Western Sierra, Jan. 26 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: Very light fishing pressure and slow overall fishing as the lake level continues to come up (nearly another three vertical feet since last week). Still a few catfish showing on jumbo meal worms, shad, and mackerel. Most are two to three pounds, but some bigger. Few other reports. 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 yo-yoed up and down over the past few days. Peak flow in the upper river at Kernville was over 4,000 cfs, but it dropped back down to 1,500 by Wednesday afternoon. The river below the dam had remained about 300 cfs this past week, but that flow was bumped up to 500 cfs on Wednesday. Overall very slow fishing 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 this past week. The striper bite stalled, but a few catfish have been reported on blood worms and sardine. 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 this week and two weeks ago. The bite is expected to be pretty fair for a few days after this week’s plant. 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. Before the latest storms, there had been few bass still showing on nightcrawlers and plastics, and a few crappie on minnows or small jigs.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Slow overall with little activity. An occasional bass is showing on live minnows or nightcrawlers.

MING LAKE: A DFW trout plant this week. The trout action had been very slow before the plant with the last stock over a month ago. Action should be fair to good into the weekend. Top baits have been PowerBait or nightcrawlers with garlic scent. No other reports.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago. The bite has been slow this past week due with few anglers.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: There were trout plants two and four weeks ago. Trout are supposed to go in every two weeks, which mean fish should go in this week. 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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