Western Sierra, Nov. 23 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 and clams have been the best baits. The cats are mostly two to four pounds with an occasional bigger fish. The bass bite is fair 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 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

KERN RIVER: The trout bite in the upper river above Isabella has been slow to fair, but sections two and four were planted with DFW trout this week. Crickets, salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers have been the best baits. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are seeing fair action on wild fish, especially on stripped streamers. The lower Kern has a slow trout bite, and 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, and there have been more keeper fishing showing in the catch over the past week. A few fish on deeper-running artificials. Catfish are fair on cut baits, especially sardines, and dip baits. 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 661-679-6351 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: DFW trout plant early this week, and there is already fair to good action on PowerBait and Mice Tails. 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: First DFW trout plant of the season this week, and the bite has been good on small trout lures and floating dough baits like PowerBait. 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, but that bite is slowing. Bass pretty slow with only a few early and late in the day on plastics or reaction baits. Other species slow.

TRUXTUN LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season this week and the bite has been good on PowerBait, Power Worms, and Mice Tails. Also some on small jigs twitched beneath a bobber. There is slow to fair action on bluegill, and meal worms, wax worms, red worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces are the best baits for the ‘gills. Few other reports except for the odd carp and catfish.

MING LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season this week, and the bite has been fair to good on the usual array of small trout lures and plastics along with PowerBait. The carp bite has been fair on dough and paste baits, especially Powder Bait and Wussy’s. The bluegill bite is slow to fair on meal worms or wax worms. Slow other species, with only the occasional bass and catfish reported.

BRITE LAKE: DFW trout plant last week and trout up to two pounds have been reported, mostly on floating baits, inflated garlic nightcrawlers, and Mice Tails.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The 2017 Taft Chamber of Commerce Trout Fishing Derby was won this past Saturday by 13-year-old Cody Hanson, Bakersfield, with a 6-pound, three-ounce rainbow. There were three fish over six pounds, but most were one to two pounds. The lake was planted with 2,000 pounds of trout for the event, and the county’s trout season kicked off this week with another plant the day after the derby. The bite has been very good since with a lot of limits reported on floating dough baits, small trout plastics, and small jig. The county will be planting nine times this season instead of five times, like last season. There have also 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 661-679-6351 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 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 661-679-6351 or www.tackleandrod.com.

KAWEAH LAKE: The bass are fair on plastics and topwater or reaction baits early in the day, but the topwater action is waning and more and more fishing are showing on plastics. Most are 2- to 3-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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