Here are links to places to buy your fisherman a gift this Christmas.
Here are the fliers for the upcoming events and stocking schedules as of 12/3/2013 from Irvine Lake, Santa Ana River Lakes/ Corona Lake, Laguna Niguel Lake, and Lake Mission Viejo. The lake are all stocking rainbow trout and some are hosting tournaments this weekend 12/7/2013.
Here are the trout stocking schedules:
Laguna Niguel Lake
Wednesday, November 20—4,000 Pounds
Wednesday, December 4—2,000 Pounds
Wednesday, December 11—2,000 Pounds
Wednesday, December 18—2,000 Pounds
Wednesday, December 27—2,000 Pounds
12/7 Bite On Bonanza Trout Derby – Big Prizes awarded!
12/7 Free Daiwa Reel to first 400 paid adult admissions.
12/14 & 12/15 Holiday Trout Derby (Masters Qualifier)
Santa Ana River Lake
Stocking Friday 12/6/2013
12/7/2013 WON Santa Ana River Lakes Lighting and Super Trout Opener
Stocking Thursday 12/12/2013
Lake Mission Viejo
|Wed||12/18/2013||* Bonus Stocking!|
|Fri||12/27/2013||*Open To Fishing Today|
|Sat||12/28/2013||* Kids’ Fishing Derby|
|Please note that these dates are subject to change. Any changes will be announced on this page. The Lake is closed to all fishing from the start of stocking for the rest of the day.|
A swivel does exactly that, swivels/ rotates to allow the terminal tackle (everything after the swivel) to spin while preventing the main line from twisting
Ball Bearing Swivel
The Ball Bearing Swivel is the top choice for performance. The design allows for better twisting and strong connections. These swivels cost more but offer better performance than the barrel swivel. By incorporating the snap allows for what we mostly want, the ability to change out leader and hook or lure quickly.
Ball Bearing Swivel with Interlock Snap
Barrel Swivel are the most popular, least expensive, and what I tend to use most of the time. The low cost comes with low performance as these do not tend to twist as well as the ball bearing swivel. By incorporating the snap allows for what we mostly want, the ability to change out leader and hook or lure quickly.
Three Way Swivel
Big Grouper, Reef Life, and Big Tuna
Here are a couple of options for trout fishing tournaments this weekend in Southern California. Go get em!
I have fished Lake Irvine a couple of times this season and my style of fishing is considered bait and wait or fishing plastics. I have covered this style of fishing and now want to teach you all about another very productive style of fishing called trolling.
Trolling is done using a boat at very slow speeds slightly above idle speed while dragging lines behind the boat. For trolling, anglers use higher strength lines in the four to six pound range as well as lines such as lead core line that allow the lures to sink lower.
Trolling lures that are successful at Lake Irvine are shown below, an image taken from the Irvine Lake Videos webpage and the series trolling with Kewly. See that webpage and videos here at video gallery
Bocaccio Rockfish, aka Salmon Grouper, aka guaranteed catch, are a tasty rock fish caught off of the Southern California coast and a member of the sebastidae (rockfish) family. The current bag limit was recently increased to three for California anglers and the populations are healthy. In Greek sebastes means magnificent and paucispinis is Latin for few spines.
They vary in color from brown to reddish with the older fish tending to be darker in color. They range from the Baja California coast of Mexico up to Alaska and they favor deep rocky structure. In Southern California they can be caught on half day boats that fish 100-200 feet deep.
The dropper loop setup using large hooks and big sardines works well to target the larger bocaccio and squid works well too. This species tends to school up and a limit of can be caught easily. Here is one I caught in May 2011 withing with Dan Hernandez TV charter.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife stocks catchable size Rainbow Trout in local waters. The website to see what is stocked when and where is https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/fishplants/. Below is a snap shot of some upcoming stocking.
The definition of organized chaos should include fishing in the context. Whether on a party boat crammed with 40 anglers on a wide open tuna bite or in this trips case, a low lake packed with eager trout fisherman hoping to get a limit and a lunker.
The opening weekend festivities at Irvine Lake attracts beginners to expert trout fisherman who after waiting all summer and watching stocking videos and web pictures of double digit rainbow and brown trout cannot wait to get their lines wet.
Casey Berwick and I arrived early in any sense of the word to a parking lot lined full of cars and trucks trailering boats. Soon after we arrived the gates opened and the lines of cars slowly moved through the admission stands and down to the lake. The hour it took to finally get from the place we started to the gates gave me time to prepare my gear, ready the boat, and make a few phone calls.
