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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.

Apr
20

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The trout action was has stayed pretty fair since the derby last weekend. The best bite has been on inflated nightcrawlers, PowerBait, and small jigs, with the cemetery area the best bet. There are also a few crappie showing, especially in the South Fork on live minnows, but the water temperatures are still too cool for this bite to break open. A few catfish are starting to show, but this bite is just fair with meal worms, minnows, and shad the best baits. Also a few bass showing on plastics around structure with the fish in less than 15 feet of water. The lake level is still around 44 percent of full pool. The Kern River flow was up to 3,400 cfs Wednesday at Kernville. The outflow was around 4,200 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, and all sections are scheduled to get fish again next 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 4,200 cfs. The upper river flows are up to 3,400 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: It remains striper mania. The striper bite is excellent for both numbers and size. A 35-pound striper was caught on Wednesday this week. Many anglers continue to report 25 to 100 fish days, but most are below the 18-inch minimum size, but getting a couple of keepers is pretty easy. The bite has been almost all on sardines, blood and lug worms, Flukes, Gitzits, and Rat-L-Traps. In fact, the only thing not working has been anchovies. Also more catfish reported in the past week, mostly in the Highway 166 stretch, and they have been landed on both mackerel and sardines. Also a few largemouth starting to show on tube jigs. 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 are starting to show on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Quite a few bass are showing with most in shallow for the spawn. Also some bluegill starting to be caught. Trout slow. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics or nightcrawlers. A few more carp and bluegill are showing in fair action. Other species slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The bass are mostly in the shallows for the spawn. Fair to good action. The best bite has been 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 bass bite has been good with fish to six pounds reported in the past week. Plastics, Senkos, and live minnows have been the best baits. There are also more and more carp being caught on Powder Bait, and the bluegill bite is fair now. Trout are slow.

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

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The final trout plant of season went in four weeks ago, and the bite has really slowed way down with most of the rainbows caught out by now. A few crappie on small minnows. There are quite a few bass showing on nightcrawlers and plastics. Bluegill also starting to show but this bite is tough. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: There have been a few crappie reported in the past week on small minnows and small jigs. Other species slow.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is fair to good with a lot of fish still on beds. Best bite has been in four to 12 feet of water with plastics. The lake is currently 69 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 spawn or just past. Lots of two- to three-pound class fish showing on plastics with some on reaction baits. Lake level is 29 percent of capacity this week. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Apr
06

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The bites are mostly slow with cold snowmelt runoff coming into the lake. A few more catfish are starting to show, but this bite is just fair with meal worms, minnows, and shad the best baits. Also a few more reports of crappie this past week, and the trout bite has also been pretty fair and more plants will be going in for the upcoming derby. Largemouth starting to improve. The lake level is around 44 percent of full pool. The Kern River flow was around 2,000 cfs Wednesday at Kernville. The outflow was around 4,100 cfs. The 28th Annual Lake Isabella Trout derby will be April 8-10, with a $2,000 top prize for the longest trout. Entry fee is $30 per person or $65 per family. For more information on the derby, go to www.kernrivervalley.com. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: In spite of high flows, trout plants are tentatively scheduled for this week in all six locations. There has been very light fishing pressure because of high flows. The lower Kern is unfishable through the canyon with flows over 4,400 cfs below Isabella and over 5,000 cfs into Bakersfield. The upper river flows are down into the 2,000 cfs range at Kernville this week. Only a few wild and holdover fish being caught in the upper river. 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 striped bass bite has been wide open for the past three weeks. Many anglers are reporting 20 to 40 fish days, and most are getting enough keeper-size fish to take home the two-fish limit. Quite a few to five pounds and a few to eight. The bite has been almost all on sardines, with a few on blood and lug worms and pumpkin or white Gitzits. More catfish reported in the past week, mostly in the Highway 166 stretch, and they have been landed on both mackerel and sardines. No other 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 are starting to show on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Quite a few bass are showing as they move shallow for the spawn. Also some bluegill starting to be caught. Trout slow. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics or nightcrawlers. Other species slow, but a few carp and bluegill are starting to show.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The bass are mostly in the shallows for the spawn. Fair to good action. The best bite has been on nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. A few carp and bluegill staring to show. Few other reports.

MING LAKE: DFW trout plant went in four weeks ago, and quite few fish are still showing on PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers with garlic, and Mice Tails. The bass bite has been fair to good with the fish moving into the shallows. Plastics, Senkos, and live minnows have been best. There are also more and more carp being caught on Powder Bait, but very few panfish reports.

