High Desert Waters, March 8 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 one to two-pound range. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Wind was a major influence on the trout bite this week. Trout bite was slow to fair on both lakes with anglers using PowerBait, especially rainbow, salmon peach and chartreuse, nightcrawlers, and small trout lures (Mice Tails and jigs) to catch fish. Best spots include the northern and eastern shores of shores of lake 2 and the eastern and western shores of lake 3. Top trout landed this past week was a 7.8-pounder caught by Brandon Westover, Apple Valley, on a nightcrawler. 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 planted this week. There was also a DFW trout plant last week. The annual Trout Derby will be this 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 biggest 25 trout weighed in. Information, call 760-245-2226.

Antelope Valley Region

APOLLO PARK LAKE: The trout bite was good for the weekend derby with a lot of trout reported including a few limits and some rainbows to six pounds. 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 in the deeper water. Most of the trout are one to three pounds. County plants are 1,500 pounds each stock with 250 pounds trophy fish from three to eight 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: Another 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 one-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. Prior to the cold snap, the best catfish bite has been at the outlet for anglers fishing big, baseball-sized chunks of mackerel. 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 cold weather the past three 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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