High Desert Lakes, Dec. 14 Report


HESPERIA LAKE: First trout of the season went in last Thursday, and the next plant was scheduled for Thursday this week. Plants are 1,000 pounds per week and coming from Mt. Lassen Trout Farms this season. Most of the fish are in the one to two-pound range, and quite a few anglers have reported limits (five) of one-pounders over the past week. Most are showing on PowerBait off the north shore. Still a few catfish showing on shrimp, the marshmallow-meal worm combo, and chicken liver, but this bite has slowed way down with no plants for three weeks. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Trout bite was very good on both lakes with anglers using PowerBait (especially rainbow, garlic and salmon peach), nightcrawlers and small trout lures to catch fish. Best spots include the northern and western shores of lake 2 as well as the western shore and grassy point of lake 3. Anglers reported fair bass action on the western shore of lake 3 and the north and western shore of lake 2 with fish up to four pounds. Catfish were fair on mackerel and shrimp from the western shore of lake 2 and the western shore of lake 3 near the pump house. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: County trout plants started the last week of November. Plants will be 780 pounds per week. Richard Moore, Apple Valley, landed an 11-8 rainbow trout the green PowerBait the first week of plants. Information, call 760-245-2226.


APOLLO PARK LAKE: The trout bite has been good since the plant Nov. 8, and with twice monthly plants, another stock should go in next week. The best bite has been on Berkley salmon eggs (two on the same hook) in red or creme or the pink and white Mice Tails, both fished with about an 18-inch leader and floated up off the bottom. Also some fishing showing on the fly-bubble combo. County plants are 1,500 each stock with 250 pounds trophy fish from three to eight pounds. The carp bite is also good on dough and paste baits, and anglers are reported very good success with the new Fire Corn bait Pautzke, with both trout and carp eating this bait. Last week, Alfred Sampson, Palmdale, landed three three trout to eight pounds, and two carp to 10 pounds. He was using Roostertails for the trout and dough bait for the carp. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

JACKSON LAKE (NEAR WRIGHTWOOD): Slow fishing for trout with limited good shoreline access and low water levels. Still an occasional trout showing with no recent plants. County plants are monthly here but none so far this month. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: The fishing season is currently closed. Fishing season reopens Feb. 3, and the lake is scheduled to receive 70,000 pounds of rainbow trout this coming fishing season. Call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club for membership and fishing information at 661-947-2884 or got to www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.

QUAIL LAKE: Good striper action on all cut baits, but the frozen shad have been the best. The hottest action is at the inlet for anglers who use slip bobbers and make the long casts into the moving current with the live shad. Most fish two to four pounds, but fish to 12 pounds reported. The catfish bite is also good on cut baits, but they are getting little pressure. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Little Rock to Quail Lake stretch): The bite has been fair to good for stripers and still decent for catfish to 6 pounds. Cut baits have been the best bet. Very light fishing pressure. The best action has been off the 138 at 72nd Avenue East and the aqueduct. Some bigger stripers (over six pounds) in this stretch. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

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