SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Trout action remains good with weekly plants on Thursday. Top catches this past week included Tom Vannote, Fullerton, with an 11-7 on PowerBait soaked in Love Sauce. Trevor Downing, Redondo Beach, landed a 10-8 Lightning Trout, while Rebecca Samarin, Whittier, had a 10-8 rainbow. There will be the season’s first plant of catfish next Thursday (April 2), and there will be 24-hour fishing April 3, 4. The lake complex is closed every Thursday (the day of the weekly trout plants) to give the fish a chance to acclimate and spread around the lake. Information: (714) 632-7851.
IRVINE LAKE: The bite has been good for just about everything this past week. The bass are stacking up in the shallows in various stages of the spawn, and they are showing on plastics. There has been a lot of two to four-pound fish, and many bass anglers are reporting 20 fish days. Top bass was an eight-pound largemouth landed by Seth Mostero, Newport Beach on a spinnerbait. The trout action has also been very good with a lot of variety, including browns, Tailwalkers, Calaveras rainbows, and white rainbows. Top rainbows was an 8-6 rainbow caught by Matt Baldridge, Mission Viejo, on a trolled Rapala at mid-lake. Gregory Wodd, 7, Huntington Beach, landed a 6-4 rainbow in the Kid’s Lagoon. Trout are best for shore anglers fishing Sierra Cove while trollers are fishing mid-lake. Catfish and bluegill are also pretty decent for anglers targeting these species. Information: (714) 649-9111 or go to irvinelake.net.
LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: No report. Trout were reportedly planted last week and another 1,000 pounds was slated for Wednesday this week. Information: (949) 362-9227.
ANAHEIM LAKE: Closed. The facility will remain closed until Santa Ana River Lakes closes for routine maintenance. Information:(714)996-3508.