Here's this week's Irvine Lake fishing report, written by veteran angler Steve Carson:
Fishing stayed interesting all day long this week at Irvine Lake, reported Jimmy Getty at the Pro Shop. "The trout bite way in the back of Woody’s Cove was phenomenal this week," observed Getty. "They are trying to spawn back there, and if you are good at sight fishing, you can do incredibly well. Early morning was also a good time for bank anglers along the west shore, with most of them using Power Bait or Mice Tails. Once the breeze comes up in the afternoon, the crappie fishing has also really taken off."
Getty added, "We also had a big 55-inch sturgeon caught and released. It most likely would have broken the lake record of 49.6 pounds for the species if we had weighed it."
Irvine Lake Pro Team leader Marlon Meade was hammering the crappie almost every afternoon this week. "There are a lot of crappie running from 1 to 1 3/4 pounds right now," noted Meade. "The bigger ones over 2 pounds probably won't start to show until the nighttime hours begin on June 10. Best results have been drifting at 15 to 20 feet in the mid-flats area. The bite is very good from about 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., using pearl-white 2-inch Berkley Rippletail Grubs with a 1/8-ounce head."