Irvine Lake parade of trophy rainbows topped by 15-4 lunker
Here's this week's Irvine Lake fishing report, written by veteran angler Steve Carson:
A parade of bigger-grade fish highlighted this week’s trout action at Irvine Lake, reported Jimmy Getty at the Pro Shop. “There have been a bunch of very large trout from 9 to 15 pounds hitting this week," Getty said. “Besides the ones that have been checked in, a lot more large ones are being hooked but get away because the angler has the drag set too tight or the net man chokes up.”
The majority of the stringers are filled with stocker-grade trout in the 1- and 2-pound class, along with a nice mixture of quality 3- to 5-pounders. Anglers who are prepared with correctly set drags and a large net at the ready have the best chance of scoring one of the trophy-size fish.
Big trout have been caught or hooked at the west shore, Trout Island and Santiago Flats. Best bet for bait dunkers has been the Power Bait/nightcrawler combination, but many of the bigger fish have been hitting on trolled firetiger-color Rapala Countdown CD05's, hot pink Rapala X-Rap XR-06's or chartreuse Rapala Shad Rap SR05’s.
Outstanding catches of the week included:
-- Charlie Lee of Orange, 15-4 rainbow trout on a nightcrawler at the west shore.
-- Amury Guevara of Cerritos, 14-0 rainbow trout on an SC Shiner at the flats.
-- Dan Nich of Chino, 13-10 rainbow trout on nightcrawlers at the flats.
-- Nate Brotton of Norco, 12-14 rainbow trout on a Lip Ripper at the flats.
-- Adam Hambarian of Orange, 12-12 rainbow trout on a Rapala near the ramp.
-- Dusty Faiello of Long Beach, 12-2 rainbow trout on a Rapala at the flats.
-- Steve Bozigian of Norwalk, 11-10 rainbow trout on Power Bait at Woody’s Cove.
-- Raul Gomez of Silverado, 11-10 rainbow trout on a nightcrawler at Woody’s Cove.
-- Michael Ferber of Orange, 11-10 rainbow trout on Power Bait/nightcrawler at the west shore.
-- Isaac Hunt of La Mirada, 10-2 rainbow trout on Power Bait at Woody’s Cove.
-- Joshua Estrada of Wilmington, 10-2 rainbow trout on nightcrawlers at the west shore.
-- Chuck Rydell of Buena Park, 10-0 rainbow trout trolling Power Bait at the flats.
-- Steve Burridge of Rancho Cucamonga, 10-0 rainbow trout on a Kastmaster at the south shore.
-- Mike Woo of Ladera Ranch, 9-14 rainbow trout on a Rapala Shad Rap at mid-lake.
-- Ron Ceaser of Tustin, 9-8 rainbow trout on a Power Mouse at Trout Island.
-- Mitz Onizuka of Irvine, 9-4 rainbow trout on Power Bait at the flats.
Photo: Aaron Easterday, 3, of Huntington Beach started his fishing career off right by landing this 12-4 rainbow trout on Power Bait in the Kids Lagoon. Dad Mark and brother Ryan help with the heavy lifting. Credit: Irvine Lake