Irvine Lake roads drying out; trout bite goes wide-open
Here's this week's Irvine Lake fishing report, written by veteran angler Steve Carson:
Anglers are finding wide-open trout action at Irvine Lake, reported Jimmy Getty at the Pro Shop. “It’s been wide-open, with some people getting limits in less than two hours”, observed Getty. “We had several inches of rain last weekend, but since the precipitation stopped, all roads around the lake have reopened. It takes about 24 hours with no rain for the roads to dry, so it’s a good idea to call the Pro Shop at (714) 649-9111 for road conditions if it’s been raining.”
Getty added, “Besides our regular stocking, we added an extra 1,000 pounds of trophy-size trout this week. Because the weekend rain kept a lot of anglers away, there are literally tons of extra trout in the lake right now.”
Trollers have done best this week, with gold/orange or bubblegum-color SC Shiners being the hot ticket. Bait dunkers have done best with the white/chroma glow Power Bait combination, followed by salmon peach.
Bass anglers are still finding excellent catch-and-release action on 2- to 3-pound largemouth, with up to 25 fish per day being caught. The fish are holding at 15 to 30 feet and hitting on jigs, spoons and drop-shot baits. Best spots for bassers are Rocky Point and the red clay cliffs.
The few anglers who went after catfish found limit-style action on 2- to 3-pound whiskerfish on mackerel, and numerous incidental catfish were caught by trout anglers dunking night crawlers.
The Kids Lagoon was very good before the storm, with a slight stain to the water post-storm. Accordingly, best bets for Power Bait colors are chartreuse, orange and white. The lagoon is currently stocked with brown trout, brook trout and rainbow trout. Children who achieve a “Grand Slam” by catching all three species between Dec. 12 and Jan. 2 will win a raffle ticket for great prizes, and numerous tagged fish can also be redeemed for cash and prizes.
Outstanding catches of the week included:
-- Albert Rotta of Lomita, 13-4 rainbow trout on Power Bait at Woody’s Cove.
-- Kevin Vasquez of Azusa, 11-2 rainbow trout on a Rapala at the flats.
-- John Rader of Newport Beach, 3-14 brown trout on a Rapala at Woody’s Cove.
-- Don Spencer of Orange, 3-1 largemouth bass [released] on a jig at Rocky Point.
-- Five- and 7-year-old Devin and Dominick of Orange, 2-6 brown trout on a Power Mouse at the Kids Lagoon
Photo: Albert Rotta of Lomita nailed this 13-4 Irvine Lake rainbow trout using rainbow Power Bait at Woody's Cove. Credit: Irvine Lake