The lake could be closed for fishing or may close any day do to the hazard posed from the fire

Lake Isabella - Lake Isabella, CA (Kern County)

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cope's Tackle and Rod Shop

by Chad Burton and Chris Borden

With The French Fire actively burning in the Isabella area, HWY 178 is closed for traffic at the Isabella Turnoff. The lake could be closed for fishing or may close any day do to the hazard posed from the fire. is holding at 10 percent capacity and the catfish bite has been excellent. Whiskerfish have been coming on Triple S dip Bait and cutbait near the dam. The Bass action is decent in the early morning and late afternoon with Whopper Ploppers, Texas Rigs, Spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. The Crappie bite picked up a bit and we had a few reports of slabs caught near the dam with minijigs or live minnows. The trout bite has slowed down and the Annual Kern Valley Chamber of Commerce Trout Derby is running through September 6, 2021.

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Cope's Tackle and Rod Shop has the largest selection of fishing tackle in the Central Valley. We carry all the equipment from top manufactures to make your fishing trip more successful! Whether your fishing for Bluegill at a local pond or Bluefin Tuna far offshore we are your one stop shop for all your fishing needs.

Our mantra here at Cope’s is “for fishermen, by fishermen.” All our staff truly enjoy the sport and spend a lot of time helping make sure you are enjoying your time on the water. We can guarantee satisfaction when you enter our store - from tips and tricks to providing you with all the gear you will need to keep you on the water and in the game!

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