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CA
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33° 46' 38.2512" N, 117° 43' 8.4756" W

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Fishing Report Provided by ONS - Fishhound Pro Staff (Outdoor News Service) - Jim Matthews
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| Water Temp:61-70 F | Clarity: Stained
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Fishing Report
October 16, 2014
Trout season opens here Oct. 31 and in addition to the 10,000 pounds of Calaveras rainbows, the lake will also get its largest single plant of brown trout ever -- 10,000 pounds of the red-spotted browns. The lake will be closed from Oct. 27 until the Oct. 31 opener. Until then the catfish bite is very good with most of the action in 20 to 30 feet of water at mid-lake, along the west shore, and on Santiago Flats. Favored baits included mackerel, shrimp, bonito, and fresh skipjack. Top cats this week were a 22-pounder landed by Alex Ishi, Woodbridge, on a spinnerbait while fishing for bass off Trout Island, and a 19-pounder landed by Ricardo Zepeda, Santa Ana, on skipjack near the cliffs. Kelli McManus, San Pedro, had a 9-8 channel on mackerel off the flats. Bass have also been good with a lot of two to four pound fishing on reaction baits. Mike Rollins, Tustin, landed an 8-1 bass on a crank. There also continues to be a fair to good bluegill bite in Sierra Cove and other spots with good cover on the lake. C.J. Smith, Orange, had a two-pound bluegill. Information: 714-649-9111 or go to irvinelake.net.
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Fishing Report Provided by Irvine Lake - Steve Carson
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| Water Temp:71-80 F | Clarity: Stained
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Fishing Report
October 13, 2014
Irvine Lake Opening Day Trout Tips Irvine Lake’s 2014-15 public trout season opener will be Friday October 31. Some 20,000 pounds of trout will be planted just prior to the opener, including 10,000 pounds of beautiful Calaveras rainbows, and also 10,000 pounds of colorful brown trout. Most of the fish planted for the opener will be in the 2 to 8-pound class, along with a mixture of larger ‘bows up to 12 pounds. Later in November when water temperatures have cooled sufficiently, the monster rainbows to over 20 pounds that the lake is world-famous for will begin to hit the water. At 700 acres, there are a variety of natural prey items for the fish, including several species of baitfish and crustaceans. The fish can also move around a lot, and on any given day may prefer shallow, deep, ultra-clear, or slightly stained water. The endless variation means anglers need to be aware of the fish’s preference on any given day. LINE The key to catching all species of trout at Irvine Lake is ultra-light line. For bait anglers, it is important to never use anything heavier than 4-pound test clear monofilament. If the fish are acting finicky, or are under heavy pressure during weekend or holiday periods, use 2-pound test line. Using ultra-light line will mean a few big ones may get away. Set your drag loose and keep your rod tip high to protect your line. The dramatically increased number of bites you will get will make up for any losses. Casting with small metal lures such as Krocodiles can be done with 4-pound test clear monofilament or fluorocarbon line, but tossing small plastics like Berkley Atomic Tubes and Power Trout Worms should be done with 2-pound line. Trollers can use up to 6-pound line when surface trolling with Rapalas or other lures, and 6-pound leaders work well when trolling with lead-core line. BAIT Bait fishing at Irvine Lake traditionally means Power Bait, and Gulp! Trout Dough. Exactly what makes fish prefer one color over another is hard to say. Many Irvine regulars have a virtual supermarket selection of bait colors in their tackle box. Top colors last season in Power Bait were the always-reliable chartreuse and garlic, along with salmon-egg red, rainbow, and white. A favorite trick of the lake regulars is to roll the Power Bait into an elongated worm or grub shape instead of a simple ball. There are times when the fish simply want plain, unadorned nightcrawlers. If the crawlers are very big, cut them in half. Inflating nightcrawlers with air so that they float up off the bottom catches a lot more fish. LEADERS AND HOOKS As previously mentioned, bait leaders should be very light. Using the invisible Berkley 100-Percent Fluorocarbon material can give an additional edge. Under clear-water conditions, bait leaders can be in the 12 to 18-inch range. If muddy conditions limit underwater visibility, shorten bait leaders up to no more than 6 or 8 inches in length. By far the most popular bait rig is a 1/8 ounce sliding sinker on the main line, with either a small snap swivel or Carolina-keeper to keep the sinker above the hook. Sometimes the ultra-slow sinking speed of a water-filled “floating sinker” [casting bubble] will tempt finicky trout. Under normal conditions, a size #16 or #18 Owner treble hook works well with Power Bait, or when combining different baits together on one hook. With live nightcrawlers, a #8 or #10 single hook works best. MICRO PLASTICS AND MORE The past few seasons have seen many anglers forego natural bait completely. One of the most effective being Berkley Mice Tails, which replicate the “power mouse” rig that previously had to be put together by the angler. Best all-around color last