Western Sierra, May 24 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: While wind continues to be a problem, the trout bite has continued to be good with a lot of bigger quality fish showing from two to five pounds. The best action has been for trollers dragging Needlefish or bait fisherman work the auxiliary dam and North Fork Arm of the lake. The catfish bite has also really turned on with good action, especially on shad and clams in the South Fork Arm of the lake. The crappie bite is still pretty good but the fish are scattered and mostly in deeper water. The best action has been on small jigs tipped with bait or live minnows fished in this deeper water. The largemouth bass action has been pretty decent, too, with a lot of fish showing on plastics and reaction baits. Still fair 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 eight 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 dropped again this week and are now down into the 1,000 cfs range. The trout bite in the upper river has been pretty good with rainbows to three pounds reported. The best bite has been on salmon eggs, crickets, and Roostertails. Fly-fisherman are having good luck on on wild fish. The lower river flows remain in the 1,000 cfs range, 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 been good, but mostly on smaller, undersize fish. Moss is become problematic now, too, especially in the Taft stretch. There seems to be less vegetation in the water and slightly better quality fish (keepers even) in the Grapevine stretch.

Sardines and blood worms have been the best baits, with very few fish on artificial lures. 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 way up and the bite has been pretty fair for catfish on nightcrawlers and green nightcrawlers with a few carp also being caught on dough baits and Powder Bait.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Bluegill are the best bet with pretty good action on wax worms and meal worms. A few bass are being caught on plastics and Senkos, and the carp action is pretty good on dough baits. Information BobĂ­s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: One of the two best spots in town to fish (Ming is the other one). 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 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.

MING LAKE: One of the two best spots in town to fish (Hart Park is the other one). The carp, bass, and bluegill have been good. 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: Still the odd trout showing after the Calaveras and DFW plants over a month ago. A few crappie are still being caught, and there are some bluegill and bass showing.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: There is a fair bite on smaller catfish, but few bigger fish. Most are showing on cut baits. There also continue to be a few crappie caught on small, live minnows or jigs, and the bluegill bite is pretty fair on red worms and wax worms along most shoreline. 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 and bass action has come back on in the past week, and the good quality crappie are showing again on 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: Crappie slowed way down and have not come back on in the past week, but a few are still showing on small jigs tipped with bait or Crappie Nibbles and live minnows. The bass are fair 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. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

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