Kern River Fly Fishing Report- August 27, 2018

Upper Kern River 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop to Johnsondale Bridge)

The Upper Kern has finally cleared up and running just above 150 cfs. Anglers are having more success fishing early in the morning and nymphing deep. FB pheasant tails and bright attractors like the Tungsten Teddy are still producing despite warmer water temps.

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Upper Kern River Wild Trout Section (above Johnsondale Bridge)

Anglers are having much better luck going north due to cooler water temps. Anglers are reporting doing well nymphing deep under an indicator and using size 18-20 Pheasant Tail variations and size 20-22 WD-40’s.

Check out this nice rainbow caught by Jon over the weekend.

California Creekin– The season for Creekin in the Southern Sierra is slowly coming to a close. Skinny waters are making catching these prized fish a bit more challenging.

Check out this beautiful LKG caught by Rick of Arizona.

Lake Isabella
Fly Fishing for Crappie, Bass and Catfish in the lake at this time is okay with water temps at 73. Water level in the lake is nearly at drought level due to dam repairs. Steady carp bite in the AM and quite good, especially if you are on a PFD.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is flowing around 1100cfs. Fishing is not recommended at this time. Water temperatures down here is 73 degrees and bass are active. The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is flowing at 1100 cfs. Be careful if you go fishing down here.

Lower Kern Flow Charts


Beginner Fly Fishing Clinic

Saturday, September 29, 2018 | 8:00 AM | Kernville, CA

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