Southern CA Freshwater

Look for trout to bounce back at Jess Lakes Ranch during cool snap

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff WriterPublished: Nov 30, 2018

APPLE VALLEY — Trout fishing has been fair on the high end following a couple weeks featuring action that occasionally went wide open. Staffers at Jess Lakes Ranch told WON the fishing lull was likely due to a combo of unseasonably warm weather and the full moon. A cool snap this week – which likely will include rain – will likely set things back on track.

mealietimeMEALIE TIME — Vinny Cottini with one of a few rainbows he caught on the Ultralight Heavyweights Mealie Jig at Jess Lakes Ranch.

Jeff Cottini of the Mountain Top Anglers group hit The Ranch with his son, Vinny, despite rumblings of a tough bite the day before when around 100 anglers showed up but only 40 fish ended up on stringers. It was nearly as packed on Saturday, and the bite remained tough but the Cottinis were able to make a decent day of it.

“We found a spot under a tree and started jigging in shady spots and near cover,” said the elder Cottini. “We hooked a few decent troutg in the 2- to 4-pound range, and Ultralight Heavyweight Mealie Jigs were the hot ticket. They couldn’t get enough of that jig.”

That’s been the story at Jess Ranch for about a week now when high pressure brought warmer temps to the area. Ranch Staffers also told WON the bite’s been “slow to fair” with most trout being caught on PowerBait and nightcrawlers and tipping the scale in the 2-pound range. The best spots have been the north and west shores of Lake 2, and the east and west shore of Lake 3.

* * *

We hope you enjoyed this article on our no-charge website Of course, this site contains only a small fraction of the stories that Western Outdoor Publications produces each week in its two northern and southern editions and its special supplements. You can subscribe to the print issue that is mailed weekly and includes the easy flip-page full-color digital issues, or you can purchase a digital only subscription. Click here to see the choice.

Advertise with Western Outdoor News