High Desert Waters, Feb. 15 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 slow to fair on both lakes this past week. Action best on PowerBait in rainbow, hatchery pellet and salmon peach, nightcrawlers, and small trout lures and jigs. Best spots include the northern and eastern shores of lake 2 and the eastern logged shore and grassy point 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 fair with some anglers reporting two to four trout, but few limits. There are weekly county trout plants of 780 pounds per week, and most of the trout are between 1 and 2.5-pounds. Emilio Norma, Hesperia, had four trout to 2-8 on garlic Power Eggs. No recent DFW plants. The annual Trout Derby will be Saturday, March 10, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Entry fee is $20 per person plus $10 vehicle entry. Over $1,000 in cash and prizes awarded to top 25 weighing Trout. Information, call 760-245-2226.

Antelope Valley Region

APOLLO PARK LAKE: The lake was stocked Wednesday this week and the bite had been very hit and miss before this plant. The action should pick up by the weekend as the newly-planted fish get acclimated. The best trout action has been on PowerBait in garlic rainbow or nymph. While most are one to two pounds, some bigger fish continue to show. County plants are 1,500 pounds each stock with 250 pounds trophy fish from 3 to 8 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. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: The trout action slowed from the blazing pace of last week, but the action is still pretty good early and late in the day. A pair of 9-pound rainbows were reported this past week, one landed by Brandon Gillette and the other by Ricardo Meza, both Antelope Valley residents. The best bite has been off the fishing docks on green pumpkin PowerBait or for trollers fishing in deeper water (16 feet or more) with Rapala Frenzy lures. The lake is also slated to get another 6,000 pounds of rainbows this week. There are also a few largemouth bass and crappie showing around the shoreline tules. There was 22,000 pounds of trout planted before the opener two weeks ago, including 500 pounds of Lightning Trout, and there will one more 6,000-pound trout plant later this month. In March and April, there will be weekly 3,000-pound plants, with a total of 70,000 pounds 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: There is still a fair catfish bite ongoing at the outlet for anglers fishing big, baseball-sized chunks of mackerel. Channel cats to 8 pounds have been reported this week. 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 action at the aqueduct this week with light fishing pressure. A few fish showing from the west side of the Antelope Valley on chicken liver and mussels with most of the cats from 3 to 6 pounds. A bite from the east end of the valley was reported last week where the 138 crosses the aqueduct near Crystalaire, but no updates on that bite this week. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

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