LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure over the Christmas holiday, but the was a report of some crappie showing near the French Gulch Marina on small minnows over the past week. The catfish bite has been mostly slow. A few fish continue to show around much of the lake, but the cold weather and water have seemed to slow things down. Clams and shrimp have been the best baits. The bass bite is slow, and there have been no reports on other species. 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 trout bite in the upper river above Isabella has been slow, but there was a plant in the Kernville stretch this past week that perked the bite a little. A few trout reported on crickets, salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers, but even after the plant the bite is still pretty tough. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are seeing fair action on wild fish, especially on slow-stripped or swinging streamers, but this bite has continued to slow as the water cools. There was a three-pound class rainbow caught and released this week. 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 mostly on sardines and blood worms, but there has been light pressure and few reports. 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: DFW trout plant last week, and good action into the weekend. Slower this week. PowerBait or Mice Tails are the best baits. Other bites have also slowed way down as the water cools.
HART PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant last week. This was only the second plant of the season, but it has sparked the bite which was good through the weekend, and a few trout are still showing. Garlic and chunky cheese PowerBaits, MiceTails, and small trout jigs all decent options. The carp bite is slow on dough baits. The bluegill and bass bites have slowed way down, too. Very light fishing pressure.
TRUXTUN LAKE: DFW trout plant last week, and the bite was fair to good into the weekend, slowing each day since. Best action on PowerBait, Mice Tails, or inflated nightcrawlers. The bluegill, bass, catfish, and carp bites are all pretty slow.
MING LAKE: DFW trout plant last week. The bite was good into the weekend, and a few trout are still showing this week on PowerBait, Mice Tails, inflated nightcrawlers, or small trout jigs. As for other species, even thing is very slow. Even the carp bite has slowed with only a few showing on paste baits.
BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago. Slow action now with only an occasional trout being landed now.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Trout plant last week and the bite was fair to good through the weekend. A plant is tentative slated to go in next week. The best bite 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. 3. 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. Mostly smaller fish are showing on reaction baits and plastics, with the bite moving slower and deeper. All other bites have slowed way down. DFW trout plant last week. 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, but there was a DFW trout plant last week. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.