July. 2nd Bakersfield, Lake Isabella, Kern River Fish, Report

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LAKE ISABELLA: The crappie bite is still pretty good for boat and float tube anglers fishing in the South Fork Arm of the lake, but it takes some work to get a limit now and most of the fish are under a pound. The best bite is still on small jigs and minnows. The bass bite has improved with a fair to good bite on plastics, minnows, and cranks. Trout action is still very good, with a lot of limits reported on spinners and Power Bait, with fish up to 2 pounds and some bigger. Colby Curten, 10, Bakersfield, landed trout at 4-4, 3-8, and two at 3-0 each fishing a salmon egg-Power Bait combo at the cemetery. Best action has been at the auxiliary dam area. Catfish are also pretty good, mostly on frozen shad, other cut baits and Sonny's dip bait. Good action on small bluegill, too.

KERN RIVER: Runoff subsiding in the upper Kern, and the wild trout action is fair to good with an excellent palm morning dun hatch each evening at 7:30. The South Fork has been excellent and all of the upper elevation tribs are also good on the wild trout for catch-and-release anglers. Anglers are reminded this part of the river is not being stocked any longer and catch-and-release fishing is prudent. Lower Kern River has been spotty with only fair action on small bass. Few trout showing.

HART PARK LAKE: The bluegill and carp bites remain good to excellent. The bluegills are best on wax worms, meal worms, or red worms, while the carp are best on Powder Bait. Slow to fair bass action on minnows, nightcrawlers and plastics with the best action early and late in the day.

TRUXTUN LAKE: The carp action remains good on dough baits and Powder Bait. Bluegill are also good on wax worms or crickets. Slow to fair bass action on nightcrawlers and plastics, but the bite is only early and late in the day.

RIVER WALK PARK: The bluegill bite is very good on crickets, wax worms, and meal worms. Bass are spotty with the best action on plastics, nightcrawlers and small swim baits early and late in the day.

MING LAKE: Good carp action on fish to 10 pounds. Best action has been on Powder Bait, but most dough baits are working. Bluegill very good on wax worms, crickets, meal worms and red worms. The bass bite is slow to fair on nightcrawlers, minnows and plastics early and late in the day. The crappie bite is very slow. The lake is closed to boating now into August while repairs are made, but the lake remains open to fishing during this time.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: Very good catfish action thanks to plants every two weeks. The planters are all 2-4 pounds and showing almost exclusively on nightcrawlers. Holdover cats showing on a variety of cut baits. Also very good carp action on Power Bait, and the bluegill bite is good on wax worms. The bass action fair with the best bite still on minnows and plastics early and late in the day. Stripers and crappie slow.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Stripers remain good with the best bite on the sand worms, but blood worms and shad-like cranks are also decent bets. The catfish bite has also really taken off with a lot of nice showing.

Reported by the Bakersfield Californian