APPLE VALLEY — Jess Ranch recently held their seasonal Trout Opener, and in addition to plenty of fish for anglers, there were also a number of quality fish in the mix.
“Trout action has been excellent this past week,” said lakes’ staffer Theresa Llao, “with anglers using PowerBait (especially Salmon Peach and garlic), nightcrawlers (marshmallow combos), jigs and lures to catch lots of limits and fish near or over 2 pounds. Hot spots for trout included the eastern logged shore and grassy point of Lake 3, as well as the northern and eastern shores of Lake 2.
Jimmy Creek of Simi Valley scored an 11-pound, 7-ounce rainbow on a Berkley Power Mouse from the northern shore of Lake 3 to win a float tube provided by Bass Pro Shops for the biggest trout caught during the Trout Opener. Hesperia angler Missy Polson caught her 11-pound trout on a white Gitzit from the grassy point of Lake 3. Isom Manning of Victorville caught a 10.5-pound rainbow from the north shore of Lake 2 on a Firetiger Rooster Tail. Fontana angler Danny Alaniz caught a 5-pound, 3-ounce rainbow on a yellow/white jig while fishing the eastern logged shore of Lake 3.
JIMMY CREEK of Simi Valley scored this 11-pound, 7-ounce rainbow on a Berkley Power Mouse from the northern shore of Lake 3 to win a float tube provided by Bass Pro Shops for the biggest trout caught during the Trout Opener at the Jess Ranch Lakes.
Heidi Harwell of Apple Valley caught her 3-pound, 9-ounce trout on PowerBait from the northern shore of Lake 2 while fishing with her dad. Manny Estrada of Adelanto reeled in a 3½-pound rainbow from the western shore of Lake 3 near the drain on rainbow PowerBait. Yorba Linda angler Randy Kuroda reeled in a 3 pounder to round out his limit. He used a Thomas Buoyant and orange/white Power Mouse to catch his fish. Chuck Moree scored an 11-pound limit of trout using Salmon Peach and garlic PowerBait and fished the eastern logged shore of Lake 3.
“Catfish were biting on mackerel, shrimp and nightcrawlers from the western and eastern shore of Lake 2 and the eastern and western shores of Lake 3,” Llao added. “Bass have slowed with the cool-down but are still biting Senkos from the southwestern shore of Lake 2 near the wall and the western shore of Lake 3 near the pump house.”