Western Sierra, Jan. 18 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure continues, and even those fishing are reporting a very slow bite. The one exception has been the trout bite after last week’s plant at the auxiliary dam, where the action is just fair on Mice Tails and floating dough baits. A few crappie to a pound or so continue to show near the French Gulch Marina on small minnows. The catfish bite has been mostly slow. A few fish continue to show on clams and shrimp. The bass bite is slow. 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. There were DFW plants of trout in the Kernville stretch last week and three weeks ago. 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 but getting little pressure. The best is best on frozen sardines, live minnows, and white Gitzit-type baits. Catfish are 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 two and four weeks ago, but the bite has been slow since last week with only a few fish showing on PowerBait or Mice Tails. While not scheduled (as of Wednesday) to be planted this week, anglers should check with DFW’s trout stocking page for updates. Other species very slow.

HART PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant two and four weeks ago. Most of the trout are showing on garlic and chunky cheese PowerBaits, MiceTails, and small trout jigs, but the bite has slowed way down. 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 two and three weeks ago. Slow trout action on floating dough baits and small trout jigs. The bluegill, bass, catfish, and carp bites are all very slow.

MING LAKE: DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago. The bite has been slow this past week with PowerBait, Mice Tails, inflated nightcrawlers, and small trout jigs the best bets. Other species very slow, even the carp.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant last week. Few reports. Floating dough baits or inflated nightcrawlers have been the most productive.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: Trout plant last week led to pretty decent fishing over the weekend on Mice Tails, PowerBait, and Sierra Slammer Jigs. 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, but the action 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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