LAKE ISABELLA: 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 6 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: Bobís 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. The flows have dropped to around 225 cfs at Kernville, and 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 is still flowing at 1,200 cfs, but it is becoming more fishable. There is a fair trout bite and a few bass are showing. Best news is that the catfish action is 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. 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. Few other reports.
MING LAKE: Probably the best overall bite in the Bakersfield region. 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. Drag boat races this past weekend, shut down the action for a couple of days.
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 with a very good bluegill bite for anglers fishing wax worms and meal worms. There is also a good bite on bass with drop-shot plastics, Senkos, nightcrawlers, and Rat-L-Traps. While most of the bass are small, there is very good action, and a few bigger fish are in the mix. 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 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.