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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.

Sep
21

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. There continue to be a very few reports or crappie for hard-working float tube or boat anglers fishing flooded trees for four or five fish per day. The fish are mostly in the 1-8 to 3-0 class but the bite is tough. Most of the action has been on small minnows or small jigs topped with Crappie Nibbles. Everything else is very slow in the lake. A few trout reports have come in from where the Kern enters in the old cemetery area. 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 bite in the upper river above Isabella has been very good. The flows have finally dropped to around 440 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. Trout plants went into sections 4, 5, and 6 this week. The lower Kern is still nearly very high (nearly 1,000 cfs) through the canyon but coming down each day and it is becoming more fishable. A few more trout are showing in the quieter pools. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are seeing good action on wild fish, especially on stripped streamers. 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 and catfish bites remain fair. Lots of small stripers under the keeper size, but also some keepers. The striper bite is best on sardines, blood and lug worms, or anchovies. Almost no fish on artificials. Fair action on catfish with both mackerel and sardines producing. A few carp are also showing. 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: 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 lake will be closed to fishing this weekend for the boat drags. 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, but there continues to be a fair bluegill bite and fair action on small catfish. Both are showing on meal worms. Few reports of other species this past week. 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 fair to good with fish to a pound still showing on meal worms and wax worms. The bass bite is fair to good, but most of the fish are small, and they are showing 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 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
14

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. There continue to be a very few reports or crappie for hard-working float tube or boat anglers fishing flooded trees for four or five fish per day. The fish are mostly in the 1-8 to 3-0 class but the bite is tough. Most of the action has been on small minnows or small jigs topped with Crappie Nibbles. Everything else is very slow in the lake. A few trout reports have come in from where the Kern enters in the old cemetery area. 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 bite in the upper river above Isabella has been very good. The flows have finally dropped to around 600 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. Trout plants went into sections 4, 5, and 6 this week. The lower Kern is still nearly very high through the canyon but coming down each day and it is becoming more fishable. A few more trout are showing in the quieter pools. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are seeing good action on wild fish, especially on stripped streamers. 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 and catfish bites remain fair. Lots of small stripers under the keeper size, but also some keepers. The striper bite is best on sardines, blood and lug worms, or anchovies. Almost no fish on artificials. Fair action on catfish with both mackerel and sardines producing. A few carp are also showing. 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: 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, but there continues to be a fair bluegill bite and fair action on small catfish. Both are showing on meal worms. 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 bluegill bite remains fair to good with fish to a pound still showing on meal worms and wax worms. The bass bite is fair to good, but most of the fish are small, and they are showing 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 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.

Aug
24

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: There continues to be a fair to 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. There were a couple of good crappie scores this week. Jake Rath, Bakersfield, had 20 crappie to about a pound, along with a couple of bass and small bluegill. Most of the action has been on small minnow or small jigs topped with Crappie Nibbles. Everything else is very slow in the lake. Very few trout reports, and the bass bites is 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 2 through 6 last week, and that includes some in the lower river for the first time in quite a while. They are slated for section 4 and 5 next week. 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. The lower Kern is still nearly very high through the canyon. Also DFW plants this week on Peppermint Creek. 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 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. A few carp are also showing. 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 lot of small catfish are showing on meal worms, along with the occasional bluegill on the same bait. A few crappie are being caught on live minnows. Not much in the way of volume, but the size has been decent. 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.

Aug
10

WESTERN SIERRA

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.

