Irvine Lake Report
Irvine Lake catfishing “good”; countdown to November 1 Trout Opener begins
Catfish anglers found their quarry very co-operative at Irvine Lake this week, though the shadow of another fish species looms large about a month into the future, reported Jimmy Getty at the Pro Shop. “The catfish bite is very good this week”, observed Getty. “Catfish are being caught all over the lake; along the west shore, mid-lake, the flats, just about everywhere in 10 to 20 feet of water. Best ‘bite time’ has been from about 8-11 PM.”
Getty added, “We are getting excited in anticipation of our upcoming Trout Season Opener on Friday November 1. Thousands of pounds of trout will be stocked just prior to the opener, and this will be first time in several years that the famous ‘West Shore Road’ will be partially open. We will be closed to the general public from Monday October 28 to Thursday, October 31, and will have a special limited-entry ‘VIP Fishing Day’ on October 31 before we throw the gates wide open on November 1.”
Productive baits included mackerel, shrimp, and bonito, either with or without strong scents added like Gulp! or Bite-On. Most catfish on the stringers were prime “eating size” channels.
Bass fishing continued to be a deep water exercise for daytime anglers, with good numbers of 2 to 4-pound largemouth being caught at 20 to 30 feet on hard structure using dropshot rigged plastics, jigs, and Carolina rigs. Best reported location were Rocky Point and the Red Clay Cliffs. As dusk approaches, the bass start to move up, with opportunities on spinnerbaits and swimbaits in brushy areas. Skilled bass anglers reported releasing 15-20 bass per day.
No anglers spent any time chasing crappie, although some good-size bluegill were caught on mealworms and waxworms. A handful of 3-5 pound hybrid striped bass were caught incidentally by catfish anglers soaking mackerel and shrimp.
The Kids Lagoon is being slowly drained so that weed abatement can be completed before the Trout Opener, but families with children age 12 and under still found some willing carp and catfish plying the Lagoon. Surface temperature on the main lake is 74 degrees, with underwater visibility varying from off-color at the flats to crystal clear at Sierra Cove. The lake level is holding steady.
Outstanding catches of the week at Irvine Lake:
Don Spencer of Silverado, 11-1 blue catfish [released] on mackerel at Sierra Cove
Sergio Fainsztein of Huntington Beach, 4-8 channel catfish on Bite-On at mid-lake
Whitney Curry of Silverado, 4-9 largemouth bass [released] on a Triple Trout at Rocky Point
Marlon Meade of Anaheim, 3-2 wiper [released] on shrimp at the flats
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