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Upper Kern River: Excellent conditions and top-notch trouting

WON Staff Writer
Published: Oct 19, 2017

KERNVILLE — Kern River trout anglers are enjoying cushy flows around 250 cubic feet per second and outstanding fishing. With water temps around 45 in the morning and peaking at 52 in the afternoons, nowhere in Southern California is more “A River Runs Through It” than the upper Kern.


A KERN RIVER flyfishing guide client releases a quality upper River rainbow to bite another day.

“The river continues to fish world class as many rainbows are being caught up and down the 20 Mile Section,” said Guy Jeans of Kern River Flyfishing in Kernville.”Rainbows are very active in the afternoon, and there is a blue-winged-olive hatch from 1 to 4 p.m. Streamers are working well casting down and across and stripping back upstream in the seams.”

After spending the entire summer blown out (well north of 15,000 cfs), the current conditions on the upper Kern are a well-deserved reward for anglers with the Kern in their starting rotation.

Bass fishing has been decent in the lower River (below Lake Isabella), with a lot of fish coming on 3-inch grubs wound through side pools and pockets.

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