High Desert Lakes, Aug. 2 Report

Victorville Region

HESPERIA LAKE: The weekly 1,000-pound catfish plants continue with a plant last Thursday and another slated for Thursday this week. The fish average 1-8 to two pounds, but there are some bigger fish in each plant. The best action has been on the M&M (marshmallow-meal worm) combo, shrimp, or cut mackerel, and adding a scent helps. Top spots this week have been The Finger and Sandy Point. Top stringer of the week went to
Kevin Salgado, Hesperia, with five fish that totaled 36 pounds, and his best fish was a 9-8, all on the M&M Combo at The Finger. Isidaro Salgado, also Hesperia, had three cats totaling 18 pounds. The biggest cat this past week was a 10-pounder landed by Jason Henry, San Bernardino, on shrimp and marshmallow off the north shore. Mauricio Caldera, Apple Valley, landed a 7-4 cat, while Mylz Collier, Hesperia, had a 4-pounder. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Trout bite was slow on both lakes, but a few fish are showing on PowerBait in hatchery pellet, garlic and salmon peach with the best bite early in the morning before 9 a.m. Good bass action on the northern and southern shores of lake 2 near the inlets and on lake 3 near pump house on Senkos, spinnerbaits, or drop-shotted nightcrawlers with fish weighing up to 4 pounds. Bluegill are active and biting on nightcrawlers and meal worms with fish weighing up to 1 pound. Hot spots for bluegill are the western shore of lake 3 near the pump house and the western shore of lake 2 near the drain. Few reports on catfish. For more information call 760-240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: Very good catfish action with catfish to five pounds reported in the past week. The best action has been on XXX shrimp and stink baits, but some also on regular nightcrawlers and other cut baits. Horseshoe Lake has been better than the big lake at the outlet or along the backside of the lake. County catfish plants are weekly, but there is no fishing the day of the plant (Thursdays). Information, call 760-245-2226.

Antelope Valley Region

APOLLO PARK LAKE: Excellent action on bluegill and warmouth. This bite simply remains wide open on small worms, meal worms, red worms, crickets, or nightcrawler pieces fished under a bobber but fished close to the bottom. There is also a pretty good bite on bigger carp from 5 to 9 pounds on dough baits. Also a few bass showing, but the lake is just alive with fry. There have also been some catfish showing with the fish in the three pounds, but a lot of smaller fish. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

JACKSON LAKE (NEAR WRIGHTWOOD): Continued good action on small bluegill, but no trout with the last DFW plant more than a month ago. The trout are showing mostly on PowerBait or MiceTails, while the bluegill are being caught on any small bait, with meal worms and nightcrawler pieces the best. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: Very light fishing pressures. Good bass on plastics and topwater baits — Whopper Ploppers have been a top bait — with fish to 6 pounds reported in past week. The catfish bite has stayed good here with fish to 10-plus pounds reported on cut baits, especially the XXX Blood Bait sardines, mackerel, or chicken liver fly-lined in deeper water areas at the front of the lake. Many anglers are fishing cut bait and nightcrawler combos to get wiggle and scent. There is also good bluegill action, but weeds are starting to make shoreline fishing more difficult. Most of the bluegill are hand-sized and showing in decent numbers. The carp bite is also good on dough baits. Call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club for membership and fishing information at 661-947-2884 or got to www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.

QUAIL LAKE: Flows into and through the lake have up and up and down. The largemouth bass action has been pretty good on cranks and plastics. The catfish has been fair to good with fish to 6 pounds, but the best bite has been on the far east end where the big lake connects to the pond adjacent to the main lake. Mackerel, lug worms are best. Few striper reports. There is also still a pretty fair bite on bluegill along the reeds on the 138 side of the lake, mostly on half-nightcrawlers fished under a bobber. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Little Rock to Quail Lake stretch): The best bet has been the catfish action which has been pretty good in spite of the weeds in the flow right now. Top baits are anchovies, lug worms, and shrimp. Not a lot of stripers showing. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LITTLE ROCK RESERVOIR: Anglers have been walking into the lake and fishing, catching crappie, bluegill, and bass as the water level drops. The bite has still been very good overall. While no one has been cited and the lake is technically not closed to access, there is a good likelihood the U.S. Forest Service (Angeles National Forest) will close the area in the near future. The Palmdale Water District started construction in July on a grade-control structure to protect the endangered arroyo toads. Building the arroyo toad structure also marks the beginning of PWD’s Littlerock Reservoir Sediment Removal Project, a plan to remove about 1.165 million cubic yards of accumulated sediment from behind the dam to increase capacity at the nearly century-old dam. This project is not scheduled for completion until 2032, with 120,000 cubic yards of material removed a year until the 1.165 million yards of accumulated sediment and debris is removed. Apparently, there is not going to be an effort to rescue the fish population existing in the lake and relocate them to other nearby waters like Apollo Lake or Jackson Lake. More information will be provided as it become available.

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