Jul
20

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish are fair to good with most of the action in the South Fork arm of the lake. Frozen shad, clams, dip baits, and other cut baits have been the best. Fish to six pounds or better in this action. The trout action was has stayed fair. The best bite has been on inflated nightcrawlers, PowerBait, and small jigs, at the main dam, auxiliary dam, and French Gulch. A few crappie or two continue to show up in the South Fork for anglers who work hard fishing jigs and live minnows, but the bite is far from good. Bass are 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 plants went into sections 4, 5, and 6 last again this week week and should go in again next week. The bite has been fair on salmon eggs and crickets above the lake. The lower Kern is still nearly unfishable through the canyon, but it has gone down to 3,000 cfs. All of the upper creeks are fishable now, and Peppermint Creek has been particularly good. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Heat has kept fishing pressure down in recent days, but the striper bite remains fair to good, 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. Will Reynolds, Bakersfield, landed a 12-pound catfish this past week, while Dan Germaine, Bakersfield, had a 5-8 and Randy Green, Bakersfield, landed a 5-2. 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.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Carp have been pretty good on Powder and Wussy baits. Also a fair to good bluegill bite on meal worms, red worms, and nigthcrawler pieces. Wax worms haven’t been available. A few bass. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The carp bite has been fair to 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. A few bass showing on plastics and reaction baits. Other species slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The carp bite is good on dough baits and fair to good bass action on nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. The bluegill are fair to good on meal worms, red worms, and nightcrawler pieces. If you can find wax worms they have been the best baits. Few other reports.

MING LAKE: The carp bite has been good on dough and paste baits, especially Powder Bait and Wussy’s. The bass bite has been fair. Plastics, Senkos, and live minnows have been the best baits. The bluegill bite is good on meal worms. A few crappie reported.

BRITE LAKE: The bite on small crappie remained fair on small jigs, but there are no reports of other bites.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bluegill bite has been good with a lot of nice stringers showing on meal worms and red worms. The catfish bite is also fair to good with most fish showing on frozen shad. Jeff Prickett, Bakersfield, landed an 11-14 cat on shad. A few crappie are showing for diligent anglers fishing small live minnows or jigs. The largemouth bass bite is the fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and Senkos. Carp are also fair to good on dough baits. 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. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass and crappie bites are fair go good. The crappie are running up to two pounds on small jigs and small minnows. The bass are showing on plastics and topwater or reaction baits early in the day. Most are two- to three-pounders, but some bigger fish. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Jul
13

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish are fair to good with most of the action in the South Fork arm of the lake. Frozen shad, clams, dip baits, and other cut baits have been the best. Fish to six pounds or better in this action. The trout action was has stayed fair to good. The best bite has been on inflated nightcrawlers, PowerBait, and small jigs, at the main dam, auxiliary dam, and French Gulch. DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago. A rare crappie or two continue to show up in the South Fork, but this bite is very tough. Bass are 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 plants went into sections 4, 5, and 6 last week and should go in again next week. The bite has been slow with high flows both above and below the lake. The lower Kern is still nearly unfishable through the canyon. Tough fishing conditions everywhere. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Heat has kept fishing pressure down in recent days, but the striper bite remains good, 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 on catfish this past week on both mackerel and sardines. 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.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Carp have been pretty good on Powder and Wussy baits. Also a fair to good bluegill bite on wax worms. A few bass. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The carp bite has been fair to 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, wax worms, and crickets. A few bass showing on plastics and reaction baits. Other species slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The carp bite is good on dough baits and fair to good bass action on nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. The bluegill are fair to good on wax worms. Few other reports.

MING LAKE: The carp bite has been good on dough and paste baits, especially Powder Bait and Wussy’s. The bass bite has been fair. Plastics, Senkos, and live minnows have been the best baits. The bluegill bite is also fair to good on wax worms and meal worms. A few crappie reported.

BRITE LAKE: The bite on small crappie started to take off this past week on small jigs, but there are no reports of other bites.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bluegill bite has been good with a lot of nice stringers showing on wax worms or other small baits. The catfish bite is also fair to good with most fish showing on frozen shad. Still a very few crappie are showing for diligent anglers fishing small live minnows or jigs. The largemouth bass bite is the fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and Senkos. Carp are also fair to good on dough baits. 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. The lake is currently 101 percent of capacity. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass and crappie bites are very good. The crappie are running up to two pounds and many anglers are posting limits of fish on small jigs and small minnows. The bass are showing on plastics and topwater or reaction baits early in the day. Most are two- to three-pounders, but some bigger fish. Lake level is over 90 percent of capacity this week. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Jun
29

