LAKE ISABELLA: Last week’s wind and cold, knocked the crappie bite way down. The action has been particularly tough for the bank anglers as the water continues to come up, and the boat and float tube anglers have been hampered by wind. Tougher for bank guys, boat guys canít get out. Crappie Mania continued through this past week with good to excellent action for shore, float tube, and boat anglers The best action has been on small jigs or live minnows under a bobber near stickups. Top shore action has been in the South Fork Arm, Kissack Cove, Rabbit Island, and French Gulch. The Rocky Point area has held more bigger fish for the boat and float tube guys. The best colors on the jigs have been red and white or red and chartreuse, but other colors are also getting fish. Adding Crappie Nibbles to the jigs is a good idea. There is also still a pretty good trout bite, especially in the North Fork Arm with fewer fish at the auxiliary dam on the usual array of dough baits, inflated nightcrawlers, small jigs, and trout plastics. The catfish bite surged back on in the past week as the weather warms back up, especially in the Camp Nine area, on shad, clams, and super meal worms. Still fair to good bluegill action. For carp anglers, this bite is pretty much wide open with the fish flooding the shallows and showing best on dough baits. Lots of carp 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 upper river flows have jumped back up to nearly 1,800 cfs which has made fishing more difficult, but not impossible. There were DFW plants in most of the upper sections again last week and this week, which is keeping the bite OK on planters for anglers fishing salmon eggs, crickets, and Roostertails. Fly-fisherman are have pretty decent luck on wild fish. The lower river is still low at 400 cfs, and it is fishing pretty well for bass and catfish. 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 continued fair to good and slowly improving each week. The fish are almost all small, however, under the 18-inch minimum keeper size limit, but a few bigger fish are finally starting to show. The best bite has been on bloodworms, lug worms, and sardines, but a few on Flukes and Gitzits or live minnows. Catfish are still spotting with a few showing on sardines, anchovies, and Wussy Bait, too. A few largemouth are starting to show now. 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: Few reports, but the carp bite has been decent on dough baits and Powder Bait, and the odd catfish reported on nightcrawlers.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: A fair bass bite on plastics and small swimbaits. Bluegill are the best bet with pretty good action, but some crappie showing, too. Trout slow with the most recent DFW plant over a month ago. Carp are a decent bet on dough baits. Information Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.
HART PARK LAKE: The crappie bite has been fair on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles or minnows, and the carp bite is good on Powder Bait or other dough baits. The bluegill bite has also turned on with fair to good action on meal worms, wax worms, red worms, or crickets. A few bass are being caught on on plastics worms, nightcralwers, and live minnows.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The crappie bite has been slow to fair over the past week, mostly on jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles or small minnows. The bluegill are fair to good on wax worms or meal worms, and a few bass are showing on nightcrawlers, live minnows, and plastic worms. DFW trout plant five weeks ago, but there were a few trout caught over the weekend after last week’s cool down.
MING LAKE: The carp, crappie, and bluegill have been fair. The crappie have been best on small jigs tipped with bait or Crappie Nibbles or small minnows. The carp are best on Powder Bait or Wussy Bait. The bluegill are best on meal worms or wax worms. Bass are fair on plastics and minnows. Trout even perked with the cool weather last week, but there have been no plants in over a month.
BRITE LAKE: Still a few trout showing after the Calaveras and DFW plants three weeks ago. Most of the planted fish were in the 1-8 to 2-0 range with some bigger. Best action on PowerBait and Power Mice. A few crappie are still being caught.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: The bass bite has been fair and some fish are still in very shallow water and cover. The best action has been on minnows or plastics. The crappie are also pretty decent with fish showing on live minnows or small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. Carp have been fair to good on dough baits, especially Powder Bait. Bluegill are fair to good on the usual small baits. 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.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.
SUCCESS LAKE: The good crappie action finally lulled after the cool weather this past week. Still some quality fish of more than 2 pounds caught. Most of the fish are showing from the bank on minnows, but some also on jigs. The bass action is fair to good bite on plastics and minnows on fish to 3 pounds, but few bigger. Also a good surface bite on small fish. Lots of fish on beds but that is winding down. Bluegill getting better with a fair bite on wax worms and meal worms. 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: Crappie slowed way down after the cool weather last week, but they are improving again this week. The best bite has been on on minnows or small jigs tipped with bait or Crappie Nibbles. The bass are fair to good with the fish still mostly shallow. The bluegill bite is also starting to kick into high gear. Catfish still slow. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.