SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES: Good trout action, thanks to plants of Sierra Bows and another load of Super Trout this past Thursday. The big fish was a 19-pound, 3-ounce rainbow landed by Dave Beaver, Anaheim, fishing a Lip RipperZ jig with garlic Love Sauce near the boat dock in the big lake. He also had a 4-13 rainbow. Sean Scott, Los Angeles, landed a 13.25-pound rainbow and a 7.75-pound trout, both on a trout mouse off La Palma Point. Lin Silan, Placentia, was fishing a white and orange Power Mice Tail off the sandy beach to get his 10 1/2-pound rainbow. Armando Leyva, East Los Angeles, landed a 9-6 rainbow on chartreuse dough bait at La Palma Point, while Israel Rangel, Indio, caught an eight-pound rainbow to top off his four-fish, 15-pound stringer, all on garlic dough bait off Levitz’ Corner. The best action continues to be on floating dough baits in chartreuse and rainbow colors with garlic scent impregnated or added to the baits or Berkley Power Mice. Home-made “mice” with a nightcrawler or plastic trout worm tail and a floating bait head have also been very good. The usual array of small trout jigs and trout plastics, especially in bright colors, have also been good for the trout. The catfish bite continues to improve as more anglers try for the big blue cats planted two weeks ago. Joseph Collins, Compton, had a 9.5-pound cat fishing in Chris’ Pond with mackerel. 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; fishinglakes.com.
ANAHEIM LAKE: Closed. Anaheim Lake only opens when Santa Ana River Lakes is closed for cleaning and maintenance. Information: (714) 996-3508 or fishinglakes.com.
IRVINE LAKE: For the second week in a row, a rainbow trout topping 20 pounds was caught by an angler here. This week’s big fish was a 20-6 landed by Wes Kurz, Lake Elsinore, fishing a hand-crafted Power “Mouse” off the west shoreline on just 4-pound test line. Clint Blokdyk, Westminster, had a 10-poujnd rainbow on PowerBait off the west shoreline. The top fish in the Berkley Cup was a 5-4 landed by Larry Cassidy, Corona, to capture the $1,000 top prize and a $500 Berkley gift certificate. The bass bite may be hotter than the very good trout action with the fish still in the shallows in the spawn. The bass are showing on swimbaits, plastics, and a wide variety of reaction baits. Anglers are still having 15 to 30 fish days, along with a few quality fish. Jimmy Getty, Silverado, landed a 10-2 on a Huddleston, while Vic Gallardo, Orange, had a 7-6 bass on a drop-shot plastic. The crappie bite is also fair, but few anglers are targeting them, with most showing up on trout trollers’ stringers. Ricky Oliver, La Mirada, landed a 1-8 crappie. The catfish bite is also starting to pick up, mostly on the flats and in Sierra Cove. Steve Hathaway, Los Angeles, landed a 3-8 channel on shrimp. No state fishing license is required here. Lake information: (714) 649-9111 or irvinelake.net.
LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE: The trout action remains good to excellent, with 2,000-pound plants this Tuesday and last week, including trophy rainbows. The big fish was a 10-8 rainbow landed by Miguel Valencia, Santa Ana, on a chartreuse Power Bait; while Ted Ohashi, Corona, had a 10-3 on a PowerBait-nightcrawler combo. Fly angler Chris Sebourn, San Juan Capistrano, landed a 10-2 rainbow on a zebra midge; while Mike OíMally, Santa Monica, had a 10-pounder on a chartreuse Mini Jig. Ichiro Shitsubo, Irvine, landed a 10-pounder on a Trout King worm; while Liz Fortuna, Montebello, had a 10-pound rainbow on a Roostertail. The largemouth bass bite is also very good with bass to 12 pounds caught and released. The fish are in the shallows and on beds and some anglers are catching and releasing more than 20 fish a day on plastics. Crappie have also taken off with small fish along the shorelines and slabs to 3 pounds showing around deeper structure on small jigs. Information: (949) 362-3885 or lagunaniguellake.com.