LAKE ISABELLA: The bites are mostly slow with cold snowmelt runoff coming into the lake. A few more catfish are starting to show, but this bite is just fair with meal worms, minnows, and shad the best baits. The trout bite has also been pretty fair and more plant will be going in for the upcoming derby. Both the crappie and largemouth have been slow. The lake level is around 45 percent of full pool. The Kern River flow was around 3,500 cfs Wednesday. The outflow was around 4,400 cfs. 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 www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.
KERN RIVER: In spite of high flows, trout plants are tentatively scheduled for next week in all six locations. There has been very light fishing pressure because of high flows. The lower Kern is unfishable through the canyon with flows over 4,400 cfs below Isabella and over 5,000 cfs into Bakersfield. The upper river flows are in the 3,500 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 www.kernriverflyfishing.com or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striped bass bite has been wide open for the past two weeks. Many anglers are reporting 20 to 40 fish days, and most are getting enough keeper-size fish to take home the two-fish limit. Quite a few to five pounds and a few to eight. The bite has been almost all on sardines, with a few on blood and lug worms and pumpkin or white Gitzits. More catfish reported in the past week, mostly in the Highway 166 stretch, and they have been landed on both mackerel and sardines. No other 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 are starting to show on nightcrawlers.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Quite a few bass are showing as they move shallow for the spawn. Also some bluegill starting to be caught. Trout slow. 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: More and more bass are moving shallow 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 three weeks ago, and quite a few fish are still showing on PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers with garlic, and Mice Tails. One angler reported getting limits two different days this past week. The bass bite has been fair to good with the fish moving into the 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 final trout plant of season went in last week, and the bite has been pretty good since with rainbows to six pounds reported. The best bite has been on Mice Tails and PowerBait. The crappie bite is slow to fair on small minnows. Also quite a few bass showing on nightcrawlers and plastics and this bite with the fish moving up for the spawn. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: There have been a few crappie reported in the past week on small minnows and small jigs. Other species slow.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is improving and a lot of fish are moving shallow for the spawn. Best bite has been in four to 12 feet of water with plastics. The lake is currently 51 percent of capacity. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been improving daily as more and more fish move up for the coming spawn. Lots of two- to three-pound class fish showing on plastics with some on reaction baits. Lake level is 31 percent of capacity this week. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.