Here's this week's Irvine Lake fishing report, written by veteran angler Steve Carson:
Trout anglers at Irvine Lake tallied trout to 12 pounds this week using a variety of techniques, reported Jimmy Getty at the Pro Shop. "Shore anglers are doing best in the early mornings, and should cast out further as the morning goes on," observed Getty. "Trollers are doing well pretty much all day long, but it really gets going in the afternoons."
Bait dunkers are getting their fish on several different baits, with the hottest being Gulp! Pinched Crawlers and Power Bait Mice Tails, but also stretching to the unusual, like shrimp marshmallows. Best locations for soaking bait were Boat Dock Cove and Woody's Cove.
Trollers dragged both the reliable firetiger-color Rapala Countdown CD3's and CD5's, and also Rapala X-Rap XR4's and XR6's in hot pink and red/chartreuse at mid-lake and Santiago Flats.
Most trout are ranging in the 2- to 5-pound class, with some better-grade rainbows to 12 pounds spicing up the stringers. A few brown trout were also seen, but it is thought that several steelhead were misidentified by anglers as being standard rainbows and were not reported. Posters are up in the Pro Shop to assist anglers with correctly ID'ing the spirited steelies.