LAKE ISABELLA: The trout action was has stayed fair to good on inflated nightcrawlers, PowerBait, and small jigs, at the main dam and auxiliary dam. DFW trout plant this week. The catfish are also pretty fair in the South Fork, and the best bite has been on meal worms dipped in Tomatillo sauce, but the usual cut and paste baits also work. A few crappie continue to show up in the South Fork, mostly on live minnows, but getting four or five is a pretty good day. Most are a pound to two pounds. Bass are also slow. The lake level is around 59 percent of full pool. The Kern River flow was at 6,600 cfs going in with an outflow of 5,300 cfs. Reports are that the snowpack is holding 2.5-times the capacity of Isabella, and outflows may ramp up to 7,500 cfs at times this year. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.
KERN RIVER: The trout plants last week were cancelled because of high flows. The bite has been slow with high flows both above and below the lake. The lower Kern is still nearly unfishable through the canyon with Isabella release flows at 5,300 cfs. The upper river flows were up to 6,600 cfs at Kernville on Wednesday. Tough fishing conditions everywhere. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite remains good, but the bite is not wide open like it has been. The heat has even more moss starting to grow making fishing more difficult. Most fish are below the 18-inch minimum size, but getting a couple of keepers is still pretty easy. The bite has been sardines, blood and lug worms, anchovies, Gitzits, and jigs, but the hardbait bite is still off. Also more catfish reported again in the past week on both mackerel and sardines, especially in the Highway 166 stretch. This bite is fair to good now. No largemouth reports. 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 www.bobsbaitbucket.com.
MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: A few catfish reported on nightcrawlers.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Carp have been pretty good on Powder and Wussy baits. Also a fair bluegill bite on wax worms. A few bass. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.
HART PARK LAKE: The carp bite has been fair to good on dough baits, especially the locally-made Wussy’s Poor Man’s Bait and Powder Bait. Also a pretty good bluegill bite on meal worms, wax worms, and crickets. A few bass showing on plastics and reaction baits. Other species slow.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The carp bite has picked up on dough baits with fair to good action. TThe bass are fair with the best action on nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. The bluegill are fair to good on wax worms and the carp best on dough baits. Few other reports.
MING LAKE: The carp bite has been fair to good on dough and paste baits, especially Powder Bait and Wussy’s. The bass bite has been fair. Plastics, Senkos, and live minnows have been the best baits. The bluegill bite is also fair to good on wax worms and meal worms. A few crappie reported.
BRITE LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants. The bite has been slow this past week. Light fishing pressure.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The best bite is for bluegill on wax worms, meal worms, or worms. A few catfish on cut baits, and a few crappie are showing for diligent anglers fishing small live minnows or jigs. The largemouth bass bite is the fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and Senkos. Carp are also fair to good on dough baits. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is fair to good with the fish showing on plastics and reaction baits in six to 18 feet of water. The lake is currently 94 percent of capacity. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been good with most fish in the two- to three-pound class and showing on plastics with some on reaction baits. Lake level is 70 percent of capacity this week. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.