The trout bite has definitely slowed, but anglers have been rewarded with giant lightening trout

Buena Vista Lakes - Bakersfield, CA (Kern County)

by Chad Burton and Chris Borden

The trout bite has definitely slowed, but anglers have been rewarded with giant lightening trout for their patience. Anglers used dough baits, Mouse tails, minijigs, and lures to catch the huge holdover rainbows and lightening trout. Boat anglers trolled wedding rings, Roostertails, and needle fish tipped with redworms to land some nice bows. The bass have been biting finesse baits, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits near the reeds and cattails. Catfish ate dip bait, chicken liver, and cut sardines, and some slab crappie were reported by anglers using mini jigs and live minnows.

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