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The trout action was has stayed fair to good. The best bite has been on inflated nightcrawlers, PowerBait, and small jigs, at the main dam, auxiliary dam, and French Gulch. DFW trout plants last week and two weeks ago. The catfish are also pretty fair in the South Fork, and the best bite has been on frozen shad, dip baits, and cut baits. A few crappie continue to show up in the South Fork, but the water is still very cold. Bass are slow. The lake level is around 62 percent of full pool. The Kern River flow was at 4,100 cfs at Kernville with an outflow of 5,000 cfs. 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 slated again for this week in sections 4 and 5, and all sections next week. The bite has been slow with high flows both above and below the lake. The lower Kern is still nearly unfishable through the canyon with Isabella release flows at 5,000 cfs. The upper river flows were up to 4,100 cfs at Kernville on Wednesday. Tough fishing conditions everywhere. 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 good, with lots of small stripers under the keeper size. The heat has even more moss starting to grow making fishing more difficult. The bite has been sardines, blood and lug worms, anchovies, Gitzits, and jigs, but the hardbait bite is still off. Many anglers are still reporting 20 to 30 fish days. Fair on catfish this past week on both mackerel and sardines, especially in the Highway 166 stretch. 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.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Carp have been pretty good on Powder and Wussy baits. Also a fair to good bluegill bite on wax worms. A few bass. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The carp bite has been fair to 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, wax worms, and crickets. A few bass showing on plastics and reaction baits. Other species slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The carp bite is good on dough baits and fair to good bass action on nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. The bluegill are fair to good on wax worms. Few other reports.

MING LAKE: The carp bite has been good on dough and paste baits, especially Powder Bait and Wussy’s. The bass bite has been fair. Plastics, Senkos, and live minnows have been the best baits. The bluegill bite is also fair to good on wax worms and meal worms. A few crappie reported.

BRITE LAKE: The bite on small crappie started to take off this past week on small jigs, but there are no reports of other bites.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bluegill bite has been good with a lot of nice stringers showing on wax worms or other small baits. The catfish bite is also fair to good with most fish showing on frozen shad. Still a very few crappie are showing for diligent anglers fishing small live minnows or jigs. The largemouth bass bite is the fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and Senkos. Carp are also fair to good on dough baits. 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. The lake is currently 101 percent of capacity. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass and crappie bites are very good. The crappie are running up to two pounds and many anglers are posting limits of fish on small jigs and small minnows. The bass are showing on plastics and topwater or reaction baits early in the day. Most are two- to three-pounders, but some bigger fish. Lake level is over 90 percent of capacity this week. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Jun
08

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The trout action was has stayed fair to good on inflated nightcrawlers, PowerBait, and small jigs, at the main dam and auxiliary dam. DFW trout plants this week and last week. The catfish are also pretty fair in the South Fork, and the best bite has been on meal worms dipped in Tomatillo sauce, but the usual cut and paste baits also work. A few crappie continue to show up in the South Fork, mostly on live minnows, but one pair of anglers reported eight or nine fish each to 1-8 on small jigs from shore. Bass are slow. The lake level is around 61 percent of full pool. The Kern River flow was at 7,100 cfs going in with an outflow of 5,400 cfs. Reports are that the snowpack is holding 2 1/2ñtimes the capacity of Isabella, and outflows may ramp up to 7,500 cfs at times this year. 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 slated again for this week in sections 4 and 5. The bite has been slow with high flows both above and below the lake. The lower Kern is still nearly unfishable through the canyon with Isabella release flows at 5,400 cfs. The upper river flows were up to 7,100 cfs at Kernville on Wednesday. Tough fishing conditions everywhere. 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 good, with lots of small stripers. The heat has even more moss starting to grow making fishing more difficult. Most fish are below the 18-inch minimum size, but getting a couple of keepers is still pretty easy. The bite has been sardines, blood and lug worms, anchovies, Gitzits, and jigs, but the hardbait bite is still off. Also more catfish reported again in the past week on both mackerel and sardines, especially in the Highway 166 stretch. This bite is fair to good now. 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.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Carp have been pretty good on Powder and Wussy baits. Also a fair bluegill bite on wax worms. A few bass. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The carp bite has been fair to 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, wax worms, and crickets. A few bass showing on plastics and reaction baits. Other species slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The carp bite is good on dough baits and fair to good bass action on nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. The bluegill are fair to good on wax worms. 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 bass bite has been fair. Plastics, Senkos, and live minnows have been the best baits. The bluegill bite is also fair to good on wax worms and meal worms. A few crappie reported.

