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Big catfish parade marches on at Hesperia Lake

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff WriterPublished: Nov 08, 2018

With trout season on the horizon, quality catfish are on a tear

HESPERIA — Almost as if the catfish know they are about to start playing second fiddle to rainbow trout, bigger fish mixed in with the huge numbers that are being caught at Hesperia. A hard date for the first trout plant has not been sent, but that should happen soon.


hesperialakecatfishHESPERIA LAKE’S CATFISH bite might be the best in Southern California right now.


A pair of 10 pounders hit the scales, one a part of a silly 49-pound stringer put together by Hesperia brothers Kody and Nathan Berry. They were using shrimp at Sandy Point and also caught one that went 9.9 pounds. The other was part of a 26-pound stringer put together by Victorville angler Terry Scott who was using nightcrawlers at the Finger.


Next up was Bill McDonald who caught a 9.2 on a chicken liver at the Inlet, and the three-angler team of Hector Rodriguez, Angel Garcia and Ramon Gonzales of West Covina bagged cats of 9, 8.9, 8 and 7 pounds using nightcrawlers along the North Shore.


Another 8 was caught by Santiago Palacious out La Puente who piled up a 5-fish limit that also included a 6 pounder. He was using shrimp and mackerel at the North Shore.


Kenneth Miller of Apple Valley winched in an 8 pounder that ate nightcrawlers off Grassy Bank, while Jose Macias of Hesperia stuck a 7 and a 5 on mackerel on the North Shore.


And, there were a ton of sixes and fives weighed in. Typically, we don’t dive this deep in to the weigh-in log, but it details the wide range of baits and locations at the lake that are producing here at the season’s final turn. Basically, catfish are biting almost everywhere on almost everything due to weekly 1,000-pound plants that went in all season.


When trout take over, same deal: 1,000 pounds every (it can change by a day or two for a holiday or something) Thursday. An argument certainly can be made that Hesperia Lake is among the most heavily stocked bodies of water in California.


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