Fish Report–Sept. 26 ed

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HESPERIA LAKE: The catfish bite has been good with 1,000-pound plants Sept. 18 and another slated for Thursday this week. The average size is around two to three pounds with some bigger. Best action has been on garlic shrimp, nightcrawlers, marshmallow-meal worm (M&M) combo, chicken liver, and cut mackerel. Big fish of the week was a seven-pound catfish reported by Stuart Lindsay, Victorville, fishing a nightcrawler doused with Hog Wild. Mike Angerson, Moreno Valley, had a 6-8 cat, while Frank McDonnell, Yucca Valley, landed a five-pounder. Gary Bateman, Fontana, had cats at five and four pounds. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951. 

JESS RANCH LAKES: Trout action remains slow with very few showing early in the morning. The bass action is pretty good on plastics and topwater early in the day, while the catfish and bluegill bites are pretty good. The catfish are best on cut baits, while the ‘gills are showing on meal worms, wax worms, crickets, or small jigs tipped with bait. Trout plants are each week. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to

MOJAVE NARROWS: County catfish plants are done for the year. Trout season should kick off in late October. For lake information: 760-245-2226.

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