The Upper Kern remains one of your best bets for limit style trout fishing

Kern River

by Chad Burton and Chris Borden

The Upper Kern remains one of your best bets for limit style trout fishing. Weekly plants since the beginning of December are ramping things up here. Our contacts reported scoring trout with Get Bent Baits, salmon eggs, mice tails and trout jigs. Last week the Upper Kern was stocked in Section 5 in both Kern and Tulare Counties. The Lower Kern was stocked with trout two-weeks ago in Section 1, Democrat Beach to Lower Richbar, and Section 2, Democrat Beach to Sandy Flat; and Section 3, Sandy Flat to Isabella Dam. Trout have been going for minijigs, salmon eggs and Powerbait. The Lower Kern bass bite is fair to good on crankbaits, jigs, and spinners. Catfish can be found on dip baits, nightcrawlers and cut baits. At the time of reporting, the Upper Kern River was flowing at 521 CFS and the Lower Kern River was flowing at 411 CFS.

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