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CA
United States
35° 40' 6.4344" N, 118° 26' 32.028" W
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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F

The crappie bite is really taking off with the rising water levels, especially in Paradise Cove. Winzell Lynn, Isabella, caught a 2-12 crappie to top off his 16-fish stringer of quality slabs. Most of the fish are in 15 feet of water and have been best on slow-trolled or drifted Needlefish in firetiger or hot pink colors. Some crappie also on minnows, but the drifting was better this week. The catfish bite is still fair to good, slowing a little from its blazing pace, and the action has shifted away from the live minnows to super meal worms or frozen shad. Lots of three to six-pound fish. The trout action has improved, with many of the planted fish finally starting to show. Chris McKinney, Bakersfield, landed a 2-8 rainbow fishing a brush hawg, while husband Doug caught a five-pound trout drop-shotting a Merlo worm. A fair number of bass are also being landed now. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F

The 27th Annual Isabella Lake Fishing Derby, which paid a $10,000 cash prize for the longest trout was won by Joe Newman, Norwalk, with a 27 3/4-inch rainbow he landed at Engineer’s Point. Brandon Sullivan, Downey, right, was second with a 27 1/4-inch fish, which was good for $2,500. Third went to Daniel Colantuono, Hesperia, with a 24 15/16-inch trout worth $1,500. Fourth, which was worth $1,000, went to Dewey Duncil, Onyx, with a 23 3/4-inch rainbow, and fifth place’s $500 prize was split between Loren Lee, Lake Isabella, and Brandon Sullivan, Downey, both with 23 1/2-inch rainbows. Overall, the bite was slow for trout. The best bet for fishing is the catfish bite which has continued good. The best bite has continued to be at Engineer’s Point on live minnows or super meal worms with fish to six and seven pounds on most stringers. There have also been a very few crappie showing in the flooded trees on small live minnows. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F

Continued good catfish action. The best bite has continued to be at Engineer’s Point on live minnows with fish to six and seven pounds on most stringers. There have also been a few crappie showing in the flooded trees on small live minnows. The 2016 Lake Isabella Trout Derby will be March 19-21. The lake will be planted with 5,000 pounds of Nebraska Tailwalkers and 4,000 pounds of DFW rainbows for this event. For fishing information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

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