Kern River Fish Report for 3-17-2023
The recent storms and high flows have slowed things this week
by Chad Burton and Chris Borden
The recent storms and high flows have slowed things this week. At the peak of the runoff, flows got as high as 48,000CFS. Hopefully, most of the trout didn’t get washed down stream into Isabella. The DFWL have scheduled trout plants here 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. Trout fishing in the Lower Kern remains steady throughout the canyon. The DFWL have trout plants scheduled here this week in the following sections: Section 1, Democrat Beach to Lower Richbar; Section 2, Sandy Flat to Democrat Beach. Trout can be caught with salmon eggs, pinched crawlers and minijigs. The Lower Kern smallmouth bass bite is fair with small crankbaits, spinners and Senkos. Catfish can be taken with cut baits and nightcrawlers. At the time of reporting, the Upper Kern River is flowing at 5797 CFS and the Lower Kern River is flowing at 2134 CFS.
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Cope's Tackle and Rod Shop Reportsfor Friday, March 17th
California Aqueduct: California Aqueduct Report
Castaic Lake: Castaic Lake rose to 70 percent of capacity, and the lake remains filled with mud and debris
Pyramid Lake, CA: Pyramid remains one of the best local lakes in terms of water clarity and boating conditions
Lake Isabella: Isabella has doubled in capacity this week due to the high flows coming in
Cope's Tackle and Rod Shop Reportsfor Friday, March 10th
California Aqueduct: Be sure to sneak up on the bass, as they have been very finicky
Castaic Lake: Fishing has been fair, and trout and striper have been the best bets
Pyramid Lake, CA: Recent storms brought in additional mud which made for poor water clarity
Lake Isabella: The best action here has been for catfish
Kern River: The Upper Kern is loaded with trout and is being stocked weekly
Lake Kaweah: Water condition have been cold with poor water clarity
Lake Success: Recent storms brought in more mud and debris
River Walk Lakes: There’s been an excellent trout bite here
Ming Lake: Bass fishing at Ming is starting to improve
Buena Vista Lakes: Lake Evans has been one of the best bets for local anglers
Hart Park Lake: Hart Park anglers reported fair fishing for all species
Lake Nacimiento: The lake reached 90 percent of capacity during recent storms
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