Kern River Fish Report for 9-22-2023
In the Upper Kern, anglers have been reporting larger than normal trout coming out
by Chad Burton and Chris Borden
In the Upper Kern, anglers have been reporting larger than normal trout coming out. Rainbow trout to 20-inches have been reported in the 20-mile stretch with salmon eggs, spinners, and trout jigs. Fly fishers have been doing well with attractor flies. The Upper Kern River was stocked this week in Section 4, Powerhouse #3 to Riverside Park in Kernville; and Section 6, Fairview Dam to Johnsondale Bridge. 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 715 CFS and the Lower Kern River was flowing at 2276 CFS.
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Cope's Tackle and Rod Shop Reportsfor Friday, September 22nd, 2023
California Aqueduct: Some topwater bass were also reported in the slower moving water
Castaic Lake: Most anglers have been chasing striped bass at first light
Pyramid Lake, CA: The lake held near 90 percent of capacity, and water temperatures have been falling
Lake Isabella: The Bass fishing has been in their summer pattern for some time
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
Kern River: The Upper Kern flows have been ideal lately
Lake Kaweah: Kaweah Lake fell to 35 percent of capacity, and spotted bass anglers reported fair to good fishing
Lake Success: Lake Success fell to 69 percent of capacity and fishing has been fair
River Walk Lakes: At Riverwalk the fishing has improved since the drought
Ming Lake: At Ming, the bass bite has improved a bit
Buena Vista Lakes: Anglers reported decent fishing at BV
Hart Park Lake: The good fishing at Hart Park continued last week
Lake Nacimiento: The lake fell to 67 percent of capacity, and bass anglers reported fair to decent fishing
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