Fish Report: Orange County, May 9 Ed

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SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: While trout are still showing, the catfish action is starting to take over here with the warmer weather this past week. Santiago Palacios, West Covina, had 20 cats that weighed 45 pounds total. David Rochin, Anaheim, landed five catfish for a 15-8 total, while Jason Silva and Dave Beaver, both Anaheim, landed six cats for a total of 26 pounds fishing the marshmallow-meal worm combo. Jason Cho and Mark Chance, both Anaheim Hills, had 10 catfish for 31 pounds on shrimp. Top trout for the week was a 9-8 landed by Erik Salazar, Montebello, on a marshmallow-meal worm combo. Night fishing Friday and Saturday evenings nearest the full moon each month. Information: 714-632-7851.    

IRVINE LAKE: The trout action remains good for both trollers and bait anglers. The fish have dropped down into 10 or 15 feet of water and no more flows are coming into Sierra Cove, but that is still a hotspot. Bait action has been best in Sierra Cove with PowerBait, nightcrawlers, or combinations of the two. Trollers did best along the dam restriction lines and at mid-lake with shad-like lures fished slowly behind two to three colors of leadcore. Most trout on the stringers carried trout from two to four pounds with some bigger fish. Top trout this week was 11-9 rainbow landed by P.J. Smith, Anaheim, on a Thomas Buoyant from Sierra Cove. Chris Hagopian, Redondo Beach, landed a six-pound brown. Bass remain good on plastics and reaction baits in two to 20 feet of water. The catfish bite is also starting to kick into gear for anglers soaking mackerel on Santiago Flats. Dylan Schwappach, El Medina, landed an nine-pound channel, while Gregroy Bryant, Los Angeles, had an 8-5 cat. Information: 714-649-9111.  

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: No report. Information: 949-362-9227.     

ANAHEIM LAKE: Closed. The facility will remain closed until Santa Ana River Lakes closes again for routine maintenance. Information: 714-996-3508.

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