LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite continues to be fair to good. Most of the action is in the South Fork arm of the lake. Frozen shad, minnows, clams, dip baits, and other cut baits have been the best. Fish to six pounds or better. There continue to be a very few reports or crappie for hard-working float tube or boat anglers fishing flooded trees for four or five fish per day. The fish are mostly in the 1-8 to 3-0 class but the bite is tough. Most of the action has been on small minnows or small jigs topped with Crappie Nibbles. Everything else is very slow in the lake. A few trout reports have come in from where the Kern enters in the old cemetery area. A few carp and some small bluegill. 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 very good. The flows have finally dropped to around 440 cfs, and planted trout have spread out along the river and are showing in good numbers on crickets, salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers. More and more fish on spinners, too. Trout plants went into sections 4, 5, and 6 this week. The lower Kern is still nearly very high (nearly 1,000 cfs) through the canyon but coming down each day and it is becoming more fishable. A few more trout are showing in the quieter pools. Fly anglers fishing the upper 20-mile stretch are seeing good action on wild fish, especially on stripped streamers. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 or (www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.
AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Light fishing pressure with the heat and moss growth, but the striper and catfish bites remain fair. Lots of small stripers under the keeper size, but also some keepers. The striper bite is best on sardines, blood and lug worms, or anchovies. Almost no fish on artificials. Fair action on catfish with both mackerel and sardines producing. A few carp are also showing. No largemouth reports. 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 few catfish reported on nightcrawlers, and a fair carp bite on dough baits.
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 good 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 to good 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 to good on dough baits, while bass are slow. Few other reports.
MING LAKE: The lake will be closed to fishing this weekend for the boat drags. 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, but there continues to be a fair bluegill bite and fair action on small catfish. Both are showing on meal worms. Few reports of other species this past week. 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: The bluegill bite remains fair to good with fish to a pound still showing on meal worms and wax worms. The bass bite is fair to good, but most of the fish are small, and they are showing plastics and reaction baits in six to 18 feet of water early and late and then deeper the rest of the day. 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.