High Desert Lakes 3/16/2012

3/16/2012

HESPERIA LAKE: Trout plants are weekly and the action has been very good with a lot of quality fish from three to five pounds and an occasional bigger fish. Most anglers are getting nice stringers of fish averaging about 1.5 pounds. Quite a few sturgeon continue to show from the 2,000-pound plant last month. These were all 15-pound class fish and up. They have mostly been showing on anchovies. The catfish bite is slow. Lake hours are 6 a.m.-5 p.m. with the night session from 1-10 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 slowed during the full moon, but still fair action on PowerBait in salmon egg, rainbow, salmon peach and garlic, with nightcrawlers in garlic, and the usual array of small trout jigs and plastics also getting a few fish. Hot spots included the eastern and western shores of Lake 3 as well as the northern and southwestern shore of Lake 2. Catfish up to six pounds were caught on shrimp and mackerel from the western and eastern shore of Lake 2. Top trout this week were fish at 3-11 and 3-2 posted by Jerry Rudd, Corona, on salmon egg PowerBait. Chuck Moree, San Bernardino, also landed a 3-11, while Marcus Gilbert, Rialto, had a 3-4. The lake complex is open every Friday through Sunday from 7 a.m.-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: The fourth event in the San Bernardino County Park trout derby series was held here this past weekend, attracting 195 participants. Top prize went to Shon Roberts, Perris, for his 10-4 rainbow caught on a green and orange jig. A 9-11 landed by Nate Timm, Oak Hills, on a Power Worm was second. Frank Chavez, Southgate, won third with an 8-2 rainbow landed on a Kastmaster, while Marina Ortega, Beaumont, had a 5-pounder. Cory Coonce, Phelan, was fifth with a 4-10 trout. County trout plants are weekly, and there were DFG plants two and four 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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