Western Sierra, Jan. 11 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure continues, but a few crappie continue to show near the French Gulch Marina on small minnows. Not great volume, but a few fish to a pound or so. The catfish bite has been mostly slow. A few fish continue to show around much of the lake, but the cold weather and rain this week slowed fishing pressure even more. Clams and shrimp have been the best baits. The bass bite is slow, but there were a couple of reports of nice holdover trout this week. 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 slow, especially after the rains early this week muddied up the river. There were DFW plants of trout in the Kernville stretch two and three weeks ago. There is also a plant scheduled for this week. The best action has on crickets, salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are seeing very slow action, and the water has been off-color with the storm and flows jumped. The best bet is still on slow-stripped or swinging streamers. The lower Kern is slow to fair for smallmouths and largemouths on small plastics and cranks. Most fish are small. Trout and catfish are slow in the lower river. 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 mostly on sardines and blood worms and large minnows. A few stripers are also showing on Gitzit-type baits, but there has been very light pressure and few reports. 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 last week and three weeks ago, and the bite was pretty good into the weekend on PowerBait or Mice Tails. Other species very slow.

HART PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant last week and three weeks ago. Most of the trout are showing on garlic and chunky cheese PowerBaits, MiceTails, and small trout jigs, especially Sierra Slammers. The carp bite is slow on dough baits. The bluegill and bass bites have slowed way down, too. Very light fishing pressure.

TRUXTUN LAKE: DFW trout plant last week and two weeks ago. Pretty fair trout bite on the usual array of floating dough baits and small trout jigs. There were also some crappie reported over the past week, mostly on small minnows. The bluegill, bass, catfish, and carp bites are all pretty slow.

MING LAKE: DFW trout plant last week and three weeks ago. The bite had been fair to good into the weekend, but it has slowed quite a bit since. PowerBait, Mice Tails, inflated nightcrawlers, and small trout jigs have been the best bets. Other species very slow, even the carp.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and four weeks ago. No reports since the storm or after the plant. Floating dough baits or inflated nightcrawlers have been the most productive.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: Last week’s trout plant was delayed, but rainbows went in Tuesday this week, and the bite has been pretty good since on Mice Tails, PowerBait, and Sierra Slammer Jig. The county will be planting nine times this season instead of five times, like last season. 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.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite has slowed with the cooler weather and rain, but the bite is still fair. Mostly smaller fish are showing on reaction baits and plastics, with the bite moving slower and deeper. All other bites have slowed way down. DFW trout plant two 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 two weeks ago. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

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