High Desert Waters, May 3 Report

Victorville Region

HESPERIA LAKE: The last 1,000-pound trout plant was April 5 and no more have been scheduled. The bite has slowed down dramatically and the catfish planting scheduled has not been announced yet. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: Trout bite was slow to fair on both lakes this past week, with some limits reported. The best action has been on PowerBait (especially rainbow, salmon peach and garlic), nightcrawlers and the usual array of small lures. Best spots include the northern and eastern 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. Bass are biting on Senkos, swim baits, and drop-shot nigh 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 lake has been closed to fishing this week in preparation for the youth fishing derby will this Saturday, May 5, with lots of prizes for the kids. The last 1,500-pound trout plant of the season has gone in. Trout were slowing down before this plant, but the Carp fishing has been fantastic. Trout best in deeper water on Mice Tails or PowerBait. Carp have been best 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): Continued very slow fishing with no recent trout plants. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: Carp bite has been good with fish big fish at 35 and 45 pounds this week. There have been lots of 6- to 10-pounders. 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. Last trout plant of the season was last week (70,000 pounds total this year). The bite has been fair on 1-pound class fish with some to 5 pounds, and some Lightning Trout continue to show. Green pumpkin PowerBait, Mice Tails, and fly-lined nightcrawlers have been the best bets. 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 cold snap this week slowed down the bite overall, but before the chill weather, there had been a pretty good bite on largemouth bass and increasing numbers of catfish. Catfish to 6 pounds reported, and 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. Still very few stripers reported. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT (Little Rock to Quail Lake stretch): There has been solid catfish action in the aqueduct this week, especially the west side of the valley at 110th, 195th, and 280th West. Best bait has been mackerel. Still mostly slow for stripers, but a few on shrimp. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.


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