The offshore catfish bite is very good

Lake Isabella - Lake Isabella, CA (Kern County)

by Chad Burton and Chris Borden

This week Isabella held at 38 percent of capacity. The offshore catfish bite is very good. Catfish are chewing on live shad schools in 40 to 60-feet of water. Catfishing from shore is slow, but can be found with cut baits, dip baits, and nigh. The trout plant a couple weeks ago has improved the action here. Anglers have had decent action on live red worms, spinners, garlic rainbow Powerbait, and minijigs. Boaters trolling needlefish around the dam have picked a few quality trout this week. The DFWL have scheduled a trout plant here next week. The Annual Isabella Lake Fishing Derby is scheduled March 23-25, 2024. Crappie seem to be getting more active and are holding around structure in 20 to 25-feet deep. The best action has been with crappie jigs and small/medium minnows. The bass bite is fair and remain out in deeper water. The best action has been with Heddon Sonars, spoons, and ice jigs.

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