High Desert Waters, July 12 Report

Victorville Region

HESPERIA LAKE: The catfish action has been pretty good, with weekly plants ongoing. It was stocked with 1,000 pounds last Thursday and another 1,000 pounds is slated for this week. Most of the fish run from 1-8 to 2-0, but some up to eight pounds are in each stocking. Best fish this past week was a 11-0 caught by Robert Cushman, Apple Valley, on mackerel off the north shore. Noah Standafer, Hesperia, landed a 10-4 at the drain on a nightcrawler. Phillippe Placencea, Apple Valley, caught a 9-0 on anchovies off the north shore. Nick Ochoa, Hesperia, had a five-fish limit that weighed in at a total of 8 pounds, all caught on the M&M (marshmallow-meal worm combo) at the drain. The top spots have been the North shoreline and The Finger, and various cut baits or the marshmallow-meal worm combo are producing the most fish. Adding one of the catfish dips or scents to the bait is a good idea. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Trout bite was fair to good on both lakes, with anglers using PowerBait (especially chartreuse, garlic, and salmon peach), nightcrawlers and a wide variety of small trout lures and jigs to get the rainbows. Even some limits reported for anglers fishing before 10 a.m. in the morning. The best spots include the northern and western shores of lake 2 and the eastern logged shore and western shore near the drain of lake 3. There is a good bass bite on the northern and southern shores of lake 2 near the inlets and on lake 3 near pump house on Senkos, spinnerbaits, and drop-shotted night crawlers with fish weighing up to 4 pounds. Bluegill are also good on nightcrawlers and meal worms with fish weighing up to 1 pound. Hot spots for bluegill are the western shore of lake 3 near the pump house and the western shore of lake 2 near the drain. Few reports on catfish. For more information call 760-240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: No report. County catfish plants are weekly, but there is no fishing the day of the plant (Thursdays). Information, call 760-245-2226.

Antelope Valley Region

APOLLO PARK LAKE: Excellent action. The bite on bluegill, warmouth, and small carp remains wide open. The bite on small carp to 8 to 9 inches is best on dough baits made from tortillas, but nightcrawler pieces are also good. Some bigger carp to 8 pounds this past week. The bluegill and warmouth are best on small worms, meal worms, red worms, crickets, or nightcrawler pieces fished under a bobber but fished close to the bottom. Also a few bass showing, but the lake is just alive with fry, including a lot of 6-inch carp that are being caught and released by anglers fishing for the carp and panfish. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

JACKSON LAKE (NEAR WRIGHTWOOD): Continued good action on small bluegill, and a fair number of trout continue to show from the DFW trout plant three weeks ago. The trout are showing mostly on PowerBait or MiceTails, while the bluegill are being caught on any small bait, with meal worms and nightcrawler pieces the best. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: The catfish bite has stayed good to excellent here with fish to 10-plus pounds reported on cut baits, especially the XXX Blood Bait sardines, mackerel, or chicken liver flylined in deeper water areas at the front of the lake. Many anglers are fishing cut bait and nightcrawler combos to get wiggle and scent. There is also good bass and bluegill action. Most of the bluegill are hand-sized and showing in very good numbers. Both the bass and panfish are also showing on fly-lined nightcrawlers fished near the reeds. There is also a pretty good topwater bass bite early and late in the day. The carp bite is also good on dough baits. There will be a catfish derby this Saturday, July 14 for the biggest three-fish stringer. Call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club for membership and fishing information at 661-947-2884 or got to www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.

QUAIL LAKE: Continued good to excellent fishing here with all the bites staying pretty good. The catfish remain good at the outlet for anglers fishing big hunks of cut bait (one-quarter to a third of a small frozen mackerel) without weight. Fish to 10 pounds with a lot of three to six pounders. The stripers have also been good on ghost shrimp and lug worms (both the green and new orange colors) fished off the north shore points on a dropper loop with one or two hooks. There is also still a pretty good bite on bluegill and largemouth bass along the reeds on the 138 side of the lake, mostly on nightcrawlers. The ëcrawlers cut in half and fished under a bobber for the bluegill or left whole and fly-lined for the bass. Drop-shot plastics or small cranks are also working for the bass. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Little Rock to Quail Lake stretch): The catfish bite has really turned on along the entire aqueduct from east of Little Rock to Quail Lake this past week. There have been a lot of reports of big catfish breaking and sawing off lines this past week, but a lot of 5-pound and bigger fish have also been caught. Stink baits or XXX-type scent cut baits have been the best bet. The striped bass bite is also improved with fair to good action on cut baits and blood worms, but also a few showing for anglers walking planer boards with shad-like lures. The best action for both stripers and catfish is still early and late in the day or at night. There is a lot of floating vegetation, but the bite still good. Top spots on the east side of the valley are 72nd, 120th, Pearblossom, and 248 East access spots, while the best spots on the west side of the valley are still 110th, 195th, 260th (above ground tunnels), and 280th West. Some bluegill are also showing in the sand traps. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LITTLE ROCK RESERVOIR: The road to the lake is closed, but anglers are allowed to walk in and fish. Parking can be problematic, so many anglers are getting dropped off and calling their ride when it’s time to go home. The water is very low, but the bite has been excellent with some real quality crappie to 2 pounds reported on small jigs fished in stickups. The bass and bluegill bite is also pretty good, with the bass showing on nightcrawlers, plastics, and topwater early and late in the day. The bluegill are best on the usual array of small baits fished under a bobber. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

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