season was the white head/pink tail, while the fluorescent red head/chartreuse tail was best in stained water, and the natural head/fluorescent red tail got the nod in clear water. The Berkley Gulp! Pinched Crawlers in both floating and sinking versions are also extremely good; no doubt the heavy garlic scent is the key. Best choice for clear or all-around conditions is the natural color, and the chartreuse for stained conditions. Some savvy experts add a Gulp! Salmon Egg for contrasting color. Easiest of the rigging methods with the above baits is "split-shot style". Simply tie on a #10 to #14 fine wire hook. Then squeeze on a small splitshot sinker about 18 inches above the line. The sliding-sinker rig as used with Power Bait also works well. The secret is again using the lightest possible monofilament or fluorocarbon line. Using 4-pound will work, but the real trick is dropping down to 2-pound test line. Another hot rigging method is well-known in the bass fishing world, and is called as "drop-shotting". With the sinker on the bottom, a hook is tied between 6 and 36 inches up the line, which allows a floating Power Trout Worm or Gulp! Minnow to appear "suspended" above the bottom. The 3-inch Power Trout Worms have been phenomenal trout producers for the past several season, and can also be fished using the rigs listed above, or just like a real worm under a bobber. Use a regular bobber, and let the bait hang anywhere from 3 to 4 feet under it if the fish are near the surface. A rarely practiced secret trick is to use a "slip bobber" that allows the Power Trout Worm or sinking Pinched ‘Crawler to be suspended at any depth, even in deep water. Top colors are natural or chartreuse. The Berkley Atomic Tubes or Berkley Atomic Teasers can be fished alone or under a bobber. One of the hottest tips is to take a 2-inch piece of Power Trout Worm or Gulp! in a contrasting color, and use it as a "trailer" on the hook of the Atomic Tube. The Atomic Teasers come with the trailer already attached. The tiny tubes should also be fished on the lightest possible line. Last year's hot colors are white/orange and chartreuse/orange, but the best choice changes from day to day. TROLLING LURES Flatlining is the overwhelming trolling choice at Irvine, although a minority of anglers do well with either downrigger or leadcore line approaches. Fishing is often good enough that you can simply drag a lure behind the boat and catch fish, but the savvy angler will stagger 2 or 3 lines at different lengths behind the boat. Trolling in an “S” pattern alternately speeds up and slows down the lures, and pulls them through a lot of water that the boat did not go over, which presents the lures to “unspooked” fish. Rapalas and similar plugs should generally be trolled at 0.9 to 1.9 mph, although jaded brown trout sometimes react to a lure zipping along at 2.1 to 2.9 mph, and some soft plastics should be presented at 0.8 mph or even slower. The workhorse trolling lure here is the firetiger-color Rapala Countdown CD03 or CD05, and the new ScatterRap Countdown SCRCD07 in gold/fluorescent red is also a killer. When the fish want a bit more wiggle the Rapala Ultra-Light Shad ULS04 or the even smaller Ultra-Light Crank ULC03 in firetiger or red/chartreuse colors, and when inland steelhead are in the mix, a little hot pink or blue added to the color choices seems to help. By the time late spring rolls around, Jointed Rapala J05’s in brook trout or brown trout colors can trigger bites from jaded fish, and anglers specializing in brown trout generally stick with more subtle natural colors. . Downrigger or leadcore line trollers sometimes use the same lures as above, but more often go for metal, with the cop-car or bikini-color Luhr Jensen Needlefish being the majority choice, occasionally trailing a flashy Jensen Trout/Kokanee Dodger. Downriggers are usually set at 12 to 25 feet, with leadcore line aficionados usually dragging 3 to 6 colors of the stuff. SCENTS AND FLAVORINGS Many anglers swear by certain scents or flavorings to attract more strikes. Some home-made formulas like licorice and vanilla are good for masking "human scent" that can turn fish off. First and foremost, all anglers should be sure that their hands are completely free of repulsive scents like gasoline, sunscreen, or perfumes. The Gulp Alive! Spray has been shown to be a phenomenal producer. Best scents were the garlic or crawdad flavors, applied to literally everything from trolling lures to live nightcrawlers. Many anglers also did well with the Berkley Trout Dust, primarily in conjunction with PowerBait. Historically one of the most productive scents has been the liquid Berkley Trout Dip. Use the green "garlic" flavor on nightcrawlers, the yellow "corn" flavor on Gulp! Trout Dough and Power Bait, along with the red "salmon egg" flavor on trolling and casting lures. LOCATION, LOCATION Shorebound anglers can do well off the point at Trout Island, all along the west shoreline and near the docks. Trollers can also investigate the Santiago Flats, Rocky Point, Sierra Cove and the dam buoy line. Above all, be flexible, the fish can really move around a lot. If you don't get any bites within about 45 minutes, and nobody around you is catching anything, move to another location. PRO SHOP The staff at the Irvine Lake Pro Shop [714-649-9111] really want you to catch fish. Be sure to check in for the latest information about where the fish are biting, and what they are biting on!
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