Kern River Fly Fishing Report 8-22-16
20 Mile Section of the Kern
(From Kern River Fly Shop to Johnsondale Bridge)
The 20 mile section of the Kern from our shop to the Johnsondale bridge is the most heavily fished section of the Kern because of the roadside access and heavily planted areas of Triploid trout ( trout that cannot reproduce). This section is also home to wild (not native) rainbow and brown trout. Water temperature @ 7am this morning were 60 degrees. This section is fishing very well with big rainbows still being caught throughout the whole section. River flows in this section are around 135 cfs which are perfect for wading. They recently did an un-publicized stocking of 5-10 pound trophy trout and catchables around 12 inches on 8-15-16. Best flies to use are attractor flies like the Bead Head Kern Emerger and the Bead Head Royal Flush. There are hatches coming mid day like Hoppers and late like Caddis and Midges. Are the fish looking up and eating on the surface? Yes, also in the evening around 7pm till dark Caddis hatch. Fishing late until dark is best Water temperatures are 60 degrees in the morning at 5:30 am and 65 degrees by mid day. Good techniques to use are nymphing under an indicator, dry dropper or stripping streamers. If you want to have good fishing on the 20 mile section of the Kern, now is the time!
Upper Kern River Flows
4 mile Wild Trout Section ( Above Johnsondale Bridge 4 miles)
This section of the Kern is very popular with folks who want to have a wild trout experience. There are special regulations here and bait or barbed hooks are prohibited. Only artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks are allowed. Many tickets are issued here to anglers who disregard the fishing regulations. The DFW does not stock the North Fork of the Kern River north of the bridge for 50 miles and those 50 miles are managed as a wild trout fishery. The fly fishing is excellent here because of these regulations. Check your regulations before fishing here!
Water temperatures are usually 5 to 10 degrees cooler here and the fish are very wary to your presence. A stealthy approach is needed to catch these fish. Fishing is excellent as of today. Dry dropper techniques and nymphing are getting the grabs. The biggest Stoneflies in the world reside here and fishing the flies that imitate them can get you some great fights. Click here to check them out.
Forks of the Kern (Special Regulations) Lloyd Meadow road is closed at this time.
Fly fishing here is world class and the dry fly fishing legendary.
Lower Kern ( Below lake Isabella)
A bass fly anglers paradise! The lower Kern winds its way down the Kern River canyon from the Lake Isabella Dam to Oildale, approximately 80 river miles. This section has trout, bass, crappie and other species to catch on a fly. This section is fishing excellent for bass right now.Use big flies like White Jawbreakers or poppers to get into these fish. Guy Jeans’ guided fly fishing for bass trips have become very popular and he does them weekly. Great fly rod to use on the lower Kern for bass is a 9 foot 6wt or 7wt Redington Vapen Black, Redington Behemoth 7/8 Reel and a Rio Small Mouth Bass Fly Line
South Fork of the Kern
The South Fork of the Kern River is a special fishery and is home to our states freshwater fish, the Golden Trout. It is also home to the predatory non native Brown trout who considers the small golden trout a tasty treat.
Can you catch a Golden Trout here? Yes you can, and it will count towards your “Wild Heritage Trout Program”.
Tributaries of the Southern Sierra
Can you catch a Little Kern Golden Trout here? Yes you can, and it will count towards your “Wild Heritage Trout Program”.
The small creeks are great for Tenkara fly fishing. Click on the link to find out more information. Tenkara information and gear!
Lake Isabella is not fishing well with the warmer temps and algae bloom.
Stoneflys are coming to Kernville on September 3rd @ 7pm!