Western Sierra, March 23 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: The bites are mostly slow with cold snowmelt runoff coming into the lake. The only bite worth mention this past week has been a pick on a few catfish, both the crappie and largemouth have been slow. The lake level is around 45 percent of full pool. The Kern River flow was around 3,500 cfs Wednesday, up from 2,300 cfs at Kernville last week due to warm weather increasing runoff. The outflow was around 4,500 cfs Tuesday. The 28th Annual Lake Isabella Trout derby will be April 8-10, with a $2,000 top prize for the longest trout. Entry fee is $30 per person or $65 per family. For more information on the derby, go to www.kernrivervalley.com. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: There has been very light fishing pressure because of high flows. The lower Kern is unfishable through the canyon with flows over 4,000 cfs below Isabella and over 5,000 cfs into Bakersfield. The upper river flows are in the 4,500 cfs range at Kernville this week, nearly double last week’s flow due to increasing runoff. Only a few wild and holdover fish being caught in the upper river. A few bass are being caught right in Bakersfield where the river is running through town. Tough fishing conditions everywhere. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striped bass bite has continued pretty much wide open over the past week. Many anglers reporting 20 to 40 fish days. While many of the stripers are under the minimum keeper size, there are also a good number of keeper fish up to six or seven pounds being landed. The best bite has continued to be on sardines, with blood worm and lug worms very distant second bests. Also some fish showing on Gitzit-style lures. Also a few catfish reported on cut baits and Sonny’s Dip Bait. No other 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 bobsbaitbucket.com.

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: A few catfish are starting to show on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The trout bite has slowed way down with very few fish caught this week, but a few bass are showing as they move shallow for the spawn. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics or nightcrawlers. Other species slow, but a few carp and bluegill are starting to show.

TRUXTUN LAKE: More and more bass are moving shallow with fair to good action. The best bite has been on nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. A few carp and bluegill staring to show. Few other reports.

MING LAKE: DFW trout plant went in two weeks ago, but only a few fish are still showing on PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers with garlic, and Mice Tails. The bass bite has been fair to good with the fish moving into the shallows. Plastics, Senkos, and live minnows have been best. There are also more and more carp being caught on Powder Bait, but very few panfish reports.

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

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The final trout plant of season went in early this week, and the bite has been very good since. Jesse Gomez, Bakersfield, landed five trout from two to 3-4. The best bite has been on Mice Tails and PowerBait. The crappie bite is slow to fair on small minnows. Also quite a few bass showing on nightcrawlers and plastics and this bite with the fish moving up for the spawn. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: There have been a number of crappie reported in the past week on small minnows and small jigs. Other species slow.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is improving and some fish are starting to move up in a movement of pre-spawn fish. Best bite has been in six to 12 feet of water with plastics. The lake is currently 52 percent of capacity. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been improving daily as more and more fish move up for the coming spawn. Lots of two- to three-pound class fish showing on plastics with some on reaction baits. Lake level is 36 percent of capacity this week. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

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