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Hesperia Lake outstocking all Southland waters

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff Writer Published: Sep 20, 2018

HESPERIA — No double-digit catfish were caught this time around, but great numbers are still being piled up and plenty of fish in the 4- to 9-pound range.

A local angler going by “Mr. Lam” of Hesperia took the top spot on the whopper list with a 9-pound catfish that ate masa (corn dough) off of Grassy Bank. Mike Nefferdorf of Lucerne Valley used nightcrawlers at the North Shore for an 8 pounder while Victorville angler Curtis Smith popped an 8-pound model of his own using nightcrawlers at the Finger. That’s also where Dennis Piggee of Los Angeles popped a 3-pound cat on mackerel.

Catfish are arriving every Thursday, and each delivery consists of 1,000 pounds (mostly 1.5 to 2.5 pounds along with the bigger ones) of swimmers. Hot, sometimes windy days are the norm, and a water temperature holding at around 72 degrees indicates we are still at least a month or so out before those weekly plants shift over to rainbow trout.

morelikeheifferMORE LIKE HEIFERDORF — This 8-pound catfish at nighcrawlers fished off Hesperia Lake’s Grassy Bank by Lucerne Valley angler Mike Nefferdorf.

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