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 spring green, 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 5 pounds reported. A few bluegill starting to show, but still no catfish reports. For more information call 760-240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.
MOJAVE NARROWS: No report. County trout plants ended the last week or March, and catfish season begins in May. No recent DFW plants. Information, call 760-245-2226.
Antelope Valley Region
APOLLO PARK LAKE: The trout bite is starting to wind down with the warm weather this week. The fish are mostly in deeper water on the backside of the lake on Mice Tails or PowerBait. Carp remain the best bet with very good to excellent action with a lot of quality fish reported. 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 4 to 10 pounds. 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 fair to good, mostly on one-pound class fish with some to five pounds. Lightning Trout were planted three 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 again this past week. Fish to eight 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.