Upper Kern River 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop to Johnsondale Bridge) The upper Kern is flowing between 500 to 600 CFS. Water temperature is 60 degrees and clear. Anglers are starting to “trunk it” as the days get warmer. Fly Fishing is still excellent and trout have become very active. Big fish have started to move into the upper river from Lake Isabella and double digit fish are being caught. We are still seeing hatches of Yellow Sallies and Pale Morning Duns and a great imitation for the Yellow Sallie is a size 16 Yellow Stimulator . Fish are keying in on darker patterns as the season progresses. You can also swing some streamers down and across and do well. All fly fishing techniques are catching fish at this time.
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Check out these fish being caught during the evening hatch!
Upper Kern Wild Trout Section is fishing Excellent!
Here is a quick report from Shop Employee Celine:
Finally made the trip to the Wild Trout Section with @jhartftw and boy was it amazing! It took some planning and some sweating with our packs, but it was all worth it. The dry fly action in the morning and the evening was unbelievable! They seemed to be keen on lighter mayfly patterns instead of darker ones compared to the 20 mile section. Nymphing emergers in the hot afternoon worked best, especially on the swing. Water temps held at 60 in the morning and warmed up to 64 throughout the day. Still A LOT of water coming down from Mt. Whitney which made wading very limited. Please remember to crimp down your barbs regardless of regulation and practice Leave No Trace Ethics so everyone can enjoy this very healthy fishery!
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Flats have receded a good mile from its highest shoreline in May. Fly Fishing for Carp, Crappie and Bass in the lake at this time is okay. Carp can still be caught clooping in the morning. Check out these Carp Flies https://kernriverflyshop.com/t/carp-flies
Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is flowing around 1600cfs. Fishing is not recommended at this time. Water temperatures down here are 60 degrees and bass are active. The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is flowing at 1500 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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