Kern River Fish Report for 1-14-2022
The 20-mile stretch of the Upper Kern is loaded with trout
by Chad Burton and Chris Borden
For the second week in a row the Upper Kern River was stocked in all three sections. The flows are around 300 CFS and the water is clear. The 20-mile stretch of the Upper Kern is loaded with trout and remains one of the best bets. Anglers are scoring fish with salmon eggs, crickets and mousetails. One of our contacts hit the Upper Kern earlier this week and limited quickly with split-shotted salmon eggs.
The Upper Kern River was stocked this week in the following sections: Section 4, Powerhouse #3 to Riverside Park in Kernville; Section 5, Fairview Dam to Lazy River Lodge; Section 6, Fairview Dam to Johnsondale Bridge. Anywhere there is easy access to the river would be a good section to fish.
The Lower Kern River flows are very low, and many areas are easily accessible. The Lower Kern bass bite is fair on crankbaits, jigs and spinners. Catfish can be found on dip baits, nightcrawlers and cut baits. At the time of reporting, the Upper Kern River was flowing at 297 CFS and the Lower Kern River was flowing at 149 CFS.
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Cope's Tackle and Rod Shop Reportsfor Friday, January 14th
California Aqueduct: Aqueduct fishing has been solid for striper, catfish and bass
Castaic Lake: Rose to 50 percent of capacity and debris are still stacked up at the launch ramp
Pyramid Lake, CA: The lake held at 85 percent of capacity
Lake Isabella: Quality fish have made a showing over the past couple weeks
Cope's Tackle and Rod Shop Reportsfor Friday, January 7th
California Aqueduct: Striper anglers had another good week of fishing in the aqueduct
Castaic Lake: Due to poor conditions, there were few reports last week
Pyramid Lake, CA: Striper have been biting well for anglers soaking cut baits near the marina
Lake Isabella: The lake is holding at 9 percent of capacity and French Gulch remains the only open boat launch
Kern River: The river is loaded with trout and the fishing has been very good
Lake Kaweah: Bass anglers are reporting tough conditions
Lake Success: The lake rose to 19 percent of capacity, and fishing remains fair
River Walk Lakes: There are still some scattered fish being caught
Ming Lake: There were reports of larger model bass coming on trout imitation swimbaits this week
Buena Vista Lakes: Anglers reported fair fishing at BV last week
Hart Park Lake: Bass anglers reported fair fishing at Hart Park
Lake Nacimiento: The lake rose significantly after recent rains
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