Western Sierra, March 29 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: The big 2018 Isabella Lake Fishing Derby is over, and the longest trout was caught by Thai See, Los Angeles, on Monday at Camp 9 on green PowerBait. He won the $5,000 prize for the longest fish, but whether he gets the additional $5,000 for wearing the official tee-shirt is during the catch is still being disputed. Overall, there continues to be a fair to good trout bite in places all around the lake. The auxiliary dam beach, Engineer’s Point, and Camp 9 are probably the best spots. Besides the private plants, including the in-lake pen-raised fish for the derby, there was also a DFW plant last week. Most of the fish are showing on PowerBait, Mice Tails, and salmon eggs. Other species have been very slow, including catfish. 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 DFW stocked the upper river two weeks ago in sections 4, 5, and 6. The lower river has not been planted in over a month. Overall, the trout bite is still just fair in upper river above Isabella, but the warmer weather and warming water should perk that action. A few fish are showing for bait anglers fishing salmon eggs or crickets, but the fly anglers are seeing tough fishing. The lower river continues to produce a few nice holdover rainbows, but overall the fishing is tough for trout. The lower Kern is starting to produce a few smallmouths and largemouths on small plastics and cranks. Most fish are small, and a very few catfish are being caught on clams. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite remains fair and improving with the warm weather. The best bite has been on Gitzits and bucktails or live minnows, blood worms, and lug worms. There are still a lot of fish less than the 18-inch minimum keeper size. Catfish are starting to show in all stretches, but this bite is just starting, mostly on sardines, anchovies, and Wussy Bait, too. 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: Slow action. A few more carp starting to show on dough baits and Powder Bait, and the odd catfish reported on nightcrawlers.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant this week, and the trout bite has been good on the usual array of trout baits — PowerBait and Mice Tails, small trout jigs, and inflated nightcrawlers. There were 2,000 pounds of trout stocked for the derby three weeks ago. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago. The bite has been pretty good since the plant with a few holdover trout also in the mix. Best action on Mice Tails, garlic or hatchery pellet PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, and Sierra Slammer trout jigs. There are also some nice crappie showing. Not a lot of fish, but pretty decent quality. The carp bite is finally starting to turn around on Wussy Bait and dough baits. The bass and bluegill bites are also improving with the warmer weather. The bass are mostly showing on plastics worms, nightcralwers, and live minnows. The bluegill have been best on wax and meal worms.

TRUXTUN LAKE: DFW trout plant this week, and there was a plant three weeks ago. Good bite since the plant with the best bite still on small trout jigs, chunky cheese or garlic PowerBait, pink and white Mice Tails, and inflated nightcrawlers doused with garlic oil. There have also been a fair number of nice crappie caught. The bass and bluegill are improving, too, with the bluegill showing on wax worms or meal worms, and the bass mostly being caught on nightcrawlers, live minnows, and plastic worms.

MING LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago, and the plant has perked the action again on PowerBait, trout plastics, or small jigs. The bass and carp bites have been getting better with each warm spell. The bass are showing on minnows and plastics, while the carp are showing on Wussy Bait. There has also been a fair bite on crappie on small minnows, and the bluegill are starting to take off on meal worms and wax worms.

BRITE LAKE: No DFW trout plants in over a month, and the bite is slow with only an occasional fish still showing on small jigs or floating dough baits. The crappie bite has surged back on this week for anglers fishing small 1/32nd-ounce jigs beneath a bobber. Most are 8 to 10 inches. The Brite Lake Derby will be April 21 with the final weigh-in at 1:05 p.m. For more information on the derby, check with Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bass bite has been fair and some fish have moved up into very shallow water and cover. The best action has been on minnows or plastics. A few crappie are showing in the lakes and the canal between the lake and the golf course. Bluegill are starting to also perk up on the usual small baits. Last trout plant of the season was three weeks ago, and the bite has slowed way down. Only the rare rainbow being caught on PowerBait or small jigs. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or Copeís Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.


SUCCESS LAKE: The very good crappie bite has just continued to rock and roll, but the action is almost all at night. There have been a lot of quality fish over two pounds caught. Fred Jones, Bakersfield, had crappie at 2-2 and 2-4. Most of the fish are showing from the bank on minnows, but some also on jigs. The bass action is also improving with a fair to good bite on plastics and minnows on fish to 3 pounds, but few bigger. Some bluegill starting to show. Other species very slow. 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 starting to improve as the fish move into spawn mode. Most of the action on plastics, and most of the bass are smaller fish to 2 pounds. Other species are very slow. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.


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