High Desert Waters, Feb. 8 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 very slow. There are weekly county trout plants of 780 pounds per week. No recent DFW plants. Information, call 760-245-2226.

Antelope Valley Region

APOLLO PARK LAKE: The trout bite has picked back up after last weekís plant. 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. 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. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: There were 5,035 trout reported caught opening weekend of fishing season in what turned out to be the biggest opening in over 10 years. There were over 1,000 members, their families, and guests on Saturday (and it was probably over 1,500), and Sunday was nearly as busy. Trout to 12-plus pounds were landed. The best bite has been on drop-shot Mice Tails, small jigs, and PowerBait for anglers fishing both from boats and off the fishing docks. There were 22,000 pounds of trout planted before the opener, including 500 pounds of Lightning Trout, and there will be two more 6,000-pound trout plants 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. A few crappie and catfish were also reported. 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 4 to 8 pounds, mostly on frozen shad. 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. There are a few fish showing from the west side of the Antelope Valley on chicken liver and mussels with most of the cats from three to six pounds. A bite from the east end of the valley was reported this week where the 138 cross the aqueduct near Crystalaire with fish to 17 pounds reported. No more bluegill reports this week. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

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