Western Sierra, June 14 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: The crappie bite has been fair, but most of the fish are small again. The best bite has been on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles or small minnows. The South Fork has continues to be the best, but the fish are showing around a lot of flooded structure. A few bigger fish are still off shore a little and better for boat and float tube anglers than shore anglers. The catfish bite has also continued good on shad and the super meal worms, both better when scent is added. Fish to 6 pounds pretty common. The trout bite has continued to be fair and fish from 2 to 5 pounds at the auxiliary dam area for shore anglers, and trollers fishing Needlefish with lead core in the same area are also getting fish. Bass fair, mostly on plastics and reaction baits. Still fair bluegill action. For carp anglers, this bite has been 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: Trout plants throughout the upper river last week (sections 4, 5, and 6) have kept this action pretty good and flows are up but fishable. The best bite has been on salmon eggs, crickets, and Roostertails. Fly-fisherman are having good luck on wild fish. The lower river flows jumped, making the river almost unfishable. A few bass and catfish being caught by the adventerous. The catfish are being caught on clams and nightcrawlers, while the bass are best on small plastic worms and nightcrawlers. 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. Moss is become problematic now, too, especially in the Taft stretch, and the mid-day bite is dead with the heat. Morning and evening are the times to fish. The Grapevine to 166 stretch continues to fish pretty well, too. Sardines and blood worms have been the best baits, with very few fish on artificial lures. A 7-1 striper was landed by Michael Valdez, Bakersfield. Catfish are improving with fair to good action on sardines, anchovies, and Wussy Bait. A few largemouth are starting to show now. 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 bite has been slow to fair for catfish on nightcrawlers and green nightcrawlers. A few carp also being caught on dough baits and Powder Bait.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Bluegill remain the best bet with pretty good action on wax worms and meal worms. Slow other species with only an occasional bass being caught on plastics and Senkos. Also some carp on dough baits. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The bass are pretty good, and the bluegill and carp are nearly as good. The bass have been best on plastics and small swimbaits or other reaction baits. 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 bass bite has been fair on plastics, nightcrawlers, or live minnows, but the bluegill bite is better with a lot of fish showing on wax worms, red worms, or meal worms. The carp bite is good on dough baits and a few catfish have been reported this past week.

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

BRITE LAKE: Mostly bluegill and small bass action right now, and the bite on those two is very good. Small jigs on light line or small baits under a bobber fished close to shore are getting the fish. Crappie very slow, and ditto for trout.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: There is a fair bite on smaller catfish, but few bigger fish. Most are showing on cut baits. The bluegill bite is pretty very good on red worms, meal worms, and wax worms along most shoreline. There also continue to be a few crappie caught on small live minnows or jigs. 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 good bass action has continued, but the crappie bite has been spotty as the fish start to back out of the shallows. The crappie are showing on small jigs with Crappie Nibbles and live minnows. The bass are post-spawn and mostly in 20 to 35 feet of water except early and late in the day. Bluegill is fair to good on red worms, wax worms, and meal worms. Also a few catfish starting to show. 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 all post-spawn now and mostly in 15 to 35 feet of water on plastics and small swimbaits. 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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