SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Trout action was fair to good through Monday, but few reports since the recent wave of storms began. Top fish reported over the weekend was a 16-8 rainbow landed by Tim O’Donnell, Fullerton, on garlic PowerBait fishing in the Big Lake near the Pump House. K.C. Mahone, Anaheim, caught a twin 16-8 with PowerBait at La Palma point. Lili Pendick, Costa Mesa, had the week’s top catfish at 13 pounds on a nightcrawler fishing from a float tube. Trout plants are weekly. 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 fair with very few trout and catfish showing. The best trout bite has been on bobber-suspended nightcrawlers in three to four feet of water fished on very light line. The catfish bite is a little better with the best bite in deeper water at the buoy line on cut baits doused with scent. Chris Hagopian, Redondo Beach, landed a 12-8 channel catfish on mackerel off the west shore. All boating, including use of rental boats, has been suspended here as of Sept. 5. Information: 714-649-9111.
LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: An 1,800 pound trout plant slated for this week, weather allowing. Next plants will be Jan. 18 (1,500 pounds), 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.