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Trout bite red hot at Lake Poway

Youth derby coming up

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff Writer Published: Jan 17, 2019

POWAY — Lake staffers told Western Outdoor News Lake Poway anglers are currently enjoying the best trout fishing this season has seen, and they are seeing plenty of limits of Nebraska Tailwalkers to 5 pounds.

TONY ORLINA WAS trolling nightcrawlers down the middle of Lake Poway for this respectable haul of Nebraska Tailwalkers.

In a bit of a change of pace, Ranger Marc Barca told WON the most successful trout anglers were those trolling or drifting right down the middle of the lake with nightcrawlers. That’s far from innovative to say the least, but that’s typically a technique Lake Poway anglers use in May and June to pick off holdover rainbows hanging out in deeper water long after stocking has come to an end.

It’s also time to look forward to the annual Youth Fishing Derby that goes down Feb. 2. It’s the most popular fishing event held at Lake Poway each year, and the lake will be heavily stocked on Jan. 30 prior to the event. The lake will also be closed to fishing between that stock and the event to allow those fish to circulate throughout the lake. There is plenty going on off the water as well including entertainment, games, bounce houses, a free barbecue lunch, prizes, awards ceremony and more. The lake will be open only to youth ages 15 and younger from 6 a.m. to noon. For more information, visit Poway.org.

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