High Desert Waters, May 17 Report

Victorville Region

HESPERIA LAKE: No report. Catfish season normally begins the end of April, but no information available. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Trout bite was slow during the day, but good early and late. The best action has been on PowerBait (especially fluorescent orange, salmon peach and garlic), nightcrawlers and the usual array of small lures. 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. Anglers report very good bass bite on the northern and southern shores of lake 2 near the inlets and on lake 3 near the pump house. Jorge Poveda, Ontario, landed a 7-11 trout on a small jigs off the north shore of Lake 2. Bass are biting on Senkos, swim baits, and drop-shot night crawlers with fish weighing up to 4 pounds. A few bluegill starting to show, but still no catfish reports. For more information call (760)240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: No report. County trout plants ended the last week or March, and catfish season begins later this month. No recent DFW plants. Information, call 760-245-2226.

Antelope Valley Region

APOLLO PARK LAKE: The trout bite has remained fair since the kid’s derby two weeks ago with a few trout to 3 pounds reported on small jigs or flies. The best action has been for carp, which continue good on home-made dough baits or the XXX Magic Bait in mulberry. A lot of anglers are also using strawberry jello as a dip for their baits. Most of the carp are running from 4 to 10 pounds. 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 trout bite has remained pretty good after a surprise plant two weeks ago. Most of the action has been on PowerBait, MiceTails or fly-lined nightcrawlers. The carp bite is also still very good with a lot of quality fish of more than six pounds. There is a month-long carp derby (no entry fee), and the biggest poundage of carp weighed in this month is worth $150. Second will win $100, and third will be a $25 gift card to Turner’s Outdoorsman. The bass bite has been good on nightcrawlers fished around the docks, and there are still a few crappie showing around the docks early in the morning or late evening. Also a few redear showing. Call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club for membership and fishing information at 661-947-2884 or got to www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.

QUAIL LAKE: The striper bite has been good with the warm weather. The best action has been on ghost shrimp at the water outlet with anglers reporting stripers up to 10 pounds. The catfish bite has also come back on with a variety of cut baits, but the best action has been at the outlet near the parking lot on big hunks of mackerel. The bass have been best near the shoreline tules on plastics and nightcrawlers. Also some bluegill on meal worms or wax worms fished under a bobber tight to the structure. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Little Rock to Quail Lake stretch): The catfish action has been fair to good again this past week, especially the west side of the valley at 110th, 195th, and 280th West. Best bait has been mackerel. The striper bite is improving, with a few showing on cut baits or for anglers walking planer boards with shad-like lures. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

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