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Plump, colorful trout on tap for Southern California anglers

October 27, 2008 | 10:12 am


Trout season in the Eastern Sierra ends Nov. 15. But the season at three Southern California paid-entry lakes is just beginning. It's already open season at Santa Ana River Lakes in Anaheim and Corona Lake.

Both have received rainbows from a new source in Bridgeport, Neb. The fish reportedly are spirited and thus are being marketed as "Bridgeport Tailwalkers." They're also said to have salmon-colored flesh.

Already, anglers are catching these fish to about five pounds. Both lakes also will continue to receive much larger rainbows trucked down from Mount Lassen Trout Farms in Northern California.

Not far away, Irvine Lake is preparing for its opener on Friday. The scenic Silverado Canyon reservoir will receive 20,000 pounds of mostly rainbows weighing 1 to 5 pounds, but also brook, brown and steelhead trout.

The lake is closed until Friday in preparation for the opener.

Irvine Lake's pro shop offers this advice:

"Anglers intent on making a dent in Irvine’s trout population are advised to use ultra-light line. In most cases nothing heavier than 4-pound test. When the fish are acting reluctant, dropping down to 2-pound test makes a real difference in the catch rate.

By far the favorite baits for trouters are Power Bait and Gulp! Trout Dough, in chartreuse, yellow, rainbow and white colors. Another top producer is the "Power Mouse," which is made with a floating Gulp! Salmon Egg as the "head," and a 2-inch piece of Power Trout Worm as the “tail.” In most cases, bait leaders should be 10-14 inches long.

"Trollers will take their share of trout on opening weekend. Small Rapalas are the top choice for this work, with the Rapala Countdown CD3 and CD5 in firetiger or brown trout colors being perennial trout killers."

Good fishing everyone!

--Pete Thomas

Photo: Adrian Pintor of Hollywood is happier than he looks after catching this 13.14-pound trout on a nightcrawler last season at Irvine Lake.
Credit: Irvine Lake