March 20th Bakersfield, Lake Isabella, Kern River, Fish Report

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LAKE ISABELLA: Trout action is very good after DFG trout plants last week and the week before. Most fish around a pound and showing on floating baits or inflated nightcrawlers. Largemouth bass, crappie and catfish all still slow, but warming weather could turn that around overnight. Upcoming events: Trout derby set for April 4-6. There will be 1,000 tagged fish worth cash, including a $20,000 fish and 10 fish at $10,000 each. Applications are available at

KERN RIVER: Slow action in the lower river with only a few trout reported. The upper river remains fair on salmon eggs.

AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: The striper bite has been improving steadily and there is now good action with fish to 25 pounds reported in the past week. Best action has been on blood worms and sand worms with some bigger fish on plugs. Catfish are still spotty.

HART PARK LAKE: Fair trout bite on nightcrawlers and Power Bait after a DFG plant last week. Also improving bass action on minnows, nightcrawlers and plastics, but bluegill are still sluggish. Linda DeLuth, Bakersfield, landed a 21-pound carp.

TRUXTUN LAKE: Fair trout bite on Power Bait and nightcrawlers with garlic after a DFG trout plant last week. Also improved bass action, but few bluegill.

RIVER WALK PARK: DFG plant last week sparked the trout action with fair to good catches reported. Also improved bass action as the fish move shallow to spawn. Some bluegill also beginning to show.

MING LAKE: Fair to good trout bite after a DFG trout plant last week.

BUENA VISTA LAKES: The crappie bite broke wide open here in the past week with both good volume and quality. Jonathan Thompson, Bakersfield, topped off his stringer of 11⁄2 to 2-pound slabs with fish at 3-4 and 2-4 crappie. The best bite has been on small shiners and jigs. There is also a good bass bite as the fish start into spawn mode. Lots of smaller males in shallow. Trout remain fair and Joe Beasley, Bakersfield, landed an 18-pound rainbow.




Reported from the  Bakersfield Californian