Western Sierra, April 19 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: Crappie Mania continues with good to excellent action for shore, float tube, and boat anglers fishing small jigs or live minnows under a bobber near stickups. The action is pretty good around much of the lake, and while most of the fish are small, there are also some bigger fish in the mix. A lot of 25-fish limits posted. The best colors on the jigs have been red and white or chartreuse, but other colors are also getting fish. There is also still a pretty good trout bite, especially by the auxiliary dam on the usual array of dough baits, inflated nightcrawlers, small jigs, and trout plastics. There were DFW trout plants last week and the weeks before. The catfish bite has also broken open with the best bite on clams, shrimp, mackerel, and stink baits, especially in the Camp Nine area. The bass and bluegill bite are also starting to take off, with some especially good bluegill catches this past week. For carp anglers, this bite is pretty much wide open with the fish flooding the shallows and showing best on dough baits. Lots of carp to eight pounds. 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 upper river flows dropped back down, and the trout action has improved for wild fish, especially for fly anglers fishing stonefly nymphs. No recent plants on either the upper or lower river. The lower river is still low at 400 cfs, and it is fishing pretty well for bass and catfish. The catfish are being caught on clams and nightcrawlers, while the bass are best on small plastic worms and nightcrawlers. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite has continued fair to good. The fish are almost all small, however, under the 18-inch minimum keeper size limit. The best bite has been on bloodworms and lug worms, with a few on Flukes and Gitzits or live minnows. Catfish are starting to show in all stretches, but this bite is just starting, mostly on sardines, anchovies, and Wussy Bait, too. A few largemouth are starting to show now. 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: Few reports, but the carp bite has been decent on dough baits and Powder Bait, and the odd catfish reported on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Some carp and bluegill showing in fair action, but other species are slow. The last DFW trout plant was four weeks ago, and the trout bite has been slow. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The crappie bite has improved with a lot more crappie showing than trout now, including some better quality slabs. The carp bite is finally starting to turn around on Powder Bait. The bass and bluegill bites are also improving with the warmer weather. The bass are mostly showing on plastics worms, nightcralwers, and live minnows. The bluegill have been best on wax and meal worms. DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Slow trout action.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The crappie bite has been fair the past week, mostly on jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles or small minnows. The bass and bluegill are improving, too, with the bluegill showing on wax worms or meal worms, and the bass mostly being caught on nightcrawlers, live minnows, and plastic worms. DFW trout plant two weeks ago. Mostly slow action, but a few on PowerBait, Mice Tails, and inflated nightcrawlers.

MING LAKE: The carp and the crappie have been fair to good. The crappie have been best on small jigs tipped with bait or Crappie Nibbles or small minnows. The carp are best on Powder Bait or Wussy Bait. Bass and bluegill have also improved. The bass are best on plastics and minnows, while the bluegilla re best on meal worms and wax worms. Trout slow with the most recent plant three weeks ago.

BRITE LAKE: Trout plant on Tuesday this week for the Brite Lake Derby this Saturday. The final weigh-in at 1:05 p.m. Most of the planted fish were in the 1-8 to 2-0 range with some bigger. A few crappie are still being caught. For more information on the derby, check with Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bass bite has been fair and some fish have moved up into very shallow water and cover. The best action has been on minnows or plastics. The crappie are also pretty decent with fish showing in the lakes and the canal between the lake and the golf course. Carp have been fair to good on dough baits, especially Powder Bait. Bluegill are starting to also perk up on the usual small baits. Last trout plant of the season was four weeks ago, and the bite is pretty much over for the season. 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.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The very good crappie bite has just continued to rock and roll. Most of the action has been late in the day. There have been a lot of quality fish over two pounds caught. Most of the fish are showing from the bank on minnows, but some also on jigs. The bass action fair to good bite on plastics and minnows on fish to three pounds, but few bigger. Lots of fish on beds. Some bluegill starting to show. Other species very slow. 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 fair to good with the fish in spawn mode. The bluegill bite is also starting to kick into gear. Catfish and crappie still slow. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

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