Kern River Fish Report for 2-3-2023
The Upper Kern remains one of your best bets for limit style trout fishing
by Chad Burton and Chris Borden
The Upper Kern remains one of your best bets for limit style trout fishing. Weekly plants since the beginning of December are ramping things up here. The planters have been coming on Get Bent Baits, salmon eggs, mice tails and trout jigs. The Upper Kern River was stocked this week in Section 4, Powerhouse #3 to Riverside Park in Kernville, and Section 5, Fairview Dam to Lazy River Lodge. The Lower Kern was stocked with trout two-weeks ago in Section 1, Democrat Beach to Lower Richbar, and Section 2, Democrat Beach to Sandy Flat. Trout have been going for minijigs, salmon eggs and Powerbait. The Lower Kern bass bite is fair to good 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 521 CFS and the Lower Kern River was flowing at 413 CFS.
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Cope's Tackle and Rod Shop Reportsfor Friday, February 3rd
California Aqueduct: Fishing has been fair in the local aqueduct
Castaic Lake: Castaic is still recovering from recent storms
Pyramid Lake, CA: Pyramid held at 86 percent of capacity, and water conditions are improving
Lake Isabella: The bass action is starting to improve a bit
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
Kern River: The Upper Kern trout bite has been solid between storms
Lake Kaweah: Kaweah seems to have stabilized at about 44 percent of capacity, and fishing has improved
Lake Success: Lake Success rose to 51 percent of capacity, and fishing has been difficult
River Walk Lakes: Both lakes at River Walk are full of water, but not fishing going here yet
Ming Lake: Trout were stocked here over a week ago and the fishing has been solid
Buena Vista Lakes: Trout anglers continue to report plenty of huge fish being taken
Hart Park Lake: Bluegill have been the best bet for Hart Park anglers
Lake Nacimiento: The Lake rose to from 36 to 89 percent of capacity in one week
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