Western Sierra, Sept. 22 report

LAKE ISABELLA: There continues to be a fair catfish bite on with the best bite on clams, dip bait, and shad. Most cats up into the six pound-class, occasionally a bigger fish. Other species have been slow with very little fishing pressure. Flows have been around 90 cfs going into the lake this week and 200 going out. The lake level continues to drop, but it’s much higher than last year at this time. It rose to about 30 percent full pool early this summer and has dropped back down to about 18 percent now. 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 slow to fair for trout. No plants for over a month, and no more plants are on the schedule until late fall or winter. Best bite on the holdover planted trout has been crickets and salmon eggs, but this action is pretty slow. For fly anglers, the bite is fair to good, especially in the upper river near Johnsondale Bridge for wild fish. Flows are about 90 cfs coming into Isabella and around 200 cfs below the dam. In the lower river the bass and catfish bites are both fair with the bass on spinners while the cats are best on clams. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The action is picking up here with the cooler nights, and the moss starting to dissipate. The stripers and catfish bite have both kicked up a couple of ticks and the largemouth bass popped back on this week. For catfish, diligent anglers working through the moss problem are picking at 2 to 5  pounders. The best action has been on sardines, chicken liver, and dip baits. The striper bite is mostly on blood worms, while the bass are showing on nightcrawlers, plastics, and some on reaction baits. Other species are very slow. Anglers are reminded the limit on stripers is two fish greater than 18 inches, while the largemouth limit is five fish greater than 12 inches. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or bobsbaitbucket.com.


RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: Little change here with slow overall fishing with only an occasional bluegill being caught. Also a few bass and carp.

HART PARK LAKE: Slow to fair bluegill action with the best bite on wax worms, meal worms, crickets, and red worms. Carp fair on dough baits and Powder Bait. Slow to fair bass action on Senkos, brush hawgs, plastics, small jigs, minnows or nightcrawlers early in the morning. Only the odd catfish reported.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Slow fishing and light fishing pressures. Only a few bluegill reported. Other species even slower.

MING LAKE: The bluegill action is fair. Most fish are showing on meal worms, wax worms, and crickets. A few carp showing on dough baits. Also a slow bass bite on live minnows, plastic worms, and swim baits early in the day.

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. 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. 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 with very little pressure. 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 really broken open here with the fall action kicking into gear. Better anglers have been reporting 30 to 40 fish days in the past week on drop-shot plastics, with some topwater fish in the evenings. Fair bluegill action, but most fish smaller. Launch ramp open. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212.

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