Information on Lake Isabella
When the word "Isabella" comes up in a conversation
with Rusty, a sly grin will appear like magic. Lake Isabella
is home to some of the biggest toads in Southern California.
Because of its location, Lake Isabella does not receive
a large amount of fishing pressure, except from some very
tight-lipped locals. Rusty Brown offers seasonal pro bass
fishing guide trips at Lake Isabella out of a fully tournament
rigged Ranger bass boat. Rusty offers a seasonal 3 day 2
night Lake Isabella package with lodging provided.
History: In 1953, the U. S. Corps of Engineers built earthen
dams across two forks of the Kern River to create the Isabella
reservoir, Kern County's largest body of water year round
with a surface area of 11,200 acres. The communities of
Wofford Heights, Lake Isabella and Kernville now bustle
with outdoor enthusiasts: fishermen, boatmen, hikers and
campers. Kernville, just to the north on Highway 178 beside
the north fork of the Kern River, boasts a historic past
as an 1850's gold rush camp. The town pays tribute to its
rip-roaring past with its Whiskey Flats Days and the exhibits
in the Kern Valley Museum.
Directions: Three hours north of Los Angeles and one hour
northeast of Bakersfield, where Hwy. 178 meets Hwy.. 155,
scenic Lake Isabella lies between two sections of the Sequoia
National Forest at an elevation of 2,578 feet.