High Desert Waters, April 19 Report

Victorville Region

HESPERIA LAKE: The last 1,000-pound trout plant was April 5 and no more have been scheduled. The bite has slowed down dramatically and the catfish planting scheduled has not been announced yet. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Trout bite was fair to very good on both lakes with anglers using PowerBait (especially rainbow, salmon peach and garlic), nightcrawlers, and small trout lures to catch fish. Best spots include the northern and eastern shores of lake 2 and the eastern logged shore and western shore near the drain of lake 3. Bass are on beds and there has been a fair bite on the northern and southern shores of lake 2 near the inlets and on lake 3 near pump house. Bass are biting on senkos, spinnerbaits, and nightcrawlers with fish weighing up to 3 pounds reported. Still no bluegill or catfish reports. For more information call 760-240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: The trout bite has slowed way down. County trout plants ended the last week of March, but there was a special DFW plant this past week for the Kidís Derby. Catfish stocking season begins in May. For the kid’s event, 129 children entered and a total of 28 trout were entered in the big-fish event. Top trout was a 9-6 rainbow caught by Toros Avedikian, 10, Northridge, on rainbow PowerBait. Second place was a 1-9 trout landed by Mercedes Munoz, 13, from Phelan, while third was a 1-8 caught by Mari Reynoso, 7, Hesperia. Trout at 1-6 won fourth and fifth, and they were caught by Mateo Zepada, 13, Riverside, and Arthur Smith, 7, Apple Valley. Information, call 760-245-2226.

Antelope Valley Region

APOLLO PARK LAKE: While the trout bite remains fair, it has been the carp bite that has taken the spotlight here. The action has been good to excellent with a lot of quality fish reported. Mike Tekala, Palmdale, caught a 24-pounder early this week. The best action has been on home-made dough baits or the XXX Magic Bait in mulberry. A lot of anglers are also using strawberry jello as a dip for their baits. Most of the carp are running from four to 10 pounds. The trout remain best on Mice Tails and PowerBait. The youth fishing derby will be May 5 with lots of prizes for the kids. The last 1,500-pound trout plant of the season will be just before this event and the lake will be closed to fishing between the plant and the derby. 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 two weeks and some have been quality fish, with a hot bite early morning, especially at the water inlet. Green pumpkin PowerBait, Mice Tails, and fly-lined nightcrawlers have been the best bets. The bass bite has been good on nightcrawlers fished around the docks, and there are still a few crappie showing 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 made for pretty good catfish action this past week. Fish to 8 pounds reported, and the best action has been at the outlet near the parking lot on big hunks of mackerel. Also still 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 or nightcrawlers. 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): Most of the fishing pressure has been on the west end of the aqueduct, and the bite has been pretty good over the past week on catfish. Chicken liver, mackerel, and shrimp have all been getting a few fish, and adding scent helps the action along. The striper bite is still spotty. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.


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