By: Parimal M. Rohit
SANTIAGO – More than 400 anglers welcomed the opening of trout season at Irvine Lake in Santiago on Oct. 31, where 20,000 pounds of German browns and rainbows were planted just ahead of Halloween weekend.
The season was off to a slow start due to changing weather patterns during VIP Day on Oct. 30 and the official opener 24 hours later, but there were still some bites, according to fish reports at Trout Island and the west shore.
German browns were reportedly biting more than the rainbows.
Irvine Lake published names and photos of some big catches, including a 4.4-pound brown catch by Nicholas Sherall, of Garden Grove, and a 4.2-pounder brown reeled in by Rick Hoffman of Arcadia. Craig Adkinson, of Orange, caught several brown trout, including an 8.1-pounder. Adkinson’s nephew, Cole Richie, of Orange, caught three browns in the 5 to 6 pound range.
According to Jimmy Getty at the Irvine Lake Pro Shop, there are still plenty of bites to be had from the initial 20,000 pound plant. More trout will be planted weekly until the spring.
During the second weekend of trout season, Irvine Lake will be hosting a Veterans Day Trout Derby. The two-day tournament on Nov. 8 and 9 is a Masters qualifier; buy-in is $20 with an optional $10 blind bogie. A free raffle will be held during the derby.
On Nov. 10, Irvine Lake will host “Thank a Veteran Day,” with admission discounts and free entry for all active military with identification.
For more information about trout season, visit its website at irvinelake.net or call (714) 649-9111.