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  • Writer's pictureRhonda Stallone

Catch and Release?

Or, catch and skewer, over your campfire, wrapped in bacon? Maybe you prefer a foil method with lemon, capers and garlic? Nom! Either way, fresh trout is healthy, delicious and best served around your campfire. There is nothing better than truly unplugging and getting away from it all in the outdoors. Be sure to reserve your campsite early, dates are filling up really fast at Mountain & River Adventures Campground (MRAC) on the upper Kern River. Come to the Kern, the fish are biting!

Kern River Fishing Resources:

  • We've spotted local fly fishing guides casting from our shoreline, so we know the action is great right now on the Upper Kern @ MRAC!

  • Check out the Kern River fishing report from the local fly fishing shop.

  • Warmer and longer days are good news for fly fishing, especially mid-day. Be sure to stop in to the local Fly fishing Shop for all the details.

Lake Isabella Fishing Resources:

  • Read the Lake Isabella weekly fishing report in our local newspaper, the Kern Valley Sun, before you come.

Annual Fishing Event

Lake Isabella Fishing Derby, April 24 - September 6, 2021. It's a virtual event and you can register online. Search for a tagged trout and win $20 - $5,000 in prizes!

Fishing License

The state of California requires that all people who are 16 years of age and older have a valid fishing license. There are resident and non-resident sport fishing licenses available. You can purchase a one-year, 10-day, two-day, or one-day license. Some areas also require a permit.

Any of our locally owned grocery/convenience stores sell fishing licenses, so pop in and support local!

  1. Primo's Deli

  2. Riverkern General Store

  3. Sierra Gateway Market

  4. French Gulch Marina

  5. U.S. Forest Service - Kern River Ranger District

You can also purchase the license and learn about the most current regulations through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Getting Here

The closest airport is Meadows Field Airport in Bakersfield, CA a short 75 minute drive from Kernville. Daytime only landings are an option at the Kern Valley Airport. A simple option is to drive in using Highway 178.

Happy casting!



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