High Desert Waters, March 22 Report

Victorville Region

HESPERIA LAKE: No report. 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. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: The trout bite has been good on both lakes with anglers using PowerBait (especially chartreuse, salmon peach and garlic), nightcrawlers and small trout lures. Best spots include the northern and western shores of shores of lake 2 and the eastern shore including the grassy point and western shore near the drain of lake 3. No bass, bluegill, or catfish reports. For more information call 760-240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: No report. There are weekly county trout plants of 780 pounds per week, and bonus fish were planted last week for the derby. DFW trout plant two weeks ago. Information, call 760-245-2226.

Antelope Valley Region

APOLLO PARK LAKE: The trout bite is still very good after last Wednesday’s plant last week, and Mice Tails are still the best baits. Some fish are also showing in PowerBait in corn yellow and spring green colors. Some fish topping 4 pounds. The best action has continued to be on the back lake in the deeper water. 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: The trout action has continued good, mostly on 1-pound class fish with some to 5 pounds. Green pumpkin PowerBait and fly-lined nightcrawlers have been the best bets. There has also been a pretty good crappie bite on small jigs with a lot of fish topping two pounds. They have been best around the docks and in Catfish Alley early in the morning or late evening. Also a few redear showing. In March and April, there are weekly 3,000-pound trout 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: Continued tough fishing here, even for the die-hard regulars who are getting only a rare catfish. No striper, 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 bite has really been improving this past week, especially in the west end of valley from 60th West to Munns Ranch, and a lot of the catfish have been in the 4- to 5-pound class and some to 8. Chicken liver has been the best bait. Also a few stripers to three pounds showing for anglers walk-fishing with planer boards and shad-like lures. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

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