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

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The final trout plant of season went in two weeks ago, and a few rainbows to four pounds continue to show. The best bite has been on Mice Tails and PowerBait. The crappie bite is slow to fair on small minnows. There are quite a few bass showing on nightcrawlers and plastics with the fish moving up for the spawn. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: There have been a few crappie reported in the past week on small minnows and small jigs. Other species slow.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is improving and a lot of fish are moving shallow for the spawn. Best bite has been in four to 12 feet of water with plastics. The lake is currently 51 percent of capacity. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been improving daily as more and more fish move up for the spawn. Lots of two- to three-pound class fish showing on plastics with some on reaction baits. Lake level is 31 percent of capacity this week. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Mar
30

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: The bites are mostly slow with cold snowmelt runoff coming into the lake. A few more catfish are starting to show, but this bite is just fair with meal worms, minnows, and shad the best baits. The trout bite has also been pretty fair and more plant will be going in for the upcoming derby. Both the crappie and largemouth have been slow. The lake level is around 45 percent of full pool. The Kern River flow was around 3,500 cfs Wednesday. The outflow was around 4,400 cfs. The 28th Annual Lake Isabella Trout derby will be April 8-10, with a $2,000 top prize for the longest trout. Entry fee is $30 per person or $65 per family. For more information on the derby, go to www.kernrivervalley.com. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: In spite of high flows, trout plants are tentatively scheduled for next week in all six locations. There has been very light fishing pressure because of high flows. The lower Kern is unfishable through the canyon with flows over 4,400 cfs below Isabella and over 5,000 cfs into Bakersfield. The upper river flows are in the 3,500 cfs range at Kernville this week. Only a few wild and holdover fish being caught in the upper river. 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 striped bass bite has been wide open for the past two weeks. Many anglers are reporting 20 to 40 fish days, and most are getting enough keeper-size fish to take home the two-fish limit. Quite a few to five pounds and a few to eight. The bite has been almost all on sardines, with a few on blood and lug worms and pumpkin or white Gitzits. More catfish reported in the past week, mostly in the Highway 166 stretch, and they have been landed on both mackerel and sardines. No other 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 are starting to show on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Quite a few bass are showing as they move shallow for the spawn. Also some bluegill starting to be caught. Trout slow. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics or nightcrawlers. Other species slow, but a few carp and bluegill are starting to show.

TRUXTUN LAKE: More and more bass are moving shallow with fair to good action. The best bite has been on nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. A few carp and bluegill staring to show. Few other reports.

MING LAKE: DFW trout plant went in three weeks ago, and quite a few fish are still showing on PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers with garlic, and Mice Tails. One angler reported getting limits two different days this past week. The bass bite has been fair to good with the fish moving into the shallows. Plastics, Senkos, and live minnows have been best. There are also more and more carp being caught on Powder Bait, but very few panfish reports.

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

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The final trout plant of season went in last week, and the bite has been pretty good since with rainbows to six pounds reported. The best bite has been on Mice Tails and PowerBait. The crappie bite is slow to fair on small minnows. Also quite a few bass showing on nightcrawlers and plastics and this bite with the fish moving up for the spawn. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: There have been a few crappie reported in the past week on small minnows and small jigs. Other species slow.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is improving and a lot of fish are moving shallow for the spawn. Best bite has been in four to 12 feet of water with plastics. The lake is currently 51 percent of capacity. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been improving daily as more and more fish move up for the coming spawn. Lots of two- to three-pound class fish showing on plastics with some on reaction baits. Lake level is 31 percent of capacity this week. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Mar
09

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: Finally better weather and it looks like the bites are starting to take off. The biggest news has been the multiple reports of crappie limits (25) in recent days. The fish have been showing on both small minnows and jigs. There have also been some largemouth reports and the catfish bite has come back on. The bass have been best on plastics, nightcrawlers, and small swimbaits, while the cats are best on shad, cut mackerel, and jumbo meal worms. The lake level has dropped in recent days, but it is still at 54 percent of full pool. The Kern River flow was 1,500 cfs at Kernville. The outflow was around 4,100 cfs Tuesday. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: In spite of weather, there has been very light fishing pressures. The lower Kern is unfishable through the canyon with flows over 4,000 cfs below Isabella. The upper river is more fishable with flows in the 1,500 cfs range at Kernville this week. Only a few wild and holdover fish being caught in the upper river. A few bass are being caught right in Bakersfield where the river is running through town. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The aqueduct has cleared quite a bit and the striper bite has improved with good action this past week, but mostly on smaller fish under the minimum size. They are showing on blood worms and sardine, but more fish are also being caught on Gitzit-style baits in pumpkin color, Rat-L-Traps, and other jerkbaits. A few catfish reported, mostly on cut baits and Sonny’s Dip Bait. 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 are starting to show on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Derby’s two weekend’s in a row and plants for both derby’s has made for good weekend fishing again here. But heavy fishing pressure just about fished out the lake. A few trout are still showing on Mice Tails and PowerBait. DFW trout plant scheduled for this week. Also some bass starting to show with the warmer weather. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The largemouth bass bite has been fair on plastics or nightcrawlers. Other species slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Warm weather has brought up more bass, with the best bite on nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. Few other reports.

