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Published: Feb 25, 2011

LIGHTING TROUT, trophy rainbows show in good numbers at Santa Ana River Lakes



ANAHEIM— A big plant of lightning trout last week and another load of trophy Mt. Lassen Trout Farms rainbows has keep the action hot at the Santa Ana River Lakes this past week.

         The two big fish reported at the tackle shop included a 20-pound, 12-ounce rainbow landed by Shon Roberts of Riverside fishing a jig near the boat dock. That fish was nearly matched with an 18-pound, 4-ounce super rainbow caught by Tyler Hoem of Carlsbad fishing with salmon egg-colored and flavored dough bait, also near the boat dock.

        Izzy Huang of Cerritos caught a 13 ½-pound rainbow to top off his 5-fish limit caught from Chris’ Pond on small trout plastic worms, and Larry Rosales of Santa Ana caught a 10 ¾ pounder on chartreuse floating dough bait. Paulo Suen of Fullerton caught a 9 ½-pound rainbow to top off his stringer, all caught on plastic trout worms in Chris’ Pond, and Allen Kennedy of Tustin had a 9-pound, 2-ounce rainbow on garlic dough bait near the boat dock.

         There was also a steady stream of 5-fish limits over the past week, and many had a nice mix of the golden-hued lightning trout and the three types of rainbows that have been planted this season. The 5-fish stringers have run from 10 to 16 pounds, and the best action has been on chartreuse or orange floating dough baits with garlic scent built in or added, small trout jigs, or inflated nightcrawlers, also doused with garlic. While fish are showing around much of the lakes’ complex, Levitz’ Corner, near the boat dock, and “the road” area have been the hottest spots.

         Raymon Escobar and Anthony Cruz, both of Buena Park, teamed up to land 10 rainbows for a total of 26 pounds, including a 5 pounder as the top fish, all on chartreuse floating boat near the docks.

         “You can see the lightning trout swimming along the shoreline,” said Colby Elliott. “All you have to do is throw a jig at them.”

         The lightning trout are golden colored with a rich crimson stripe along their sides and gill plate, and they have bright, pink meat that makes them look like a salmon filet. They are SARL anglers’ favorite trout to see, catch, and eat, and last week’s stock was the first plant of them this season.

         SARL and its sister water Corona Lake will have a large booth at this year’s Fred Hall Show in Long Beach, March 9-13. There will be free discount coupons given away from both lakes at this event for those who stop by the booth. There will also be a special announcement at this event.

    For Santa Ana River Lakes’ fishing information, call (714) 632-7830 or log on at

ONE OF THE BEST RAINBOWS OF THE SEASON at the Santa Ana River Lakes was landed this past Thursday by Shon Roberts of Riverside. The huge 20-pound, 12-ounce rainbow was caught on a jig near the docks.

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