Fishing was fair at Hart Park last week, but it’s always a fun local fishing option

Hart Park Lake - Bakersfield, CA (Kern County)

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

by Chad Burton and Chris Borden

Fishing was fair at Hart Park last week, but it’s always a fun local fishing option. Anglers can catch bass, catfish, bluegill, and the occasional crappie at Hart Park. Another great option is to fish the river which is within walking distance of the lake. We run a weekly report for the lower Kern as well. Bass anglers have been using topwater and weedless plastics to get bite, and most of the bass can be found in or near the weed beds at this time of year. Catfish will eat nightcrawlers, dip bait, chicken liver, and cut baits like sardines, anchovies, or mackerel. A Carolina rig is the perfect setup for the whisker fish. Sunfish are readily available for anglers fishing with a bobber. Simply hook any live worm or small live minnow about two feet below a bobber and toss your bait near the weed beds or a submerged bush. The bluegill can’t resist live worms, and if you’re lucky a good size crappie or even a chunky bass might just take the bait.

Contact Cope’s Tackle and Rod Shop at 661-679-6351 or check us out online at Tackle and

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!

It is not only our goal to provide you with the right gear, we also strive to keep you informed of local events, trips, shows, and fishing opportunities.

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