High Desert Waters, April 12 Report

Victorville Region

HESPERIA LAKE: The last 1,000-pound trout plant was April 5, and it might be the last one for the season. Most of the fish are in the one to two-pound range. The bite has been fair to good, and the top fish this past week was an 8-pounder landed by Johnny Torres, Apple Valley. John Jose, Hesperia, caught a 7-pounder. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Trout bite has been very good in both lakes with anglers using PowerBait (rainbow, salmon peach, and garlic) nightcrawlers and small trout lures to catch fish. Best spots include the northern and eastern shores of shores of lake 2 and the eastern and western shores of lake 3. Ryan McMullan, Hesperia, landed a 6.28-pound rainbow on a Trout King off the north shore of Lake No. 2. The bass bite is starting with some fish moving shallow in lake 2 with fish up to 4 pounds reported. Still slow for bluegill and catfish. For more information call 760-240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: The trout bite has been pretty fair and some real quality fish have been reported. Richard Moore, Apple Valley, caught a 6-5 rainbow trout on a green jig Friday this past week (he landed a 10-pounder the week before). There are weekly county trout plants of 780 pounds per week. No recent DFW plants. There will be a Youth Derby, Saturday, April 14. Information, call 760-245-2226.

Antelope Valley Region

APOLLO PARK LAKE: The trout bite is still very good after a plant last week. Mice Tails and PowerBait in spring green are the best baits. Some fish topping 4 pounds. The best action has continued to be on the back lake in the deeper water. County plants are 1,500 pounds each stock with 250 pounds trophy fish from 3 to 8 pounds, and plants are twice a month. The youth fishing derby will be May 5 with lots of prizes for the kids. The carp bite broke wide open this week with fish to 12 pounds. Lots of nice stringers of five or six fish. The best action has been on homemade dough baits, and Magic mulberry carp bait. Strawberry jellow has been the favored dip. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

JACKSON LAKE (NEAR WRIGHTWOOD): Continued very slow fishing with no recent trout plants. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: The trout action has continued good, mostly on one-pound class fish with some to five pounds. Lightning Trout were planted this week and some have been quality fish, with a hot bite early morning. Green pumpkin PowerBait, Mice Tails, and fly-lined nightcrawlers have been the best bets. There has also been a pretty good crappie bite on small jigs with a lot of fish topping two pounds. They have been best around the docks early in the morning or late evening. Also a few redear showing. In March and April, there are weekly 3,000-pound trout plants, with a total of 70,000 pound scheduled to be planted this season. Call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club for membership and fishing information at 661-947-2884 or got to www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.

QUAIL LAKE: The warm weather has finally perked this action, and the bite for catfish has improved with quite a few fish to six pounds reported, mostly on cut mackerel with scent. Also pretty fair bass and bluegill action along the shoreline brush and tules. The bluegill are best on meal worms or wax worms fished under a bobber tight to the structure, while the bass have been best on plastics. Still very few stripers reported. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Little Rock to Quail Lake stretch): There was a good largemouth bass bite late last week and into the weekend when the flows dropped. A few catfish continue to show, even with the higher flows, especially the west end of valley from 60th West to Munns Ranch, and a lot of the catfish have been in the 4- to 5-pound class and some to 8. Chicken liver has been the best bait. Also a few stripers to 3 pounds showing for anglers walk-fishing with planer boards and shad-like lures or drifted shrimp. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

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