The Upper Kern trout bite has been solid with reports of limit style fishing

Kern River

The Upper Kern trout bite has been solid with reports of limit style fishing

by Chad Burton and Chris Borden

The Upper Kern trout bite has been solid with reports of limit style fishing. Flows are hanging around 400 CFS and remains very fishable. The best action has come at easy access points throughout the 20-mile stretch. Anglers are scoring trout with salmon eggs, crickets, minijigs and worms. The Upper Kern River was stocked this week in the following areas: Section 5, Fairview Dam to Lazy River Lodge; and Section 6, Fairview Dam to Johnsondale Bridge. In the Lower Kern River, the trout action should improve immensely with recent plants. This week the DFWL was scheduled to stock 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 bass bite is fair on crankbaits, jigs, and spinners. Catfish can be found on dip baits, nightcrawlers and cut baits. At the time of reporting, the Upper Kern River was flowing at 492 CFS and the Lower Kern River was flowing at 390 CFS.

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