Western Sierra, July 19 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: Not much change. The water level continues to decline, and the catfish bite remains pretty good action on fish to 6 pounds on clams, SonnyĆ­s Dip Bait, and cut baits with a lot of three to six pounds fish and some to 10 pounds or better. The crappie bite has slowed way down, but a few fish continue to show on crappie jigs fished in deep stickups or minnows. The bass action has been fair to good with most of the action in 10 to 25 feet of water, mostly on drop-shot plastics, but a few on cranks or topwater early and late in the day. A few trout continue to show in deeper water at the auxiliary dam, Camp 9, and many fish have moved up into the river to reach cooler water. The carp bite remains less consistent, but still pretty good on dough baits with fish to 8 pounds. 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: DFW trout were planted in section 4 three weeks ago, and they are slated to go into sections 4, 5, and 6 this week. The bite has remained pretty good on salmon eggs, crickets, and Roostertails. Fly-fisherman are having good luck on wild fish, especially in the upper stretch of the river, mostly on small nymphs. The lower river flows remain very high making the river almost unfishable. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite has been fair, but mostly on smaller, undersize fish, and mostly early and late in the day. Floating vegetation and moss seems to have been a little less of a problem this past week, but still an issue. Sardines and blood worms have been the best baits, with very few fish on artificial lures, mostly early and late in the day. Catfish are improving with fair to good action on sardines, anchovies, and Wussy Bait. A few largemouth bass are starting to show on cranks and Senkos. Anglers are reminded the limit on stripers is two fish larger 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: Flows are still up and the catfish bite stayed fair on cut baits or nightcrawlers. A few carp also being caught on dough baits and Powder Bait.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Bluegill and carp remains pretty good. Bluegill are best on wax worms and meal worms. Carp are best on Powder Bait and other dough baits. Slow other species with only an occasional bass being caught on plastics and Senkos. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill and carp are good, while the bass are slow to fair on plastics, nightcrawlers, or reaction baits, but only early and late in the day. The carp are best on Powder Bait, Wussy Bait, or other dough baits, and the bluegill bite is best on meal worms, wax worms, red worms, or crickets.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The bluegill and carp bites have been good, but the warm weather is putting even a damper on these bites. A few bass also continue to show on plastics, nightcrawlers, or live minnows. The bluegill bite is best on wax worms, red worms, or meal worms. The carp are showing on dough baits and a few catfish have been reported this past week.

MING LAKE: The carp, bass, and bluegill have been fair. The carp are best on Powder Bait or Wussy Bait. The bluegill are best on meal worms or wax worms. Bass are fair on plastics, Senko-type baits, and minnows.

BRITE LAKE: Good action on small bass on small lures and nightcrawlers — just about anything actually. Also fair to good action on bluegill and crappie on small baits like meal worms and jigs. A few trout showing early in the morning on small jigs.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: This big news is the 41-pound catfish that was caught here late this past week by Jeff Prickett, Bakersfield. This is the best cat to come from this lake in a while. Overall, the bite is just fair on smaller catfish on shad, anchovies, nightcrawlers, chicken liver and dip baits, but the action on carp and bluegill is better. The carp are showing on Powder Bait and Wussy Bait, while the bluegill are best on the usual array of small baits, with crickets and wax worms probably the best bets. 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 fair to good bass action has continued, mostly early and late in the day on plastics, topwater, and reaction baits. The crappie have slowed way down with only an occasional fish showing on small jigs with Crappie Nibbles and live minnows. Bluegill are fair to good on red worms, wax worms, and meal worms. Also a fair number of catfish showing on cut baits and dip baits. 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 fair to good with the fish mostly in 15 to 35 feet of water on plastics and small swimbaits. There has been some early morning topwater action. The bluegill bite is good, and a few catfish are starting to show and a few crappie continue to be caught. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

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