Western Sierra, March 9 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: Finally better weather and it looks like the bites are starting to take off. The biggest news has been the multiple reports of crappie limits (25) in recent days. The fish have been showing on both small minnows and jigs. There have also been some largemouth reports and the catfish bite has come back on. The bass have been best on plastics, nightcrawlers, and small swimbaits, while the cats are best on shad, cut mackerel, and jumbo meal worms. The lake level has dropped in recent days, but it is still at 54 percent of full pool. The Kern River flow was 1,500 cfs at Kernville. The outflow was around 4,100 cfs Tuesday. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: In spite of weather, there has been very light fishing pressures. The lower Kern is unfishable through the canyon with flows over 4,000 cfs below Isabella. The upper river is more fishable with flows in the 1,500 cfs range at Kernville this week. 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. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The aqueduct has cleared quite a bit and the striper bite has improved with good action this past week, but mostly on smaller fish under the minimum size. They are showing on blood worms and sardine, but more fish are also being caught on Gitzit-style baits in pumpkin color, Rat-L-Traps, and other jerkbaits. A few catfish reported, mostly on cut baits and Sonny’s Dip Bait. 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: Derby’s two weekends in a row and plants for both derby’s has made for good weekend fishing again here. But heavy fishing pressure just about fished out the lake. A few trout are still showing on Mice Tails and PowerBait. DFW trout plant scheduled for this week. Also some bass starting to show with the warmer weather. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The largemouth bass bite has been fair on plastics or nightcrawlers. Other species slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Warm weather has brought up more bass, with the best bite on nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. Few other reports.

MING LAKE: DFW trout plant went in Monday this week and the plant was a sizeable one. The bite has been good since on PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers with garlic, and Mice Tails. The bass bite has also improved with the warmer weather with quite a few fish being landed on plastics, Senkos, and live minnows. There are also more and more carp being caught on Powder Bait, but no panfish reports yet.

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 three weeks ago and a few rainbows are still being caught, mostly on Mice Tails and PowerBait. The final plant of the season will be this week or next week. The crappie bite is fair on small minnows. Also a few bass showing on nightcrawlers and plastics and this bite is improving fast with the warm weather. Fishing information: BobĂ­s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: Overall slow fishing with few reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is improving with the warmer weather and some fish are starting to move up in a movement of pre-spawn fish. Best bite has been in 12 to 18 feet of water with plastics and deep-diving cranks getting fish. The lake is currently 58 percent, down from 60 percent last week. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: There was a 17.2-pound largemouth bass caught and released this past week by Gary Wasson of Kingsburg on an umbrella rig filled with four-inch swimbaits. The bass bite has been improving with the warmer weather with a lot of fish pushing shallow in preparation for the spawn. Lots of two- to three-pound class fish showing on plastics with some on reaction baits. Lake level is 50 percent of capacity this week, down three percent from last week. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

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