Western Sierra, July 26 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite has remained very consistent with pretty decent action on clams, Sonnyís Dip Bait, and cut baits with a lot of 3 to 6 pounds fish and some to 10 pounds or better. The crappie bite has slowed way down, but 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: The flows are very fishable in the upper river (about 600 cfs), and the trout action has been pretty good thanks to regular DFW plants and an wild fish. DFW trout were planted in sections 4, 5 and 6 last week. The best action has been on salmon eggs, crickets, nightcrawlers, 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: Heat has really hammered the fishing pressure here, and the striper bite is off with only a few fish showing and most of those remain small. The catfish bite is better (especially in the Highway 166 stretch). Not many stripers, catfish better, best in 166 stretch. Sardines and blood worms have been the best baits for the stripers, while the catfish are best on sardines, anchovies, and Wussy Bait. 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: Flows remain 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 action 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 early morning. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: A few catfish are showing at night. Other than that it’s all been bluegill and carp, and both bites are fair to good. 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: While heat has hammered fishing pressure, the bluegill and carp bites remain fair to good while the bass have slowed way down with only the occasional fish showing early. The bluegill bite is best on wax worms, red worms, or meal worms. The carp are showing on dough baits.

MING LAKE: The carp and bluegill are the name of the game here, but a few catfish have been showing at night on cut baits. he carp are best on Powder Bait or Wussy Bait. The bluegill are best on meal worms or wax worms. Only a few bass reported 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.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: Hot, hot, hot. That’s the weather, not the fishing. However, there has been a pretty decent bluegill bite, and some decent catches of catfish to three pounds on shad, clams, and dip baits. The carp are showing on Powder Bait and Wussy Bait, while the bluegill are being caught on meal worms and wax worms. 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.


SUCCESS LAKE: The fair to good bass action has continued, mostly early and late in the day on drop-shot plastics and Senkos or similar baits. 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. Crappie are dead now. 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 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 the catfish bite has been pretty fair. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

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