two to four pounds with an occasional bigger fish. The bass bite slowed, but a few fish are still showing on plastics. No reports on other species. For fishing 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 in the upper river above Isabella has been fair after sections two and four were planted with DFW trout two weeks ago, but none since and none on the list for this week. Crickets, salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers have been the best baits. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are seeing fair action on wild fish, especially on stripped streamers. The lower Kern has a slow trout bite, and a few more smallmouths and largemouths are showing on small plastics and jerkbaits in the quieter pools. Most are small. Also still the odd catfish showing up. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite remains fair to good, mostly on sardines and blood worms, but finally more fishing are showing on Gitzit-type baits and Rat-L-Traps. More and more keeper fish showing as the water cools and weeds disappear. Terry Ybarra Jr., Bakersfield, landed a 16-pound striper on a sardine this past week. Catfish are slow, but a few are showing on cut baits, especially sardines, and dip baits. 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: Slow action. Only an occasional carp dough baits and Powder Bait, and an the odd catfish reported on nightcrawlers,

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago. The bite has been slow with an occasional fish on PowerBait and Mice Tails. Other bites have also slowed way down as the water cools.

HART PARK LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season went in two weeks ago, and the bite has slowed way down since. Still an occasional fish on garlic and chunky cheese PowerBaits. The carp bite is slow to fair on dough baits, especially the locally-made Wussy’s Poor Man’s Bait and Powder Bait. The bluegill and bass bites have slowed way down.

TRUXTUN LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season was two weeks ago, and the bite is slow now. Still an occasional trout showing on PowerBait, Mice Tails, and inflated nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite has slowed to nearly nothing, and only an occasional catfish or carp being reported now.

MING LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season two weeks ago, but the bite has slowed to nearly nothing since. An occasional fish still being caught on PowerBait. Even the carp bite has slowed with a few showing on paste baits. Other species very slow.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago, and the odd trout is still being caught on floating dough baits or Mice Tails, or nightcrawlers in garlic oil.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: County trout plant Wednesday this week, and the bite has been good since. The bite has remained fair since the derby three weeks ago with the plants that went in then, and the bigger fish that didn’t show up in the derby started being caught last week, including a number of fish over five pounds. Eric Rivera, Bakersfield, had several trout to about 10 pounds. The best action has been on garlic and chunky cheese Power Baits on Mice Tails. The county will be planting nine times this season instead of five times, like last season. This was plant No. 2. Other species have slowed way down with the cool weather. 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.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite has slowed a little with the cooler weather, but the bite is still pretty fair. The water level continues to drop and the pressure remains high on weekends. Mostly smaller fish are showing on reaction baits and plastics, with the bite moving slower and deeper. There bluegill bite has finally slowed way down, with only a few hand-sized fish showing now on wax worms and meal worms. Still a decent carp bite on dip baits, especially Powder Bait or Wussy Bait, with some quality carp in this action. 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 bass are tough with only a few fish on plastics. Most are two- to three-pounders, but some bigger fish. Other species are very slow. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Nov
16

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, but the catfish bite continues to be pretty fair around much of the lake from French Gulch around and into the South Fork arm. Frozen shad, minnows, clams, jumbo meal worms in scent, dip baits, and other cut baits have been the best. The cats are mostly two to four pounds with an occasional bigger fish. The bass bite has improved with decent action on small fish for anglers tossing plastics in shallow water. No reports on other species. For fishing 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 661-243-6004 or www.tackleandrod.com.

KERN RIVER: The trout bite in the upper river above Isabella has been slow to fair. Just an occasional holdover planted trout on crickets, salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are seeing fair action on wild fish, especially on stripped streamers. No trout plants for over a month. The lower Kern has a slow trout bite with a few holdovers, but a few more smallmouths and largemouths are showing on small plastics. Most are small. Also still the odd catfish showing up. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Improving action across the board. The striper bite remains fair to good, mostly on sardines and blood worms. A few showing on topwater, Gitzits, Rat-L-Traps, Whopper Ploppers, and Ima Little Stick. Most stripers remain small. Catfish have also turned back on with fair to good action on cut baits, especially sardines, and dip baits. Otoniel Castaneda, Bakersfield, landed a 20-pound catfish on liver. 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 661-243-6004 or www.tackleandrod.com.

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: Slow action. Only an occasional carp dough baits and Powder Bait, and an the odd catfish reported on nightcrawlers,

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Fair bluegill action on meal worms, red worms, crickets, and nigthcrawler pieces. Carp have been fair to good on Powder and Wussy baits. Very few bass.

HART PARK LAKE: The carp bite has been fair on dough baits, especially the locally-made Wussy’s Poor Man’s Bait and Powder Bait. Also a fair 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: There is fair action on bluegill, and meal worms, wax worms, red worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces are the best baits for the ëgills. Few other reports except for the odd carp and catfish.

MING LAKE: The carp bite has been fair on dough and paste baits, especially Powder Bait and Wussy’s. The bluegill bite is also fair on meal worms or wax worms. Slow other species, with only the occasional bass and catfish reported.