BRITE LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants. The bite has been slow this past week. Light fishing pressure.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bluegill bite has been good with a lot of nice stringers showing on wax worms or other small baits. The catfish bite is also fair to good with most fish showing on frozen shad. Still a very few crappie are showing for diligent anglers fishing small live minnows or jigs. The largemouth bass bite is the fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and Senkos. Carp are also fair to good on dough baits. 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. The lake is currently 97 percent of capacity. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been good with most fish in the two- to three-pound class and showing on plastics with some on reaction baits. Lake level is rocketing up with runoff and it is 82 percent of capacity this week. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Jun
01

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The trout action was has stayed fair to good on inflated nightcrawlers, PowerBait, and small jigs, at the main dam and auxiliary dam. DFW trout plant this week. The catfish are also pretty fair in the South Fork, and the best bite has been on meal worms dipped in Tomatillo sauce, but the usual cut and paste baits also work. A few crappie continue to show up in the South Fork, mostly on live minnows, but getting four or five is a pretty good day. Most are a pound to two pounds. Bass are also slow. The lake level is around 59 percent of full pool. The Kern River flow was at 6,600 cfs going in with an outflow of 5,300 cfs. Reports are that the snowpack is holding 2 1/2ñtimes the capacity of Isabella, and outflows may ramp up to 7,500 cfs at times this year. 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 last week were cancelled because of high flows. The bite has been slow with high flows both above and below the lake. The lower Kern is still nearly unfishable through the canyon with Isabella release flows at 5,300 cfs. The upper river flows were up to 6,600 cfs at Kernville on Wednesday. Tough fishing conditions everywhere. 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 good, but the bite is not wide open like it has been. The heat has even more moss starting to grow making fishing more difficult. Most fish are below the 18-inch minimum size, but getting a couple of keepers is still pretty easy. The bite has been sardines, blood and lug worms, anchovies, Gitzits, and jigs, but the hardbait bite is still off. Also more catfish reported again in the past week on both mackerel and sardines, especially in the Highway 166 stretch. This bite is fair to good now. 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.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Carp have been pretty good on Powder and Wussy baits. Also a fair bluegill bite on wax worms. A few bass. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The carp bite has been fair to 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, wax worms, and crickets. A few bass showing on plastics and reaction baits. Other species slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The carp bite has picked up on dough baits with fair to good action. TThe bass are fair with the best action on nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. The bluegill are fair to good on wax worms and the carp best on dough baits. 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 bass bite has been fair. Plastics, Senkos, and live minnows have been the best baits. The bluegill bite is also fair to good on wax worms and meal worms. A few crappie reported.

BRITE LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants. The bite has been slow this past week. Light fishing pressure.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The best bite is for bluegill on wax worms, meal worms, or worms. A few catfish on cut baits, and a few crappie are showing for diligent anglers fishing small live minnows or jigs. The largemouth bass bite is the fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and Senkos. Carp are also fair to good on dough baits. 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. The lake is currently 94 percent of capacity. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been good with most fish in the two- to three-pound class and showing on plastics with some on reaction baits. Lake level is 70 percent of capacity this week. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

