Western Sierra, Feb. 8 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure continues, and even those fishing are reporting a slow bite. The trout have been slow, but a plant is slated for next week by the DFW (and the last plant was four weeks ago at the auxiliary dam). No reports on crappie again this week, even in the French Gulch Marina area where a few had been showing on small minnows. The catfish bite has been very slow with a rare fish being caught on clams or shrimp. The bass bite is very slow. 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). 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 has been fair thanks to DFW plants this week and four weeks ago. Best bite on salmon eggs, nightcrawlers, or small trout plastics. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are still seeing slow action, but water temperatures are up a little this week and a few trout are showing on deeply fished stonefly nymphs. The lower Kern is slow for smallmouths and largemouths on small plastics and cranks. Most fish are small, and a 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 but getting little pressure. The best is best has been live minnows, with a few on blood worms and Gitzits. 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: 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 plants last week and three weeks ago. The bite was pretty decent into the weekend, but it has slowed since. The best action has been on PowerBait, 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 the bite has been pretty fair since on Mice Tails, garlic PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, and small trout jigs. The carp bite is slow on dough baits. The warm weather has a few bass showing on plastics and nightcrawlers, but no bluegill yet.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Trout plant this week and good action. The last plant was two weeks ago. Top action on Sierra Slammer jigs, PowerBait, Mice Tails, and inflated nightcrawlers doused with garlic. No reports of crappie this week, but the action had been fair on small minnows at night. Other species have been slow, except for a few bass which are starting to show as water temperatures come up with the warm weather.

MING LAKE: Trout plant this week by the DFW. The bite has been good since on PowerBait, Mice Tails, small trout jigs, and inflated nightcrawlers. No reports of crappie this week, but there had been a budding bite two weeks ago on jigs or small minnows. The bass bite has picked up with pretty fair action on drop-shot plastics or nightcrawlers with the fish moving around in the warming water.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant last week and the bite was pretty fair through the weekend and a few fish continue to show 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: There was a trout plant two weeks ago, and another plant is supposed to go in next week. The action has been just fair with only a few holdovers showing on Mice Tails, PowerBait, and Sierra Slammer Jigs. The county will be planting nine times this season instead of five times, like last season. A few bass are starting to nose around the shallows with the warm 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 is pretty slow with only a few smaller fish showing on plastics in deeper water. All other bites have slowed way down. DFW trout plant three 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 2- to 3-pounders, but some bigger fish. Other species are very slow, but there was a DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

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