The bass action is starting to improve a bit

Lake Isabella - Lake Isabella, CA (Kern County)

by Chad Burton and Chris Borden

The lake is slowly rising and is just shy of 21 percent capacity. The bass action is starting to improve a bit. The best action has been off primary lake points in 15 to 30-feet of water with deep diving crankbaits, jigs, big worms, and crawdad Chasebaits. The DFWL stocked trout here last week and the bite is improving. Trout have come on Get Bent Baits, garlic scented Powerbait, spinners and pinched crawlers. Boater anglers trolling leadcore near the dam have had some luck with needlefish and flicker shad. Catfish anglers have had some success this week with Triple S Dip Bait, cut baits and nightcrawlers. Crappie fishing is fair, and they are holding in deeper water near offshore structure. Crappie can be found with live small or medium minnows and crappie jigs. The Annual Isabella Lake Fishing Derby is scheduled from April 1st thru June 4th, 2023.

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.

Our price match guarantee assures each angler the opportunity to get out on the water with the best gear at the lowest price possible. We make it a point to regularly run deals and sales!

Make sure to follow us and Facebook and Instagram to stay informed!

< Previous Report Next Report >