Western Sierra, Feb. 23 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, with a handful of reports for catfish and a few crappie, which are suspended in big schools in 15 to 25 feet of water. 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 61 percent of capacity. The Kern River flow coming in varied from a low of 2,500 cfs last week to around 3,500 cfs this week at Kernville. The outflow was around 3,300 cfs Tuesday, nearly double last week’s flow. 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 about 3,500 cfs on Wednesday this week. The South Fork of the Kern flow was 665 cfs on Wednesday, up from about 470 a week ago. 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 and water clarity have improved, which really helped the striped bass bite. Sardines, blood worms, Gitzits have been the best baits, especially the Gitzits. 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. Some Gitzits, 3 3/4-inch rootbeer half-ounce leadhead. Striper, three keepers

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: No reports. Very slow.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Derby this Saturday with a special plant going in for this event. There are four $100 tagged fish. Entry fee is $10 for adults 18 and over and $5 for youths 17 and under. DFW trout also slated to be planted this week, too. The bite should be good through the weekend. Derby information call Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The largemouth bass bite kicked into gear and the best action 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 has continued to be fair to good with a lot of fish on plastics, Senkos, and live minnows. The DFW also added trout this week and that bite should pick up. Last plant was two weeks ago. Most of the trout are being caught on PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers with garlic scent.

BRITE LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants. The bite has been slow this past week. Light fishing pressure.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The fourth county trout plant of the season went in last week with the final plant of the season slated for next month. The bite has been good since the plant with rainbows to five pound reported. The best action has been on garlic 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 66 percent of full pool. 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 53 percent capacity. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

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