Isabella has doubled in capacity this week due to the high flows coming in

Lake Isabella - Lake Isabella, CA (Kern County)

by Chad Burton and Chris Borden

Isabella has doubled in capacity this week due to the high flows coming in from the recent storms. Isabella is at 58 percent of capacity and rising quickly. Before the storms, the crappie bite was decent, and they were holding out in deep offshore structure. Isabella is slated to receive a trout plant the week of March 26th. I’m sure many of the Upper Kern trout were washed down stream to Isabella during the extremely high flows. It should be loaded with trout. Trout can be found with minijigs, spinners, garlic scented Powerbait, and Garlic doused Pinched Crawlers. Catfish continue to bite well out in deeper water around 70-feet where you meter giant shad schools. As you motor around look for big schools of shad and there is a good chance the whiskerfish are chewing on them. These fish have been biting almost any vibrating jig that resembles shad. The bass bite has been slow and remain out in deeper water. 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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