Western Sierra, Dec. 14 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite has been slow to fair with very light fishing pressure. The action continues almost all around 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: BobĂ­s 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 three weeks. 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 fair action on wild fish, especially on stripped streamers, but this bite has also slowed. 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: Last DFW trout plant three weeks ago, and the bite is very slow with only a very rare fish on PowerBait or Mice Tails. There is a DFW plant slated for next week. Other bites have also slowed way down as the water cools.

HART PARK LAKE: Most recent and only DFW trout plant so far this season was three weeks ago, and the bite is very slow. A rare trout is still showing on garlic and chunky cheese PowerBaits. There is a DFW plant scheduled for next week. The carp bite is slow to fair on dough baits, especially the locally-made Wussy’s Poor Man’s Bait and Powder Bait. The bluegill and bass bites have slowed way down, too. Very light fishing pressure.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Most recent DFW trout plant was three weeks ago, and the bite is very slow now. A rear trout is still being caught on PowerBait, Mice Tails, or inflated nightcrawlers. There is a DFW plant slated for next week. The bluegill bite has slowed to nearly nothing, and only an occasional catfish or carp being reported now.

MING LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season three weeks ago, and another plant is scheduled for next week. But for now, the trout action is very slow with only an occasional fish caught on PowerBait. Even the carp bite has slowed with a few showing on paste baits. Other species very slow.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant four weeks ago, and the action is very slow.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: There was a county trout plant last week, and the bite was good through the weekend and quite a few fish are still showing. The best action has been 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. Last week’s plant was No. 2. 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.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

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. 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. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

 

 

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