UPDATE: Crews have called off the search.
UPDATE (8:30 a.m.): Bakersfield Fire officials say the search is taking place in the canal in the area of Coffee and Truxtun.
Crews have been dispatched up and down the canal, and are searching as far west as Enos Lane.
BFD says a bicyclist initially called in for reports of the body in the water.
Bakersfield Fire has not started using any boats to search for the body. Officials say if a victim is located they will formulate a plan to retrieve the person.
The Bakersfield Police Department is responding to the area of Coffee and Truxtun for reports of a body in the Kern River.
According to Bakersfield Police, an initial call was made at 7:38 a.m. Thursday of a body floating in the river.
Police officers and a K-9 unit are on scene.