Kern River Fish Report for 1-20-2023
The Upper Kern trout bite has been solid between storms
by Chad Burton and Chris Borden
The Upper Kern trout bite has been solid between storms. The flows have been fluctuating with the storms but remains very fishable. The best action has come at easy access points throughout the 20-mile stretch. Anglers are scoring fish with salmon eggs, crickets, minijigs and worms. 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; and Section 6, Fairview Dam to Johnsondale Bridge. In the Lower Kern, the DFWL stocked Section 1, Democrat Beach to Lower Richbar, and Section 2, Sandy Flat to Democrat Beach. Anywhere there is easy access to the river would be a good section to fish. 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 878 CFS and the Lower Kern River was flowing at 442 CFS.
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Cope's Tackle and Rod Shop Reportsfor Friday, January 20th
California Aqueduct: Anglers reported another week of decent fishing in the aqueduct
Castaic Lake: Castaic rose to 55 percent of capacity
Pyramid Lake, CA: Pyramid Lake held near 86 percent of capacity
Lake Isabella: This week Isabella rose at a steady pace and is over 19 percent capacity
Cope's Tackle and Rod Shop Reportsfor Friday, January 13th
California Aqueduct: Heavy rain kept many of the aqueduct anglers indoors
Castaic Lake: Shore anglers reported decent trout fishing
Pyramid Lake: The lake held near 88 percent of capacity
Lake Isabella: This week Isabella rose to 16 percent capacity and continues to rise at a steady pace
Kern River: The flows have dropped but continue to fluctuate depending on storms
Lake Kaweah: Rose to more than 45 percent of capacity
Lake Success: The lake rose to over 50 percent of capacity with more rain on the way
River Walk Lakes: River Walk Lakes Report
Ming Lake: Fishing has been excellent
Buena Vista Lakes: Trout anglers continue to report plenty of huge fish
Hart Park Lake: Bluegill have been the best bet for Hart Park anglers
Lake Nacimiento: The Lake rose to from 36 to 70 percent of capacity in one week
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