Fish Report-Freshwater, May 20

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SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: While no one caught bluezilla, the 78-pound blue catfish planted last week, the overall action was good with a lot of nice stringers, and some quality fish reported for the official catfish opener this past weekend. Santiago Palacios, Covina, fished the whole weekend and landed 32 catfish totaling 45 pounds, all on the marshmallow-meal worm combo. Jason Cho, Anaheim, landed cats at 8-8 and 6-2 on shrimp off Levitz Corner. The lake is stocked with catfish every Friday and there is overnight fishing Friday and Saturday. Information: 7(14) 632-7851.

IRVINE LAKE: The bass bite is the best bet here, but the cooler weather this past week keep the trout bite alive along the west shore road. Most of the bass are in the 2 to 3-pound range and they are showing on reaction baits and swimbaits. Ben Hinojosa, Anaheim, caught a 10-1 bass on a drop-shot plastic in Sierra Cove, while Matt Taylor, Lake Forest, had an 8-12 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. A few cats are showing on mackerel in 15 to 20 feet of water off Rocky Point. A few bluegill and carp are also being caught. Tony Williams, Costa Mesa, landed a 20-1 carp on Bite-On fishing mid-lake. 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.

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