High Desert Waters, May 31 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: It was cooler this past week with moderate afternoon winds. Trout bite was good on both lakes with anglers using PowerBait (especially salmon peach, garlic and spring green), nightcrawlers, and an array of small trout lures to catch limits. Best bite is before 11 a.m. 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. Good bass bite on the northern and southern shores of lake 2 near the inlets and on lake 3 near pump house. Bass to four pounds are biting on Senkos, spinnerbaits, and drop-shotted nightcrawlers. 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: The informal ‘Catfish Roundup’ was held this past weekend, and the bite was good in both the big lake and Pelican Pond (which was planted with catfish for the first time for the season last week). There is also a very good bite on hand-sized bluegill near any shoreline cover on half a nightcrawler. County catfish plants are week, but there is no fishing the day of the plant (Thursdays). Information, call 760-245-2226.

Antelope Valley Region

APOLLO PARK LAKE: The catfish and bluegill bites have been steadily improving over the past week, with pretty good bites on both. The cats have been best on cut baits, while the bluegill are showing on nightcrawler pieces, wax worms, and meal worms. Also still good carp action on dough baits, especially on Magic Bait in shad or mulberry flavors. Still the odd trout being caught on PowerBait in deeper water, but that bite is almost over until next winter. 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 catfish bite has really taken off here this week, with fish to 10 pounds reported on cut baits, especially the XXX Blood Bait sardines. Also good bluegill and redear action. Most of the bluegill are hand-sized and showing in very good numbers, while the redear have been up to 2-8. 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. Call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club for membership and fishing information at 661-947-2884 or got to www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.

QUAIL LAKE: Overall good fishing. The bluegill bite is one fire with a number of 25-fish limits reported by anglers fishing the south side of the lake along the tules with wax worms, meal worms, or crickets. Most are hand-sized. There is pretty good action on both stripers and catfish this week. The stripers have been best on chicken liver, lug worms, and ghost shrimp, while the catfish are good on mackerel with added scent. Stripers to 10 pounds have been reported, with the bigger fish on ghost shrimp still fished drop-shot style. 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. But more fish are showing on the west side of Highway 14 again. The striper bite is decent on cut baits or for anglers walking planer boards with shad-like lures. Some bluegill are also starting to show in the sand traps. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

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