SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Just fair action with both trout and catfish showing in the catch now. Top trout catch was a stringer of six Lightning Trout landed by Al Rotta, Lomita, that weighed 23-4 total. His best fish was a 10-10, all on Lip RipperZ jigs. Jason Michaels, Pasadena, landed four rainbows for a 24-8 total and his best was 8-8. First catfish plant of the season went in last week. Andy Arredondo, Moreno Valley, caught 10 catfish totaling 23-10 on mackerel soaked in garlic from Chris’ Pond. The lake complex is closed every Thursday (the day of the weekly plants) to give the fish a chance to acclimate and spread around the lake. Information: (714) 632-7851 or log on at fishinglakes.com.
IRVINE LAKE: Continued fair trout action and good bass action. Nebraska Tailwalkers will be planted this week, and the bite has been good in deeper water as the surface water temperatures drop. Dean Lusk, Lake Forest, had a 13-pound Tailwalker on a small jig off the west shore, while Stevvie Duncan, Elsinore, had an 11-4 rainbow. David Rochin, Fullerton, landed a 10-14 Tailwalker. Top brown trout was an 11-8 caught by Jaime Robles, Orange, on a mini jig off the west shore. The bass are still mostly shallow and showing on plastics and reaction baits. Pat Farino, Orange, landed a 10-1 largemouth bass [released] on drop-shot plastic fished on the flats. Catfish and bluegill are also pretty decent for anglers targeting these species. Information: (714) 649-9111 or go to irvinelake.net.
LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: Warming water temperatures have pushed the trout to deeper water at the dam and the bubble holes. Best bite has been early and late in the day, especially for shore anglers, while float tubers are getting fish on the flats. The last trout plant of the season went in March 25. Information: (949) 362-9227 or lagunaniguellake.com.