The lake is holding at 9 percent of capacity and French Gulch remains the only open boat launch

Lake Isabella - Lake Isabella, CA (Kern County)

by Chad Burton and Chris Borden

The lake is holding at 9 percent of capacity and French Gulch remains the only open boat launch. The bass bite has been slow the last few weeks for numbers, but quality fish are showing. Many of the fish are coming on slow retrieves with big worms, jigs, swimbaits and crankbaits. Crappie fishing is fair to good, and they can be found over structure on mini jigs and small shiners. There was a report earlier this week of an angler scoring a nice bag of fish outside French Gulch with live minnows. Catfish can be caught with dip baits, mackerel and live minnows. The last trout plant was three weeks ago, and they’ve been coming on garlic scented baits, spinners, mousetails and worms.

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