High Desert Waters, Jan. 4 Report


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. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: The trout bite was good again on both lakes this past week with the best action on PowerBait (rainbow, garlic and hatchery pellet), nightcrawlers and small lures to catch fish. Best spots include the northern and western shores of lake 2 as well as the western shore and grassy point 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 county plants, and it is got DFW trout last week. County trout plants started the last week of November. Plants are 780 pounds per week. Information, call 760-245-2226.


APOLLO PARK LAKE: This water is still having some of the best fishing in the High Desert. The last trout plant was Dec. 22, which means there should be another plant this week. The bite has been fair to good with a lot of limits reported on Mice Tails in pink and white or the glow colors, especially by the bubblers. Rainbows to five pounds reported over the past week, but most are around 1.5-pounds. The brown trout have been best of nightcrawlers dipped in garlic XXX Blood Bait. County plants are 1,500 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 bluegillo. County plants are supposed to be monthly here but there wasn’t a plant in December. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: The fishing season is currently closed. Fishing season reopens Feb. 3, and the lake is scheduled to receive 70,000 pounds of rainbow trout this coming 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 slowed over the past couple of weeks. There is still a pretty fair catfish bite on cut baits, especially on
big chunks of mackerel fished without weight right at the parking area and outlet. Still a lot of 4- to 6-pound fish reported. 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 catfish and striped bass bites have slowed way down. 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. The anglers walk-trolling with planer boards and small, shallow-running stick baits for the stripers haven’t reported many stripers over the past week. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

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