Irvine Lake crowns 'Queen of the Cats'; trout season countdown continues
Here's this week's Irvine Lake fishing report, written by veteran angler Steve Carson:
The annual "King of the Cats" tournament at Irvine Lake bestowed a new title over the weekend, as Elaine Dickerhoof of Artesia became the "Queen of the Cats" with her 17-0 blue catfish. "The catfish bite has been good, with lots of bigger fish," observed Jimmy Getty at the Pro Shop. "The fish are moving deeper, and were mostly caught at 20 to 25 feet at the flats and the west shore."
Getty tipped, "Bonito was the best bait for the larger blue cats this week; Elaine caught her winning fish on it, and several other big ones were also fooled by it."
Plenty of eating-size channel cats from two to six pounds were caught, in addition to the bigger-grade blues. Besides bonito, good catches were reported on mackerel and shrimp. Top locations were Santiago Flats and the west shore.
Bass fishing slowed down from its previous torrid pace, but decent numbers of two- to three-pound class largemouth were still to be had. Slowed-down presentations of jigs and worms were the best bet, at Rocky Point and the Red Clay Cliffs.
Families with children ages 12 and younger did very well in the Kids Lagoon on one- to three-pound channel catfish on fluorescent red Power Bait, and the marshmallow/mealworm combo. The main lake’s surface temperature is ranging from 71 to 74 degrees, and the lake level is receding slowly.
The countdown continues to Irvine Lake’s 2010-11 trout season opener, which will be on Friday, Nov. 5, with over 20,000 pounds of trout stocked. A special limited-entry "VIP Fishing Day" will take place on Thursday, Nov. 4; contact the Pro Shop, (714) 649-9111, for information on a great opportunity to beat the opening-day crowds.
A free trout fishing seminar will take place Oct. 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Fisherman’s Hardware, 2801 E. Anaheim St. in Long Beach. Featured speaker will be Pro Team leader and trout fishing expert Marlon Meade. A variety of bait fishing, lure casting, and trolling topics will be covered.
Outstanding catches of the week included:
-- Tony Muniz of Mission Viejo, 20-0 blue catfish (released) on shrimp at the flats.
-- Elaine Dickerhoof of Artesia, 17-0 blue catfish (released) on bonito at the flats.
-- Ted Gervais of Vista, 14-6 channel catfish on mackerel at the flats.
-- Marty Saucedo of Costa Mesa, 13-12 blue catfish (released) and 13-6 channel catfish on bonito at the flats.
-- Bob Blair of Tustin, 12-12 channel catfish on mackerel at the flats.
-- Terry "Pontoon" Lairson of Huntington Beach, 12-4 channel catfish on mackerel at the flats.
-- Aaron Titleman of Orange, 3-1 wiper on mackerel at the flats.
Photo: Elaine Dickerhoof of Artesia wins the "King of the Cats" Championship with a 17-pound blue. Credit: Irvine Lake
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