Orange County 3/16/2012


SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Two rainbows topping 17 pounds highlighted the hot trout action here, and Lightning Trout are slated to go in this week. The top rainbow was a 17.5-pounder caught by Art Eslaya, San Gabriel, while fishing a nightcrawler at Three Pipes on Saturday. Jose Munoz, Santa Ana, caught a 17.25-pounder in Chrisí Pond on a firetiger Rapala on Thursday. Alfonzo Diaz, Tustin, landed a 10.5-pound rainbow on a jig at the Pump House, while Andrew Aparicio, Fullerton, caught an 8.5-pounder on a shad, also at the Pump House. Mike and Pete Vallejo along with Vincent Gonzales, all of West Covina, had nine trout for 20 pounds with a 3-pounder the top fish. The three were fishing chartreuse floating bait in Chris’ Pond, and a typical limit was posted by Jerry Warren, Monrovia, who had five trout that weighed 11 pounds total, including a 3-pounder. Floating dough baits in chartreuse and rainbow colors with garlic scent impregnated or added to the baits have been the most popular bait used by anglers. But Power Mice, or home-made versions with nightcrawler or plastic trout worm tails have also been very good bets. The usual array of small trout jigs and trout plastics, especially in bright colors, have also been good. Lip RipperZ Tournament Series event to be held here this Saturday. Other than float tubes, no watercraft are allowed due to fears of invasive quagga mussels being introduced into the water system. No state fishing license is required here. Information: (714) 632-7851 or log on at

ANAHEIM LAKE: Closed. Anaheim Lake only opens when Santa Ana River Lakes is closed for cleaning and maintenance. Information: (714) 996-3508 or

IRVINE LAKE: Good trout action with the bait bite especially good in Boat Dock and Woody’s coves and Trout Island. Inflated nightcrawlers dipped in garlic scents and bright colors of PowerBait have been best. Trollers are also seeing some of the trout move deeper was the water warm with lead-core trolling (three to four colors) in mid-lake, Santiago Flats and along the buoy line the better bet now. Most of the trout are 2 to 3 pounds, but some are bigger. Top trout this week was a 13-6 rainbow landed by Kressler Quarles, Mission Viejo, on a Rapala at mid-lake, and Wylie Bennett, Long Beach, landed a 12-1 rainbow trout on a Needlefish at Trout Island. The bass bite is really kicking into high gear as the fish start moving shallow to spawn. Lots of 2-pound-class fish on small plastics in less than 12 feet of water, and some real quality fish, too. Top bass report was a 10-6 caught by Alex Araias, Cypress, on a Triple Trout off the flats. Whitney Curry, Silverado, landed a 6-2 largemouth, also on Triple Trout off the flats. The bluegill bite is also kicking into gear with quite a few reported on nightcrawlers this past week, but few crappie reports. No state fishing license is required here. Lake information: (714) 649-9111 or

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: Heavy stockings of trout every Tuesday have made for excellent action here. Nightcrawlers and any color of PowerBait dipped in Bite On garlic scent has been the hot ticket for bait anglers, but fly anglers fishing bead head midges in black and red patterns are also scoring. Information: (949) 362-3885 or

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