High Desert Waters, Dec. 21 Report

VICTORVILLE REGION

HESPERIA LAKE: Weekly trout 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: The trout bite was good on both lakes this past week with the best action on PowerBait (rainbow, garlic and hatchery pellet), nightcrawlers and small 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. Few bass reports this week and no catfish reports. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: The trout bite has been fair to good, especially right after the county plants. Brandon Smith, Apple Valley, had a limit of five trout that weighed 14 pounds total, including one at four pounds. He was fishing the front side of Horseshoe Lake with Panther Martins and Roostertails. Nicholas Vaughn, Victorville, had three two-pound rainbows, all on PowerBait from the backside of Horseshoe Lake. County trout plants started the last week of November. Plants will be 780 pounds per week. Information, call 760-245-2226.

ANTELOPE VALLEY REGION
APOLLO PARK LAKE: The trout bite has been good since the plant Nov. 8, and with twice monthly plants, another stock should go in this 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: Fair to 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 six 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 (more than 6 pounds) in this stretch. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

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