Western Sierra, Dec. 22 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. Some off-color water after the rains. 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: There was a DFW trout plant slated for this week in Section 4 (Kernville region), and the last plant was five weeks ago. 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. Some runoff flows last week after the rain that brought in some ash sediment. Flows remain about 135 cfs at Kernville and from 175 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 — Pointer 100s, Whopper Ploppers, and other jerk baits — or the usual baits, blood or lug worms, mackerel, and sardines. 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 last week, and there was a plant four weeks ago. The bite was pretty fair going into the weekend, but slowed since. Tom and Catez, Bakersfield, both has limits of rainbows averaging about a pound each. All were caught on PowerBait. PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers doused with garlic oil have been the best baits. 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 DFW trout plant was slated for this week. There were also DFW plants four and six 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 fair trout bite after the DFW plant last week. There was also a plant four weeks ago. No other reports.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: There was a trout plant on Tuesday this week and two weeks ago. The bite has been fair to good, and most of the fish continue to be nice quality rainbows in the two-pound class. Plants are tentatively set for every two weeks. 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 www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: Overall slow fishing with few reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite has been slow on plastics and jigs. Few other reports. The new marina is in operation. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite slowed down with the cold weather over the past week, but a few are still showing in deeper water on drop-shot plastics, jigs, or nightcrawlers. Other species are slow. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

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