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Kern River Fly Fishing Report

Kern River Fly Fishing Reports

Your source for Southern Sierra Fly Fishing

  • (760) 376-2040
  • 11301 Kernville Road
    Kernville, California 93238
  • February 20, 2018

    Where do you want to fish in the Southern Sierra? Water temps drop on the upper Kern, while Lower Kern remains steady.

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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. The river is down to 250 cfs and clear. Fishing on the upper Kern is ok at this time from the Powerhouse down to the lake, and a few local anglers are doing well on wild fish above this area. Water temps dropped to 34-36 degrees and this means that trout get lethargic and harder to catch. The Fish and Wild Life stocked hatchery fish in section #5, #4, and #3 last week for Whiskey Flats days and will continue the following week for those of you chasing hatchery fish.

    Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – Blue Wing olive hatch around 2pm and fish are coming up in certain sections of the lower Kern. Water temperatures down here are 5 to 10 degrees warmer than the upper. The DFW stocked the lower river last week and this week and fly fishers have been doing well on hatchery fish in this section. The lower kern from Democrat Dam to downstream to the next powerhouse is muddy. The lower Kern has been fishing slow for bass at this time from lake Isabella dam to Bakersfield/Oildale.

    Lower Kern Rainbow caught by Rick Diffine

    Lake Isabella

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    South Fork Kern River


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