Posted ByRoss on September 23, 2004 at 13:03:50:
Thanks for all your good info about fishing at the Kern River. My friend and I had a good time this past Sunday and Monday. I know Rebecca has told you a little about our trip. We used your info as a guide to give us direction, but of course made things up as we went along.
We went up Sunday and as you know first hand from being at Alta Sierra, it was cooler than was forecasted. We fished the river in the afternoon with a fleece top to block the cool wind. We first decided to drive up to Limestone and fish our way south, but ended up first fishing a little south of Limestone where the narrow canyon does an 'S' turn and the river is right by the road. On my second cast out over a big rock and a little up stream, I got a hit as the salmon egg drifted past the rock, and reeled in a Rainbow of about 11 inches. We fished the beach and up and down the river a little ways. Just before we left after about 1.5 hours I got another after casting across into fast water and letting the egg drift into quiet water.
We drove south of Caulkins Flat and parked between the road and the river where there is a small network of short dirt roads and parking. We again used salmon eggs as we did the whole trip. Caught and released a small fish there. Then we moved to where Salmon Creek flows into the Kern. We were there til about 5:30. Of course we were in the shade and it was cool and breezy. Got another 11 incher there.
We stayed at the River View Lodge. Of course, being Sunday night, the town was dead...we had a small dinner at Cheryl's. We were asleep early.
Monday we got a late start and tried a little ways upstream of the hatchery. The river was beautiful there (as it was everywhere.) We moved down between Camp3 and Headquarters, but no action. We were fishing from about 10 to 2pm, not the best time of day.
We label our quick trip to the Kern a success. Being by a river in a canyon beats sitting at home! The lake level reminded me of Big Bear Lake which we see often...low! Hope for rain.
Thanks again helping us with your fishing advice!