Western Sierra, Nov. 29 report

LAKE ISABELLA: There is still a fair catfish bite on minnows, dip baits, and large meal worms. Most are two to three pounds, but some bigger to 10 pounds. The big news this week are the reports of a few largemouth bass. Still no crappie and fishing pressure remains light. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

KERN RIVER: The first DFW plant of the season went in this week in Section 4 (Kernville region). 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 a few bigger rainbows over 16 inches. 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 kernriverflyfishing.com or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: There continues to be good action on small stripers with a few over the minimum keeper size, but generally good action on blood or lug worms, mackerel, and sardines. Some bigger stripers to 10 pounds reported. The largemouth bass bite surged on here this past week with a lot of 12 to 16-inch fish, mostly on Senkos. The catfish also have stayed fair to good on sardines, mackerel, chicken liver and dip baits. 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 bobsbaitbucket.com.

MILL CREEK PARK AND CANAL: The catfish bite is fair 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 two weeks ago and a surprise plant went in this week. The bite was very good early this week 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 two weeks ago and there was a surprise plant this week. The bite has been very good early this week. 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: First DFW trout plant of the season went in this week. Few reports yet. A few bluegill and small crappie, otherwise a very slow bite.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The trout action has been good after a 2,000-pound plant for the Saturday derby, and then a 2,000-pound plant early this week. The derby was tough on Saturday, but good anglers who fished on Sunday hammered the trout and some nice stringers were reported. The best action has been on PowerBait fished on line no heavier than four-pound test. Garlic and chunky cheese were the most popular flavors and most anglers are also dousing the bait with garlic scent. A few fish showing on small trout jigs and inflated nightcrawlers with garlic oil.

The bluegill bite is slow to fair on wax worms, red worms, and meal worms. Fair bass action on plastics and nightcrawlers, and a 15-pound striper was reported over the weekend. Catfish slow. Fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or 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, 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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