Western Sierra, March 16 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: The forecast crappie bite fizzled this past weekend with the water temperatures are still low and likely to stay that way with cold snowmelt runoff coming into the lake. The only bite worth mention this past week has been a pick on a few catfish, both the crappie and largemouth have been slow. The lake level is still around 54 percent of full pool. The Kern River flow was 2,300 cfs at Kernville (up from last week due to runoff). The outflow was around 4,300 cfs Tuesday. The 28th Annual Lake Isabella Trout derby will be April 8-10, with a $2,000 top prize for the longest trout. Entry fee is $30 per person or $65 per family. For more information on the derby, go to www.kernrivervalley.com. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: In spite of weather, there has been very light fishing pressure. The lower Kern is unfishable through the canyon with flows over 4,000 cfs below Isabella and over 5,000 cfs into Bakersfield. The upper river flows are in the 2,300 cfs range at Kernville this week. Only a few wild and holdover fish being caught in the upper river. A few bass are being caught right in Bakersfield where the river is running through town. Tough fishing conditions everywhere. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striped bass bite broke wide open this week with many anglers reporting 40 fish days. While many of the stripers are under the minimum keeper size, there are also a good number of keeper fish up to six or seven pounds being landed. The best bite has been on sardines, but blood worm and lug worms are close seconds, and many fish are also showing on Gitzit-style lures. No much on catfish or other species. The few catfish reported have been on cut baits and Sonny’s Dip 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 bobsbaitbucket.com.

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: A few catfish are starting to show on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The trout bite has slowed way down with very few fish caught this week, but a few bass are showing with the warmer weather. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics or nightcrawlers. Other species slow, but a few carp and bluegill are starting to show.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Warm weather has continued to bring up more and more bass with fair to good action. The best bite has been on nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. A few carp and bluegill staring to show. Few other reports.

MING LAKE: DFW trout plant went in last week, and a few fish are still showing on PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers with garlic, and Mice Tails. The bass bite has been fair to good and the warm days are moving more fish shallows. Plastics, Senkos, and live minnows have been best. There are also more and more carp being caught on Powder Bait, but very few panfish reports.

BRITE LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants. The bite has been slow this past week. Light fishing pressure.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The most recent plant was three weeks ago and a few rainbows are still being caught, mostly on Mice Tails and PowerBait. The final plant of the season will be this week or next week. The crappie bite is fair on small minnows. Also a few bass showing on nightcrawlers and plastics and this bite is improving fast with the warm weather. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: There have been a number of crappie reported in the past week on small minnows and small jigs. Other species slow.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is improving with the warmer weather and some fish are starting to move up in a movement of pre-spawn fish. Best bite has been in 12 to 18 feet of water with plastics and deep-diving cranks getting fish. The lake is currently 58 percent. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been improving with the warmer weather with a lot of fish pushing shallow in preparation for the spawn. Lots of two- to three-pound class fish showing on plastics with some on reaction baits. Lake level is 55 percent of capacity this week. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.


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