High Desert Waters, Feb. 22 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 1- to 2-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. While few anglers are fishing catfish, there is a fair bite on fish to 5 pounds on stink baits. There are weekly county trout plants of 780 pounds per week, and most of the trout are between one 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 last week and the bite had been very good since. The bite has been best on pink or bubble gum Mice Tails in the XXX garlic blood bait or some other garlic additive. The front lake has been fair, but the best action has been on the back lake. Most of the trout are one to three pounds, but fish to 5 pounds have been reported this past week. 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 Apollo Lake Derby will be March 3 this year. 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: Some anglers are still posting very good trout scores in spite of the very cold weather this week, but the bite has been finicky. Fishing garlic and green pumpkin PowerBait off the docks has been the best bet, especially with garlic additives. Boat anglers not doing as well. The lake was planted with 6,000 pounds of rainbows last week. There was 22,000 pounds of trout planted before the opener three 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 pound 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: Very cold and windy this week, but even the die-hard regulars found very tough fishing with very few catfish and no stripers reported. The best catfish bite has been at the outlet for anglers fishing big, baseball-sized chunks of mackerel. No largemouth or panfish reported. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Little Rock to Quail Lake stretch): The cold weather this week really slowed down the bite with the best action on the east end of the aqueduct in the deeper spots (sand traps). The few catfish caught were reported on chicken liver and mussels, and they were in the 3- to 6-pound range. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

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