LAKE ISABELLA: Still a fair to good catfish bite on clams, dip bait, and shad. Most cats up into the six pound-class, occasionally a bigger fish. There have also been reports of a few crappie showing at French Gulch on small minnows, but very few. Other species have been very slow and the fishing pressure is light. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.
KERN RIVER: The Kern River has been very slow for trout. No plants for over a month, and no more plants are on the schedule until later this fall or winter. For fly anglers, the bite is fair on wild fish, especially in the upper river near Johnsondale Bridge. 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. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Both stripers and catfish are fair to good. The stripers are best on blood or lug worms and sardines, but some are showing on white Gitzits or chrome and black Rat-L-Traps. The catfish are best on Sonny’s or Terminator dip baits. Largemouth slow, but the cooler weather should kick up that bite. 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 starting to pick up with some fish showing on nightcrawlers. Other species still very slow.
RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Slow overall fishing with only an occasional bass or bluegill being caught. DFW trout plant slated for next week.
HART PARK LAKE: The bass bite is pretty fair on plastic worms or minnows. The bluegill action has perked up with fair to good action on on wax worms, meal worms, crickets, and red worms. Carp fair on dough baits and Powder Bait, but very few catfish.
TRUXTUN LAKE: Improved bass action on plastics and nightcrawlers with fair action. Only a few bluegill reported. Other species slow.
MING LAKE: 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. DFW trout plant slated for next week.
BRITE LAKE: A few bluegill and small crappie, otherwise a very slow bite.
BUENA VISTA LAKES: 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. Other species very slow with only the odd bass and a few carp being caught. The Taft Chamber of Commerce Trout Fishing Derby has been set for Nov. 19. Trout season will start Nov. 22. Registration forms are available now. Fishing information: Bobís 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: The bass bite has continued good here with good fall action 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.