Western Sierra, May 26 report

LAKE ISABELLA: The trout action has been good to excellent near the dam. Most of the fish are quality trout up to three pounds and showing on Thomas Buoyants and salmon peach PowerBait. There also continues to be a fair catfish bite on garlic shrimp and dip baits, with fish up into the six pound class pretty common. Other species are very slow. The water level is rocketing up and the bass, crappie, and bluegill bites are all slow. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: The Kern River has been fair to good for trout with weekly plants in sections 4 through 6, and all sections are getting trout this week. The number of fish planted is still down from previous years, but the quality appears to be up. Best bite on the planted trout has been spinners with higher water flows this week. The bite is tougher on bait like crickets and salmon eggs. For fly anglers, the bite is fair to good, especially in the upper river near Johnsondale Bridge for wild fish with a major crane fly hatch lasting all day and an afternoon blue-wing olive hatch with some surface trout activity. The lower river is still low and the bite is slow on species other than planted trout. A few bass and catfish are starting to show as water temperatures rise. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Very good striped bass action and increasing numbers of fish over the minimum keeper size. The flow is good and the best action has been on blood and lug worms, sardines, Gitzits, and bucktail jigs. Continued fair to good catfish action but the number of big fish has dropped off. Still lots of two to five pounds. The best action has been on chicken liver and dip baits. Only the odd largemouth showing on swimbaits, plastics, and live minnows. One largemouth over 10 pounds reported. All sections of the aqueduct are again open to fishing and the flow is good right now. Anglers are reminded the limit on stripers is two fish greater than 18 inches, while the largemouth limit is five fish greater than 12 inches. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or bobsbaitbucket.com.

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: Overall tough fishing with only the odd bass showing.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The bass action has been slow to fair over the past week with only a few bass showing on Senkos, Brush Hawgs, plastic worms, and nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite is finally starting but still not hot.

HART PARK LAKE: Fair to good bass action on Senkos, brush hawgs, plastics, small jigs, minnows or nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite is also starting with a few more fish on wax worms and meal worms, but the bite keeps going up and down with the weather. A few catfish have been reported.

TRUXTUN LAKE: A slow to fair bass bite on plastic worms, live minnows, or Senko-type baits. Few other reports, with only the odd bluegill or carp reported.

MING LAKE: A few bluegill are showing here in a fair bite, and this bite has been improving with each warm day. Best bite on meal worms, wax worms, and crickets. Fair bass action on Brush Hawgs, Senkos, live minnows, and plastic worms.

BRITE LAKE: There is a good crappie bite on half- to three-quarter pounders and an occasional bigger fish. Most are showing on small minnows. Also some bass showing.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: There is a fair catfish bite with most anglers fishing dip baits. The bluegill bite is getting better daily, at least on the warm days. Best action on meal worms or wax worms. Only the occasional bass reported. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: Few reports, but the bass are fair, and a few bluegill have been caught on warmer days.

SUCCESS LAKE: Water level is coming up with the lake about half full, and the bass bite has been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits. A few panfish starting to show, along with the odd catfish. Slow other species. The new marina is in operation. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, sequoiafishingcompany.com. For updated fishing reports, go to the Fresno Bee report at fresnobee.com/sports/outdoors/hunting-fishing/.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass bite has been good with a lot of fish showing on drop-shot plastics, and some on reaction baits and nightcrawlers. Most fish in less than 15 feet of water. Bluegill just starting to show. Other species still very slow. Launch ramp open, lake near full. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212. For updated fishing reports, go to the Fresno Bee report at fresnobee.com/sports/outdoors/hunting-fishing/.

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