LAKE ISABELLA: There is a fair trout bite at the auxiliary dam and off Engineer’s Point after a DFW plant two weeks ago. Most of the fish are showing on PowerBait and salmon eggs. Other species have been very slow, including catfish. The 2018 Isabella Lake Fishing Derby is set for March 24-26 with a $10,000 top prize for the longest trout and over $40,000 in prizes. Entry fee is $30 per person, $65 for a family (two adults and up to three kids). There will be major trout plants prior to the derby. Derby information at www.kernriverlally.com. 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 slowed this week with colder weather dropping water temperatures into the 35 degree range again. A few fish are showing for bait anglers fishing salmon eggs or crickets, but the fly anglers are seeing very tough fishing. Section 2 in the lower river is the only stretch getting DFW trout this week. The lower river below Isabella is warmer. The Kern from Democrat Dam downstream to the next powerhouse is muddy. The lower Kern is slow for smallmouths and largemouths on small plastics and cranks. Most fish are small, and a very few catfish are being caught on clams. 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 with light fishing pressure. The stripers are very chunky fish, but most are just below the 18-inch minimum keeper size. The best bite has been on Gitzits for lure anglers, and blood or lug worms for bait fishermen. Catfish remain very slow. 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: Very slow action. Only an occasional carp dough baits and Powder Bait, and the odd catfish reported on nightcrawlers.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago. The trout bite had slowed way down still the plant last week, but it was fair over the weekend. Best action on hatchery pellet or chunky cheese PowerBait, pink and white Mice Tails, and Sierra Slammer jigs. Other species very slow. The Firefighters Derby will be Saturday March 10 this year, and it is limited to the first 800 anglers who sign up. Entry fee is $20 and the lowest-numbered tagged trout will win the $1,000 top prize. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.
HART PARK LAKE: DFW plant this week and two weeks ago, and the bite has been fair to good since on Mice Tails, garlic PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, and small trout jigs. The carp bite is very slow on dough baits with the cold weather. No bass or bluegill this week either.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Trout plant this week and two weeks ago made for good action in recent days, mostly on Sierra Slammer jigs, chunky cheese or garlic PowerBait, pink and white Mice Tails, and inflated nightcrawlers doused with garlic oil. Other species have been very slow with the cold weather this week.
MING LAKE: Trout plant by the DFW this week and last week, and the bite has been pretty good on PowerBait, Mice Tails, small trout jigs, and inflated nightcrawlers. There has also been a fair bite on crappie on small minnows. The bass bite slowed with only a few showing on drop-shot plastics or nightcrawlers.
BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago, and the trout action has slowed way down. An occasional fish still showing on small jigs or floating dough baits. Fewer crappie reports this past week, but some are still showing on small jigs. The Brite Lake Derby will be April 21 with the final weigh-in at 1:05 p.m. For more information on the derby, check with Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The trout action has been good since the trout plant Tuesday this week with the best bite on hatchery pellet or chunky cheese PowerBait doused with Pro Cure garlic nightcrawler gel, and Sierra Slammer jigs. A few bass had been starting to nose around in the shallows, but the cold snap this week pushed them back out to deeper water. 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: Crappie off bank, minnows. The big news is the crappie bite that has taken off here in the past 10 days with a lot of fish showing from the bank on minnows. The bass is pretty slow with only a few smaller fish showing on plastics in deeper water. Other species very slow. DFW trout plant four weeks ago. 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 four weeks ago. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.