Western Sierra, Feb. 16 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: Very light fishing pressure, with a handful of reports for catfish and a few crappie. The cats have been best jumbo meal worms, shad, or clams. No other reports. The lake level continues to come up. It is now at nearly 57 percent of capacity. It has not been at this capacity since 2011, and it has not been at this level in February since 1997. The gates are under waters and Rabbit Island is back to being an island. The Kern River flow coming in varied from 10,700 cfs last week to around 3,000 cfs this week at Kernville. The outflow was around 1,850 cfs Tuesday, up from 800 cfs a week ago. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: Very slow fishing in both the upper and lower river, and there have been no recent plants. Flows in the upper Kern River at Kernville have dropped from 10,700 cfs last week to just under 3,000 cfs on Wednesday this week. The South Fork of the Kern was over 1,500 cfs a week ago, but has dropped down to about 470 cfs Wednesday this week. The river continues to flow bank to bank all the way through Bakersfield. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or kernriverflyfishing.com or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Flows remain high and off-color and fishing has been tough. The few anglers catching fish are using bottom rigs with heavy weigh (three to four ounces) to keep the bait down. A few catfish and stripers have been reported on blood worms and sardines. 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 last week and the bite was fair into the weekend. PowerBait and garlic-scented nightcrawlers. No other reports.

HART PARK LAKE: The largemouth bass bite kicked into gear with the warm weather early in the week, but another storm is likely to shut it down again. The best bite has been on plastics or nightcrawlers.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Slow overall with little fishing activity, and the lake remains off-color. A few bass on nightcrawlers or live minnows, but this bite is tough.

MING LAKE: The bass bite picked up with the warm weather this past week, and there was a DFW trout plant last Wednesday that made this bite good into the weekend. Most of the trout are being caught on PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers with garlic scent. The bass have been showing on Senkos or live minnows.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant five weeks ago. The bite has been slow this past week. Light fishing pressure.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The fourth county trout plant of the season is slated for this week with a final plant sometime in March. The bite should been good through the weekend after this week’s plant. The best bite after previous plants has been on PowerBait and MiceTails fished on very light line. No crappie or bass reports this past week. 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 on plastics and jigs in deeper water. Few other reports. The new marina is in operation. Water level is at 72 percent of full pool, up from 12 over the last month. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite slowed down with the rainy weather the past couple of weeks, but a few are still showing in deeper water on drop-shot plastics, jigs, or nightcrawlers. Other species are slow. Launch ramp open. Water level is at 47 percent capacity, up 17 percent over the past month. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

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