APPLE VALLEY — While most Southern California lakes are looking at trout plants sometime this month, fishing for rainbows at Jess Lakes Ranch has been hot for a few weeks. As a place that stocks trout year-round, you might say it has an unfair advantage, but fishing for them was dead during the second-half-of-summer doldrums. All it took was a week of cooler, fall weather to get things going.
TROUT-SEEKING MISSAEL — Victorville angler Missael Soto caught these trout at Jess Lakes Ranch. One went 8.9 pounds, and the other 4.6.
Lake officials told Western Outdoor News that PowerBait is still killing it, especially the rainbow, garlic and salmon peach varieties, and that has also been confirmed by anglers reporting to WON. They tab the west and north shores of Lake 2 along with Grassy Point and the west shore of Lake 3 as hot spots.
Some bigger-model rainbows are hitting the scales, too. Just ask Missael Soto of Victorville who caught rainbows of 8.9 and 4.6 pounds on grey and white jigs on the east shore of Lake 3. Nightcrawlers and garlic-scented trout worms are also putting trout on stringers. Most are in the 2-pound range.
Local anglers most familiar with the Ranch are taking advantage of the underrated catfish bite that is also very good right now. Mackerel and shrimp are working best with the west shore of Lake 2 and the area near the Pump House on Lake 3 standing out as the best areas. Apple Valley angler Ed Correia is one of those Ranch regulars in the know, and he scored a 13-pound, 7-ounce cat (one of four) on cut carp for bait.
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