Southern CA Freshwater

Big catfish parade continues at Hesperia Lake

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jul 12, 2018

Night fishing now available

HESPERIA — Good fishing is pretty unavoidable when catfish are being stocked to the tune of 1,000 pounds per week, and over the last few weeks, a lot of lunkers have been part of the numbers.

Apple Valley angler Brian Frandson landed at the top of the list with a 13.8 pounder that fell for the M&M (marshmallow/ mealworm) combo on the North Shore. That bait is a local favorite, and it also netted him a 5-pound catfish. A Pomona angler known only as “DJ” scored whiskerfish of 11 and 8.5 pounds while using shrimp and nightcrawlers in the same area.

hesperialaebootedHESPERIA LAKE BOOTED this chunky catfish for Enrique Laras.

The double-digit models didn’t end with those guys either. The North Shore also produced biggies for Donald Shults of Hesperia who got a 9 pounder on shrimp, Marc Grinkin of Victorville got a 10 and a 9 on a shrimp, and Alicia Wheat from San Bernardino who also used shrimp. While he was fishing from the same area, Helendale angler Nathan Ramirez used chicken livers for a 5-fish limit with an 8.5-pound kicker.

While the entire lake is producing numbers, it’s pretty clear what an angler should be using and wear he or she should be using it for the bigger fish at “Hespo.” Lake staffers have also tabbed Sandy Point as a standout spot and said most of the stockers are in the 1.5- to 2-pound range, but there are bigger fish with each delivery from Superior Catfish which typically dumps them in on Thursdays. The last plant was on July 5.

Daytime temperatures are regulary getting into triple digits, and nights are tipping into the low-to-mid 60s.

Night fishing kicked off on July 6, and the new hours are 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. for day fishing, and 1 p.m. to 10 p.m for night fishing. Pricing for each session is $18 per adult angler, $6 for children under age 10 with paid adult, and $15 for military.

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