Location

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

Fishing Reports

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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F

IRVINE LAKE POLICY CHANGE: PRIVATE BOATS NO LONGER PERMITTED

GOOD NUMBERS OF CATFISH, BASS, CARP LEAD CATCHES

                A major policy change goes into effect on July 23 at Irvine Lake, as private boats, kayaks, and float tubes will no longer be allowed. “We regret any inconvenience this may cause to anglers, but our insurance carrier now requires us to allow only our own rental boats on the lake. Effective as of July 23, we will no longer allow float tubes, kayaks, canoes, or private boats of any kind”, said General Manager Dave Noyes.

                The overall excellent fishing continued to keep anglers happy, reported Jimmy Getty at the pro shop. “The catfish bite was pretty good during the daylight hours on nightcrawlers”, observed Getty. “Once dusk arrived, it got even better on the usual catfish baits like shrimp, mackerel, and skipjack. Most productive depth for catfish was 5 to 15 feet, and the majority of the fish were prime ‘eating-size’ from 3-7 pounds, with a few larger ones mixed in. The catfish bite was so good on Friday, we had anglers buying double-limit, and even triple-limit permits.”    

Getty added, “Whitney Curry at the pro shop has really been getting on the lake’s carp population lately, using fly-casting tackle with a 5-weight rod/reel and a Schnozzle Bug fly, which is very similar to a mossy green glo-bug pattern. Also, fast-moving storm fronts forecasted for early in the week may require up to 24 hours for lakeside roads to dry completely. Please call ahead to the pro shop [714-649-9111] for up to the minute road conditions.”

Bass anglers continue to do well on mostly 2-4 pound largemouth using a variety of tactics. Senkos or dropshot-rigged plastics on hard structure at 15-20 feet are the best daytime pattern, with reaction baits like topwaters, jerkbaits, and spinnerbaits taking over as the fish move up shallow during the evening hours. Best areas for bass this week were Rocky Point and the Red Clay Cliffs.

Few crappie are being caught, but many are being seen under the lights at the boat dock. Most catfish anglers now purposely fish without lights shining on the water, which may be affecting the crappie catches negatively.

Families with children age 12 and under found fair numbers of 1-3 pound catfish in the Kids Lagoon on marshmallow/mealworm combos. Surface temperature on the main lake is 78-80 degrees. Underwater visibility is rated mixed; very clear in sheltered areas, and stained in wind-exposed areas. Both the main lake and Kids Lagoon will be stocked this week. The main lake is stocked every week all summer long.   

Outstanding catches of the week at Irvine Lake included:

Steve Hathaway of Anaheim, 9-14 channel catfish on shrimp at Sierra Cove

Whitney Curry of Silverado, 9-7 carp [released] on a Schnozzle Bug fly at the flats

James Getty of Silverado, 4-1 largemouth bass [released] on a jig at the Red Clay Cliffs

Follow Irvine Lake on Facebook, on the web at IrvineLake.net or call 714-649-9111

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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F

                The huge catfish just keep on coming at Irvine Lake this year, reported Jimmy Getty at the Pro Shop. “We had popular Davey’s Locker deckhand Ricardo Zepeda here on his day off, and not surprisingly he nailed a huge 38-6 blue cat suing bonito”, reported Getty. “The biggest channel cat of the season was also checked in, a really nice 18-pounder. Both of the big whiskerfish were released back into the lake.”

                Getty added, “We will be open until 1:00 AM on Saturday night, July 11 for our big ‘July Catfish Shootout’ tournament event. Also, both the Trout Island and west shore boat ramps are open.”  

                Good stringers of catfish were recorded from the west shore, Santiago Flats, mid-lake, and near the dam. Most of the catfish were prime “eating-size” channels from 2-8 pounds, with enough bigger specimens around to keep things really interesting.

                Productive baits included mackerel, shrimp, bonito, and skipjack during the evening, and nightcrawlers during the daytime. Strong scents such as Berkley Catfish dip are a big help for catfish, and in almost all cases, do not use a sinker of any kind. A 1X3 inch chunk of bait on a 2/0 hook is perfect for channels, but for big blues use a whole slab or the entire head of a mackerel on an 8/0 hook. For anglers interested in oversize blue cats, another key tool to be sure you have is a big salmon net.

Bass anglers found the fish up shallow during the evening and night-time hours, but down to 20 feet during the day. Dropshot-rigged plastics were the top choice for fishing deep, with reaction baits the best bet for shallow presentations. Good numbers of 2-4 pound largemouth were caught near Rocky Point and the Red Clay Cliffs. Plenty of plump bluegill and redear sunfish to over a pound were available for anglers fishing shallow with meal worms and wax worms.

Families with children age 12 and under found good numbers of 2-3 pound catfish and carp using nightcrawlers or marshmallow/mealworm combos. Surface temperature on the main lake is 76-80 degrees, and the lake level is dropping slowly. Underwater visibility ranges from crystal clear to slightly stained in areas affected by wind. Both launch ramps are currently in full operation, with the Trout Island ramp expected to close in late July.

The evening of July 11 will see the lake offer extended fishing hours until 2 AM for the “July Catfish Shootout”, which will be a perfect way to beat the summer heat. Irvine Lake is stocked with thousands of pounds of catfish every week all summer long.  

Outstanding catches of the week at Irvine Lake included:

Ricardo Zepeda of Santa Ana, 38-6 blue catfish [released] on bonito at mid-lake

Dan Didion of San Diego, 18-0 channel catfish [released] on mackerel at the west shore

Dylan Schwappach of Alameda, 4-9 largemouth bass [released] on a zipper worm at Rocky Point

Steve Anna of Trabuco Hills, 1-8 redear sunfish on nightcrawlers at the west shore

Follow Irvine Lake on Facebook, on the web at IrvineLake.net or call 714-649-9111

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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 71-80 F

Families with children age 12 and under found good numbers of 2-3 pound catfish in the Kids Lagoon using shrimp or marshmallow/mealworm combos. Surface temperature on the main lake is 76 degrees, with the lake level receding slowly. Underwater visibility is rated crystal clear, and the inlet pipe in Sierra Cove is off. The Kids Lagoon and the main lake will be re-stocked with catfish this week.

Outstanding catches of the week at Irvine Lake included:

Marlon Meade of Anaheim, 57-9 blue catfish [released] on shrimp at the flats

Ryan Williams of Glendora, 9-4 channel catfish on mackerel at the flats

6-year old Samantha Richardson of Orange, 6-9 channel catfish on mackerel at the Kids Lagoon

8-year old Shane Linehan of Orange, 6-4 largemouth bass [released] on a Bald Brothers Stickbait at the west shore

Kelli McManus of San Pedro, 9-4 carp on shrimp at the flats

Follow Irvine Lake on Facebook, on the web at IrvineLake.net or call 714-649-9111

 

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