SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: The trout bite has been good with weekly plants. There were 10 trout reported better than 10 pounds, including an 18-1 landed by Jay Tids, Northridge, on PowerBait off the sandy beach. Henry Manzo, Pico Rivera, caught and released a 50-pound catfish. Information: 714-632-7851.
IRVINE LAKE: Lake concession lease ends in March and no more trout plants are going in this year. Fishing has been slow to fair with very few trout and catfish showing. The best action has been on bass, which are pretty fair on plastics around deeper structure. No limit on trout or catfish. All boating, including use of rental boats, has been suspended here as of Sept. 5. Information: 714-649-9111.
LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: A 1,500-pound trout plant went in last week. Next plants will be Feb. 1 (2,000 pounds), Feb. 15 (1,500 pounds), Feb. 29 (1,800 pounds), Mar. 14 (1,000 pounds), and March 28 (1,000 pounds). There are no fishing fees this season, only the $5 parking fee on weekends (or $3 during the week). For more information, 949-923-2240.