Isabella has increased to 64 percent of capacity

Lake Isabella - Lake Isabella, CA (Kern County)

by Chad Burton and Chris Borden

Isabella has increased to 64 percent of capacity. Our contacts reported a solid crappie bite, scoring limits of “slabs” with live shiners and crappie jigs. The best fishing has been around the South Fork area in 10 to 20-feet. The bass action is moving in the right direction. Anglers have had success in the North Fork and South Fork areas. Bass have been coming on Senkos, jigs and reaction baits. Numerous reports of whiskerfish coming out this week. The catfish bite continues to be solid around the lake with Triple S Dip Bait, chicken liver, live minnows, and mackerel. The trout bite has been solid with anglers reporting limit style fishing from shore. Trout have been coming on various Powerbait doused with garlic, trout jigs, spinners and night crawlers. The Isabella Trout derby kicks off this weekend. The coordinators for the Isabella Trout derby released 10,000 trout, and stocked an additional 4,000lbs of Mt Lassen trophy Rainbows. The Annual Isabella Lake Fishing Derby will run May 20th - June 4th, 2023. There are 500 tagged trout valued from $20 to $10,000 with $50,000 in tagged-fish-cash and prizes up for grabs. For more information contact Copes Tackle or visit

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