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35° 21' 45.8496" N, 119° 4' 33.6144" W

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Fishing Report
December 4, 2014

DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Pretty good action with the best bite on cheese PowerBait or garlic nightcrawlers. The rising water also turned on the crappie action with fair action on small minnows. Few reports on other species.

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Fishing Report Provided by ONS - Fishhound Pro Staff (Outdoor News Service) - Jim Matthews
Rating:
3
Average: 3 (1 vote)
| Water Temp:61-70 F | Clarity: Stained
Fish Caught | Lunker: using a
Fishing Report
November 13, 2014

WESTERN SIERRA

     LAKE ISABELLA: Almost no fishing pressure, but the catfish bite continues to provide fair to good action. The fish remain in 15-feet of water or more and the bite is best has been on squid with garlic scent. Top spots have been Red’s Marina, Paradise Cove, or French Gulch. Most of the fish are still nice two to four-pound class fish. No crappie reports, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the bite is dead, just no pressure. The action on crappie has been in the trees in the North Fork in 16 to 20 feet of water on small minnows and crappie jigs. Other species also slow. Carp anglers are doing pretty fair on homemade dough baits and Powder Bait. Lake level at about nine percent of capacity, but launch ramps in South Fork and near the dam remain open, but a four-wheel drive is the best option for getting boats in and out. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com or North Fork Marina at 760-376-1812.

     KERN RIVER: The bite has been pretty good on the upper river for planted trout put in last week. Another plant is slated for next week. The bite is best on salmon eggs or crickets for the planters, especially in the bigger holes and runs. Still light fishing pressure. Fly anglers continue to have fair action on wild fish, with the action progressively better the further upstream you go. In the lower river, flows are very low. In addition to the trout at the plant locations, there has been a pretty good catfish bite, mostly on nightcrawlers, and the smallmouth action is finally starting to improve. Information: Kern River Fly Shop 760-376-2040 (or www.kernriverflyfishing.com) or Gateway Market 760-376-2424.

     AQUEDUCT NEAR TAFT: Good to excellent action on stripers with more fish in the keeper-size range as the water clears of weeds. This is the best the bite has been in a couple of months, especially for keepers. The bite has been best on large minnows, Rat-L-Traps, and Gitzits. Also still some fish showing on blood worms, lug worms, or sardines. The big news here, however, is that there have been a lot of bluegill up into the pound class, quite a few largemouths, and more catfish showing in the bite his past week. The ‘gills are showing on crickets, the cats on shad, and the bass on Rat-L-Traps. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

     MILL CREEK PARK: There has been a fair on channel catfish for anglers fishing nightcrawlers. Also a few smallmouths showing on the same bait. There continues to be a fair bite for bluegill on crickets and wax worms and carp on Powder Bait.

     RIVER WALK PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant this week, and the first trout plant of the season went in two weeks ago. The trout bite has been fair, mostly on nightcrawlers and cheese PowerBait. Bluegill are fair to good on wax worms, meal worms, crickets, or red worms. The carp bite is fair on dough baits. A few bass continue to show early on plastics or topwater, mostly frogs fishing on weeds.

     HART PARK LAKE: First trout plant of the season went in two weeks ago, and the next DFW plant is scheduled for this week. The bite has been pretty fair on PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers, both in the garlic flavors. Cheese PowerBait has also been good. The bluegill action is fair on wax worms and meal worms. The carp action is slowing but still fair on Powder Bait. The bass bite is fair with some fish on frogs fished on the weed matts or spinnerbaits on the edges of the weeds.

     TRUXTUN LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season was two weeks ago and another plant is slated for this week. Water level way up and fair to good trout action on cheese PowerBait or garlic nightcrawlers. The rising water also turned on the crappie action with fair to good action on small minnows. There have also been a few catfish reported and a few more bass also showing on the minnows, spinnerbaits, and Brush Hawgs. The carp action has been fair on dough baits, especially Powder Bait. The bluegill are also fair on wax worms, meal worms, or crickets, and most are in less than 10 feet of water.

     MING LAKE: First trout plant of the season went in two weeks ago and another plant was slated for next week (moved back a week). The bite was fair before this week’s plant and the bite has been best on nightcrawlers with garlic oil or cheese PowerBait. Still fair carp action on homemade dough baits or Powder Bait. The bluegill are also fair on wax worms and meal worms. The largemouth bass bite has been improving with more and more fish on frog imitations and spinnerbaits.

     BRITE LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season went in last week and another plant is scheduled for next week. Pretty good action on garlic-scented baits. The bluegill action is fair on wax worms, crickets, and meal worms. Light fishing pressure.

     BUENA VISTA LAKES: The 2014 Taft Chamber of Commerce Trout Derby is this Saturday. There is a $1,000 grand prize and 2,000 pounds of trout have been planted before the event. The lake is closed to fishing until the derby. Entry fee is $20 per adult, $10 for a junior angler. The water level has been coming up and the fishing has improved with a decent crappie bite starting on small minnows, and a fair bass bite early and late in the day. Catfish also fair on cut baits, shrimp, shad, and nightcrawlers. Bluegill are still showing on wax worms, meal worms, red worms, crickets, and nightcrawler pieces. The carp bite is fair to good on Powder Bait and other dough baits. Information: Bob’s Bait 661-833-8657 or www.bobsbaitbucket.com.

     WOOLLOMES LAKE: Fair bluegill and carp action, while a few catfish and bass are showing. The ‘gills are best on meal or wax worms. Carp are best on homemade dough baits or Powder Bait. First DFW trout plant of the season this week.

     SUCCESS LAKE: The bass bite is improving with pretty good action on topwater lures or crankbaits as the bass start chasing the schooled up shad in early mornings or evenings. Best action around the exposed islands. Fair to good catfish action in the evenings with crawdads, chicken livers or anchovies. The launch ramp is still available on the Rocky Hill side, but falling water levels have made launching difficult. The lake is only at about four percent of capacity. Information: Sequoia Fishing Company at 559-539-5626, www.sequoiafishingcompany.com. For updated fishing reports, go to the Fresno Bee report at http://www.fresnobee.com/fishing/index.html.

     KAWEAH LAKE: The bass action has been very good, but most of the fish are small, under a pound. The early and late bite is still the best bet on small swimbaits, cranks, and even some on topwater. Drop-shot plastics are also getting a lot of fish. Bluegill and carp are both fair to good with jumbo red worms or wax worms best for the bluegill, while dough balls are best for the carp in the shallows. A few crappie showing on exposed structure throughout the lake. Catfish are fair to good with chicken livers, sardines, anchovies or dip baits, particularly in the evenings. Information: Sierra Sporting Goods at 559-592-5212. For updated fishing reports, go to the Fresno Bee report at http://www.fresnobee.com/fishing/index.html.

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