SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Bluezilla was caught and released for the second week in a row. The 78-plus-pound blue catfish was landed by Bill White, Norco, off La Palma Point fishing cut mackerel. Overall, the bite is fair with some decent stringers showing. Nich Sanchez, Corona, had seven catfish totaling 18 pounds on mackerel off Sandy Point. The fish are showing on a wide variety of cut baits and the marshmallow-meal worm combo soaked with Eagle Claw Gravy in garlic. The lake is stocked with catfish every Friday and there is overnight fishing Friday and Saturday. Information: 714-632-7851.
IRVINE LAKE: The bass bite is the best bet here, but the catfish action has been improving rapidly the past few warm days and the lake was reportedly planted with 10,000 pounds of 6 to 15 pounders this week. The catfish bite has been best on mackerel and shrimp baits fished in about 10 feet of water. Santiago Flats and Boat Dock Cove have been the best spots with the late afternoon bite the best. Tim O’Donnell, Anaheim, landed a 15-pound channel catfish on a swimbait from Boat Dock Cove. Also a few trout still being caught in deeper water mid-lake and at the dam. The bass have been best off Rocky Point and at the red clay cliffs, but they are showing all around the lake on plastics and reaction baits. Most are two to three pounds, but Matthew Northrup, Irvine, landed an 8-1 bass on a swimbait. A few bluegill and carp are also being caught. Information: 714-649-9111.
LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: The bluegill bite is excellent all around the lake on small fish, and some nice crappie are showing. Bass are fair to good on plastics and reaction baits. Trout are very tough with only a few showing in deep water on the flats or at the inlet. Information: 949-362-9227.