High Desert Waters, June 7 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 eight 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. Top catfish reported in the past week was a 7-5 landed by Francisco Aquino, Lake Arrowhead, fishing shrip off Sandy Point. He also had a five-pounder. A 6-4 was landed off the north shore, also on shrimp, by Kenny Kilgore, Fontana, while Mark Legarreta, Hesperia, had a 4-1, also on the north shore on shrimp. Isidore Salgade, Hesperia, landed a five-fish limit off The Finger on the M&M Combo with mackerel added. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.
JESS RANCH LAKES: The big bump in temperature this week shut down the action after 10 a.m., but the morning bite has remained good in both lakes for anglers using PowerBait (especially flourescent orange, garlic, and spring green), nightcrawlers, or the usual array of small trout jigs and lures. Some even got limits. 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. The bass bite is also pretty good on the northern and southern shores of lake 2 near the inlets and on lake 3 near pump house. The best action has been on Senkos, spinnerbaits, and drop-shotted nightcrawlers with fish to five pounds reported. A few bluegill, but still no catfish reports. 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. County catfish plants are week, but there is no fishing the day of the plant (Thursdays). Information, call 760-245-2226.

Antelope Valley Region

APOLLO PARK LAKE: The panfish bite broke wide open this week along most of the shorelines with lots of bluegill and warmouth showing, especially for the kids targeting the panfish with any small bait — meal worms, wax worms, crickets, red worms, or nightcrawler pieces. The catfish bite is fair on cut baits. Also still good carp action on dough baits, especially on Magic Bait in shad or mulberry flavors. The trout are very slow, but still an occasional one caught on PowerBait or an inflated nightcrawler in deeper water. 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 10 pounds reported on cut baits, especially the XXX Blood Bait sardines flylined in deeper water around the docks and along the tules. There is also good bluegill and redear action. Most of the bluegill are hand-sized and showing in very good numbers, while the redear have been up to 2-8. There is also a good bite on bass. Both the bass and panfish are showing on fly-line nightcrawlers fished near the reeds. 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: The overall action has been very good with stripers starting to show in good numbers, especially for anglers walking the north shore to the back end of the lake and fishing ghost shrimp drop-shot style. There are also a lot of bass and bluegill around the reeds or other structure, mostly on nightcrawlers. There also continues to be a fair to good bite on quality catfish 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. 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. The best bite has been from 6 to 10 p.m. in the evening on mussels and chicken liver. 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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