Southern CA Freshwater

Lake Gregory trout scene explodes after huge stock

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff WriterPublished: Mar 15, 2017

CRESTLINE —  Fishing reports out of Lake Gregory can be hard to come by – perhaps the regulars like it that way – but when 4,000 pounds of Jess Ranch rainbows were stocked last week, they were a dime-a-dozen.

crystalclearCRYSTAL CLEAR — Crystal Herrera of Temecula was fishing with her husband, Mat, and the duo found wide open trout action on Ultralight Heavyweight trout worms at Lake Gregory.

“It was a wide-open bite for us,” said Temecula angler Mat Herrera who was fishing with his wife, Crystal. “The water temp is nice and cold, and so is the air, so it’s perfect conditions. We started fishing right around 6:15 and were hooked up instantly. We were throwing Ultralight Heavyweight worms in pink, white and yellow with a small split shot about two feet up. Garlic scent seemed to be the key early in the morning, and the hot bite went from 6 to 8 a.m. when it slowed until around 9:30 when it picked back up again until we left around noon. We were finding schools 12 to 30 feet offshore and on the bottom. Occasioanlly we were bit on top, but the bottom was where it was at. WE also managed a couple on a combination of garlic PowerBait and a pink worm on a 3-foot leader.”

The Herreras weren’t the only ones teeing off on freshly-stocked rainbows either. Other trouters got into good numbers of quality fish on CML Jigs, Mice Tails and various trout worms along with floating baits and nightcrawlers.

Lake Gregory stocks enough, sits high enough and has enough holdover trout to give it “year-round trout fishery” status, and it sits in a beautiful mountain setting.

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