The best action here has been for catfish

Lake Isabella - Lake Isabella, CA (Kern County)

by Chad Burton and Chris Borden

Isabella is at 25 percent capacity and rising. The best action here has been for catfish. Anglers have been pulling out stringers of Whiskerfish with a few better models on Heddon Sonars and ice jigs. Whiskerfish are chewing on shad in 60 to 80-feet of water. The crappie action is starting to improve with an occasional slab reported on live minnows and minijigs. The best action for crappie is in deeper water at 20 to 25-feet around structure. Once the temperature in the lake increases to 54 degrees, we should see the bite start to take off. The bass fishing remains slow with a few fish taken on finesse tactics. The trout bite is fair to good on minijigs, garlic scented Powerbait, spinners and worms. The Annual Isabella Lake Fishing Derby is scheduled from April 1st thru June 4th, 2023. For more information contact Copes Tackle or visit

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