High Desert Waters, May 24 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 chartreuse, 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 eastern logged shore and western shore near the drain in lake 3. inlets and on lake 3 near the pump house. Bass are fair to good 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. Weekly county catfish plants start this week. There is no fishing on the day of the plant (Thursday). Information, call 760-245-2226.

Antelope Valley Region

APOLLO PARK LAKE: The trout bite has remained surprisingly pretty fair, mostly on PowerBait in deeper water, but most of the action right now has been for carp. This bite is good, with fish to 7 pounds showing this week. The best action is on dough baits Magic Bait in shad or mulberry, if you can find it. 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 fair even though it has been three weeks since the last plant with the best bite in deeper water on PowerBait. The best action has been on redear (with some bluegill also in this bite) to 2-8, but there is also a good bite on bass. Both are showing on fly-line nightcrawlers fished near the reeds. The carp bite is also good on dough baits. 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 Turnerís Outdoorsman. There are still a few crappie showing around the docks early in the morning or late evening. Call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club for membership and fishing information at 661-947-2884 or got to www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.

QUAIL LAKE: There is pretty good action on both stripers and catfish this week, and the bluegill bite surged with some good catches reports. The stripers have been best on chicken liver, lug worms, and ghost shrimp, while the catfish are good on mackerel with added scent. The bluegill came in around reeds and showing in good numbers on meal worms or wax worms fished under a bobber tight to the reeds. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Little Rock to Quail Lake stretch): The catfish and stripers both have been good here this past week. The west end of this stretch of the aqueduct is still the best with a lot of catfish showing on a variety of cut baits at 110th, 195th, and 280th West. Best bait has been mackerel. The striper bite is decent 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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