Western Sierra, Dec. 1 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: There is still a slow to fair catfish bite on minnows, dip baits, and large meal worms. Most are two to three pounds, but some bigger. Few other reports and light fishing pressures. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: The first DFW plant of the season went in last week in Section 4 (Kernville region). The Kern River has been fair for wild and holdover fish above Kernville in the bigger pools for bait anglers (crickets and salmon eggs) or flies. Flows remain about 80 cfs coming into Isabella and from 120 to 180 cfs below the dam. In the lower river the bass and catfish bites are slow to fair with the bass on plastic worms and nightcrawlers, while the cats are best on clams or nightcrawlers, and all the action is in the bigger pools. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040, online kernriverflyfishing.com or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: There continues to be a fair bite on small stripers with a few over the minimum keeper size. Most are showing on blood or lug worms, mackerel, and sardines. Some bigger stripers to 10 pounds reported. The largemouth bass bite slowed back down with the cooler weather and low flows, but a few fish from 12 to 16 inches are still being caught, mostly on Senkos. The catfish also have stayed fair on sardines, mackerel, chicken liver and dip baits. Other species are very slow. 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 bobsbaitbucket.com.

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

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: A surprise DFW trout plant went in last week and there was also a plant three weeks ago. The bite has slowed since the holiday weekend, with only a few trout showing on chunky cheese PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers doused with garlic oil. Other than trout, only an occasional bass or bluegill being caught.

HART PARK LAKE: The bass bite is still fair on nightcrawlers, plastic worms or minnows. The bluegill bite has slowed with the cooler weather and other species are very slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Fair bass action, most have been on nightcrawlers and minnows, but a few on plastics. Only a few bluegill reported. Other species slow.

MING LAKE: There was a surprise DFW plant last week and the first plant of the season was three weeks ago. The bite has been slow to fair since the weekend. The best action has been on bait, either PowerBait or nightcrawlers with the garlic flavors preferred. Other than trout, other species have slowed way down.

BRITE LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season went in last week, and the bite was pretty good heading into the holiday weekend, but has slowed since. No reports on other species.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The trout action has slowed down this week after a fair bite into and through the weekend. There were a pair of 2,000-pound plants – one before the derby (Nov. 19) and another the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. The best action has been on PowerBait fished on line no heavier than four-pound test. Garlic and chunky cheese were the most popular flavors and most anglers are also dousing the bait with garlic scent. Other species are very slow. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or bobsbaitbucket.com.

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

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite has been fair on plastics and reaction baits, but most of the fish are small. Bluegill fair (in some coves) and the odd catfish have been reported. The new marina is in operation. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite is still fair on drop-shot plastics and a few fish on cranks and topwater. Other species have slowed. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

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