MING LAKE: DFW trout plant went in Monday this week and the plant was a sizeable one. The bite has been good since on PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers with garlic, and Mice Tails. The bass bite has also improved with the warmer weather with quite a few fish being landed on
plastics, Senkos, and live minnows. There are also more and more carp being caught on Powder Bait, but no panfish reports yet.

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

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The most recent plant was three weeks ago and a few rainbows are still being caught, mostly on Mice Tails and PowerBait. The final plant of the season will be this week or next week. The crappie bite is fair on small minnows. Also a few bass showing on nightcrawlers and plastics and this bite is improving fast with the warm weather. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: Overall slow fishing with few reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is improving with the warmer weather and some fish are starting to move up in a movement of pre-spawn fish. Best bite has been in 12 to 18 feet of water with plastics and deep-diving cranks getting fish. The lake is currently 58 percent, down from 60 percent last week. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: There was a 17.2-pound largemouth bass caught and released this past week by Gary Wasson of Kingsburg on an umbrella rig filled with four-inch swimbaits. The bass bite has been improving with the warmer weather with a lot of fish pushing shallow in preparation for the spawn. Lots of two- to three-pound class fish showing on plastics with some on reaction baits. Lake level is 50 percent of capacity this week, down three percent from last week. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Mar
02

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, with a handful of reports for catfish and a few crappie, which are suspended in big schools in 15 to 25 feet of water. The cats have been best jumbo meal worms, shad, or clams. No other reports. The lake level continues to come up slowly. It is still about 61 percent of capacity. The Kern River flow was 1,750 at Kernville. The outflow was around 4,000 cfs Wednesday. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: Very light fishing pressure, but the flows have come down enough for conditions to be fishable. There have been no recent trout plants, however. Flows in the upper Kern River at Kernville about 1,750 on Wednesday this week, about half of what they were this time last week. The South Fork of the Kern flow was 280 cfs on Tuesday, down from 665 cfs a week ago. The release out of Isabella is 4,000 cfs, and the flow in Kern River canyon has been 4,900 below the powerhouse diversion. The river continues to flow bank to bank all the way through Bakersfield. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper and catfish bites have improved dramatically with fair to good action here this week. The flows have dropped and the water clarity has improved. There are a lot of undersize stripers being caught with anglers only getting 20 fish without a keeper. Best action has been on bait, mostly blood worms and sardines, but a few are showing on Gitzit-style lures. There was a 25-pound striper caught last week. The catfish have been best on Sonny’s Dip Bait, but other dip or paste baits and cut baits are also getting fish. 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 are starting to show on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Last weekend’s derby and plant made for good weekend fishing, especially on Mice Tails. There is another derby this weekend and another 2,000-pound trout plant slated. Derby information call Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The largemouth bass bite was slowed by the cool weather this past week, but the action is imnproving again on plastics or nightcrawlers.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Slow. A few bass on nightcrawlers or live minnows, but this bite is still tough.

MING LAKE: The bass bite slowed with the cold weather this past week with only a few fish showing on plastics, Senkos, and live minnows. The trout action was good over the weekend, after the DFW plant last week, and the best action has been on Mice Tails with PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers with garlic scent also getting a few fish. There are also more and more carp being caught on Powder Bait.

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

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The most recent plant was two weeks ago and a few rainbows are still being caught, mostly on Mice Tails and PowerBait. The final plant of the season will be next week or the week after. The crappie bite is fair on small minnows. Also a few bass showing on nightcrawlers and plastics. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: Overall slow fishing with few reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite has been slow but improving with most action on plastics and jigs in deeper water. Few other reports. The new marina is in operation. Water level is at 60 percent of full pool. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite slowed down with the rainy weather the past couple of weeks, but a few are still showing in deeper water on drop-shot plastics, jigs, or nightcrawlers. Other species are slow. Launch ramp open. Water level is at 53 percent capacity. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Feb
16

