Western Sierra, Nov. 16 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, but the catfish bite continues to be pretty fair around much of the lake from French Gulch around and into the South Fork arm. Frozen shad, minnows, clams, jumbo meal worms in scent, dip baits, and other cut baits have been the best. The cats are mostly two to four pounds with an occasional bigger fish. The bass bite has improved with decent action on small fish for anglers tossing plastics in shallow water. No reports on other species. 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 661-243-6004 or www.tackleandrod.com.

KERN RIVER: The trout bite in the upper river above Isabella has been slow to fair. Just an occasional holdover planted trout on crickets, salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are seeing fair action on wild fish, especially on stripped streamers. No trout plants for over a month. The lower Kern has a slow trout bite with a few holdovers, but a few more smallmouths and largemouths are showing on small plastics. Most are small. Also still the odd catfish showing up. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Improving action across the board. The striper bite remains fair to good, mostly on sardines and blood worms. A few showing on topwater, Gitzits, Rat-L-Traps, Whopper Ploppers, and Ima Little Stick. Most stripers remain small. Catfish have also turned back on with fair to good action on cut baits, especially sardines, and dip baits. Patrick Dodd, Bakersfield, landed a 20-pound catfish on liver. 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 661-243-6004 or www.tackleandrod.com.

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: Slow action. Only an occasional carp dough baits and Powder Bait, and an the odd catfish reported on nightcrawlers,

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Fair bluegill action on meal worms, red worms, crickets, and nigthcrawler pieces. Carp have been fair to good on Powder and Wussy baits. Very few bass.

HART PARK LAKE: The carp bite has been fair on dough baits, especially the locally-made Wussy’s Poor Man’s Bait and Powder Bait. Also a fair bluegill bite on meal worms and crickets. Bass pretty slow with only a few early and late in the day on plastics or reaction baits. Other species slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: There is fair action on bluegill, and meal worms, wax worms, red worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces are the best baits for the ëgills. Few other reports except for the odd carp and catfish.

MING LAKE: The carp bite has been fair on dough and paste baits, especially Powder Bait and Wussy’s. The bluegill bite is also fair on meal worms or wax worms. Slow other species, with only the occasional bass and catfish reported.

BRITE LAKE: No DFW plants reported, but a few trout up to 2 pounds have been caught in the past week.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The 2017 Taft Chamber of Commerce Trout Fishing Derby will be Saturday, Nov. 18, starting at 6 a.m. at Evans Lake. The lake will be planted with 2,000-pound of trout for the event, including trophy fish. Entry fee is $20 per adult (14 and over) and $10 for kids 13 and under). The county’s trout season kicks off Tuesday next week and trout will be planted Monday or Tuesday. The county will be planting more trout for this season, and plants will be made nine times instead of five times, like last season. There has continued to be light fishing pressure over the past week, but there have been a few small catfish reported on shad or cut baits. The bluegill bite has slowed, but a few are still showing on crickets, wax worms, and meal worms. Carp are slow to fair on cut baits and dip bait, especially on Wussy Bait. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-243-6004 or www.tackleandrod.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.

SUCCESS LAKE: This lake remains one of the top spots in the region for bass, but the pressure on the lake has been pretty intense, with mostly smaller fish showing on reaction baits and plastics. There epic bluegill bite has finally slowed, with only a few hand-sized fish showing now on wax worms and meal worms. Still a decent carp bite on dip baits, especially Powder Bait or Wussy Bait, with some quality carp in this action. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com or Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-243-6004 or www.tackleandrod.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass are fair on plastics and topwater or reaction baits early in the day. Most are two- to three-pounders, but some bigger fish. A few bluegill reports, but little else. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

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