High Desert Waters, Dec. 28


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 over a month. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: The trout bite was good again 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. No bass or 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, and it is slated to get DFW trout this week. County trout plants started the last week of November. Plants will be 780 pounds per week. Information, call 760-245-2226.


APOLLO PARK LAKE: The trout action has been very good since last weekís plant, which included some bigger brown trout in addition to the rainbows. The best bite has been on Mice Tails fished on an 18-inch leader and floated up off the bottom, but the browns have been best on Kastmasters (or similar lures) and inflated nightcrawlers. County plants are 1,500 each stock with 250 pounds trophy fish from three to eight pounds, and plants are twice a month. Next plant in early January. The carp bite is also good on dough and paste baits, and anglers are reported very good success with the new Fire Corn Pautzke bait, with both trout and carp eating this bait. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

JACKSON LAKE (NEAR WRIGHTWOOD): Continued 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 supposed to be 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: While the striper bite has slowed way down, the catfish bite has continued to be good for the handful of anglers fishing big chunks of mackerel without weight right at the parking area and outlet. Top fish reported in the past week was a 17-pounder, but a lot of four to six-pound fish reported. An occasional stripers is still showing on the cut baits or frozen shad at the inlet, but this bite has slowed way down. 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 for stripers and still decent for catfish. Most of the cats are three to six pounds, while the stripers are mostly two-pound class fish now. Anglers are walk-trolling with planer boards and small, shallow-running stick baits for the stripers, and they are drifting mackerel for the catfish while walking back down-current. Top area for this tactic has been from the Johnson siphon downstream (the 110th Avenue West area), but the 72nd Avenue East area has also been producing a few fish. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

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