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Kern River Fly Fishing Report January 23, 2018

Kern River Fly Fishing Reports

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  • 11301 Kernville Road
    Kernville, California 93238
  • January 23,2018

    Upper Kern River continues to fish slow while the Lower Kern River remains hot!

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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 36 degrees in the morning and warming up to 40 degrees in the afternoon. The river is down to 350 cfs and clear. Fishing on the upper Kern is slow at this time, but the Fish and Wild Life did stock hatchery fish in section #3 3 weeks ago for those anglers targeting stocked 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. 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.

    These are pictures from the Lower Kern Fly Fishing Clinic held on Sunday January 21, 2018



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    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.

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    Beginner Clinic #1 “Trout Tactics” Saturday January 27, 2018

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