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: Very light fishing pressure, with a handful of reports for catfish and a few crappie. The cats have been best jumbo meal worms, shad, or clams. No other reports. The lake level continues to come up. It is now at nearly 57 percent of capacity. It has not been at this capacity since 2011, and it has not been at this level in February since 1997. The gates are under waters and Rabbit Island is back to being an island. The Kern River flow coming in varied from 10,700 cfs last week to around 3,000 cfs this week at Kernville. The outflow was around 1,850 cfs Tuesday, up from 800 cfs a week ago. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: Very slow fishing in both the upper and lower river, and there have been no recent plants. Flows in the upper Kern River at Kernville have dropped from 10,700 cfs last week to just under 3,000 cfs on Wednesday this week. The South Fork of the Kern was over 1,500 cfs a week ago, but has dropped down to about 470 cfs Wednesday this week.
The river continues to flow bank to bank all the way through Bakersfield. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Flows remain high and off-color and fishing has been tough. The few anglers catching fish are using bottom rigs with heavy weigh (three to four ounces) to keep the bait down. A few catfish and stripers have been reported on blood worms and sardines. 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: No reports. Very slow.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout went in last week and the bite was fair into the weekend. PowerBait and garlic-scented nightcrawlers. No other reports.

HART PARK LAKE: The largemouth bass bite kicked into gear with the warm weather early in the week, but another storm is likely to shut it down again. The best bite has been on plastics or nightcrawlers.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Slow overall with little fishing activity, and the lake remains off-color. A few bass on nightcrawlers or live minnows, but this bite is tough.

MING LAKE: The bass bite picked up with the warm weather this past week, and there was a DFW trout plant last Wednesday that made this bite good into the weekend. Most of the trout are being caught on PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers with garlic scent. The bass have been showing on Senkos or live minnows.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant five weeks ago. The bite has been slow this past week. Light fishing pressure.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The fourth county trout plant of the season is slated for this week with a final plant sometime in March. The bite should been good through the weekend after this week’s plant. The best bite after previous plants has been on PowerBait and MiceTails fished on very light line. No crappie or bass reports this past week. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: Overall slow fishing with few reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite has been slow on plastics and jigs in deeper water. Few other reports. The new marina is in operation. Water level is at 72 percent of full pool, up from 12 over the last month. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite slowed down with the rainy weather the past couple of weeks, but a few are still showing in deeper water on drop-shot plastics, jigs, or nightcrawlers. Other species are slow. Launch ramp open. Water level is at 47 percent capacity, up 17 percent over the past month. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

Feb
09

WESTERN SIERRA

LAKE ISABELLA: Very light fishing pressure, but there have been a number of reports on crappie for anglers fishing small, live minnows. There have also been a few catfish on jumbo meal worms, shad, or clams. No other reports. The lake level continues to come up. It is now at 44 percent of capacity, up from six percent capacity last year this time. The water is up under the bridge at French Gulch. The Kern River flow coming in varied from 1,800 cfs to 24,000 this past week. The outflow was around 700 cfs Wednesday. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: Very slow fishing in both the upper and lower river, and there have been no recent plants. Flows in the upper Kern River have been up and down during the storms, but it peaked at around 24,000 cfs late Tuesday night and was around 9,000 cfs on Wednesday going into Isabella. Outflow was just over 700 cfs on Wednesday. The river is now flowing bank to bank all the way through Bakersfield. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Rains have really muddied up the aqueduct and there has been very light fishing pressure again this past week. The striper bite stalled, but a few catfish have been reported on blood worms and sardines. The only fish being reported in the odd-color water are being caught on the bait fish on the bottom, requiring heavy sinkers to keep the bait down in the high flows. 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: No reports. Very slow.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout went in Wednesday this week and the bite has been good on PowerBait and garlic-scented nightcrawlers. No other reports.

HART PARK LAKE: Slow with little fishing activity. Only the odd bass reported on nightcrawlers or plastics.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Slow overall with little activity, and the lake has been muddy. A few bass on nightcrawlers or live minnows, but this bite is tough.

MING LAKE: There was a DFW trout plant Wednesday this week and the bite has been good since. Most of the trout are being caught on PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers with garlic scent. There are also a few bass showing on Senkos live minnows.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant four weeks ago. The bite has been slow this past week. Light fishing pressure.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: Early reports about trout plants being every two weeks were wrong. The county only scheduled five trout plants this season. Three have gone in already, another is slated for next week, and the final plant will be sometime in March. The overall bite is slow with only a few trout and crappie showing. The best trout action continues to be on PowerBait and MiceTails fished on very light line. The crappie bite is best on small minnows or small jigs. Other species are even slower. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: Overall slow fishing with few reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite has been slow on plastics and jigs in deeper water. Few other reports. The new marina is in operation. Water level is at 60 percent of full pool, up from 11 percent this time last year. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite slowed down with the rainy weather the past couple of weeks, but a few are still showing in deeper water on drop-shot plastics, jigs, or nightcrawlers. Other species are slow. Launch ramp open. Water level is at 30 percent capacity versus 16 percent this time last year. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.