IRVINE LAKE TROUT OPENER SIZZLES; 11-6 RAINBOW TOPS CATCHES The opening of trout season was a tremendous success at Irvine Lake this past weekend, reported Jimmy Getty at the Pro Shop. “It was the best opening day we have had in many years. We checked in hundreds of limits over the 3-day weekend. Just about all of the trout were quality-size 2 to 7-pounders, with lots of browns and steelhead mixed in, and a few of the bigger rainbows too.”
Although the “easy limit” action found on Friday backed off somewhat over the busy weekend, fishing rebounded to a sizzling pace on Monday.
“The bite in Woody’s Cove just keeps on going”, observed Getty on Wednesday. “It’s also exceptionally good in the back of the flats by the creek, and along the west shore. Trollers are doing the best of all, pretty much all over the lake.”
The lake was planted with some 20,000 pounds of trout just prior to the opener, and will be planted again this week on Thursday, and every week thereafter for the rest of the season with at least 5,000 additional pounds. This year’s trout assortment from Calaveras Trout Farms will include about 80-percent rainbows, 10-percent browns, and 10-percent steelhead, with very few fish less than 2 pounds.
No doubt the hottest action came from Woody’s Cove, with masses of eagerly-biting trout easily visible just under the surface. Good catches were also registered from near the docks, along the west shoreline, and at Trout Island.
Trollers had an easy time of it; with perch-color Rapala Taildancer TD5’s and firetiger-color Rapala Countdown CD05’s being especially good, along with gold Thomas Buoyants. Bait dunkers did well with most colors of Power Bait, along with inflated nightcrawlers. Mini-jig tossers scored best with the white jig/orange trailer combo, suspended under a float.
The Kids Lagoon is in full operation for families with children age 12 and under. Plenty of 1 to 3-pound trout are being caught on Power Bait and nightcrawlers. Surface temperature in the main lake is 64 degrees.
The lake is now open 7 days a week at 6:00 AM, closing at 4:00 PM Sunday through Thursday, and adding an extra hour until 5:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays.
Outstanding catches of the week at Irvine Lake included:
Chris Mason of Irvine, 11-6 rainbow trout on a crankbait at mid-lake Bill Ross of Huntington Beach, 10-5 rainbow trout on a Rapala at mid-lake Jake Khan and James Sar of Huntington Beach, 10-trout limit totaling 40-5, topped by an 8-9 rainbow, on mini jigs at Woody’s Cove Steve Akana of Sherman Oaks, 8-8 rainbow trout on a mini jig at Woody’s Cove Tyler Hoem of Oceanside, 8-6 rainbow trout on a nightcrawler at Woody’s Cove Tim Blacksher of Ontario, 5-2 brown trout and 7-1 rainbow trout on a Bite-On jig at Woody’s Cove Ken Arnold of Placentia, 4-0 brown trout on Power Bait at Woody’s Cove Mike Freeman of Garden Grove, 4-4 steelhead on Power Bait at Woody’s Cove