Western Sierra, March 2 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, with a handful of reports for catfish and a few crappie, which are suspended in big schools in 15 to 25 feet of water. The cats have been best jumbo meal worms, shad, or clams. No other reports. The lake level continues to come up slowly. It is still about 61 percent of capacity. The Kern River flow was 1,750 at Kernville. The outflow was around 4,000 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 light fishing pressure, but the flows have come down enough for conditions to be fishable. There have been no recent trout plants, however. Flows in the upper Kern River at Kernville about 1,750 on Wednesday this week, about half of what they were this time last week. The South Fork of the Kern flow was 280 cfs on Tuesday, down from 665 cfs a week ago. The release out of Isabella is 4,000 cfs, and the flow in Kern River canyon has been 4,900 below the powerhouse diversion. The river continues to flow 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: The striper and catfish bites have improved dramatically with fair to good action here this week. The flows have dropped and the water clarity has improved. There are a lot of undersize stripers being caught with anglers only getting 20 fish without a keeper. Best action has been on bait, mostly blood worms and sardines, but a few are showing on Gitzit-style lures. There was a 25-pound striper caught last week. The catfish have been best on Sonny’s Dip Bait, but other dip or paste baits and cut baits are also getting fish. 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: A few catfish are starting to show on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Last weekend’s derby and plant made for good weekend fishing, especially on Mice Tails. There is another derby this weekend and another 2,000-pound trout plant slated. Derby information call Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The largemouth bass bite was slowed by the cool weather this past week, but the action is imnproving again on plastics or nightcrawlers.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Slow. A few bass on nightcrawlers or live minnows, but this bite is still tough.

MING LAKE: The bass bite slowed with the cold weather this past week with only a few fish showing on plastics, Senkos, and live minnows. The trout action was good over the weekend, after the DFW plant last week, and the best action has been on Mice Tails with PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers with garlic scent also getting a few fish. There are also more and more carp being caught on Powder Bait.

BRITE LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants. The bite has been slow this past week. Light fishing pressure.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The most recent plant was two weeks ago and a few rainbows are still being caught, mostly on Mice Tails and PowerBait. The final plant of the season will be next week or the week after. The crappie bite is fair on small minnows. Also a few bass showing on nightcrawlers and plastics. 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 but improving with most action 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. 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 53 percent capacity. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

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