LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure continues, and even those fishing are reporting a very slow bite. Even the trout have slowed way down since the plant two weeks ago at the auxiliary dam. No reports on crappie 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 (up to 5). 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 slow. There were DFW plants of trout in the Kernville stretch two and four weeks ago, but the bite is tough. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are seeing very slow action, too. 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, and a few more catfish were reported on clams this week. 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. T.J. Yaberra, Bakersfield, recently landed a 16-4 on sardines. 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 plant this week and three weeks ago. The bite really kicked back on since this week’s plant with the best action on PowerBait, Mice Tails, and Sierra Slammer jigs. Other species very slow.
HART PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Slow action with only a few showing on garlic and chunky cheese PowerBaits, MiceTails, and small trout jigs. The carp bite is slow on dough baits. The bluegill and bass bites have slowed way down, too. Very light fishing pressure.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Trout have been very good since the plant this week with a lot of limits posted on Sierra Slammer jig, PowerBait (anything garlic), and inflated nightcrawlers doused with garlic. There has also been a fair to good crappie bite on small minnows at night. Other species have been slow, except for a few bass.
MING LAKE: There has been a fair crappie bite here this past week, mostly on small jigs or small minnows. Most recent trout plant was three weeks ago, and this bite has slowed way down with only a few showing on PowerBait, Mice Tails, inflated nightcrawlers, and small trout jigs. Also a few bass showing on plastics or nightcrawlers.
BRITE LAKE: There was a DFW trout plant two weeks ago, but the bite remains pretty fair on small jigs and PowerBait. There has also been a pretty good crappie bite west of launch ramp on small jigs fished on light line in deeper water or fished in tandem under a bobber in four to six feet of water. Some of the crappie have been 1-8 with few small fish right now.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Trout plant two weeks ago and the bite was pretty good for a week or so, but has slowed since. Still a few rainbows being caught 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 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 two- to three-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.