High Desert Waters, Nov. 16 Report


HESPERIA LAKE: Tentatively, trout plants should start toward the end of this month. Catfish plants went in last week (1,000 pounds on Nov. 9), but future plants are pending. Quite a few limits of catfish have been reported (at least eight), and most of the fish are from 1.5 to 2.5 pounds. Shrimp, the marshmallow-meal worm combo, and chicken liver have been the top baits. Information: 800-521-6332 or 760-244-5951.

JESS RANCH LAKES: The trout bite has been good this past week. The best bite has been on PowerBait in rainbow, cheddar-garlic, and salmon peach. Inflated nightcrawlers and small artificials are also getting fish. Also fair bass action on the western shore of lake 3 and the north and western shore of lake 2 with fish up to 4 pounds. A few catfish are showing on mackerel and shrimp from the western shore of lake 2 and the western shore of lake 3 near the pump house. For more information call 760-240-1107 or go to www.jessranchlakesnews.com.

MOJAVE NARROWS: The last county catfish plant of the season was Sept. 21. No start date yet for trout season, but it should be later this month when both DFW and county plants begin. Information, call 760-245-2226.


APOLLO PARK LAKE: Sergio Gonzales, Sylmar, won the 2017 Fall Classic Fishing Derby held two weekends ago with a 6-pound, 9-ounce rainbow. Ed Moehle Jr, Palmdale, was second with a 5-14, while Leovigildo Onofre, San Fernando, was third with a 5-1. The remaining seven spots in the top 10 all were trout from 1-8 to 1-14. There were 318 participants and 57 fish were weighed in. The lake was planted with both DFW trout and 1,500 pounds of Calaveras hatchery fish, including 500 pounds of trophy rainbows to 16 pounds for this event. The lake is one a twice-monthly planting scheduled for this season. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LAKE PALMDALE: The fishing season is currently closed. Fishing season reopens Feb. 3, and the lake is scheduled to receive 70,000 pounds of rainbow trout this coming fishing season. Call the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club for membership and fishing information at 661-947-2884 or got to www.palmdalefinandfeatherclub.com.

QUAIL LAKE: The stripers continue to boil on shad, and there has been fair to good action for both stripers and catfish. Most anglers are throwing shad, fresh-dead or alive, and shad-like lures and swimbaits tossed to the boils. The bluegill bite is also still pretty fair near the reeds on nightcrawlers under a bobber. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.


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