Western Sierra, May 18 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: The trout action was has stayed pretty fair on inflated nightcrawlers, PowerBait, and small jigs, at the main dam and auxiliary dam. The catfish are pretty fair in the South Fork, and the best bite has been on meal worms dipped in Tomatillo sauce. There are very few crappie showing, but those being caught are coming from the South Fork on live minnows. Bass are also slow. The lake level is around 49 percent of full pool. The Kern River flow was 4,100 cfs Wednesday at Kernville. The outflow was around 4,700 cfs. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: Trout were planted in all six sections of the Kern two weeks ago. The bite has been slow to fair with high flows both above and below the lake. The lower Kern is still nearly unfishable through the canyon with Isabella release flows at 5,000 cfs. The upper river flows are up to 4,000 cfs at Kernville. 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 www.kernriverflyfishing.com or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite remains very good for both numbers and moderate size. 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 off. No topwater yet. Also more catfish reported in the past week on both mackerel and sardines, especially in the Highway 166 stretch. 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: A fair bluegill bite and quite a few carp are showing now. The bluegill bite is best on wax worms, while the carp are best on dough baits. 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. Also still a few bass. Other species slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The bass are fair with the best action on nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. A few carp and bluegill being caught in a fair bite, with the bluegill best on wax worms. 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 largemouth bass bite is the best bet here with fair action on nightcrawlers, plastics, and Senkos. A few crappie on small minnows. Bluegill are also fair on wax worms. 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 spawn pretty much over. Best bite has been in six to 18 feet of water with plastics and reaction baits. The lake is currently 86 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 54 percent of capacity this week. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

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