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 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 (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 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 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, 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.