High Desert Waters, Jan. 18 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 went south this past week, with generally slow to fair action. The best bite still is on PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers and small lures. Best spots include the northern and easter shores of lake 2 as well as the western shore near the drain and the eastern logged shore 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 weekly county plants. The most recent DFW plant was three weeks ago. County trout plants started the last week of November and 780 pounds of rainbow per week are stocked. Information, call 760-245-2226.

ANTELOPE VALLEY REGION

APOLLO PARK LAKE: The trout bite has continued fair to good after a plant this past week. The best bite has been around the bubblers. Mice Tails, flies fished on a bobber, PowerBait, and XXX Garlic Blood Bait have been the best baits. Trout to five pounds reported, and a few brown trout continue to be caught, mostly on nightcrawlers dipped in garlic XXX Blood Bait. 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 fair on dough and paste baits. 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. 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 opening day is beginning. Fishing season will kick off Saturday, Feb. 3. The lake has already 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 bites have all stayed slow to fair, but some catfish are still being caught on cut baits, especially big chunks of mackerel fished without weight right at the parking area and outlet. Most are still good quality fish from three to five pounds. Almost no stripers reported in the past week, but a few largemouth bass are showing 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): The bite has stayed mostly slow, but a few catfish continue to show on the chicken liver-nightcrawler combo. Top area have been the 110th Street West region or the areas between 60th and 72nd. Most of the cats are three to six pounds. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

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