Isabella Lake Fishing Guide

Lake Isabella is a reservoir in Kern County, California. Lake Isabella is 11,000 acres, it is one of the larger reservoirs in California and is at an elevation of approximately 2,500 ft where summer temperatures reach over 100 °F but low enough to avoid winter snows on the surrounding ridges.

Lake Isabella offers great fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, rainbow trout and brown trout, kokanee salmon, bluegill, crappie, and catfish.

Where to Fish & What Baits & Lures to Use on Lake Isabella

  • Crappie: Good up on the South Fork Arm, Freear Point and in the vicinity of the French Gulch Marina.
  • Bluegill:  Usually found in the shallows of the coves.
  • Bass: Usually found in the shallows of the cove areas. Best to use: Shallow Diving Crankbaits, Plastic Worms, Nightcrawlers
    Rapalas, Senkos
  • Catfish: Good at both dams, Paradise Cove, Stine Cove, and Boulder Gulch. Best to use stink bait, nightcrawlers, liver, etc.
  • Trout: Rooster Tails, Kastmasters Spoons, Small Spoons and Spinners, Salmon Eggs PowerBait, Marshmallows and Salmon Eggs

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Directions to Lake Isabella

Lake Isabella Address:

6755 Wofford Blvd, Wofford Heights, CA 93285

Lake Isabella Directions:

Lake Isabella is located about 40 miles northeast of Bakersfield, and can be reached by car from Bakersfield via state Highway 178 and from Delano via Highway 155.