LAKE ISABELLA: Little change here with light fishing pressure. The catfish bite continues to be fair to good around most 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. Fish to six pounds or better. Also a few bass reports this past week, mostly on plastics or reaction baits. Everything else is very slow. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.
KERN RIVER: The trout bite in the upper river above Isabella has been fair. Holdover planted trout have spread out along the river and are still showing in fair numbers on crickets, salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers. More and more fish on spinners, too. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are seeing good action on wild fish, especially on stripped streamers. No trout plants for over a month. The lower Kern has a fair trout bite, a few more smallmouths, and the odd catfish with that bite improving. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Still light fishing pressure and not much change in the bite. The striper action remains fair, mostly on blood worms and sardines. A few showing on topwater lures. Most of the fish are very small, but Daniel Crowder, Bakersfield, landed a 14-pound striper on a sardine this past week. Very few cats this week. 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 fair carp bite on dough baits, and an occasional catfish reported on nightcrawlers,
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Fair to good 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. Information: Bob’s Bait at 661-833-8657.
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 pretty 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 ‘gills. The carp bite is fair on dough baits, while bass are slow and few catfish reported. However, one catfish that was reported was a whopper 26-pounder landed by Ivory Sheppard, Jr., Bakersfield.
MING LAKE: The carp bite has been fair to good on dough and paste baits, especially Powder Bait and Wussy’s. The bluegill bite is also fair to good on meal worms. Slow other species, with only the occasional bass reported.
BRITE LAKE: No reports.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: Light fishing pressure with only a few small catfish showing on shad or mackerel. The bluegill bite improved again and has been fair with the best bite wax and meal worms. Carp have also been pretty fair on Wussy Bait. The 2017 Taft Chamber of Commerce Trout Fishing Derby will be Saturday, Nov. 18, starting at 6 a.m. at Evans Lake. Entry fee is $20 per adult (14 and over) and $10 for kids 13 and under). Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.
WOOLLOMES LAKE: No reports.
SUCCESS LAKE: This lake remains one of the top spots in the region. There continues to be a very good bluegill bite for anglers fishing wax worms and meal worms and most are hand-sized. There is also a very good bite on bass with drop-shot plastics, Senkos, nightcrawlers, and Rat-L-Traps. While most are small, there is lots of action with many anglers reported 30 to 50-fish per day. Lastly, there is a very good carp bite on Powder Bait or Wussy Bait, with some quality carp in this action. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.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.