HIGH DESERT LAKES

HESPERIA LAKE: The hot trout action continues with another plant on Tuesday this week, and a catfish stocking on Wednesday. The trout have been planted each week all season and the bite has been good on inflated nightcrawlers, PowerBait, and trout plastics. Big fish this past week was an 18-pound rainbow landed by Dale Michaels, Riverside, on a nightcrawler, while David Flores, Costa Mesa, had a 16-8. Brad Cantrel, Los Angeles, landed rainbows at 15 pounds and 13-8, while Scott Addel, Brea, landed a 13-12, and Catheryn Stoly, Las Vegas, caught a 12-pounder. The catfish had been spotty until this weekís plant and the bite immediately kicked in on cut baits and nightcrawlers. A few sturgeon also continue to show. Lake hours are 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the night session from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cost is $15 per angler. No state fishing license is required here. Information: (800) 521-6332 or (760) 244-5951.

JESS RANCH: Trout action has remained very good here with the best bite on PowerBait in salmon peach, garlic, spring green, and orange, inflated nightcrawlers, trout jigs, and small trout plastics. Lots of limits of fish averaging around two pounds or a little better. Top fish this week were fish at 8-9 and 4-9 and caught by Dave Ochoa, Hesperia on orange Power Bait and a gold Kastmaster. Mike Renshaw, Apple Valley, had a 4-5 rainbow, while Gerald Hartz, North Edwards, had a 3-14. The bass and bluegill bites are both starting to kick into gear with the fish starting to move into the shallows. Also a few catfish to five pound showing on cut baits. The lake complex is open every Friday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and it is stocked with trout each week on Friday from its own hatchery. Lake information: (760) 240-1107 or jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: County trout plants are weekly, and there were DFG plants this week and two weeks ago. Horseshoe Lake is still closed due to flood damage. Pelican Lake is remains open. For lake information: (760) 245-2226.

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