Kern River Fish Report for 9-15-2023
The Upper Kern flows have been ideal lately
by Chad Burton and Chris Borden
The Upper Kern flows have been ideal lately. The DFWL have been steadily stocking better grade trout along the 20-mile stretch. Anglers have been scoring fish from the North Fork of Isabella up to Powerhouse #3. Rainbow trout in the 2 to 3-pound range have been reported with salmon eggs, spinners, and trout jigs. The Upper Kern River was stocked this week in Section 5, Fairview Dam to Lazy River Lodge. The South Fork Kern River has been producing planters and has been stocked the last couple weeks. In the Lower Kern, flows are dangerously high in the canyon. Closer to Bakersfield, Bass have been coming on small plastics and spinnerbaits. At the time of reporting, the Upper Kern River was flowing at 863 CFS and the Lower Kern River was flowing at 2456 CFS.
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Cope's Tackle and Rod Shop Reportsfor Friday, September 15th, 2023
California Aqueduct: Striped bass fell for nightcrawlers, lugworms, and cut baits more than most other methods
Castaic Lake: The lake level held near full pool, and water temperatures have been dropping
Pyramid Lake, CA: Pyramid Lake remained near maximum capacity and water temperatures fell into the mid-seventies
Lake Isabella: Epic trout fishing continues from the North Fork and around the dam
Cope's Tackle and Rod Shop Reportsfor Friday, September 8th, 2023
California Aqueduct: Fishing was good for aqueduct anglers last week
Castaic Lake: Fishing has been good for striper anglers
Pyramid Lake, CA: The lake held near maximum capacity with water temperatures in the mid to upper seventies
Lake Isabella: Isabella fell to 78 percent of capacity and continues to drop as it releases more water
Kern River: Anglers continue to report steady action
Lake Kaweah: The lake fell to 42 percent of capacity and fishing has been good
: The lake held near 72 percent of capacity and fishing has been decent
River Walk Lakes: At Riverwalk the fishing has improved since the drought
Ming Lake: At Ming, bass have been coming on small frogs and light Texas rigs
Buena Vista Lakes: Anglers reported good crappie and catfishing at Buena Vista Lakes
Hart Park Lake: Fishing was good at Hart Park with bass and bluegill biting well
Lake Nacimiento: Nacimiento Lake fell to 65 percent of capacity
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