Western Sierra, Aug. 9 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite has remained very consistent with pretty decent action on clams, Sonny’s Dip Bait (now called Triples Channel Catfish Bait), and cut baits with a lot of 3 to 6 pounds fish and some to 10 pounds or better. The crappie bite has slowed way down, but there have been a very fish reported toward the dam in deep water (30-plus fee) on live minnows and some of these are quality fish larger than 1 pound. The bass action has been fair with most of the action in 15 to 30 feet of water, mostly on drop-shot plastics, but a few on cranks or topwater early and late in the day. A few trout continue to show in deeper water at the auxiliary dam and Camp 9, but this bite has slowed way down. The carp bite remains inconsistent, but still fair on dough baits with fish to 8 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 flows are very fishable in the upper river (about 400 cfs), and the trout action has been pretty fair on DFW planters and wild fish. DFW trout were planted in sections 4, 5 and 6 three weeks ago. The best action has been on salmon eggs, crickets, nightcrawlers, and Roostertails. Fly-fisherman are having good luck on wild fish, especially in the upper stretch of the river, mostly on small nymphs. The lower river flows are finally starting to drop down into 1,200 cfs range, which is still high and difficult to fish, but getting there. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Heat and smoke have really put a damper on fishing, but the catfish bite remains pretty good for anglers fishing sardines, anchovies, blood worms, and Wussy Bait. Weeds are a problem. The striper bite is off with only a few fish showing and most of those remain small. The early and late bite on Gitzit-type baits is improving. Anglers are reminded the limit on stripers is two fish larger 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: Flows are finally coming down. A few catfish on cut baits or nightcrawlers. A few carp also being caught on dough baits and Powder Bait.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Light fishing pressure with the heat, but the bluegill and carp action remains fair to good. Bluegill are best on wax worms and meal worms. Carp are best on Powder Bait and other dough baits. Slow other species with only an occasional bass being caught on plastics and Senkos early morning. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: A few catfish and bass are showing at night. Other than that it remains all bluegill and carp, and both bites are fair to good. The carp are best on Powder Bait, Wussy Bait, or other dough baits, and the bluegill bite is best on meal worms, wax worms, red worms, or crickets.

TRUXTUN LAKE: While heat has hammered fishing pressure, the bluegill and carp bites remain fair to good while the bass have slowed way down with only the occasional fish showing early. The bluegill bite is best on wax worms, red worms, or meal worms. The carp are showing on dough baits.

MING LAKE: The carp and bluegill are the name of the game here, but a few catfish have been showing at night on cut baits. The carp remain best on Powder Bait or Wussy Bait. The bluegill are best on meal worms or wax worms. Only a few bass reported on plastics, Senko-type baits, and minnows, and most of that action has been for anglers haunting the lake at night.

BRITE LAKE: Good action on small bass on small lures and garlic nightcrawlers — just about anything actually. Also fair to good action on bluegill and crappie on small baits like meal worms and jigs. Also some fair catfish action. Much cooler than the valley.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: There continues to be a pretty decent bluegill bite, and some fair catches of catfish to three pounds on shad, clams, and dip baits. The carp are showing on Powder Bait and Wussy Bait, while the bluegill are being caught on meal worms and wax worms. 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 fair bass action has continued, mostly early and late in the day on drop-shot plastics and Senkos or similar baits. Bluegill are good on red worms, wax worms, and meal worms, mostly fished under a bobber. Also a few catfish showing on cut baits and dip baits. A few crappie are showing again from deep water. 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 with the fish mostly in 15 to 35 feet of water on plastics and small swimbaits. There has been some early morning topwater action. The bluegill bite is good, and the catfish bite has been pretty fair. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

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