Fish Report 3-26-2010

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LAKE ISABELLA: Trout action has continued good and the last plants of 15,000 penned fish go into the lake this week for this weekend’s (Saturday through Monday) 21st Annual Isabella Lake Fishing Derby. This event has over $200,000 in potential tagged fish prizes this year. For more information go to Some surface action for fly anglers in the mornings, but most of the action is on floating baits or trolled lures. The largemouth bass bite broke wide open this past week with a lot of quality fish. Two Bakersfield anglers caught and released 54 bass over the weekend, including 31 fish over six pounds, and the best fish was a nine-pounder. The bass have been on plastics, cranks, jerkbaits, and spinnerbaits. Also some improving catfish action with a pretty fair bite, mostly in the North Fork arm and mostly on frozen shad. A few crappie starting to show again, too, but still light fishing pressure. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

KERN RIVER: All the usual plant spots in both the upper and lower river will get DFG trout this weekThe flyfishing above Kernville remains tough, but there has been daily improvement in the bite with the better weather. Still best to fish small mayfly nymph or midge patters (size 16 to 20), or a No. 10 stonefly under an indicator. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or or James Store 760-376-2424.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: There continues to be a good bite on keeper-sized stripers, but no real monsters have been reported this past week. The 24- to 26-inch fish are mostly showing on blood worms, sand worms, and sardines, with live minnows also an option. Not a lot of fish being reported on lures right now.  Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657.

HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill bite is really starting to take off on wax and meal worm, and the bass action has been pretty good as the fish move shallow to spawn. They are best on plastics and nightcrawlers. Trout are slowing down and the last plant of the season was two weeks ago, but a few still showing on dought baits. Carp are starting to show in good numbers on homemade dough baits or Powder Bait.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The carp bite has been very good on Powder Bait with fish to 15 pounds reported in the past week. Bluegill and bass are both improving daily with the warm weather and are pretty good. Some crappie are also starting to be caught here.

RIVER WALK PARK: A few bass are starting to show on minnows and nightcralwers, and the carp action is also starting to turn on with homemade dough baits and Powder Bait the best bets. The bluegill bite is breaking wide open on waxworms and meal worms.

MING LAKE: There is a good carp bite here on Powder Bait or other dough bait recipes, and the bass action is good on brush hogs as the fish move tight into the shallows to spawn. Also a fair number of bluegill on wax worms. The trout bite is fair after DFG plants two and four weeks ago. Still a few showing on garlic-doused Power Bait or nightcrawlers.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The crappie bite has been pretty good with a lot of quality fish up to two pounds reported. The best action has been on small minnows fished early and late in the day or at night. The bluegill action is starting to take off, and more and more catfish are being reported on cut baits with the warmer weather. Robert Bell, Bakersfield, landed a 5-8 cat on chicken liver this past week.

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