SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: The good trout action has continued over the past week, with several quality fish reported. Best was a 14-1 landed by Carlos Valdepena, Lake Forest, on PowerBait in the Big Lake. A 13-8 was landed by Paul Hansen, Newport Beach, while a 13-even was caught by Kory Allen Anaheim. The rain also perked the catfish bite, and a 15-pound blue was landed by Astorga Rodriguez, Alhambra, on the shrimp-marshmallow combo. Trout plants are weekly. 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 trout bite has been on bobber-suspended nightcrawlers in three to four feet of water fished on very light line. The catfish bite is a little better with the best bite in deeper water at the buoy line on cut baits doused with scent. Armando Renteria, Orange, landed a seven-pound channel on mackerel off the west shore. All boating, including use of rental boats, has been suspended here as of Sept. 5. Information: 714-649-9111.
LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: An 1,800 pound trout plant was slated for last week, weather allowing. Next plants will be Jan. 18 (1,500 pounds), Feb. 1 (2,000 pounds, 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.