Kern River Fly Fishing Report July 16, 2018

Upper Kern River 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop to Johnsondale Bridge) The Upper Kern shot up to 800cfs over the weekend with muddy waters coming down from a series of thunderstorms in the backcountry and making fishing and wading difficult. Water temperature is very warm at 70-75 degrees. Fish early in the morning with bright attractors like the Kern Candy and Tungsten Teddy. Swing flashy streamers in softer water closer to the bank. Use heavier leaders and tippet from 4x-2x to bring fish in quicker especially in this hot weather.

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Lake Isabella
Flats have receded a good mile from its highest shoreline in May. Fly Fishing for Carp, Crappie, Bass and Catfish in the lake at this time is okay with water temps at 73. Carp can still be caught clooping in the morning. Muddy waters from the Kern are making anglers seek other waters to fish.

Check out Justin from BHA with a stringer of crappie over the weekend.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is flowing around 1400cfs. Fishing is not recommended at this time. Water temperatures down here is 70 degrees and bass are active. The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is flowing at 1400 cfs as well. Be careful if you go fishing down here.

Lower Kern Flow Charts

California Creekin– The creeks of the Southern Sierra are fishing excellent at this time with dry flies. If you like catching wild trout in small streams, you might explore these beautiful waters.

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