This week Isabella fell to 48 percent of capacity and the overall fishing has been great

Lake Isabella - Lake Isabella, CA (Kern County)

by Chad Burton and Chris Borden

This week Isabella fell to 48 percent of capacity and the overall fishing has been great. Bass anglers are finding the numbers with a 3 or 4-pounder in the mix. Bass were taken on crankbaits, Senkos, jigs, and spinnerbaits. Walking baits have fooled bass early morning. The crappie bite has been more consistent with Keitechs, panfish assassins and live shiners. Our contacts reported solid crappie fishing near Reds marina and South Fork. Whiskerfish reports increased this week around French Gulch and the South Fork with SSS dip bait or mackerel. Trout have been showing in good numbers around the North Fork with garlic Powerbait, spinners, nightcrawlers and trout jigs. Boaters have scored better grade fish trolling with leadcore near the dam with flicker shad, Tasmanian Devils and Needlefish.

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