High Desert Waters, March 1 Report

Victorville Region

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, but small trout jigs are as good. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: The trout bite was slow to fair on both lakes this past week. Action best on PowerBait in rainbow, salmon peach, and fluorescent orange, nightcrawlers, and small trout lures and jigs. Best spots include the northern and western shores of lake 2 and the western shore near the drain and the grassy point of lake 3. Adam Ramirez, Ontario, landed a 7.42-pound rainbow on salmon peach PowerBait, while Darnell Kennedy, Victorville, landed a 7-pounder. No bass, bluegill, or catfish reports. For more information call 760-240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: The trout bite has been fair with some anglers reporting two to four trout, but few limits. While few anglers are fishing catfish, there is a fair bite on fish to 5 pounds on stink baits. There are weekly county trout plants of 780 pounds per week, and most of the trout are between 1 and 2.5-pounds. There is also a DFW trout plant slated for this week. The annual Trout Derby will be Saturday, March 10, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Entry fee is $20 per person plus $10 vehicle entry. Over $1,000 in cash and prizes awarded to top 25 weighing Trout. Information, call 760-245-2226.

Antelope Valley Region

APOLLO PARK LAKE: The lake is closed to fishing this week until the derby this Saturday. The lake was stocked twice with both lakes getting fish, and the bite should be excellent for the derby. The bite has been best on pink or bubble gum Mice Tails in the XXX garlic blood bait or some other garlic additive. The front lake has been fair, but the best action has been on the back lake. Most of the trout are 1 to 3 pounds, but fish to 5 pounds are expected for the derby. County plants are 1,500 pounds each stock with 250 pounds trophy fish from 3 to 8 pounds, and plants are twice a month. 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. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: Trout plant this week with good action off the docks on PowerBait, but the jig bite slowed. Most of the fish have been in the 1-pound range with a few bigger. In March and April, there will be weekly 3,000-pound plants, with a total of 70,000 pound scheduled to be planted this season. Call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club for membership and fishing information at 661-947-2884 or got to www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.

QUAIL LAKE: Very cold and windy this week, but even the die-hard regulars found very tough fishing with very few catfish. There were a few 4- to 7-pound stripers reported in a pre-dawn bite on umbrella rigs at the outlet. Prior to the cold snap, the best catfish bite has been at the outlet for anglers fishing big, baseball-sized chunks of mackerel. No largemouth or panfish reported. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Little Rock to Quail Lake stretch): The cold weather the past two weeks has really slowed down the bite with very few reports along the whole length of the aqueduct. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.


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