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Minijig bite solid at Poway Lake

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff WriterPublished: Dec 13, 2018

POWAY — Trout fishing at Lake Poway has tapered off after getting off to a red-hot start on Nov. 29., and thanks to back-to-back deliveries of Nebraska Tail­walkers, it remains very good with plenty of limits coming out. The next trout plant arrives on Dec. 19, another 1,500 pounds, and that should keep stringers full going right into the New Year.

whiletargetingtroutWHILE TARGETING TROUT, Karen Oswald picked off this 6-pound bass that ate a trolled Kastmaster in Boulder Bay.

With all three North County San Diego trout lakes now crankin’, if there is one department Poway seems to be leading lakes Wohlford and Dixon, it’s more anglers are getting trout on lures there rather than bait. Minijigs and trout worms are accounting for most of that, but there are some being caught on classic metal stuff like Kast­masters and Rooster Tail.

One nice one was a 7 pounder that ate a black Ju Jig tossed by Saba Atari who was targeting Half Moon Bay. Ju Jigs are constructed more like a classic crappie jig rather than the more prevalent soft-plastic tube jigs, and they are very popular among Lake Poway trouters in particular. A 6-pound Tailwalker ate a spoon in that spot a week prior. Other productive areas include Hidden Bay and the Log Boom.

Another notable fish wasn’t a trout at all, but it was caught by a trout angler. The 6-pound largemouth bass caught by Karen Oswald ate a trolled Kastmaster in Boulder Bay. Her friend, Tracy Hartman, got the assist for some quality handiwork with the landing net.

The annual Youth Fishing Derby (open to age 15 and younger) will be held Feb. 2, and the lake will be closed to all fishing from Jan. 30 through Feb. 1 to protect the stock that will go in for the event.

gamersabuGAMER — Sabu Atari of Rancho Penasquitos tossed a black Ju Jig into Lake Poway’s Half Moon Bay for this 7-pound Nebraska Tailwalker.

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