Kern River Fly Fishing Report January 3, 2019

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

Casey with a nice wild fish caught in the 20 Mile Section January 3, 2019
Stomach sample taken on January 3, 2019

The 20 mile section is fishing ok not great with the colder water. The river is very clear. Water temps are at 36 to 40 degrees and this section is flowing at 220 cfs. Rainbows are more active in the afternoon as water temps rise a few degrees. They are rising to small Midges and Mayflies around 2pm.  BWO Emergers 26, Psycho Mays 20, Midges, WD-40’s at size 22-26 have been productive. 6x-7x tippet is advised as fish get even more picky as the Winter season progresses. Red Kern Emergers 18 are working well.

Upper Kern Flow Charts

Upper Kern River Wild Trout Section ( 4 miles above Johnsondale Bridge) Open Year Round – Catch and Release only!

No reports this week on this section. Most anglers are fishing the 20 mile section!


California Creekin– The season for Creekin in the Southern Sierra is now closed.


 

 

Lake Isabella
Water level in the lake is at 83,200 acre feet, the ideal Low Pool level by the Army Corps for dam repairs and will remain at this level until next year.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is flowing around 200 cfs. Water temperatures down here are 45 degrees. Smallies and Largemouth are not biting at this time! The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is flowing around 210 cfs.

Lower Kern Flow Charts

 


 

 


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Kern River Fly Fishing Report December 18, 2018

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

Nice brown trout caught by Chase S. near Powerhouse 3
Anne W on the upper Kern

 

The 20 mile section is the same as last week and has been fishing very good. The river is clear. Rainbows are more active in the afternoon and rising to small Midges and Mayflies around 1pm. Water temps are at 44 to 50 degrees and this section is flowing at 270 cfs. BWO Emergers, Psycho Mays, Trico’s Midges, WD-40’s at size 22-26 have been productive. 6x-7x tippet is advised as fish get even more picky as the Fall/Winter season progresses. Red Kern Emergers 12-18 are working well.

Upper Kern Flow Charts

Upper Kern River Wild Trout Section ( 4 miles above Johnsondale Bridge) Open Year Round

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. Water temps up here are a few degrees cooler and remember that this section of the Kern is Catch and Release from November 15 to the last Saturday of April.


California Creekin– The season for Creekin in the Southern Sierra is now closed.


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Lake Isabella
Water level in the lake is at 83,200 acre feet, the ideal Low Pool level by the Army Corps for dam repairs and will remain at this level until next year.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is flowing around 200 cfs. Water temperatures down here are 50 degrees. Smallies and Largemouth are slowing down! The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is flowing around 240 cfs.

Lower Kern Flow Charts

 


 

 


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Kern River Fly Fishing Report- December 14, 2018

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

The 20 mile section has been fishing very good and the river is clear . Rainbows are more active in the afternoon and rising to small Midges and Mayflies around 1pm. Water temps are at 44 to 50 degrees and this section is flowing at 270 cfs. BWO Emergers, Psycho Mays, Trico’s Midges, WD-40’s at size 22-26 have been productive. 6x-7x tippet is advised as fish get even more picky as the Fall/Winter season progresses. Red Kern Emergers 12-18 are working well.

Upper Kern Flow Charts

Upper Kern River Wild Trout Section ( 4 miles above Johnsondale Bridge) Open Year Round

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. Water temps up here are a few degrees cooler and remember that this section of the Kern is Catch and Release from November 15 to the last Saturday of April.


California Creekin– The season for Creekin in the Southern Sierra is now closed.


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Lake Isabella
Water level in the lake is at 83,200 acre feet, the ideal Low Pool level by the Army Corps for dam repairs and will remain at this level until next year.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is flowing around 200 cfs. Water temperatures down here are 50 degrees. Smallies and Largemouth are slowing down! The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is flowing around 240 cfs.

Lower Kern Flow Charts

 


 

 


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Kern River Fly Fishing Report November 26, 2018

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

The 20 mile section has been fishing well in this cooler Fall weather. Rainbows are more active in the afternoon and rising to small Midges and Mayflies around 1pm. Water temps are at 48 to 50 degrees and this section is flowing at 190 cfs and very clear. BWO Emergers, Psycho Mays, Trico’s  Midges, WD-40’s  at size 22-26 have been productive. 6x-7x tippet is advised as fish get even more picky as the Fall/Winter season progresses.