Immediately upon entering we both were in shock at the low level of the lake. The area we fished last year and even late May was high and dry. I drove to the west side launch ramp, an area ten feet underwater last year and launch our 15 foot Whaler as Casey drove then parked the truck.
We shoved off and made our first anchor drop near the launch area in a crowd of float tubers, a good sign. My first cast in and a few minutes later my rod went bendo as a nice 3 pound rainbow trout fell for my offering. Soon after a few pictures, Casey was on and fighting another rainbow trout. All around us lines were a tightening and nets were a scooping up big rainbow and brown trout. We even managed a double hook up as my theory of roving schools of rainbow trout was confirmed.
Twenty thousand pounds of fish were released into the lake over the course of the previous week and Facebook and YouTube showed the success of many anglers. While some may dread the crowds I learned that even fisherman can perform a synchronized dance of lines, float tubes, boats, and fighting fish to make a crowed opening weekend a peaceful and memorable event.
We fished from 7 am to 11:30 and caught 7 fish between the two of us, a short day that without a doubt we would have had guaranteed limits had we fished a whole day. The tasty trout filled our bellies that night as my grilled trout recipe worked again.
TIPS AND TECHNIQUES
Light line is the name of the game for trout; I fished two and three pound line, small hooks (#16-18), weights (1/8- ¼ ounce egg), and swivels (small) too. The baits we caught our fish on were white power worms, rainbow power bait, orange headed green tailed mice tails, and salmon eggs.
Arrive early as possible to gain the extra hour of morning bite, bring and drink lots of water, wear sun screen and a wide brimmed hat, and fish hard meaning cast out, check lines, change baits, dip in scent every cast, and talk with the other anglers about what they are using. As fisherman we make up a community with a common goal to catch dem fishies and sharing is caring so lend a hand, grab a net, share a bait, everything counts and comes back tenfold.
Go to volunteer on a fishing trip with the Camp Pendleton Marines as part of an Oceanside Anglers Club, Camp Pendleton YMCA, Phil Friedman Outdoors sponsored event. This was my second year in a row and I could not have asked for a better group of fisherman to teach and help get hooked on fishing.
We fished aboard the Electra out of Helgren Sportfishing in Oceanside California. See the video of the trip by Phil Friedman below.
Here is an awesome video of Cousins Rods manufacturing from a recent Phil Friedman Outdoors visits.
To have our first snow prior to the middle of October is a wonderful thing to behold.
Hi, this Cliff Fowler with Cantrell’s Fishing Guide Service at Pine Knot Landing with your most recent copy of Fowlers Fish Tails.
The concept of a long, wet winter is a beautiful thing for yours truly as a long wet winter will help increase the lake level drastically. It does throw a little bit of a damper on our fishing activity when it is snowing but we do get a lot more fishing weather than snowy weather anyway. The current skinny on that Blue Jewel is as follows. She’s 57F degrees top and bottom from the boom line all the way up to the west public launch, 57°F and 56°F are the readings off that Big White Dome and finally 56°F degrees surface to the floor off of Juniper Point. The dissolved oxygen is close to 9 parts per million top to bottom, west to east, and there’s still only 5 to 6’ of light penetration or clarity as shown by our secci dish.
All this tells us that our majestic puddle is about as uniform as a body of water can be which would normally tells us no holding areas or holding levels. The massive Santa Ana conditions of recent did blow us out especially for the last big tourney of the year, but the catchin’ part of our fishing is only going to get better and better as that agua continues to cool. Now if those darn Sana Anas will just GO away until we need them for snow making, everything would be just perfect.
Trout continue to move back east as their typical migration for this time of the year. The mouth of Metcalf Bay to Windy Point over to Lagonita are our favorite spots now. But keep your eyes open, the Spring Triangle will be the next to produce good numbers of quality hold overs. In case you didn’t remember, the “spring” triangle sits between the imaginary lines drawn between Lagonita Point, the Solar Observatory, and Eagle Point. (See the illustration below) Warm water activity is going to slow down shortly as Momma nature tells them to get ready for a long winter nap, but with some finesse you can still stick a “toad” or score a “kitty”.
Paradise does exist at 7000’ so grab your rod, grab your sweetie, pull up a rock and go teach a worm how to swim!
This is Cliff Fowler with Cantrell’s Fishing Guide Service signing off with your most recent copy of Fowlers Fish Tails.
[ed. We also have been getting tons of reports from our regular fisher men and women that the trout are biting very well. It seems that right now they will bite at most anything and most everyone that braves going out will be getting some fish. A couple members in the last couple days have caught their limit (5 trout per licenced angler) within a couple hours. That is Big Bear Fishing at it's best!][David]