Orange County, Sept. 15 report

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: The catfish bite has been fair to good. Russ Carr, Canyon Lake, caught a 16 pound catfish from a boat in the middle of the Big Lake fishing with mackerel. Arnold Turner, Whittier, caught and released a 11 pound catfish using a shrimp and marshmallow combo, while Dan Freeman, Fontana, landed seven cats totaling 17 pounds. His largest was a 5-pounder. Information: 714-632-7851 or log on at

IRVINE LAKE: The lake is now closed and will be for at least the immediate future.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: No report. 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 or go to

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