Western Sierra, May 31 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: Wind and weather changes over the past week have kept the bite here unpredictable. There is still a fair but sporadic crappie bite with small fish showing for shore anglers and better quality fish showing off in deeper water for boat and float tube anglers. The best bite is still on small jigs tipped with bait or Crappie Nibbles. The most consistent action has been for catfish, with a fair to good bite on shad and the super meal worms, both better when scent is added. Fish to 6 pounds pretty common. The trout bite has continued to be fair with some better quality fish showing more than 2 pounds showing. Trollers dragging Needlefish or bait fisherman working the auxiliary dam and North Fork Arm of the lake are doing the best. Few bass reports this past week, but plastics and reaction baits have been the best. Still fair bluegill action. For carp anglers, this bite has been less consistent, but still pretty good on dough baits with fish 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 been up and down and were ramping up a little with the warmer weather. The flows at Kernville were around 1,300 cfs on Wednesday. The trout bite in the upper river has been pretty good with rainbows to 3 pounds reported, plus there were DFW trout plants this past week. 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 1,100 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 fair, 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 to 166 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 Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: 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: 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: Mostly bluegill action right now, but a few bass and crappie are still being caught. The rare trout is also showing.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: There is a fair bite on smaller catfish, but few bigger fish. Most are showing on cut baits. The bluegill bite is pretty fair on red worms and wax worms along most shoreline. There also continue to be a few crappie caught on small live minnows or jigs. 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.


SUCCESS LAKE: The good bass action has continued, but the crappie bite has been spotty with the variable weather. The crappie are showing 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 to good 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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