Western Sierra, Jan. 4 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 water have seemed to slow things down. Clams and shrimp have been the best baits. The bass bite is slow, and there have been no reports on other species. 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, but there was a plant in the Kernville stretch this last week and two weeks ago. It is also on the plant list for next week. This has perked the bite a little in this area, with the best action on crickets, salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are seeing slow fair action on wild fish, especially on slow-stripped or swinging streamers, but this bite has continued to slow as the water cools. The lower Kern is 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, but there has been light pressure and few reports. More and more keeper fish showing. 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 this week and two weeks, and the bite is pretty good on PowerBait or Mice Tails. Other species very slow.

HART PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant this week and two weeks ago. This was the third plant of the season, and the action has been good this week. Most of the trout are showing on garlic and chunky cheese PowerBaits, MiceTails, and small trout jigs all decent options. 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 weeks ago, and the bite has slowed since then. A few still being caught on PowerBait, Mice Tails, or inflated nightcrawlers. The bluegill, bass, catfish, and carp bites are all pretty slow.

MING LAKE: DFW trout plant this week and two weeks ago. The bite has been good this week, especially on PowerBait, Mice Tails, inflated nightcrawlers, or small trout jigs. As for other species, everything is very slow. Even the carp bite has slowed with only a few showing on paste baits.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago, and more fish are slated to go in next week. Slow action now this past week with only a few showing on floating dough baits or inflated nightcrawlers.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: Trout plant this week, and the action is good. The best bite has been on garlic and chunky cheese Power Baits on Mice Tails. 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 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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