Santa Ana River Lakes get surprise plant
of Lightning Trout, hot action continues
ANAHEIM — There was a surprise bonus plant of Lightning Trout at Santa Ana River Lakes’ on Friday this past week, along with the regular plants of rainbows, and the bite has remained very good for anglers fishing this popular Orange County lake complex.
Throughout April, SARL is getting plants of Nebraska Tailwalkers, Sierra Bows, Big Bad Reds, and the giant Mt. Lassen Super Trout are adding a real trophy element to some catches.
The big fish this past week was an 18-pound rainbow caught by Al Rotta, Lomita, fishing a green floating bait off La Palma Point, and he also had a seven-pounder on rainbow dough bait, but many anglers are getting three to five-pound fish to anchor nice stringers of trout.
Tony Lopez, East Los Angeles, had trout at five and 3½ pounds on Lip RipperZ Ratz at Levitz Corner. Lance Kerley, Orange, and Brendan Power, Santa Ana, had 13 rainbows for a total of 23 pounds fishing Lip RipperZ jigs with Love Sauce. Ken Martin, Artesia, landed five rainbows topped off by a 5 pounder, all on chartreuse dough bait.
The bite has been exceptional on a wide variety of floating baits and the Power Mice and Lip Ripper Ratz. The small trout worms and trout jigs are also very good bets. The rainbows are still showing all around both lakes.
There is an ongoing big fish contest running now through Sunday, April 29, and the angler who catches the largest trout on a Lip RipperZ product will win a free $500 Turner’s Outdoorsman shopping spree. And all anglers who land any trout on a Lip RipperZ product and have their picture taken by one of the lake guides or at The Lakes’ web cam will be eligible for an April 29 drawing for a second $500 shopping spree.
Angler appreciation day is set for Saturday, April 28, when anglers paying for one entry into the lake will get another entry for a fishing partner free with a couple available on The Lakes website at www.fishinglakes.com.
Corona Lake trout bite stays
hot with heavy weekly plants
CORONA — A bonus plant of Lightning Trout went into Corona Lake on Friday. The golden-hued trout joined a huge supply of rainbows to keep the trout action very good over the past weekend. Many anglers are getting limits of trout with kicker fish from three to five pounds.
The best bite continues to be on a wide variety of floating dough baits in bright colors, especially those impregnated or doused with garlic scent. The Berkley Mice Tails, Lip Ripper Ratz, small artificial trout worms, and small jigs also continue to catch a lot of fish. The trout are starting to concentrate in deeper water as the weather warms, and boat anglers have the best success at the dam and in the deeper water in the main part of the lake and off the far shoreline. But shore anglers making long casts at the dam and points can also get out to the rainbows.
Kevin and Don Stephenson, Fallbrook, had seven rainbows for a total weighed of 22.4 pounds with a five pounder the top trout. The pair were fishing green dough bait from the shore. Clint Love, Culver City, had three rainbows for a total weight of 15¼ pounds, including his best fish at 5¾ pounds. He was fishing inflated nightcrawlers near the flooded trees at the back of the lake. Robert Gallegos, Riverside, landed a pretty typical five-fish stringer that weighed 13 pounds and was topped off with a 3½ pounder. He was fishing Lip RipperZ jigs with garlic Love Sauce.
Anglers at Corona should also note that the bass, catfish, bluegill and crappie are also showing in pretty fair numbers, with all those species well into their annual spawn and haunting shoreline structure.
Two events to mark on the calendar are the angler appreciation day set for Saturday, April 28. This is when anglers paying for one entry into the lake will get another free entry for a fishing partnere with a couple available on The Lakes website at www.fishinglakes.com. The second event is the next Lip RipperZ’ trout tournament set to be held May 5.