The Upper Kern is loaded with trout and is being stocked weekly

Kern River

The Upper Kern is loaded with trout and is being stocked weekly

by Chad Burton and Chris Borden

The Upper Kern is loaded with trout and is being stocked weekly. The water is clear, and the cold flows are keeping the planted trout in deeper pools. Holdover and planters can be caught with minijigs, salmon eggs and mousetails. 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, and Section 6, Fairview Dam to Johnsondale Bridge. Trout fishing in the Lower Kern remains steady throughout the canyon with salmon eggs, pinched crawlers and minijigs. The Lower Kern River was stocked this 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 Lower Kern smallmouth bass bite is improving on small crankbaits, spinners and Senkos. Catfish are biting well in the Lower Kern on SSS Bait and nightcrawlers. At the time of reporting, the Upper Kern River is flowing at 696 CFS and the Lower Kern River is flowing at 433 CFS.

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