If you are interested in an exciting, fruitful, fishing experience then the Kern River may be the place for you. It is in a remote location, and the Rainbow Trout are always looking to bite. Follow this shopping list, and you will be on your way to a successful Kern River Fishing Trip.
Light Weight Pole
2-4 lb test line
Salmon Egg Hook
Fishing Multi Tool
Light weight Pole
Look for a short, light fishing pole. Kern River fish are smarter than lake fish and are less likely to strike on odd moving bait. Long, stiff poles translate slight movements from the fisherman to the bait, and are too rigid for setting the hook. Find a pole with a reel that has a smooth cast, and easy recovery.
Do not go cheap here. You can purchase top quality line for a few dollars more than the cheapest variant. It is not worth a few bucks to miss your catch. Go with low visibility green variant of the line. The trick here is for the fish to not see the line. 4lb test may be excessive, but you never know what you might hook. Rainbow Trout in the Kern River are usually only a few pounds.
Salmon Egg Hooks
Brass eagle is the brand to go for. Get the smallest ones available, usually a size 12 or 14. The red colored ones look more natural in the egg which translates to more strikes. If you cannot find the red ones brass will work as well. The red hooks are usually available at the local bait shop in Kernville.
The staple bait on the Kern River is salmon eggs. A single salmon egg used correctly can cause some large fish to strike. Look for Great Balls O’ Fire Green Label. Make sure they are moist, unbroken, and sticky.
Split shot is a light weight that is squeezed onto the line. You will not need much weight, but you will need some. Look for a multi size kit. You need just enough wait to cast, and drop your bait in the water some. Let the Kern do the work for you.
Fishing Licenses are required by law to fish in the State of California.
Fishing Multi Tool
An all in one too is ideal, but more expensive. Look for something with pliers, scissors, and a knife at the minimum.
Most of your fishing will be in remote sections of the Kern River. Get water proof boots with a good grip, and comfort. A good sole is as important as comfort. You need the grip as you will be jumping across wet rocks with flowing water on the Kern River.
Find a vest that fits all your equipment in it, is comfortable, and is lightweight.
A creel bag is used to store your fish while on the move. It is typically a fly fishing tool, but it can be repurposed for your uses quiet well. Look for a 22-24 inch variant.