Two anglers started 2016 right by reeling in 16-pound trout at Santa Ana River Lakes. Fullerton resident Tim O’Donnell (pictured) caught a 16-pound, 8-ounce trout in the Big Lake near the Pump House. O’Donnell used garlic PowerBait fishing to make his catch.
K.C. Mahone of Anaheim reeled in another 16-pound, 8-ounce trout at La Palma Point, also with PowerBait.
Other large catches at Santa Ana River Lakes to start the New Year include:
– Lili Pendick, Costa Mesa, 13-pound catfish;
– Raymond Tarango, West Covina, 11-pound, 8-ounce trout;
– Dan Hemphill, La Habra, 9-pound, 8-ounce trout.
Pendick caught her catfish with a nightcrawler while fishing from a float tube; Tarango’s catch was made at the Pump House with a Drew custom bait.
Hemphill used a pinched plastic crawler to reel in his trout from the Sandy Beach shore.
Anglers can take advantage of 24-hour fishing sessions the weekend closest to a full moon at Santa Ana River Lakes during trout season. Visit fishinglakes.com for more information.