POWAY — Trouting took off at Lake Poway this past week, as recent stocks combined with rainy weather made for exceptional action, and trophy Tailwalkers to 13.5 pounds were caught!
“The new stock on Jan. 23 and the rainy weather really have the fish on a rampage!” exclaimed Supervising Ranger Doug Smith. “It seems as if the trophy trout have finally come out to play, as we had numerous fish over 6 pounds weighed in at the dock and several others reported that didn't get weighed in.”
Jose Velazquez hooked up with the monster of the year on Friday, Jan. 25, when he reeled in a beautiful 13.5-pound trophy Tailwalker! It measured 31 inches in length. He was using a nightcrawler and fishing to the north of the Fishing Float.
JOSE VELASQUEZ HOOKED up with the biggest trout of the year at Lake Poway on Friday, Jan. 25, when he reeled in this beautiful 13.5-pound trophy Tailwalker! It measured 31 inches in length. He was using a nightcrawler and fishing to the north of the Fishing Float.
“The shoreline was very productive in all areas this past Wednesday and Thursday, with limits being taken out from every area,” Smith noted. “There was a slight slowdown on Friday, however, the Fishing Float, Half Moon Bay and Bucktail Bay were productive, and the monster trout was caught around mid-day in the rain. It seems as if the fish are being caught equally on jigs and still-fishing with nightcrawlers and PowerBait while the fish are close to shore. Once they move to deeper water, still-fishing will be the method of choice.
“Boaters have found success by slow trolling or drifting nightcrawlers or lures in deeper water. Thomas Buoyants are still proving successful, and once you catch a fish or get a bite, stop the boat and cast. This past week, boaters did well from Pine Point to Bucktail Bay once again, but the newly-stocked trout stuck close to shore; so if there is a spot free of shoreline fishermen around Bucktail, it's not a bad idea to fish some shallow areas, as well. The older stocks are still deep.
“Boats have been getting limits since Dec. 30 by anchoring about 30 to 50 yards from shore and dropping green PowerBait on the bottom with a 2-foot leader. Most anglers will also combine inflated nightcrawlers or Power Trout Worms with the PowerBait.
“The catfish are still biting for those that try. They are on the log boom, north shore, Fishing Float, in the middle of the lake... You name the place and they are still being caught there. I would focus on the mouth of Hidden Bay in a boat or Half Moon Bay from shore. If you are in a boat, try the log boom first. Mackerel, chicken liver, and shrimp are still the way to go.”