Kern River Fish Report for 3-3-2023
The trout action in the Upper Kern has been steady all winter
by Chad Burton and Chris Borden
The trout action in the Upper Kern has been steady all winter long with plants going in almost weekly. Riverside Park to Powerhouse #3 remains one of the best sections in the Upper Kern. Moving up the river within the 20-mile stretch, anglers have had success with a mix of stocked, holdover and wild trout. Trout anglers are fooling fish with salmon eggs, minijigs, and spinners. Fly anglers have done well with various nymphs and streamers. 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. In the Lower Kern, trout fishing has improved after the recent plants. Trout have been coming on salmon eggs, pinched crawlers and minijigs. Lower Kern River will be stocked next week in Section 1, Democrat Beach to Lower Richbar; Section 2, Sandy Flat to Democrat Beach, and Section 3, Sandy Flat to Isabella Dam. The Bass bite is fair to good on small spinners, nightcrawlers and crankbaits. Catfish can be found in the Lower Kern on sardines, anchovies and nightcrawlers. At the time of reporting, the Upper Kern River is flowing at 683 CFS and the Lower Kern River is flowing at 413 CFS.
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Cope's Tackle and Rod Shop Reportsfor Friday, March 3rd
Castaic Lake: Anglers continue to report water clarity issues
Pyramid Lake, CA: The lake held near 85 percent of capacity, and fishing was fair last week
Lake Isabella: Isabella is at 24 percent capacity and the inclement weather has made fishing difficult
Cope's Tackle and Rod Shop Reportsfor Friday, February 24th
Castaic Lake: Castaic dropped to 54 percent of capacity, and anglers reported water clarity issues
Pyramid Lake, CA: Pyramid Lake remained near 85 percent of capacity, and fishing has been decent
Lake Isabella: The catfish bite has been solid for offshore anglers
Kern River: Fly anglers have done very well in the fly sections with Nymphs and Steamers
Lake Kaweah: Kaweah lake rose to 17 percent of capacity, and fishing has been improving
Lake Success: The lake fell to 25 percent of capacity, and crappie have been the best bet at the lake
River Walk Lakes: The holdover trout bite has slowed
Ming Lake: The Bass action started to improve this week
Buena Vista Lakes: Buena Vista was stocked this week with both Rainbow and Lightening Trout
Hart Park Lake: Anglers continue to report better fishing at Hart Park
Lake Nacimiento: Nacimiento held at 85 percent of capacity, and the water conditions continue to improve
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