SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: The trout bite has been good with weekly plants, including some very large trout. Best fish reported this past week was a 22-pound rainbow landed by Jose Chua, San Gabriel, while using garlic PowerBait for bait. Other big fish included, an 11-11 landed by Paul Hansen, Newport Bach, on a B-Line worm, and an 11-8 caught by Blake Brewart, Pacific Palisades. Information: 714-632-7851.
IRVINE LAKE: Lake concession lease ends in March and no more trout plants are going in this year. Fishing has been slow to fair with very few trout and catfish showing. The best action has been on bass, which are pretty fair on plastics around deeper structure. No limit on trout or catfish. All boating, including use of rental boats, has been suspended here as of Sept. 5. Information: 714-649-9111.
LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: A 2,000-pound trout plant was slated to go in this week. Next plants will be Feb. 15 (1,500 pounds), Feb. 29 (1,800 pounds), Mar. 14 (1,000 pounds), and March 28 (1,000 pounds). There are no fishing fees this season, only the $5 parking fee on weekends (or $3 during the week). For more information, 949-923-2240.