ORANGE COUNTY

By: Terrence Berg

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: There continues to be a steady procession of giant rainbow trout being caught here, and the overall trout bite is very good, with lots of limits of 1- to 2-pound-class trout. The big rainbow this past week was a 19.5-pounder caught by Bill Kamio, Westminster, fishing an orange Power Mouse in the dock area of the big lake. Kory Allen, Garden Grove, landed an 18.4-pound rainbow drop-shoting a plastic trout worm, while Trac Nguyen, Roland Heights, caught a 17-pounder on a Power Worm. Frank Guzman, Downey, topped of his four-fish catch with a 16-pound rainbow fishing a green jig on one day and landed a 15-pounder another day on a Sierra Slammer jig. Augie Smith, Irvine, landed a 15.5-pounder on yellow jig. The best action continues to be on floating baits rolled in the new Hatchery Dust additive or Power Mice Tails, trout plastics, and small trout jigs. Bright colors have been the best in the floating baits or lures this past week, with chartreuse and orange the hot colors. There will be a Big Fish/Blind Bogey 50-50 Tournament this Saturday. Information: (714) 632-7851 or fishinglakes.com.

IRVINE LAKE: Overall, very good trout action, with some quality fish topping 10 pounds and a lot of 3- to 6-pounders. The trout are mostly showing in 5 to 25 feet of water off the west shore, the dam, Rocky Point, Red Clay Cliffs and near the docks. Trollers are working small shad-like baits, while bait anglers are fishing an array of PowerBaits, but the chartreuse Gulp! Pinched ‘Crawlers on 2-pound test leaders have been the hot ticket. These 1-inch baits are being rigged Carolina-style for the floating version, or under a bobber for the sinking version. The bass bite has seen light pressure, but those who went out found some quality fish. A growing number of nice crappie are also being caught incidentally by trout anglers trolling. Information: (714) 649-9111 or irvinelake.net.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: Good trout action with a lot of limits reported. There are Nebraska Tailwalkers stocked each week, and 2,000 pounds were planted Feb. 14. Information: (949) 362-9227 or lagunaniguellake.com.

ANAHEIM LAKE: Closed. The facility will remain closed until Santa Ana River Lakes closes again for routine maintenance. Information: (714) 996-3508 or fishinglakes.com.

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