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 38 percent of capacity, up from six percent capacity last year this time. The Kern River flow coming in is 1,429 cfs and the flow going out is 913 cfs. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.
KERN RIVER: Flows in the upper Kern River have been up and down during the storms, but it was 1,428 cfs on Wednesday going into Isabella and 913 cfs going out. That is the highest release in years and the water is now flowing all the way through Bakersfield. Overall very slow fishing in both the upper and lower river with no recent DFW trout plants. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or 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. 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 bobsbaitbucket.com.
MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: No reports. Very slow.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout were planted last week and the bite was good the first couple of days, but it was pretty much fished out by the end of the weekend. DFW trout are slated to go in again next week. The best action has been on PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers doused with garlic oil. No other reports.
HART PARK LAKE: Slow with little fishing activity. There have been a few crappie reported on small minnows in a fair bite, and the odd bass is still being caught on Senkos, nightcrawlers, or plastics.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Slow overall with little activity, but there is a fair bite on bass for anglers fishing Senkos or live minnows.
MING LAKE: There was a DFW trout plant last week, and the action was good into the weekend. It has slowed since but there are still a few rainbows being caught on PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers with garlic scent. The next DFW plant is slated for next week. There are also a few bass showing on plastics and live minnows.
BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago. The bite has been slow this past week. Light fishing pressure.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Trout are slated to be planted this week, and the last plant was three weeks ago. Plants are now tentatively scheduled for every three weeks. The best action continues to be on PowerBait and MiceTails fished on very light line. The crappie bite has also come back on in the past week with a fair bite on small minnows. Other species are also very slow. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or 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 49 percent of full pool, up from 11 percent this time last year. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, 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 27 percent versus 16 percent this time last year. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.