Lakes update for the week of June 22

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Catfish on the chew            

Nathan LaFantasie of Walnut caught four catfish totaling 23 pounds 8 ounces, his largest cat weighed in at 14 pounds 4 ounces using mackerel in the Big Lake.            

Jose and Lily Chavarin caught 12 catfish totaling 27 pounds using a mealworm/marshmallow combo from the boat dock.             The Fallejo family of Covina caught seven catfish totaling 15 pounds, their largest cat at 7 pounds using shrimp at the Pump House.            

Ray Sell of Cerritos caught a 7 pound 8 ounce catfish using a mealworm and marshmallow combo fishing in the Big Lake. Santa Ana River Lakes is open seven-days-a-week during catfish season. During  he summer there is 24 hour fishing, no extra charge for overnight camping every Friday and  Saturday night beginning at 5 p.m. Santa Ana River lakes is now stocking twice a week with catfish and tilapia. For more Santa Ana River Lakes fishing information, call (714) 632-7830 or visit fishinglakes.com. Heavy Catfish stringers at Corona Lake            

Dave Berry of Wildomar caught 13 catfish totaling 29 pounds, his largest was 4 pounds 8 ounces using Whoopass Catfish Bait fishing from a boat.            

Steven Rozco of Norco caught five catfish totaling 14 pounds 8 ounces using mealworms from a boat.            

Lew and Cox Freadgreen of Victorville caught seven catfish totaling 14 pounds 12 ounces using a dip bait from a boat near the dam. The second qualifying tournament for the 2014 Slay Fest Championship will be 5 p.m., July 12 at Corona Lake. Corona Lake is open seven-days-a-week during catfish season. During the summer there is 24 hour fishing, no extra charge for overnight camping every Friday and Saturday night beginning at 5 p.m. Corona Lake is now stocking twice a week with catfish and tilapia. For more information, call (951) 277-4489 or visit fishinglakes.com.

Diamond Valley Marina fishing report Fish Plants: Trout plants are finished for the season.

Upcoming Events: Public night fishing Friday, July 11. Call marina store to reserve or find out more details.

Bass: The bass bite remains consistent. Anglers are catching many bass between 2 to 5 pounds. The bass are in the 10 to 30 foot range. Drop shotting purple, and pink colored plastics works best for catching bass. Senko’s and creature baits are also working great.

Striper: Anglers are catching few stripers between 5 to 6 pounds. Cut bait and trolling with flies works best for catching striper. When shad and trout are breaking the surface, it’s best to use lures that mimic them for top water boils.

Catfish: There were reports of catfish caught between 4 to 6 pounds. Stink bait, cut bait and night crawlers work best for catfish.

Panfish: Anglers are catching many panfish 1 pound and under. Night crawlers, redworms and mealworms work best for catching panfish.

Trout: There were no reports of trout caught this week. Typical bait for trout is Powerbait, night crawlers and mini jigs.

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