High Desert Waters, June 21 Report

Victorville Region

HESPERIA LAKE: The catfish action has been pretty good, with weekly plants on going. The last 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 8 pounds are in each stocking. The top spots have been The Finger and Sandy Point, 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 good on both lakes with anglers using PowerBait (especially hatchery pellet garlic and salmon peach), nightcrawlers and an array of small trout lures to catch limits. Best bite is before 11 a.m. 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. Paul Fournier landed an near-9-pound trout (8.99 pounds) on salmon peach PowerBait off the north shore of Lake No. 2. Bass have been fair to good on the northern and southern shores of lake 2 near the inlets and on lake 3 near pump house with the best action on Senkos, spinnerbaits, and drop-shotted nightcrawlers. Fish up to 4 pounds reports. Still few reports on bluegill or catfish. For more information call 760-240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: The catfish bite has been fair to good after weekly plants, and there continues to be a good bite on hand-sized bluegill near any shoreline cover. Some limits reported. 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: The panfish and carp bites remain very good. Most of the carp are smaller, around 1 pound, but they are showing in good numbers especially at the front of the lake where people feed the ducks. Most have been from 1 to 2 pounds. The best bite on both the carp and bluegill has been on dough bait fished on the bottom or red worms fished under a bobber with the bait is close to the bottom. The ‘gills and related warmouth can also be caught on meal worms, wax worms, crickets, or nightcrawler pieces, too. The catfish bite is slow to fair on cut baits, but there was a 13-pounder caught this past week. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

JACKSON LAKE (NEAR WRIGHTWOOD): Good action on tiny bluegill, but otherwise very slow fishing. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: The catfish bite has stayed good here with fish to 13 pounds reported on cut baits, especially the XXX Blood Bait sardines, mackerel, or chicken liver flylined in deeper water areas, but especially where the aqueduct enters (docks 25 and 26) and the main dock. 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. The carp bite is also good on dough baits. There will be a catfish derby 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: The bite is pretty much wide open with very good action on catfish with fish to 10 pounds reported this week. Most are 3 to 5 pounds and showing on cut baits, especially at the outlet right by the parking area on baseball-sized chunks of mackerel fly-lined along the bottom in the moving water. Fish to 10-plus pounds reported again this week. The bluegill are also very good on bobber-suspended baits with most hand-sized. A few stripers continue to show on ghost shrimp fished drop-shot style, and there have been reports of boiling fish at the back end of the lake. The bass are best around the reeds or other structure, mostly on nightcrawlers, and there was one 8-pound bass reported this past week. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Little Rock to Quail Lake stretch): The catfish bite has improved with the warm weather throughout this stretch of the aqueducts with good action throughout now. The striped bass bite is also improved with fair to good action. The best action is still early and late in the day. There is a lot of floating vegetation, but the bite still good. Top spots on the east side of the valley are 72nd and 120th, while the best spots on the west side of the valley are still  110th, 195th, and 280th West. A few stripers are showing on cut baits or for anglers walking planer boards with shad-like lures. Some bluegill are also starting to show in the sand traps. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.


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