Western Sierra, Dec. 21 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: Little change here with very little fishing pressure. The catfish bite has been mostly slow. A few fish continue to show around much of the lake, but it has just been much slower. Clams and shrimp have been the best baits, but a variety of cut baits are working. The cats are mostly two to four pounds with an occasional bigger fish. The bass bite has also slowed, but a few fish are still showing on plastics. No reports on other species. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com, North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812, or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

KERN RIVER: The trout bite in the upper river above Isabella has been slow with no plants for over a month. A few trout continue to show on crickets, salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers, but the action is tough. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are seeing slow to fair action on wild fish, especially on stripped streamers, but this bite has continued to slow as the water cools. The lower Kern is a bright spot. The water level is low and the smallmouths and largemouths are showing in a pretty fair bite on small plastics and cranks. Most fish are small. Trout and catfish are slow in the lower river. 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 fair to good, mostly on sardines and blood worms, but finally more fishing are showing on Gitzit-type baits and Lucky Craft Pointer 100s. More and more keeper fish showing as the water cools and weeds disappear. Catfish are slow, but a few are showing on cut baits, especially sardines, and dip baits. 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 or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: Slow action. Only an occasional carp dough baits and Powder Bait, and an the odd catfish reported on nightcrawlers,

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant this week. PowerBait or Mice Tails are the best baits. Other bites have also slowed way down as the water cools.

HART PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant this week. This is only the second plant of the season, but it has sparked the bite. Garlic and chunky cheese PowerBaits, MiceTails, and small trout jigs all decent options. The carp bite is slow on dough baits, especially the locally-made Wussyís Poor Manís Bait and Powder Bait. The bluegill and bass bites have slowed way down, too. Very light fishing pressure.

TRUXTUN LAKE: DFW trout plant this week and the last plant was four weeks ago. The bite has been fair to good on PowerBait, Mice Tails, or inflated nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite has slowed to nearly nothing, and only an occasional catfish or carp being reported now.

MING LAKE: DFW trout plant this week, and there was a plant four weeks ago. PowerBait, Mice Tails, inflated nightcrawlers, or small trout jigs are decent bets. Even the carp bite has slowed with a few showing on paste baits. Other species very slow.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant last week. Bite still pretty fair on PowerBait.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: Trout plant was slated for this week, and there was a plant two weeks ago. The action has been pretty fair on garlic and chunky cheese Power Baits on Mice Tails. The county will be planting nine times this season instead of five times, like last season. This week’s plant was No. 3. Other species have slowed way down with the cool weather. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.


SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite has slowed with the cooler weather, but the bite is still fair. The water level continues to drop and the pressure remains high on weekends. Mostly smaller fish are showing on reaction baits and plastics, with the bite moving slower and deeper. There bluegill bite has finally slowed way down, with only a few hand-sized fish showing now on wax worms and meal worms. Still a decent carp bite on dip baits, especially Powder Bait or Wussy Bait, with some quality carp in this action. DFW trout plant this week. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass are tough with only a few fish on plastics. Most are two- to three-pounders, but some bigger fish. Other species are very slow, but a DFW trout plant was slated for this week. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

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