Western Sierra. Nov. 17 Report

LAKE ISABELLA: There is still a fair to good catfish bite on minnows, dip baits, and large meal worms. Most are two to three pounds, but some bigger to 10 pounds. Stringers of 15 to 20 fish are still common. Other species have been very slow and the fishing pressure is light. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: The Kern River has been fair for wild and holdover fish above Kernville in the bigger pools for bait anglers (crickets and salmon eggs) or flies. Most fly anglers are fishing dry-dropper rigs and have reported rainbows to 20 inches this week. The first DFW trout plant of the season is slated for next week in Section 4 (Kernville). Flows remain about 80 cfs coming into Isabella and from 180 to 120 cfs below the dam. In the lower river the bass and catfish bites are both fair with the bass on plastic worms and nightcrawlers, while the cats are best on clams or nightcrawlers, and all the action is in the bigger pools. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Both stripers and catfish are fair to good. Some of the catfish have been good quality fish at 10 pounds or better, and they have been best on sardines, mackerel, chicken liver and dip baits. The stripers are mostly smaller fish now and the bite is best on blood or lug worms and sardines. Not a lot of fish on artificial lures yet. Other species are still slow. 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: The catfish bite is starting to pick up with some fish showing on nightcrawlers. Other species still very slow.

RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: The first DFW trout plant of the season went in last week. The bite was very good on garlic and chunky cheese PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers doused with garlic oil. Other than trout, only an occasional bass or bluegill being caught.

HART PARK LAKE: The bass bite is pretty fair on nightcrawlers, plastic worms or minnows. The bluegill action has perked up with fair action on wax worms, meal worms, crickets, and red worms. Carp fair on dough baits and Powder Bait, but very few catfish.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Fair to good bass action, most have been on nightcrawlers and minnows, but a few on plastics. Only a few bluegill reported. Other species slow.

MING LAKE: The first DFW trout plant of the season went in last week, and the bite was very good over the weekend. The best action has been on bait, either PowerBait or nightcrawlers with the garlic flavors preferred. Other than trout, the bass bite has been fair on plastics and some on swimbait or cranks. The bluegill action is also fair on meal worms, wax worms, and crickets. A few carp showing on dough baits.

BRITE LAKE: A few bluegill and small crappie, otherwise a very slow bite. First DFW trout plant of the season is slated to go in next week.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The Taft Chamber of Commerce Trout Fishing Derby is this Saturday and registration forms are available now. No trout fishing allowed until the derby, and the general trout season will open Tuesday next week. Other than the trout, the bluegill bite is fair on wax worms, red worms, and meal worms. Fair bass action on plastics and nightcrawlers. There is also a slow bite on small catfish with most anglers fishing dip baits. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

WOOLLOMES LAKE: Overall slow fishing with few reports. Some bluegill on the usual baits. Other species very slow.

SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite has been fair on plastics and reaction baits, but most of the fish are small. Bluegill fair in some coves, and the odd catfish has been reported. The new marina is in operation. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: Warm weather has kept the bass bite good on drop-shot plastics and a few fish on cranks and topwater. Fair bluegill action, but most fish smaller. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

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