Kern River Fly fishing Report 2-6-18


Southern Sierra fly fishing turns on with the warmer air and water temperature in the Kern Valley

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Upper Kern 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop)The upper Kern River from Lake Isabella north to 4 miles past the Johnsondale bridge( wild trout section) remains open to fly fishing all year. Water temperatures came up the last few days to 52 degrees in the morning and warming up to 55 degrees in the afternoon. The river is down to 350 cfs and clear. Fishing on the upper Kern is ok at this time, but a few fish are getting active and a few fly anglers have caught them. See below! A Skwala Stonefly hatch has started on the upper Kern as well as a few BWO’s. The Fish and Wild Life did stock hatchery fish in section #2 #3 this last week and will continue this week and the following week for those of you chasing hatchery fish.

Jon hart from the Southern Sierra Fly fishers Club hooked up on the upper Kern Sunday. photos by Sergio M.




Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – Blue Wing olive hatch around 2pm and fish are coming up in certain sections of the lower Kern. Water temperatures down here are 5 to 10 degrees warmer. The DFW stocked the lower river recently and fly fishers have been doing well on hatchery fish in this section. The lower kern from Democrat Dam to stream to the next powerhouse is muddy. The lower Kern has been fishing slow for bass at this time from lake Isabella dam to Bakersfield/Oildale.

Democrat Take out!

A Lower Kern Trout caught this last weekend.


Celine B with a fly caught Lake Isabella pig yesterday!

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