High Desert Waters, July 26 Report

Victorville Region

HESPERIA LAKE: The weekly 1,000-pound catfish plants continue with a plant last Thursday and another slated for Thursday this week. The fish average 1-8 to 2 pounds, but there are some bigger fish in each plants. The best action has been on the M&M (marshmallow-meal worm) combo, shrimp, or cut mackerel, and adding a scent helps. Top spots this week have been The Finger and Sandy Point. Top stringer of the week went to  Kevin Salgado, Hesperia, with five fish that totaled 36 pounds, and his best fish was a 9-8, all on the M&M Combo at The Finger. Isidaro Salgado, also Hesperia, had three cats totaling 18 pounds. The biggest cats was a 10-pound that Thomas and Steve Sterall, Phelan, double-teamed to land. They were using sardines and meal worms. Ricardo Rodriguez, Hesperia, landed a 5-pound cat on mackerel off the east shore. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: The trout bite was slow on both lakes this week, with just a few fish showing early in the morning on chartreuse, garlic or salmon peach PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, or small trout lures to get a few. 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 the pump house. The best bite has been on Senkos, spinnerbaits, and drop-shotted night crawlers and some to 4 pounds have been report. The bluegill bite is also pretty good on nightcrawler pieces and meal worms, and some to 1 pound have been caught.
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 on bluegill, and the bigger carp are starting to show in decent numbers. The bite on bluegill and warmouth remains wide open on small worms, meal worms, red worms, crickets, or nightcrawler pieces fished under a bobber but fished close to the bottom. There is also a pretty good bite on bigger carp from five to nine pounds on dough baits. Also a few bass showing, but the lake is just alive with fry. 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, but no trout with the last DFW plant more than a month 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 here with fish to 10-plus pounds reported on cut baits, especially the XXX Blood Bait sardines, mackerel, or chicken liver fly-lined 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, but weeds are starting to make shoreline fishing more difficult. Most of the bluegill are hand-sized and showing in decent numbers. Both the bass and panfish are also showing on fly-lined nightcrawlers fished near the reeds and outside edges of the weed beds that are forming in the lake. There is also a pretty good topwater bass bite early and late in the day. The carp bite is also good on dough baits. Call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club for membership and fishing information at 661-947-2884 or got to www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.

QUAIL LAKE: Heat and wind have slowed things a little. Flows into and through the lake have also been high, but is still a pretty fair morning bite for all species. The catfish may still be the best bet for anglers fishing big hunks of cut bait (one-quarter to a third of a small frozen mackerel) without weight at the outlet and a few bigger fish larger than 6 pounds have been caught again this week. The stripers have also less consistent, but they are still showing off the north shore points on ghost shrimp and lug worms (both the green and new orange colors) fished on a dropper loop with one or two hooks. There is also still a pretty fair bite on bluegill and largemouth bass along the reeds on the 138 side of the lake, mostly on nightcrawlers. The ‘crawlers 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 water has been ripping this week, making fishing difficult. The west side the Antelope Valley has had the highest flows and toughest fishing, but the east side had lower flows. The best action is from 72nd Avenue east. The best action ñ on both catfish and stripers ñ has been on lug worms or blood worms fished in combination with shad or sardines. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LITTLE ROCK RESERVOIR: The lake is closed, just as it has been for the past three years. It was open two weekends in June (9-10 and 16-17) to allow anglers and other recreation users access. The fishing was excellent those two weekends with crappie to two pounds, bluegill to 1 pound, and a good number of 2- to 4-pound bass caught. The Palmdale Water District started construction this month on a grade-control structure to protect the endangered arroyo toads. Building the arroyo toad structure also marks the beginning of PWD’s Littlerock Reservoir Sediment Removal Project, a plan to remove about 1.165 million cubic yards of accumulated sediment from behind the dam to increase capacity at the nearly century-old dam. This project is not scheduled for completion until 2032, with 120,000 cubic yards of material removed a year until the 1.165 million yards of accumulated sediment and debris is removed. Apparently, there is not going to be an effort to rescue the fish population existing in the lake and relocate them to other nearby waters like Apollo Lake or Jackson Lake. Anglers have been walking into the lake and fishing, catching crappie, bluegill, and bass in very good numbers as the water level drops. While no one has been cited, there is a good likelihood that citations could occur, although the Angeles National Forest, which manages the closure, has not returned requests for information. More information will be provided as it become available.

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