Western Sierra, Jan. 12 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: Very light fishing pressure, but there is still a fair catfish bite on jumbo meal worms, shad, and mackerel. Most are two to three pounds, but some bigger. Few other reports. The lake has come up over 10 vertical feet in the past week, increasing stored water by 50 percent. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: Flows have skyrocketed in the upper Kern this past week, running over 6,000 cfs at Kernville since Sunday. The river below the dam has remained about 300 cfs below the dam. There was a DFW trout plant three weeks ago in Section 4 (Kernville region), but the bite has been very slow for both stocked and wild fish with the high flows. In the lower river the bass and catfish bites are slow with a few bass on plastic worms and nightcrawlers, while the cats are best on clams or nightcrawlers, and all the action is in the bigger pools. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: This remains the best bet in the Bakersfield area. There is still a fair to good bite on stripers and a decent percentage are keeper fish. The best action has been on Gitzits, Lucky Craft LV 500s, Rat-L-Traps and similar lures. The best baits are sardines and blood worms. Many of the fish are 3.5 to five pounds. Few reports on other species except for a few catfish on the 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 bobsbaitbucket.com.

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: No reports. Very slow.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant slated for this week, and the last plant was four weeks ago. The bite has been slow with most of the trout caught within the first few days after the stock. 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. A few bass still showing, and a few crappie on minnows or small jigs continue to be reported.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Slow overall with little activity. An occasional bass is showing on live minnows or nightcrawlers, and there has been the occasional crappie again this past week on small minnows.

MING LAKE: A DFW trout plant went in three weeks ago, but no plants slated for this week or next week. The trout action has been slow, but a few holdovers continue to show on PowerBait or nightcrawlers, with the garlic flavor added to both. No other reports.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant slated for this week. Last plant was three weeks ago, and the bite has been pretty slow since. No other reports.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: There were trout plants two and four weeks ago with fish tentatively slated to go in this week. The bite has been fair as more holdover collect. Anglers are reporting one or two fish for a half-day of fishing. Most of the fish continue to be nice quality rainbows in the one to three-pound class. Plants are tentatively set for every two weeks. The best action continues to be on PowerBait and MiceTails fished on very light line. No reports of crappie in the past few weeks, but there is traditionally a winter crappie bite this time of year. 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. Few other reports. The new marina is in operation. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, sequoiafishingcompany.com.

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

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