The spotted bass bite was good for angler this week

Truxtun Lake - Bakersfield, CA (Kern County)

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by Chad Burton and Chris Borden

Nacimiento Lake fell to 12 percent of capacity, and fishing has been decent. The spotted bass bite was good for anglers using finesse plastics, crankbaits, and topwater. Crankbaits and topwater fooled bass early in the day, and drop shot, Neko rigs, and darter heads got bites throughout the day. The Peoples Worm and Aaron’s Magic were hot colors last week. The bass have been holding in the 5-to-20-foot zone, and there have been occasional boils on the schooling shad. The white bass clobbered spoons and topwater during the boils last week, but they can also be caught trolling white spoons, spinners, and small swimbaits. Catfish anglers reported a fair bite using cut baits, chicken liver, and dip bait, and perch have been hungry for redworms and mealworms.

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