High Desert Waters, Aug. 9 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 has been slow on both lakes, but a few fish have been reported before 9 a.m. on PowerBait (especially hatchery pellet, garlic and salmon peach), nightcrawlers, or small trout jigs and lures. In contract, there is pretty good bass action on the northern and southern shores of lake 2 near the inlets and on lake 3 near pump house. The best bite has been on Senko-type baits, spinnerbait, or and drop-shotted nightcrawlers with some bass to four pounds. Bluegill action is fair on nightcrawlers and meal worms. Some to a 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. A few catfish are being caught on shrimp and garlic-marshmallow/nightcrawler combos. Best area to catch them is northern and western shore of lake 2. For more information call 760-240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: Good catfish action with catfish to five pounds reported in the past week. The best action has been on shrimp with scent added and stink baits, but some also on regular nightcrawlers and other cut baits. Horseshoe Lake at the outlet or along the backside of the lake has been the best spot. 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: The excellent action on bluegill and warmouth continues. This bite is simply 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 five to nine 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 five 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 over a month ago. 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. 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. The evening bite is very good. Good bass on plastics and topwater baits — Whopper Ploppers have been a top bait — with fish to 6 pounds reported in past week. 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: The bluegill and bass action remains pretty fair along the south shoreline (along Highway 138) on the edges of the tules. Cranks and plastics are best for the bass, while the bluegill are best on small baits fished under a bobber with meal worms a top bet. The catfish has been fair with fish to 6 pounds at the outlet. Mackerel, lug worms are best. Few striper reports. 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. Stripers still spotty, but a few more fish to 8 pounds were reported this week on Zoom Fluke Smokin’ Shad and other shad-like lures.

For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LITTLE ROCK RESERVOIR: Anglers have been walking into the lake and fishing, and the crappie bite has been very good with fish from 10 inches to 2 pounds on small jigs with Crappie Nibbles fished alone or beneath a bobber. Also decent numbers of small bass, bluegill, and a few catfish. The lake is technically not closed to access. Yet. 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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