SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Friday through Sunday is the official catfish opener here with massive plants of blue cats slated to go into the lake, including one 78-pound fish being call Bluezilla. The lake is now back to being open seven days a week and catfish plants will go in every Friday. Information:( 714) 632-7851.
IRVINE LAKE: The bass bite is the best bet here, while the trout bite slows and the catfish bite is just starting to take off. Most of the bass are in the 2 to 3-pound range and they are showing on reaction baits and swimbaits. Charles Acquistapace, Orange, had an 8-1 bass. The trout being landed are showing best in the mornings or on overcast days in 15 to 25 feet of water for both bait anglers and trollers. Anthony Magno, Mission Viejo, landed a 5-7 rainbow on a nightcrawler in Boat Dock Cove. A few cats are showing on mackerel in 15 to 20 feet of water off Rocky Point. Chris Hagopian, Redondo Beach, landed a 5-8 cat. A few bluegill and carp are also being caught. Rick Munoz, Tustin, had a 15-pound carp on shrimp in the lagoon. Information: (714) 649-9111.
LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: Slow trout action with only a few fish showing at the inlet. 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. Information: (949) 362-9227.