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A couple San Bernardino Regional Park lakes standing out

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff Writer Published: Jan 30, 2019

SAN BERNARDINO — Lakes in the San Bernardino Regional Park (RP) system are full speed into trout season, but a couple have stood out among the pack of late.

tyleranddavidTYLER AND DAVID YAMASHITA with a 9.5-pound rainbow that ate a Smokin’ Jig on the east side of the Big Lake at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park.

Cucamonga-Guasti RP is no stranger to the top spot, and it has been kicking out a lot of quality rainbows lately. The biggest was a 9.5-pound torpedo that ate a Smokin’ Jig tossed by Tyler Yamashita on the east side of the big lake. That fish just edged out the 9 pounder caught by Jose Vasquez of Perris, who used a trout worm in Catfish Cove, and a minijig produced a 7-pound, 12-ounce specimen for Riverside angler David Martinez, who fished the west side of the big lake. Further down the line, a 6-9 ate nightcrawlers near the dock, and a 6.5-pound trout ate a jig in Catfish Cove.

Prado RP is also filling in stringers, but in comparison to Cuke-Guasti, it’s more of a numbers game than it is lunkers. Riverside angler Ryan Corta caught a pair of rainbows totaling 7 pounds (big one went 4), and he was fishing with rainbow PowerBait by the Play­ground. Aldo Sotelo of Anaheim caught a 3 pounder by Parking Lot on chartreuse PowerBait and Dennis Aquino caught a pair of 3-pound rainbows on PowerBait by the YTS road. Nightcrawlers are also scoring a fair number of trout at Prado.

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