Irvine Lake catfish opener white-hot; hybrid stripers also on the prowl
Here's this week's Irvine Lake fishing report, written by veteran angler Steve Carson:
The annual Irvine Lake catfish season opener last weekend went very well to say the least, reported Jimmy Getty at the Pro Shop. "The catfish were biting full speed on Friday night, it was a foamer, and Saturday night was also excellent," Getty said. "Catfish in the 2- to 8-pound range started biting around dusk, with 15 feet being the best depth. Fresh mackerel fished with no sinker and the spinning reel bail left open was the way to go. We sold a bunch of second-limit tickets on both nights, and lots of anglers reported that they left the fish biting."
Getty added, "Several of the tagged fish from our 'red-white-and-blue' catfish derby were caught, including 'The General,' which had all three tags in it. That fish was an 8-6 blue cat caught by Gerardo Rosas of Anaheim, while fishing off the bank with his son. Rosas wins a free Summer Season pass and free entry into our 'King of the Cats' tournament."
Irvine Lake Pro Team member Dave Young related, "A lot of crappie are being caught under floating lights. Best lure is the white Atomic Tube or white 2-inch Gulp Swimming Grub. Some very good trout fishing for nice 2- to 3-pounders is still available for anglers who are 'motor mooching' with a half-ounce egg sinker and worms in deep water."
Some intermittent hot action is being encountered by fortunate anglers who locate the roving schools of hybrid striped bass. When the fish are located, almost anything resembling a shad will draw a strike. Anglers are reminded that all bass species must be released at Irvine Lake.
Good numbers of bluegill and redear are being caught in shallow brushy areas by anglers using mealworms or the new Gulp! Crickets.
The Kids Lagoon is back in operation and received a 500-pound stocking of catfish this week. The road to Trout Island is still under water, but is expected to reemerge sometime in mid-July.
The lake is open until 11 p.m. on Thursdays; until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays; and closed on Tuesdays for the rest of the summer.
Outstanding catches of the week included:
-- Gerardo Rosas of Anaheim, 8-6 blue catfish (The General) on mackerel at the flats
-- Terry "Pontoon" Lairson of Huntington Beach, 8-0 channel catfish on mackerel at the flats
-- Jeff Young of Orange, 7-12 channel catfish on mackerel at the flats
-- Jason Rmieciak of Orange, 7-0 channel catfish on mackerel at the flats
-- Jeff Henderson of Fullerton, 6-1 largemouth bass (released) on a swimbait at the west shore
-- Jim Coop of Bellflower, 4-6 hybrid striped bass (released) on mackerel/marshmallow at Trout Island
-- Phil Hildenbrandt and Bradley Sampson of Anaheim, 10-catfish limit totaling 48-10 on bonito at the flats
Photo: Gina Eugenio checks in her very first catfish on her very first fishing trip, caught off the shore near boat dock cove on mealworms and marshmallows. Credit: Irvine Lake
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