This is a recent stomach sample!

Upper Kern Flow Charts

Upper Kern River Wild Trout Section ( 4 miles above Johnsondale Bridge)

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. Water temps up here are a few degrees cooler  and remember that this section of the Kern is Catch and Release from November 15 to the last Saturday of April.

California Creekin– The season for Creekin in the Southern Sierra is now closed.

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Lake Isabella
Top water bass fishing is solid on poppers in the morning and evening. Water level in the lake is at 83,200 acre feet, the ideal Low Pool level by the Army Corps for dam repairs and will remain at this level until next year.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is flowing around 200 cfs. Water temperatures down here are 54 degrees. Smallies and Largemouth are solid! The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is flowing around 240 cfs.

Lower Kern Flow Charts

 


 

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report- November 20, 2018

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

The 20 mile section has been fishing well in this cooler Fall weather. Fly anglers have been doing well nymphing deep with dry droppers or under an indicator. Water temps are at 50-55°F and this section is running at 190 cfs and very clear. BWO Emergers, Psycho Mays, Midges, WD-40’s  at size 22-26 have been productive. 6x-7x tippet is advised as fish get even more picky as the season progresses.

 

Upper Kern Flow Charts

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Upper Kern River Wild Trout Section (above Johnsondale Bridge)

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. Stripping olive wooley buggers have also been productive. Remember that this section of the Kern is Catch and Release from November 15 to the last Saturday of April.

California Creekin– The season for Creekin in the Southern Sierra is now closed.

Lake Isabella
Top water bass fishing is solid on poppers in the morning and evening. Water level in the lake is at 83,200 acre feet, the ideal Low Pool level by the Army Corps for dam repairs and will remain at this level until next year.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is flowing around 200 cfs. Water temperatures down here are 70 degrees. Smallies and Largemouth are solid! The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is flowing around 240 cfs.

Lower Kern Flow Charts

 


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Kern River Fly Fishing Report- October 26, 2018

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

The 20 mile section has been fishing excellent with all the summer crowds gone and perfect conditions. Fly anglers have been doing well with various techniques including both nymphing and dry fly fishing. Water temps are at 50-55°F and this section is running just below 200 cfs and very clear. Psycho Mays, WD-40’s and Soft Hackle Kern Emergers have been very productive as well as Stimulators and October Caddis type flies.

Upper Kern Flow Charts

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Upper Kern River Wild Trout Section (above Johnsondale Bridge)

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. Stripping olive wooley buggers have also been productive.

California Creekin– The season for Creekin in the Southern Sierra is slowly coming to a close.

Lake Isabella
Top water bass fishing is solid on poppers in the morning and evening. Water level in the lake is at 83,200 acre feet, the ideal Low Pool level by the Army Corps for dam repairs and will remain at this level until next year. Steady carp bite in the AM, 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 200cfs. Water temperatures down here are 70 degrees. Smallies and Largemouth are solid! The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is flowing around 240 cfs.

Lower Kern Flow Charts

 


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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

 


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Kern River Fly Fishing Report- August 6, 2018

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

The Upper Kern is finally starting to clear up and running below 300 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 the ticket in these warm and tea stained conditions.

Check out this nice rainbow caught by SSFFClub member Sergio in the 20 mile section over the weekend.

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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.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is flowing around 1200cfs. 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

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.

Check out this beautiful LKG caught by Sebastian Din of Calgary.

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report- June 28, 2018

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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Lake Isabella

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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Kern River Fly Fishing Report June 6, 2018

Upper Kern goes up to @ 1200 CFS- River Clear

Upper Kern River 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop to Johnsondale Bridge) The upper Kern is flowing between 1200 to 1300 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 seeing hatches of Yellow Sallies and Pale Morning Duns and a great imitation for the Yellow Sallie is a size 16 Yellow Stimulator . 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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Upper Kern Wild Trout Section is fishing Excellent!

Lake Isabella

Fly Fishing for Carp, Crappie and Bass in the lake at this time is very good.Carp fly fishing is again top notch right now for those of you who love to fly fish for Carp. 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 1800cfs. 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 1800 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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