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Double-digit trout bagged at Hesperia Lake

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff Writer Published: Jan 02, 2019

HESPERIA — Hesperia Lake stands as arguably the most regularly-stocked fisheries in Southern California, and it is also a bit of a sleeper on the monster trout scene. Local anglers, however, are very aware of what their lake is capable of.

DOUBLE-DIGIT GONZO — Ray Gonzales used a black jig to entice this monster 10.4-pound rainbow at Hesperia Lake’s Finger Cove.

Plenty of respectable rainbows have hit the scale of late, but the latest catch report showed one particular fish blowing the competition away. That was a tanker 10.4-pound trout caught by Hesperia angler Ray Gonzales who was tossing a black Moone Minnow in Finger Cove.

Beyond that, it was a logjam of 4- to 5-pound trout led by local angler Tony Castillo whose limit had a 5-pound kicker. He was using rainbow PowerBait at Grassy Bank. Barstow angler Jose Bojorquez used a PowerBait/mealworm-combo at the Drain to fool a 4.5-pound rainbow, and matching 4 pounders were caught by Edgar Lopez of Hesperia (rainbow PowerBait) and Robert Carillo – also of Hesperia – who went old school with Velveeta cheese, also dunked at the Drain.

San Bernardino trouter Gilbert Diaz also made the list with a nice limit put together using CML Jigs at the Finger.

Jess Ranch delivers trout on a weekly basis – every Thursday for the most part – which keeps rods bent regardless of the day of the week. Most stockers are in the 1.5- to 2.5-pound range with some 4- to 5 pounders, but clearly there are also trophy-fish sprinkled in there.

Hesperia Lake is 100 percent full with a water temperature of 51 degrees.

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