IRVINE LAKE REPORT
By Steve Carson
IRVINE LAKE TOPPED BY 6-1 BASS, 10-0 CATFISH
TROUT SEASON OPENER SLATED FOR OCTOBER 30
Plenty of action for the two major summer species were again the story at Irvine Lake this week, and the biggest event of the year was announced, reported Jimmy Getty at the Pro Shop. “We had very good numbers of catfish, bass, and even bluegill checked in this week”, observed Getty. “The bass fishing in particular was wide-open, with the fish hitting both during the day and in the evenings. Most of the catfish on the stringers were prime ‘eating size’ 3-6 pounders, but we had the annual Team 57 Dana rea memorial catfish tournament this weekend, and a 10-pounder was the big winner. Anybody who went after bluegill or redear sunfish did well using mealworms.”
Getty added, “We are excited to announce that our big 2015-16 Trout Season Opener will be on Friday, October 30. Over 16,000 pounds of beautiful Nebraska Tailwalker rainbow trout will be planted just prior to the opener. On Thursday, October 29, there will be a special ‘VIP Fishing Day’, with a very limited number of tickets sold. Be sure to contact Daniela in the Pro-Shop [714-649-9111] early if you want to get tickets for the VIP Day, which will include boat rental, breakfast, and a terrific BBQ lunch.”
Anglers found good numbers of catfish at the west shore and mid-lake. Productive baits included the usual mackerel, bonito, and shrimp, but several anglers used a bait peculiar to this year’s saltwater bite, and did well using freezer-burned yellowfin tuna. As usual, strong added scents like Berkley Catfish dip improved results substantially.
Bass anglers found excellent numbers of mostly 2-4 pound largemouth, with a few bucketmouths to over 6 pounds also seen. Early AM sees a good topwater bite, then daytime sees the fish move down on hard structure at 15-20 feet. As evening arrives, the fish transition upward to hit reaction baits and topwaters again. Plump bluegill and redear sunfish are going for mealworms and waxworms fished near submerged vegetation.
Families with children age 12 and under found decent numbers of 1-3 pound catfish in the Kids Lagoon on mackerel and shrimp, and the Lagoon will be re-stocked this week. Surface temperature on the main lake was 79 degrees, with the lake level receding slowly. Underwater visibility was rated mixed.
The public is reminded that privately-owned watercraft of any kind are not permitted at Irvine Lake. The 2015-16 public Trout Season Opener will take place on Friday, October 30. A limited-entry VIP Fishing Day will take place on Thursday, October 29; the $150 per person entry fee to VIP Day will include a boat rental, breakfast and delicious BBQ lunch. Advance ticket purchase is required for VIP Day, call 714-649-9111 for tickets or more information.
Outstanding catches of the week at Irvine Lake included;
Phil Nguyen of Westminster, 10-0 channel catfish on mackerel at the flats
Juan Carrillo of Orange, 6-1 largemouth bass [released] on a Senko at Rocky Point
Mitz Onizuka of Irvine, 1-8 bluegill on a mealworm at the west shore
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