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. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.
KERN RIVER: There was a DFW trout plant two weeks ago in Section 4 (Kernville region), but the bite has slowed since then. A few fish are still showing in the bigger pools at the stock sites on salmon eggs and crickets. There is also fair action for wild and holdover fish above Kernville or flies. Flows remain about 140 cfs at Kernville and about 300 cfs below the dam. 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: The bite has improved over the past week with more keeper fish and pretty good action. The bite has been good on Gitzits, Lucky Craft LV 500s, Rat-L-Traps and similar lures. The best baits are sardine 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 went in three weeks ago, and the next plant is slated for next week. 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 two 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: There has been slow trout action. The most recent DFW plant was two weeks ago, but fish are slated to go in again next week. 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. Most of the fish continue to be nice quality rainbows in the 1.5- 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.