Western Sierra, Dec. 15 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: Very light fishing pressure, but there is still a fair catfish bite on jumbo meal worms and shad, with dip baits and minnows still decent backup baits. Most are two to three pounds, but some bigger. Few other reports. 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 four weeks ago in Section 4 (Kernville region), and more trout are slated to go in next week. The Kern River has been slow to fair for wild and holdover fish above Kernville in the bigger pools for bait anglers (crickets and salmon eggs) or flies. Flows remain about 137 cfs at Kernville and from 177 cfs below the dam. In the lower river the bass and catfish bites are slow with a few 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 (or 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 lures this week — Pointer 100s, Whopper Ploppers, and other jerk baits — with blood or lug worms, mackerel, and sardines the second line of offense. With light pressure, there have been very few reports on other species over the past week or so. 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: No reports. Very slow.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout went in Wednesday this week, and there was a plant three weeks ago. Before the plant the bite had been slow, but fish were already being reported Wednesday. PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers doused with garlic oil. No other reports.

HART PARK LAKE: Slow with little fishing activity. A few bass still showing, but other species very slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Slow overall with little activity. An occasional bass is showing on live minnows or nightcrawlers.

MING LAKE: A few trout continue to show at Ming, and a DFW plant is slated for next week. There were also DFW plants three and five weeks ago. The best action has been on bait, either PowerBait or nightcrawlers with the garlic flavors preferred. No other reports.

BRITE LAKE: There has been a slow to fair trout bite, and a DFW plant was slated for this week. The first plant of the season went in three weeks ago. No other reports.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: There was a trout plant last week and the bite was fair to good into the weekend, but slowed since. The few fish showing are nice quality, however, with most in the two-pound class. Plants are tentatively set for every two weeks, so there should be another plant next week. The best action continues to be on PowerBait fished on very light line. The winter crappie bite may also be starting. There have been a few crappie reported again this week with the fish showing on small minnows. Other species are very slow. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: Overall slow fishing with few reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite has been slow to fair on plastics and reaction baits, but most of the fish are small. Few other reports. 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 or nightcrawlers. Other species are slow. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

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