Several truckloads of beautiful rainbow trout, brown trout, and brook trout hit the water on Thursday of this week, just in time for the weekend, reported Jimmy Getty at the Pro Shop. “We just put several thousand pounds of really nice trout in the water”, observed Getty. “The number of trout being caught this week in the 3 to 5-pound class was already good; this should really amp things up for the weekend!’
Getty added, “Many of our resident fish species are also biting well, with some excellent catches of channel catfish to over 16 pounds, and largemouth bass to over 11 pounds being reported!”
Good catches were reported from the west shore, Santiago Flats, mid-lake, and near the dam. Best baits were in natural colors due to the clear conditions, with chunky cheese PowerBait a particular favorite. Trollers did well with the usual firetiger and hot pink colors, with natural-finish lures like brook trout-color Rapala Jointed J05’s and J07’s, and brown trout-color Rapala ScatterRap SCRCD07’s.
The extremely clear water conditions have created some excellent sight-fishing opportunities for bass, although most of the fish on beds are still smaller males with a smattering of 3-pound class females. White Berkley Subwoofers and similar specialty baits are working best, and the larger females are expected any day due to the nice weather. The plastic bite is excellent, with releasing 30 mid-size bass per day possible on Senkos and FlickShake Worms. Bassers chasing bucketmouths have had a few chances on swimbaits.
Crappie anglers are seeing their quarry starting to bed down, but so far the slabs are all show and no go. A boiling school of hybrid stripers popped up near the running inlet pipe in Sierra Cove, but the fish are mostly bruiser class 10 to 15-pounders, and trout anglers armed with 2-pound test were unable to land any of them.
Families with children age 12 and under found good numbers of 1 to 3-pound trout in the Kids Lagoon using PowerBait on short 6-inch leaders. A fresh stocking load of trout went into the Lagoon on Thursday of this week. Underwater visibility in the main lake is rated extremely clear, with up to 20 feet possible in some areas.
Anglers are reminded that lake entry on Saturday, April 20 requires pre-registration in the Western Outdoors News Sierra Opener event. Registration information is available by contacting Bill Egan via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 949-366-0030, extension 40. Gates will open to the public on April 20 at 10:00 AM.
Outstanding catches of the week at Irvine Lake included:
Earl Williams of Placentia, 10-3 rainbow trout on a Mice Tail at the west shore
Kraig Kilger of Laguna Beach, 9-7 rainbow trout on a Mice Tail at the flats
Gus Garcia of Santa Ana, 8-15 rainbow trout on a Berkley Minnow at the flats
Rick Chance of Irvine, 8-6 rainbow trout on a Rapala at mid-lake
Ron Attias of Anaheim, 7-8 rainbow trout on a nightcrawler at the west shore
Diana Perez of Anaheim Hills, 4-6 Yosemite Red on a Flickerhsad at the west shore
Anthony Cooper of Camp Pendleton, 4-5 Yosemite Red on a Rapala at the flats
Ronson Smothers of Los Angeles, 16-4 channel catfish on mackerel at mid-lake
Kent Smith of Long Beach, 11-3 largemouth bass on a swimbait at the flats
3-year old Fisher DePriest and 5-year old Cole DePriest of Costa Mesa, double kids limit [6 fish] totaling 15-8 on Rapalas at mid-lake
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