Bakersfield angler Ivery Sheppard typically fishes Truxton Lake in the winter for crappie, but he brought out the heavy gear and decided to chase catfish there on a recent outing. While fishing the “Big Side” of the Kern River-fed lake with a hunk of mackerel on 20-pound test, he connected with a monster catfish that took him for a ride before tipping the scale at 28 pounds.
He admits that Truxton is not his first choice for targeting whiskerfish.
“I was targeting catfish, and I’ve got a few nice ones out of there (Truxton Lake), but it’s not as consistent as other lakes,” said Sheppard.
He also said it seems like the fishing has improved quite a bit since the rainy season, and he was at it again at Truxton Lake the next day and landed an 8 pounder.
Truxton Lake is a small lake right in the middle of Bakersfield that was added to WON’s area of coverage about a year ago. It also has largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and carp.