Lower Kern River

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Location and Directions:

     The Lower Kern River begins at Lake Isabella and travels down Kern Canyon to the city of Bakersfield in Kern County. From I-5 take the 99 North to Bakersfield. then take the 178 East to the river.

General Info:

    The river is a major source of water supply for the farming community of Bakersfield. There are numerous campsites and picnic areas located along the river. It is used by many kayakers and white-water rafting tours. This section of the river is very steep and at times the water flow can be very fast. Use extra caution when visiting here. More Kern River info. can be found here

Other Lakes in the area:
Isabella Lake

Fishing Info:

    The DFG stocks various sections with rainbow trout regularly. There are also some wild rainbow and brown trout to be found and the lower portion of the river holds a decent population of large and smallmouth bass.
 Kern River Fish Hatchery Be sure to visit the CDFW web site for complete regulations before heading out.

Read and Post Kern River Fishing Reports Here

Comments and Tips:

     If you know something about this area or have some photos that you'd like to share, please E-mail and I'll post it here!

FN Angler Beeracuda211 caught and released this 7.9lb rainbow trout at the Kern River on 9/30/06.

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