Western Sierra, July 20 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish are fair to good with most of the action in the South Fork arm of the lake. Frozen shad, clams, dip baits, and other cut baits have been the best. Fish to six pounds or better in this action. The trout action was has stayed fair. The best bite has been on inflated nightcrawlers, PowerBait, and small jigs, at the main dam, auxiliary dam, and French Gulch. A few crappie or two continue to show up in the South Fork for anglers who work hard fishing jigs and live minnows, but the bite is far from good. Bass are slow. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: The trout plants went into sections 4, 5, and 6 last again this week week and should go in again next week. The bite has been fair on salmon eggs and crickets above the lake. The lower Kern is still nearly unfishable through the canyon, but it has gone down to 3,000 cfs. All of the upper creeks are fishable now, and Peppermint Creek has been particularly good. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Heat has kept fishing pressure down in recent days, but the striper bite remains fair to good, with lots of small stripers under the keeper size. More moss each week making fishing more difficult. The bite has been sardines, blood and lug worms, anchovies, Gitzits, and jigs, but the hardbait bite is still off. Fair to good action on catfish with both mackerel and sardines producing. Will Reynolds, Bakersfield, landed a 12-pound catfish this past week, while Dan Germaine, Bakersfield, had a 5-8 and Randy Green, Bakersfield, landed a 5-2. No largemouth reports. 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.

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: A few catfish reported on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Carp have been pretty good on Powder and Wussy baits. Also a fair to good bluegill bite on meal worms, red worms, and nigthcrawler pieces. Wax worms haven’t been available. A few bass. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The carp bite has been fair to good on dough baits, especially the locally-made Wussy’s Poor Man’s Bait and Powder Bait. Also a pretty good bluegill bite on meal worms and crickets. A few bass showing on plastics and reaction baits. Other species slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The carp bite is good on dough baits and fair to good bass action on nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. The bluegill are fair to good on meal worms, red worms, and nightcrawler pieces. If you can find wax worms they have been the best baits. Few other reports.

MING LAKE: The carp bite has been good on dough and paste baits, especially Powder Bait and Wussy’s. The bass bite has been fair. Plastics, Senkos, and live minnows have been the best baits. The bluegill bite is good on meal worms. A few crappie reported.

BRITE LAKE: The bite on small crappie remained fair on small jigs, but there are no reports of other bites.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bluegill bite has been good with a lot of nice stringers showing on meal worms and red worms. The catfish bite is also fair to good with most fish showing on frozen shad. Jeff Prickett, Bakersfield, landed an 11-14 cat on shad. A few crappie are showing for diligent anglers fishing small live minnows or jigs. The largemouth bass bite is the fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and Senkos. Carp are also fair to good on dough baits. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.


SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is fair to good with the fish showing on plastics and reaction baits in six to 18 feet of water. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass and crappie bites are fair go good. The crappie are running up to two pounds on small jigs and small minnows. The bass are showing on plastics and topwater or reaction baits early in the day. Most are two- to three-pounders, but some bigger fish. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

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