High Desert Waters, Nov. 23 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: County trout plants start this week. Plants will be 780 pounds per week. Information, call 760-245-2226.


APOLLO PARK LAKE: The trout bite has been good, thanks to twice-monthly plants, including a stock this week. There have been lots of three to 7 pounders landed. The bite has been good on PowerBait or PowerBait coasted with Amazying Super Sand. Anglers are reminded that brown trout are part of these county plants, so don’t be surprised. There is also excellent carp action with some anglers reporting 30 to 50 fish days on paste or cut baits. For more information, contact Apollo Park at 661-940-7701 or Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

JACKSON LAKE (NEAR WRIGHTWOOD): The trout bite has been fair, especially on PowerMice fished on an 18-inch leader. County plants are monthly here. The water level is very low and there are a lot of weeds around the shorelines in the shallows. For updated information, call 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 striper bite lulled a little this past week, but still pretty fair action on cut baits with scent. Also a few catfish showing on these same baits. Less surface action, but still some sporadic flurries with the fish being caught on topwater and jerk baits. The bluegill bite has slowed, but a few are still showing near the reeds on nightcrawlers under a bobber. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

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