SILVERADO — What passes for winter in Southern California is now past, and the fish population at Irvine Lake is making it seasonal transitions.
“The trout bite is still very good at 20 feet or deeper at Santiago Flats or the west shore,” observed Getty. “We haven’t seen any of the bigger trout this week, but they are still getting limits of nice fish on almost any kind of PowerBait. The crappie have also really started taking off.”
Getty added, “We are really looking forward to our big 2012 catfish season opener will be Friday June 8, and we will also have a “No limit trout fishing” event for one day only on June 2.” Top catches for Irvine were: Tom Argienfield of Huntington Beach, 12-2 channel catfish on a nightcrawler at the flats;
Don Spencer of Anaheim, 4-9 largemouth bass [released] on topwater at the west shore; and Nixon Brown of Corona, 15-0 carp at the Kids Lagoon on Power Bait.
Bass anglers are doing very well on 2- to 4-pound class largemouth using plastics, jigs, and topwaters at zero to 20 feet. Productive areas for bass included almost any brushy spot.
Crappie anglers are centering their efforts at 15 to 20 foot depths near the trees in Santiago Flats. Best offering for crappie has been white Atomic tubes with a mealworm trailer. Plenty of bluegill are biting in shallow brushy areas on mealworms and redworms.
Trout in the 2 to 3 pound range made up almost everything on the stringers this week. Trout trollers dropped down with 4 to 6 colors of leadcore line, and dragged cop-car color Luhr Jensen Needlefish or Jointed Rapala J05’s and J07’s in brown trout or brook trout colors. Deep-soaked PowerBait in almost any color has been working exceptionally well, although 2-pound test leader material is required due to the ultra-clear water.