Irvine Lake trout topped by 9-5 rainbow; restocking slated for Thursday
Here's this week's Irvine Lake fishing report, written by veteran angler Steve Carson:
To go along with continuing good action, trout anglers got a serving of good news from Pro Shop staffer Nick Sepulveda (who recently graduated with his master's degree in fisheries biology): "We started getting some steady winds that are turning the lake over," Sepulveda said. "This will bring cooler, oxygenated water to the surface. It will also spread the fish out more evenly throughout the lake and help the shore anglers to start catching as many fish as the boat anglers have been. One angler actually managed a very nice five-trout limit using bloodworms under a bobber!"
Jimmy Getty at the Pro Shop advised, "We will be restocking the main lake on Thursday of this week, and restocking the Kids Lagoon on Friday. The total stocking will be 5,000 pounds of mixed rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout and steelhead."
Trollers had greater success than bait dunkers this week, with almost anything in hot pink or firetiger colors triggering strikes. Favored lures included Rapala Countdown CD05s, Rapala X-Rap XR04s, SC Shiners and Thomas Buoyants. Toplining was fine, but a few anglers dropped down with three colors of leadcore line. Good trolling locations included the west shoreline, mid-lake, Santiago Flats and near the dam.
Shore casters found slower action early in the week due to the high temperatures. The top producer was garlic chartreuse Power Bait. The sizzling bite in Woody's Cove dried up, but some shorecasters still caught fish near the docks, at Trout Island and along the east shore.
Bass anglers have found their quarry to be elusive, as the changing water conditions have given the largemouth a case of temporary lockjaw. Families with children age 12 and younger are finding that the water in the Kids Lagoon is somewhat murky, but switching to an ultra-short 6-inch leader and plenty of garlic scent will turn the trick on 1- to 3-pound rainbows.
The surface temperature in the main lake is in the low 60s and dropping, with the lake level holding steady. The high road over the west shore is blocked to vehicles at Woody's Cove, and a 10-minute hike is required for shore anglers to access the west shoreline. The lower road along the west shore is under water.
Local legend and trout-fishing expert Marlon Meade will conduct a free seminar at Jimmy's Outdoors in Anaheim on Dec. 1, covering all facets of trouting on Irvine Lake.
Outstanding catches of the week included:
-- Stan Kong of Garden Grove, 9-5 rainbow trout on Power Bait at Sierra Cove.
-- Jonathen Cruz of Orange, 8-6 rainbow trout on Power Bait at Trout Island (WON Trout Derby winner).
-- Jason Hatami of Brea, 8-2 rainbow trout on a mini jig at Woody’s Cove.
-- Ivan Bates of Whittier, 7-4 rainbow trout on Power Bait near the docks.
-- Dennis Dunn of El Segundo, 7-2 rainbow trout on a Rapala at the west shore.
-- Kyle Satone of Los Alamitos, 7-2 rainbow trout on a Rapala at mid-lake.
-- Grant Williams of Orange, 6-4 brown trout on a Rapala at mid-lake.
-- Jason Biggs of Claremont, 3-0 brown trout on a mini jig at Woody's Cove.
-- Stan Kong of Garden Grove, 8-0 steelhead that topped a five-fish limit totaling 27-1 on Power Bait at Woody's Cove.
-- Rick Munoz of Orange, 6-1 largemouth bass [released] on a fluke at the flats.
-- Jack Arnold of Huntington Beach, five-trout limit totaling 21-1, on Rapalas at the west shore.
Photo: Jason Hatami of Brea caught this 8.02-pound rainbow on a minijig in Woody's Cove. Credit: Irvine Lake
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