IRVINE LAKE REPORT
By Steve Carson
Irvine Lake catfishing topped by 15-1 blue; Last Chance Catfish Derby slated for this weekend
Irvine Lake’s catfish moved into shallower water this week, reported Jimmy Getty at the Pro Shop. “There were tons of stocker size catfish up in about 3 feet of water in Boat Dock Cove”, observed Getty. “We also had several groups of people find excellent catfish action during the daytime hours, from about noon to 7 PM. Of course the evening bite also stayed good, but this was the best it’s been for catfish during the daytime in a couple of months.”
Getty added, “We have a couple of huge events coming up on the next two weekend. This coming Saturday [Sept. 13] we will have our ‘Last Chance Catfish Qualifier’, and the following Saturday [Sept. 20] will feature the ‘Angler Chronicles-BiteOn-team 57’ event. Also, the next 30 days will see the lake’s biggest blue catfish getting active as the feed heavily for the upcoming winter; be sure to bring a big net!”
The best stringers of catfish came from shallow water in Boat Dock Cove, but notable catches were also made at the west shore, mid-lake, and Santiago Flats. The majority of the catfish were prime “eating size” 3 to 8-pounders, with a sprinkling of bigger whiskerfish to 15 pounds mixed in. Productive baits included mackerel, shrimp, bonito, and skipjack, with strong scents like Berkley Catfish Dip helping greatly.
Good numbers of 2 to 4-pound largemouth bass were caught near Rocky Point and the Red Clay Cliffs. Bass anglers did best on dropshot-rigged plastics and hardbaits. The bite on large bluegill and redear sunfish heated up considerably, with lots of plump panfish over a pound hitting on meal worms and waxworms.
Families with children age 12 and under found fair numbers of 1 to 3-pound catfish on mackerel in the Kids Lagoon. Another stocking load of catfish will go into the Lagoon this week, and tiny 5-year old Sophia Makenzi managed to haul an impressive 6-3 channel cat out of the Lagoon. Surface temperature on the main lake is 77-78 degrees. Underwater visibility is mucking up a little, with a few areas still maintaining gin-clear conditions. The lake level is dropping a few inches per week.
Lake hours from now until the Trout Opener will be: Thursdays- 6 AM-11 PM; Fridays and Saturdays- 6 AM-Midnight; Sundays 6 AM-6 PM, and CLOSED on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The 2014-15 public trout season opener will be on Friday, October 31, with thousands of pounds of trout planted. There will be a special limited-entry ‘VIP Fishing Day’ on Thursday, October 30.
Outstanding catches of the week at Irvine Lake included:
Chris Hagopian of Redondo Beach, 15-1 blue catfish [released] on mackerel at the flats
Ricardo Zepeda of Newport Beach, 10-2 channel catfish on bonito at the flats
Wayne Barlata of Orange, 9-0 channel catfish on Bite-On at the flats
5-year old Sophia Makenzi of Cerritos, 6-3 channel catfish on mackerel at the Kids Lagoon
Justin Emerson of Newport Beach, 4-1 largemouth bass [released] on a popper at Rocky Point
Darrel Nash of Carson, 1-10 bluegill on mealworms at the flats
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