May
25

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The trout action was has stayed pretty fair on inflated nightcrawlers, PowerBait, and small jigs, at the main dam and auxiliary dam. There was a 7.7-pounder reported this week. The catfish are pretty fair in the South Fork, and the best bite has been on meal worms dipped in Tomatillo sauce. There are very few crappie showing, but those being caught are coming from the South Fork on live minnows. Crappie have been tough but a very few fish to 15-inches are showing. One angler caught 11 for eight hours of hard fishing. Bass are also slow. The lake level is around 56 percent of full pool. The Kern River flow was over 8,000 cfs much of Wednesday at Kernville. The outflow was around 5,400 cfs. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: Trout were planted in all six sections of the Kern three weeks ago, and sections 4, 5, and 6 are to get trout this week. The bite has been slow to fair with high flows both above and below the lake. The lower Kern is still nearly unfishable through the canyon with Isabella release flows at 5,400 cfs. The upper river flows were up to 8,600 cfs at Kernville on Wednesday. Tough fishing conditions everywhere. 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 very good for both numbers and moderate size, but the heat has a little moss starting to grow. Most fish are below the 18-inch minimum size, but getting a couple of keepers is still pretty easy. The bite has been sardines, blood and lug worms, anchovies, Gitzits, and jigs, but the hardbait bite is off. No topwater yet. Also more catfish reported in the past week on both mackerel and sardines, especially in the Highway 166 stretch. 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.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Carp have been pretty good on Powder and Wussy baits. Also a fair bluegill bite on wax worms. A few bass. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The carp bite has been fair to 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, wax worms, and crickets. A few bass showing on plastics and reaction baits. Other species slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The bass are fair with the best action on nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. A few carp and bluegill being caught in a fair bite, with the bluegill best on wax worms and the carp best on dough baits. 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 bass bite has been fair. Plastics, Senkos, and live minnows have been the best baits. The bluegill bite is also fair to good on wax worms and meal worms. A few crappie reported.

BRITE LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants. The bite has been slow this past week. Light fishing pressure.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: A few catfish on cut baits, and the odd crappie is showing on small live minnows. The best bite is for bluegill on wax worms, meal worms, or worms. The largemouth bass bite is the fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and Senkos. 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. The lake is currently 90 percent of capacity. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been good with most fish in the two- to three-pound class and showing on plastics with some on reaction baits. Lake level is 58 percent of capacity this week. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

May
11

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The trout action was has stayed pretty fair on inflated nightcrawlers, PowerBait, and small jigs, at the main dam and auxiliary dam. The catfish are pretty fair in the South Fork, and the best bite has been on meal worms dipped in Tomatillo sauce. There are very few crappie showing, but those being caught are coming from the South Fork on live minnows. Bass are also slow. The lake level is around 49 percent of full pool. The Kern River flow was 4,100 cfs Wednesday at Kernville. The outflow was around 4,700 cfs. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: Trout were planted in all six sections of the Kern two weeks ago. The bite has been slow to fair with high flows both above and below the lake. The lower Kern is still nearly unfishable through the canyon with Isabella release flows at 4,700 cfs. The upper river flows are up to 4,100 cfs at Kernville. A few bass are being caught right in Bakersfield where the river is running through town. Tough fishing conditions everywhere. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite is good for both numbers and size. Not as many 25-fish days reported, but the bite is still good. Most are below the 18-inch minimum size, but getting a couple of keepers is pretty easy. The bite has been sardines, blood and lug worms, anchovies, and Gitzits, but the hardbait bite is off. No topwater yet. Also more catfish reported in the past week on both mackerel and sardines. 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.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: A fair bluegill bite and quite a few carp are showing now. The bluegill bite is best on wax worms, while the carp are best on dough baits. A few bass. Trout slow. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The carp bite has been fair to good on dough baits, especially the locally-made Wussy’s Poor Mans Bait and Powder Bait. Also a few bluegill starting to show on meal worms, wax worms, and crickets. Also still a few bass. Other species slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The bass are fair with the best action on nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. A few carp and bluegill being caught in a fair bite, with the bluegill best on wax worms. Few other reports.

MING LAKE: The carp bite has been fair to good on dough and paste baits. The bass bite has been fair. Plastics, Senkos, and live minnows have been the best baits. The bluegill bite is also fair on wax worms and meal worms. A few crappie reported.

BRITE LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants. The bite has been slow this past week. Light fishing pressure.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The largemouth bass bite is the best bet here with fair action on nightcrawlers, plastics, and Senkos. A few crappie on small minnows. Bluegill are also fair on wax worms. 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 spawn pretty much over. Best bite has been in six to 18 feet of water with plastics and reaction baits. The lake is currently 86 percent of capacity. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been good with most fish in the two- to three-pound class and showing on plastics with some on reaction baits. Lake level is 54 percent of capacity this week. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.