Fish Report, May 23 Ed

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: The catfish bite has been good, mostly on pan-sized fish from two to three pounds. Some bigger fish showing. Joey Froilan, Ontario, had four cats totaling 28 pounds, for a solid seven-pound average. Steve Zookswad, Baldwin Park, landed 20 cats with a total weight of 36 pounds and his best was a six-pounder. Matt and Brad Hernandez, Corona, landed seven cats for 23 pounds total, while Cal Nunferely, Reseda, had seven cats for 22 pounds total. Cut baits have been the best bet, with shrimp, mackerel, and the marshmallow-meal worm combo the best. Night fishing ever Friday and Saturday night now. Information: 714-632-7851.

IRVINE LAKE: The trout season is winding down and the fish are moving into deeper water and the water temperatures warm. There will be no-limit trout fishing for Memorial Day weekend. The trout action has been best in 20 to 25 feet of water for bait anglers and trollers with Boat Dock Cove and the mid-lake areas the best bet. Mickey Capueno, Orange, had an 11-4 rainbow on a nightcrawler off the west shore, while Chad Compton, La Mirada, landed a 10-2 trout. Rece Hite, Newport Beach, landed a 10-1 trout. Catfish season kicks off June 7 with a huge plant before the “opener.” Catfish are already fair for anglers fishing cut baits on the flats and off Rocky Point. Marty Sauceda, Newport Beach, landed a 9-2 blue cat on mackerel. The bass are showing on plastics and reaction baits, and there’s a pretty good redear and bluegill bite on nightcrawlers. Information: 714-649-9111.

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