Western Sierra, April 20 Report

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 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 (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: Bobís Bait 661-833-8657 or 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: Bobís 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 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, 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.

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