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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 have dropped down to 38 degrees in the morning and warming up to 40 degrees in the afternoon. The river has raised up to 1000 cfs and is now down to 700 cfs and a little murky. Fishing on the upper Kern is slow at this time, but the Fish and Wild Life did stock hatchery fish in section #3 last week for those anglers targeting stocked fish.
Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – 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 has been fishing slow for bass at this time from lake Isabella dam to Bakersfield/Oildale.
Lower Kern Fish caught on Saturday January 6, 2017 by the Southern Sierra Fly Fishers Club
Lower Kern DVD- Back in Stock
Lake Isabella – Ok for Trout, fishing slow for bass and carp
4 Mile Wild Trout Section above Johnsondale Bridge is open year round- Fishing has been poor in this section. On November 15, the wild trout section became catch and release only with barbless hooks. No bait is allowed in this section all year long.
South Fork of the Kern is closed until the last Saturday in April
All tributaries in Tulare County are closed until the last Saturday in April.
Beginner Clinic #1 “Trout Tactics” Saturday January 20, 2018
Lower Kern River “Trout” Clinic – Sunday January 21, 2018- (2 spots left)
Fly Casting Clinic Ventura Sunday January 14 , 2018 / 9am to 11am
Fly Fishing the Surf Clinics
Intro to Fly Fishing the Surf Clinic in Ventura Saturday January 13, 2018 / 8am to 11am
Intro to Fly Fishing the Surf in Pismo – Sunday February 11, 2018 / 8am to 11am
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