IRVINE LAKE REPORT
By Steve Carson
Irvine Lake double-digit trout to 13-0 still chewing well
Big rainbow trout still topped the headlines at Irvine Lake this week, although very good overall trout action and a variety of bonus species made anglers very happy, reported Jimmy Getty at the Pro Shop. “The overall trout bite is very good this week”, observed Getty. “Bait fishing is best in the AM hours, and trolling is good all day long. The fish are super keyed-in on schools of bait.”
Best areas for shorecasters were the west shore and Trout Island, with trollers scoring best at mid-lake, along the west shoreline, and Santiago Flats. Most trout on the stringers were quality-grade 2 to 6-pound rainbows, with some brown trout, steelhead, and double-digit ‘bows keeping things very interesting.
Trollers used pink Flicker Shads or pink tiger Rapala Shad Rap SR04’s, along with firetiger colors in the same lures along with the reliable Rapala Countdown CD05’s. Bait dunkers used PowerBait, nightcrawlers, and Mice Tails, with 2-pound test leaders being important with bait due to the extremely clear water conditions.
A few bass anglers ventured back out onto the lake, after avoiding the trout season opening activities. Good numbers of 2 to 4-pound largemouth hit on deep-diving crankbaits and dropshot-rigged plastics, with larger bucketmouths managing to avoid being fooled by swimbaits. Moderate numbers of crappie and catfish we also caught incidentally in the pursuit of trout.
Families with children age 12 and under fishing in the Kids Lagoon checked in with lots of 3-fish Lagoon limits of 1 to 3-pound rainbows. Best rig in the Lagoon was an ultra-short 6 to 8-inch leader and lime twist PowerBait rolled in Berkley Trout Dust. Surface temperature on the main lake was 56-60 degrees, with underwater visibility rated as gin clear. Lake level is holding steady.
Outstanding catches of the week at Irvine Lake included:
Dan Rodriguez of Cypress, 13-0 rainbow trout on a Foles worm at the west shore
Daryl Morita of Fountain Valley, 12-7 rainbow trout on a shad lure at mid-lake
Richard Boyle of Orange, 12-2 rainbow trout on a Flicker Shad at mid-lake
Braden Hoffman of Newport Beach, 10-15 rainbow trout on a Rapala at the west shore
Ben Hinojosa of Corona, 9-6 rainbow trout on a Trout King Jig at the west shore
Bradley Sampson of Long Beach, 9-6 rainbow trout on a Trout King Jig at the west shore
Austin Ernest of Mission Viejo, 3-8 largemouth bass [released] on a Mann’s DD22 at Rocky Point
Danny Molina of Orange, 9-0 steelhead on a nightcrawler at the west shore
Devina Matthews of Orange, 20-4 carp on a Mice Tail at the west shore
James Getty of Silverado, 9-0 channel catfish [released] on a Triple Trout at the flats
Christian Lazcano of La Mirada, 1-14 crappie on an SC Shiner at the west shore
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