BRITE LAKE: No DFW plants reported, but a few trout up to two pounds have been caught in the past week.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The 2017 Taft Chamber of Commerce Trout Fishing Derby will be Saturday, Nov. 18, starting at 6 a.m. at Evans Lake. The lake will be planted with 2,000-pound of trout for the event, including trophy fish. Entry fee is $20 per adult (14 and over) and $10 for kids 13 and under). The county’s trout season kicks off Tuesday next week and trout will be planted Monday or Tuesday. The county will be planting more trout for this season, and plants will be made nine times instead of five times, like last season. There has continued to be light fishing pressure over the past week, but there have been a few small catfish reported on shad or cut baits. The bluegill bite has slowed, but a few are still showing on crickets, wax worms, and meal worms. Carp are slow to fair on cut baits and dip bait, especially on Wussy Bait. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-243-6004 or www.tackleandrod.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: This lake remains one of the top spots in the region for bass, but the pressure on the lake has been pretty intense, with mostly smaller fish showing on reaction baits and plastics. There epic bluegill bite has finally slowed, with only a few hand-sized fish showing now on wax worms and meal worms. Still a decent carp bite on dip baits, especially Powder Bait or Wussy Bait, with some quality carp in this action. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-243-6004 or www.tackleandrod.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass are fair 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.

Oct
26

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite continues to be fair to good around most of the lake from French Gulch around and into the South Fork arm. Frozen shad, minnows, clams, jumbo meal worms in scent, dip baits, and other cut baits have been the best. Fish to six pounds or better. Also a few bass reports this past week, mostly on plastics or reaction baits. Everything else is very slow. 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 bite in the upper river above Isabella has been fair. The flows have dropped to around 225 cfs at Kernville, and planted trout have spread out along the river and are still showing in fair numbers on crickets, salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers. More and more fish on spinners, too. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are seeing good action on wild fish, especially on stripped streamers. No trout plants for over a month. The lower Kern is still flowing at 1,200 cfs, but it is becoming more fishable. There is a fair trout bite and a few bass are showing. Best news is that the catfish action is improving. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Still light fishing pressure and not much change in the bite. The striper action remains fair, mostly on blood worms and sardines. A few showing on topwater lures. Most of the fish are very small. Very few cats this week. 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 fair carp bite on dough baits, and an occasional catfish reported on nightcrawlers,

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Fair to good bluegill action on meal worms, red worms, crickets, and nigthcrawler pieces. Carp have been fair to good on Powder and Wussy baits. Very few bass. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The carp bite has been fair on dough baits, especially the locally-made Wussy’s Poor Man’s Bait and Powder Bait. Also a pretty fair 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: There is fair action on bluegill, and meal worms, wax worms, red worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces are the best baits for the ëgills. The carp bite is fair on dough baits, while bass are slow. Few other reports.

MING LAKE: Probably the best overall bite in the Bakersfield region. The carp bite has been fair to good on dough and paste baits, especially Powder Bait and Wussy’s. The bluegill bite is also fair to good on meal worms. Slow other species, with only the occasional bass reported. Drag boat races this past weekend, shut down the action for a couple of days.

BRITE LAKE: No reports.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: Light fishing pressure with only a few small catfish showing on shad or mackerel. The bluegill bite improved again and has been fair with the best bite wax and meal worms. Carp have also been pretty fair on Wussy Bait. The 2017 Taft Chamber of Commerce Trout Fishing Derby will be Saturday, Nov. 18, starting at 6 a.m. at Evans Lake. Entry fee is $20 per adult (14 and over) and $10 for kids 13 and under). Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: This lake remains one of the top spots in the region with a very good bluegill bite for anglers fishing wax worms and meal worms. There is also a good bite on bass with drop-shot plastics, Senkos, nightcrawlers, and Rat-L-Traps. While most of the bass are small, there is very good action, and a few bigger fish are in the mix. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass are fair 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.

Sep
28

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite continues to be fair to good. Most of the action is 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. Also a few bass reports this past week, mostly on plastics or reaction baits. Everything else is very slow. 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 bite in the upper river above Isabella has been very good. The flows have dropped to around 380 cfs, and planted trout have spread out along the river and are showing in good numbers on crickets, salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers. More and more fish on spinners, too. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are seeing good action on wild fish, especially on stripped streamers. Trout plants went into sections 4, 5, and 6 this week and last week. The lower Kern is still coming down (nearly 800 cfs) through the canyon but coming down each day and it is becoming more fishable. There is a fair trout bite and a few bass are showing. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Light fishing pressure with the heat and moss growth, but the striper bite remain fair, mostly on blood worms and sardines. Very few cats this week. 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 fair carp bite on dough baits, and an occasional catfish reported on nightcrawlers,

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Fair to good bluegill action on meal worms, red worms, crickets, and nigthcrawler pieces. Carp have been fair to good on Powder and Wussy baits. 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 fair 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: There is fair to good action on bluegill, and meal worms, wax worms, red worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces are the best baits for the ëgills. The carp bite is fair to good on dough baits, while bass are slow. Few other reports.

MING LAKE: The carp bite has been fair to good on dough and paste baits, especially Powder Bait and Wussy’s. The bluegill bite is also fair to good on meal worms. Slow other species, with only the occasional bass reported.

BRITE LAKE: No reports.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: Light fishing pressure with only a few small catfish showing. Even the bluegill bite slowed over the past week, and there have been few other reports. The 2017 Taft Chamber of Commerce Trout Fishing Derby will be Saturday, Nov. 18, starting at 6 a.m. at Evans Lake. Entry fee is $20 per adult (14 and over) and $10 for kids 13 and under). Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bluegill bite remains very good for anglers fishing wax worms and meal worms. This is the first good bite on bluegill in a couple of seasons here. There is also a good bite on small bass with drop-shot plastics. No size, but a lot of action. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass are fair 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.