High Desert Waters, Feb. 1 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. Most are showing on PowerBait off the north shore, but small trout jigs are as good. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: The trout bite was fair to good on both lakes with anglers using PowerBait in rainbow, garlic and spring green, nightcrawlers, and small trout lures and jigs. Best spots include the northern and eastern shores of lake 2 as well as the western shore near the drain and the eastern logged shore and grassy point of lake 3. Top fish reported this week was a 9.85-pound rainbow landed by Luis Martinez, Fontana, on garlic PowerBait from eastern shore of lake 3. No bass, bluegill, or catfish reports. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: The trout bite has been very slow. There are supposed to be weekly county trout plant, but the action suggests that has not been the case. The most recent DFW plant was five weeks ago. County trout plants are supposed to be 780 pounds of rainbow trout each week. Information, call 760-245-2226.

Antelope Valley Region

APOLLO PARK LAKE: The trout bite slowed a little during the full moon this week, but another plant is tentatively slated to go in this week which should turn it back on again. The best trout action has been on on PowerBait in garlic rainbow or nymph. While most are one to two pounds, some bigger fish continue to show. Also still a few brown trout showing on nightcrawlers dipped in garlic or Kastmasters. County plants are 1,500 pounds each stock with 250 pounds trophy fish from three to eight pounds, and plants are twice a month. The carp bite is slow with little pressure. 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, although one was rumored to have gone in. An occasional rainbow is still being landed along with a few small bluegill. County plants are supposed to be monthly here but there wasn’t a plant in December and none so far this month. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: The countdown to Saturday’s opening day — Antelope Valley’s Mardi Gras of fishing — is nearing a close. The line is forming for the opening of this year’s season. Opening day is expected to produce a lot of rainbow trout limits, along with a lot of quality fish topping four pounds. The bass bite is also expected to be pretty good for anglers fishing plastics and jigs off the main lake points. The lake has been stocked with three loads of trout, including Lightning Trout (500 pounds), with a total of 22,000 pounds stocked so far. The lake is scheduled to receive 70,000 pounds of trout total this 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: The catfish bite has been hit and miss with some anglers getting a few nice catfish from four to eight pounds, mostly on frozen shad. Other anglers getting skunked. Almost no stripers reported again in the past week, and only an occasional largemouth bass on plastics for the bank-walkers. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Little Rock to Quail Lake stretch): Overall, slow to fair catfish action, especially on the west side of the Antelope Valley on chicken liver and mussels. The striper bite has slowed way down. Top catfish areas have been the 110th Street West region or the areas between 60th and 72nd. Most of the cats are three to six pounds. No more bluegill reports this week. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

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