Western Sierra, Dec. 7 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite continues to be fair with some improvement this week. The bite has been around much of the lake from French Gulch and into the South Fork arm. 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 slowed, but a few fish are still showing on plastics. 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 fair after sections two and four were planted with DFW trout two weeks ago, but none since and none on the list for this week. Crickets, salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers have been the best baits. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are seeing fair action on wild fish, especially on stripped streamers. The lower Kern has a slow trout bite, and a few more smallmouths and largemouths are showing on small plastics and jerkbaits in the quieter pools. Most are small. Also still the odd catfish showing up. 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 Rat-L-Traps. More and more keeper fish showing as the water cools and weeds disappear. Terry Ybarra Jr., Bakersfield, landed a 16-pound striper on a sardine this past week. 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 two weeks ago. The bite has been slow with an occasional fish on PowerBait and Mice Tails. Other bites have also slowed way down as the water cools.

HART PARK LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season went in two weeks ago, and the bite has slowed way down since. Still an occasional fish on garlic and chunky cheese PowerBaits. 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.

TRUXTUN LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season was two weeks ago, and the bite is slow now. Still an occasional trout showing on PowerBait, Mice Tails, and inflated nightcrawlers. 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 two weeks ago, but the bite has slowed to nearly nothing since. An occasional fish still being 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 three weeks ago, and the odd trout is still being caught on floating dough baits or Mice Tails, or nightcrawlers in garlic oil.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: County trout plant Wednesday this week, and the bite has been good since. The bite has remained fair since the derby three weeks ago with the plants that went in then, and the bigger fish that didn’t show up in the derby started being caught last week, including a number of fish over five pounds. Eric Rivera, Bakersfield, had several trout to about 10 pounds. 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.

This was plant 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.


SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite has slowed a little with the cooler weather, but the bite is still pretty 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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