Irvine Lake trout trollers score best; 10-14 rainbow tops catches
Here's this week's Irvine Lake fishing report, written by veteran angler Steve Carson:
Trollers ruled at Irvine Lake this week, reported Jimmy Getty at the Pro Shop. "The trolling bite was just wide open this week," Getty said. "Boaters also did pretty well with bait, but shorecasting success was very location-specific. Most of the trout were quality-grade rainbows in the 2- to 6-pound range and a few lunkers this week, but only a handful of the exotics."
Trolling lures that produced big numbers of fish included Rapala Countdown CD03 and CD07 in firetiger, or Rapala X-Rap XR04 and XR06 in hot pink or clown colors. Top trolling spots were mid-lake and Santiago Flats.
Bait dunkers scored best with garlic Power Bait in various colors, along with Power Mouse, and nightcrawler combinations on a 14- to 16-inch leader. Woody’s Cove, Trout Island and Boat Dock Cove were best for bait.
The few bass anglers who ventured out did best by metering balls of bait at 25 to 40 feet, and dropping down vertical presentations. Moderate numbers of 2- to 3-pound largemouth were mixed with marauding trout that were chasing bait, and most bass anglers actually caught more trout than bass.
The main lake had very good water clarity, with the lake level holding steady and a surface temperature of 57 degrees. All roads remain open. Irvine Lake is proud to announce that all worm containers sold in the tackle shop and all utensils, plates and "to-go" packaging used in the snack bar are now made from the EarthSmart biodegradable materials.
Outstanding catches of the week included:
-- Ernesto Flores of Bell Gardens, 10-14 rainbow trout on a Kastmaster at Woody’s Cove.
-- John Gilbert of Orange, 8-4 rainbow trout on a Rapala at the west shore.
-- Brian Feathers of Twin Peaks, 7-12 rainbow trout on a Rapala at mid-lake.
-- Andre Pettrey of Lynwood, 7-8 rainbow trout on a Rapala at the flats.
-- James Smith of Riverside, 7-6 rainbow trout on Power Bait at the flats.
-- Rob Nelson of Valley Center, 7-2 rainbow trout on a Rapala at the flats.
-- Chris Mason of Irvine, 7-2 rainbow trout on a Rebel at the Red Clay Cliffs.
-- Jason Okamoto of San Fernando, 7-0 rainbow trout on Power Bait at Boat Dock Cove.
-- Justin Brands of Bellflower, 4-12 brown trout on a Roostertail at Woody’s Cove.
-- Don Spencer of Orange, 3-2 largemouth bass (released) on an Underspin at mid-lake.
Photo: Ernesto Flores of Bell Gardens kicks off the weekend with a 10.14-pound rainbow trout, taken from Woody's Cove on a gold and rose Kastmaster. Credit: Irvine Lake
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