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Fishing Report
January 26, 2015

IRVINE LAKE REPORT

By Steve Carson

1/25/15

 

 

Irvine Lake to begin stocking Nebraska Tailwalkers

                Happy news came to Irvine Lake trout anglers this week, reported Jimmy Getty at the Pro Shop. “We will be stocking a total of about 12,000 pounds of the famous Nebraska Tailwalkers spread out between February 11 and April 17; roughly from President’s Day to our Sierra in the City event”, related Getty. “The majority of these beautiful rainbows will be in the 2 to 7-pound class, with some trophy-grade fish to 15 pounds mixed in. Our overall total stocking quantity will remain the same, but having these beauties in the mix will really add to the fishing experience.”

                Getty added, “The number of beautiful brown trout being caught this week was still unbelievable. Irvine Lake regular Scott Nakata caught three really nice ones over 4 pounds each in less than two hours around lunchtime, just walking along the west shore and casting. Also, the biggest largemouth bass in the lake are starting to exhibit some pre-spawn behavior due to the nice weather.”

Bass anglers found good numbers of 2 to 4-pound largemouth on dropshot rigged plastics and jigs fished against hard structure at 20-25 feet near the Red Clay Cliffs. Some shallow bass are also being caught at Santiago Flats on chatterbaits, and the lunker hunters are seeing a few bucketmouths from 6 to 9 pounds, but details were hard to get from the successful anglers.

Trout anglers generally did best using stained water techniques. Ultra-short bait leaders in the 6-8 inch range were the norm, and white PowerBait was most productive for rainbows. Brown trout chasers went with inflated nightcrawlers as bait, and either trout species responded better if strong garlic scents were used. Most stringers were checked in from the west shore and Trout Island.

Trout trollers stayed with firetiger-color Rapala Countdown CD05’s for rainbows, and brook trout-color Jointed Rapala J05’s and J07’s for brown trout. Favored trolling zones were at mid-lake, and along the west shoreline.  

                Catfish anglers are finding their quarry has settled back into deep water until the next big rainstorm. Some 3 to 6-pound whiskerfish are available to anglers who patiently soak mackerel and shrimp at 25 feet near Rocky Point.

Families with children age 12 and under found fair numbers of 1-3 pound trout in the Kids Lagoon, and the Lagoon will be re-stocked this week. Surface temperature on the main lake is 54 degrees, with underwater visibility rated limited. The lake level continues to rise slowly as the inlet pipe in Sierra Cove is on.

Outstanding catches of the week at Irvine Lake included:

Scott Nakata of Garden Grove, 4-9 pound brown trout on a Kastmaster at the west shore

Jeff Gonzalez of Santa Ana, 5-9 channel catfish on mackerel at the west shore

Paul Campbell of Orange, 9-6 largemouth bass [released] on jig at the west shore

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Fishing Report
January 23, 2015

Anglers continued to make remarkable catches of brown trout at Irvine Lake this week, reported Jimmy Getty at the Pro Shop. “The majority of qualifying fish in our MLK weekend trout derby were brown trout”, observed Getty. “Anglers who want to concentrate on the browns are still doing best with lures; both casting with metal like the Johnson Splinter, or trolling lures. Bait dunkers are doing well on browns mostly using nightcrawlers. Rainbows have been biting very well on small plastics like white/chartreuse or pink/white Berkley Mice Tails, No particular time of day has been best for trout, it’s been a steady pick all day long.”
                Catfish anglers needed to work a little harder in the absence of streams actively flowing into the lake. Decent stringers of 3 to 8-pound channel catfish were still available by soaking mackerel or shrimp at 15-20 feet near Rocky Point. Interestingly, a handful of trout were caught accidentally by catfish anglers using mackerel.

                Good catches of trout were reported by shorecasters from the west shoreline, and by trollers room mid-lake and Santiago Flats. Popular trolling lures included firetiger-color Rapala Countdown CD05’s, and pink tiger shadRap SR04’s, with brown trout showing a preference for Jointed Rapala J05’s and J07’s in brook trout and shad colors. Slow trolling form 0.9 to 1.9 mph was most effective, as was moving in broad “S” turns to keep the lure moving in and out of the boat’s wake.

Bass anglers found good numbers of 2 to 4-pound largemouth by exploiting the abundance of crawdads with crankbaits on shallow structure, and jigs on deeper structure. Some lunker hunters throwing large swimbaits are being seen at work, but are keeping a tight lip about any success.

Families with children age 12 and under found fair action on 1-3 pound trout in the Kids Lagoon, using ultra-short leaders and spring green PowerBait with Trout Dust. Surface temperature on the main lake is 54-56 degrees, with underwater visibility rated off-color. The lake level is rising slowly, and the inlet pipe in Sierra Cove is running. The coming weekend will feature a Bite-On tournament event.

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