Western Sierra, May 25 Report

     LAKE ISABELLA: The trout action was has stayed pretty fair on inflated nightcrawlers, PowerBait, and small jigs, at the main dam and auxiliary dam. There was a 7.7-pounder reported this week. The catfish are pretty fair in the South Fork, and the best bite has been on meal worms dipped in Tomatillo sauce. There are very few crappie showing, but those being caught are coming from the South Fork on live minnows. Crappie have been tough but a very few fish to 15-inches are showing. One angler caught 11 for eight hours of hard fishing. Bass are also slow. The lake level is around 56 percent of full pool. The Kern River flow was over 8,000 cfs much of Wednesday at Kernville. The outflow was around 5,400 cfs. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.
KERN RIVER: Trout were planted in all six sections of the Kern three weeks ago, and sections 4, 5, and 6 are to get trout this week. The bite has been slow to fair with high flows both above and below the lake. The lower Kern is still nearly unfishable through the canyon with Isabella release flows at 5,400 cfs. The upper river flows were up to 8,600 cfs at Kernville on Wednesday. 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 striper bite remains very good for both numbers and moderate size, but the heat has a little moss starting to grow. Most fish are below the 18-inch minimum size, but getting a couple of keepers is still pretty easy. The bite has been sardines, blood and lug worms, anchovies, Gitzits, and jigs, but the hardbait bite is off. No topwater yet. Also more catfish reported in the past week on both mackerel and sardines, especially in the Highway 166 stretch. No largemouth 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 reported on nightcrawlers.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Carp have been pretty good on Powder and Wussy baits. Also a fair bluegill bite on wax worms. A few bass. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.
HART PARK LAKE: The carp bite has been fair to good on dough baits, especially the locally-made Wussy’s Poor Man’s Bait and Powder Bait. Also a pretty good bluegill bite on meal worms, wax worms, and crickets. A few bass showing on plastics and reaction baits. Other species slow.
TRUXTUN LAKE: The bass are fair with the best action on nightcrawlers, plastics, or live minnows. A few carp and bluegill being caught in a fair bite, with the bluegill best on wax worms and the carp best on dough baits. Few other reports.
MING LAKE: The carp bite has been fair to good on dough and paste baits, especially Powder Bait and Wussy’s. The bass bite has been fair. Plastics, Senkos, and live minnows have been the best baits. The bluegill bite is also fair to good on wax worms and meal worms. A few crappie reported.
BRITE LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants. The bite has been slow this past week. Light fishing pressure.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: A few catfish on cut baits, and the odd crappie is showing on small live minnows. The best bite is for bluegill on wax worms, meal worms, or worms. The largemouth bass bite is the fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and Senkos. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.
SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is fair to good with the fish showing on plastics and reaction baits in six to 18 feet of water. The lake is currently 90 percent of capacity. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.
KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been good with most fish in the two- to three-pound class and showing on plastics with some on reaction baits. Lake level is 58 percent of capacity this week. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

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