Western Sierras, Oct. 6 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: There continues to be a fair catfish bite on clams, dip bait, and shad. Most cats up into the six pound-class, occasionally a bigger fish. Other species have been very slow with very little fishing pressure. The lake level continues to drop, but itís much higher than last year at this time. It rose to about 30 percent full pool early this summer and has dropped back down to about 18 percent now. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: The Kern River has been slow to fair for trout. No plants for over a month, and no more plants are on the schedule until late fall or winter. Best bite on the holdover planted trout has been crickets and salmon eggs, but this action is pretty slow. For fly anglers, the bite is fair to good, especially in the upper river near Johnsondale Bridge for wild fish. Flows are about 90 cfs coming into Isabella and around 200 cfs below the dam. In the lower river the bass and catfish bites are both fair with the bass on spinners while the cats are best on clams. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: This bite just keeps getting better each week with the weather cooling. Both stripers and catfish are pretty good now. The stripers are best on blood worms, while the catfish are best on Sonny’s Dip Bait. But sardines, chicken liver, and other cut baits are also working for both species. Largemouth slow, but the cooler weather should kick up that bite. Other species are still slow. Anglers are reminded the limit on stripers is two fish greater than 18 inches, while the largemouth limit is five fish greater than 12 inches. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or bobsbaitbucket.com.

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: The catfish bite is starting to pick up with some fish showing on nightcrawlers. Other species still very slow.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Slow overall fishing with only an occasional bluegill being caught. Also a few bass and carp.

HART PARK LAKE: A few bass are starting to show on plastic worms as the weather cools. Slow to fair bluegill action with the best bite on wax worms, meal worms, crickets, and red worms. Carp fair on dough baits and Powder Bait. Only the odd catfish reported.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Slow fishing and light fishing pressures. Only a few bluegill reported. Other species even slower.

MING LAKE: Cooler weather has finally kicked the bass bite out of the doldrums with fair action on plastics. The bluegill action is also fair. Most fish are showing on meal worms, wax worms, and crickets. A few carp showing on dough baits.

BRITE LAKE: A few bluegill and small crappie, otherwise a very slow bite.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bluegill bite is fair on wax worms, red worms, and meal worms. There is also a slow bite on small catfish with most anglers fishing dip baits. Other species very slow with only the odd bass and a few carp being caught. The Taft Chamber of Commerce Trout Fishing Derby has been set for Nov. 19. Registration forms are available now. Fishing information: Bobís Bait 661-833-8657 or bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: Overall slow fishing with few reports. Some bluegill on the usual baits. Other species very slow.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite has been slow to fair on plastics and reaction baits, but with very little pressure. Bluegill fair in some coves, and the odd catfish has been reported. The new marina is in operation. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has continued good here with good fall action on drop-shot plastics, jerk baits, and topwater. Fair bluegill action, but most fish smaller. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

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