There are several boat launches that are free however a boat safetey permit must be obtained at the park office. Minimum boat length - 11 feet. There are several marinas with rental fishing boats, pontoons and jet-skis. High winds can kick up here in the afternoon so boaters should be alert.
- Kern Valley Marina - (619) 379-1634
- French Gulch Marina - (619) 379-8774
- North Fork Marina - (619) 376-1812
Lots of Trout, Bass, Catfish, and Crappie are found here. This is considered one of the better crappie lakes in the state with epic spawning runs each spring. Night fishing is allowed and catfish fishing is popular during the summer. There are fish cleaning facilities at many of the campgrounds. Be sure to visit the CDFW web site for complete regulations before heading out.
- Largemouth Bass - 18 pounds 14 ounces, taken in 1984
- Brown Trout - 22 pounds, 15 ounces
- Rainbow Trout - 9 pounds, 10 ounces
- Crappie - 3.75 pounds
- Channel Catfish - 22 pounds, 2 ounces
- Read and Post Isabella Lake Fishing Reports Here
- CDFW Fish Planting Schedule for Lake Isabella
Comments and Tips:
A consistent crappie spot for me has been in the French Gulch Marina Area. There are two or three large floating logs that act as a jetty for the Marina. Cast alongside these from shore with a crappie jig and a float. Adjust leader length to catch fish. Try 18" or so first though.
The strip of land between the two dam pieces on the southern end of
the lake. That is called engineers point.... Growing up in isabella i
can say that the eastern side about 20 -80 ft from the dam on that
strip is prime trout area... mainly hit on rooster tails or kast
Cory--- now in San Diego, California
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Amary Brooks with some nice crappie from Isabella.
A nice Isabella catfish.
Mike Otillio with an 8.1 pound bass.