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Irvine Lake trouting highlighted by 12-6 rainbow

Sam, left, and Niko Tagaloa of Orange check in the largest rainbow of the weekend, weighing 12.06 lbs and caught on a mini jig at the South Shore. Here's this week's Irvine Lake fishing report, written by veteran angler Steve Carson:

Good overall trout action was also found at Irvine Lake this week, observed the lake’s Pro Team leader, Marlon Meade. "There were a lot of nice trout caught this week," said Meade. "The troll bite was very good, and the fish are cruising the shoreline in the shallows. Boat Dock Cove and Trout Island have been best for shorecasters, with the water at Woody’s Cove being a little bit dirty. With the fish still in spawn mode, the feeding behavior is keying on roe colors. Atomic Teasers are working especially well."

The trout on the stringers continue to be mostly quality-grade rainbows in the 2- to 7-pound range, mixed in with a moderate number of brown trout and steelhead. A few large 'bows from 8 to 12 pounds kept things very interesting.   

Good catches of trout by bait dunkers were reported on Power Bait, Gulp!, nightcrawlers and mini jigs. Trollers stayed with firetiger-color Rapala Countdowns in CD03 and CD05 sizes, dragging them at mid-lake and along the west shoreline for best results.  

Bass anglers found decent numbers of 2- to 5-pound largemouth. Some bass are starting to move up at Santiago Flats, while others are holding on the deepwater hard structure at the Red Clay Cliffs and Rocky Point. Numbers of bass were reported on dropshot-rigged plastics, jigs and crankbaits. Some large crappie were also caught incidentally by trout trollers.

The road to Trout Island is open to vehicle traffic, and the Kids Lagoon is a separate entity for families with children age 12 and younger. Good numbers of 1- to 3-pound rainbows were caught in the Lagoon. 

Outstanding catches of the week included:

-- Sam Tagaloa of Orange, 12-6 and 7-0 rainbow trout on mini jig at the south shore.
-- Dean Pisco of Anaheim Hills, 9-10 rainbow trout on a Rapala at mid-lake.
-- Gilbert Aharmada of Orange, 8-12 rainbow trout on a Rapala at mid-lake.
-- Joe Wise of Reseda, 8-8 rainbow trout on Power Bait at Boat Dock Cove.
-- Larry Uselton of Garden Grove, 4-0 brown trout on a nightcrawler at Boat Dock Cove.
-- Stanley Santos of Orange, 8-12 steelhead on a Rapala at mid-lake.
-- David Bordere of Irvine, 3-1 largemouth bass [released] on dropshot at the flats.
-- Steve Cristoph of Orange, 2-0 crappie on an SC Shiner at the flats.

Photo: Sam, left, and Niko Tagaloa of Orange check in the largest rainbow of the weekend, weighing 12.06 lbs and caught on a mini jig at the South Shore. Credit: Irvine Lake

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