Fishing Reports

CURRENT FISH REPORT 4/15/14

STRONG BITE for BIG TROUT & BLUE CATS at SARL  Craig Joachim of Anaheim caught 5 trout totaling 23 pounds 8 ounces, his largest weighed in at 12 pounds 8 ounces using Power-Bait Hatchery Pellet at Johnny's corner.  Joaquin Vizcarra of Bellflower caught 5 trout totaling 15 pounds 8 ounces, his heaviest trout weighed in at 11 pounds fishing from shore at the pump house.  Cesar Albir of Prange caught a 11 pound 4 ounce trout using a night-crawler

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 4/8/14

Santa Ana River Lakes is a HOT SPOT for BIG TROUT Tony Lopez of East L.A. caught a 13 pound 8 ounce trout using rainbow Power-Bait at the Pump House. Nathan Lafantsir of Walnut caught 2 trout totaling 26 pounds 8 ounces using grubs in the main lake.  Jason Yamasake of Torrance caught 2 trout totaling 15 pounds 8 ounces with his largest trout at 13 pounds 8 ounces using Power-Bait  from shore.  Rube Le of San Gabriel caught a 12 pound trout and

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 4/1/14

HUGE TROUT being taken at Santa Ana River Lakes The amount of monster size trout coming out consistently at Santa Ana River Lakes is mind blowing. Ronnie & Ronnie Jr. Jaime of Placentia team up to land 5 trout totaling 60 pounds !! Their heaviest trout weighed in at 15 pounds 10 ounces using both Mice tails and Mijo Minnows at the boat dock. Phil Hilderbrandt of Anaheim & Bob Barr of Tustin each landed a 15 pound 4 ounce trout both using

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 3/26/14

20 DOUBLE DIGIT TROUT caught at Santa Ana River Lakes Anglers checked in 20 trout that weighed in over 10 pounds this past week alone at Santa Ana River Lakes.  Heaviest trout of the week was landed again by Brandon Johnston of Yorba Linda, Brandon checked in a 16 pound 8 ounce trout along with 2 more trout for a combined weight of 21 pounds using night-crawlers fishing in Chris' Pond.  Craig Joachim of Anaheim caught a 14 pound 8 ounce trout

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 3/19/14

HUGE TROUT & CATFISH being caught at SARL Anglers checked in over 15 double digit trout this last week at Santa Ana River Lakes.  Brandon Johnston of Yorba Linda landed a 16 pound 8 ounce trout with 4 more trout totaling his limit at 28 pounds 3 ounces. Brandon used Lip RipperZ Love Sauce and a mouse tail fishing at the Pump House.  Phil Hilderbrant of Anaheim caught 5 trout totaling 25 pounds 10 ounces with his largest trout weighing

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 3/12/14

SUPER TROUT being caught at Santa Ana River Lakes Freddy Huerta of Pasadena caught his 5 trout limit totaling 25 pounds with his largest trout weighing in at 14 pound 8 ounces using garlic cheese fishing at the Pipes. TK of Los Angeles landed a 14 pound 8 ounce trout using a Trout King minnow fishing in Chris' Pond.   Al Rotta of Lomita caught a 14 pound 2 ounce trout using PowerBait fishing at Sandy Beach.  Chris Garland of L.A. caught a 13

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 3/4/13

Anglers catching HUGE TROUT at Santa Ana River Lakes Paul Hanson of Newport landed 2 big trout a 14 pound 8 ounce and a 14 pound 2 ounce trout using Berkley trout pellets fishing Chris' Pond.  Arturo Hernandez of South Gate checked in 2 big trout a 14 pound and a 12 pounder using night-crawlers at the bubble hole.  Bobby Hill of Huntington Beach caught a 13 pound 4 ounce trout using a chartreuse Mijo Minnow at Chris' Pond.  Lenny Truong of Rosemead

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 2/26/14

17 1/2 pound SUPER TROUT caught at Santa Ana River Lakes Brandon Johnston of Yorba Linda caught a 17 pound 8 ounce trout along with 2 more trout for a combined weight of 23 pounds 8 ounces using night-crawlers at the Pump House.  Larry Squyres of Baldwin Park landed a 14 pound 8 ounce trout using rainbow PowerBait at Chris Pond.  Ray Sell of Cerritos checked in a 14 pound trout using PowerBait fishing in Chris' Pond.  Frank Moore of La Mirada

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 2/19/14

19 POUND TROUT caught at Santa Ana River Lakes Monster trout are being pulled out of Santa Ana River Lakes almost daily.  Jeremy Guerrero of Placentia landed a 19 pound 12 ounce Super Trout using a white mouse tail fishing at Sandy Beach.  Craig Joachim of Anaheim checked in 2 monsters. a 17 pound trout and 15 pound trout using chartreuse Power-Bait also fishing at Chris' pond & Sandy Beach.  Steve Maldonado of Corona caught a 14 pound 8

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 2/12/14

15 POUND TROUT caught at Santa Ana River Lakes Rick Evans of La Puente caught a 15 pound monster trout using a z-spoon fishing in Chris' Pond.  Drew Wachter of Yorba Linda caught a 14 pound trout using chartreuse Power-Bait fishing by the Pump House.  Arturo Hernandez of South Gate landed a 13 pound trout using chartreuse Power-Bait fishing at The Road.  Scott Noble of Riverside landed a 12 pound 15 ounce trout using a white Pee Wee fishing in

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 2/5/14

Santa Ana River Lakes continues to dominate the HUGE TROUT scene The biggest trout in California are repeatedly caught at Santa Ana River Lakes.  Kenny Pineda of Maywood landed a 15 pound trout using garlic Power-Bait fishing at the Pump House. Al Rotta of Lomita caught his 5 trout limit totaling 49 pounds with his largest trout weighing in at 14 pounds 1 ounce using rainbow Power-Bait fishing at Chris' Pond.  Danny Lai of Santa Ana checked in

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 1/29/14

18 1/2 & 17 1/2 pound SUPER TROUT's caught at Santa Ana River Lakes The biggest trout in California continue to be caught at Santa Ana River Lakes. Ryan Grisco of L.A. caught a massive 18 pound 7 ounce trout using hatchery pellet flavored Power-Bait fishing at the pump house. Jermey Harper of Fullerton landed a 17 pound 8 ounce trout using chartreuse dough bait also fishing at the Pump House. George Tebelekian & Henry Marin of L.A. caught

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 1/22/13

17 1/2 pound SUPER TROUT landed at Santa Ana River Lakes The majority of the biggest trout in California are caught at Santa Ana River Lakes. This past week alone 15 trout over 10 pounds were checked in at the tackle-shop. Victor Silva of Brea landed a 17 pound 8 ounce trout using a mice tail near the boat dock. Glenn Dosier of Norwalk caught a 15 pound 8 ounce trout using Power-Bait at also at the Boat Dock. Samuel & Noah Reyes of Montebello

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 1/15/13

Santa Ana River Lakes is home of the Super Fish Santiago Palacios of W. Covina landed a 11 pound trout using Power Bait fishing at "The Road". Alex Guerrero of Placentia caught a 10 pound 4 ounce trout using a mouse tail at Sandy Beach. Craig Joachim of Anaheim hooked up with a 10 pound 2 ounce trout using a white mouse tail also fishing at Sandy Beach. Ryan Krost of Tustin landed a 10 pound trout using a drop shot setup with a worm at the Bubble

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 1/1/13

LOTS of BIG TROUT being caught at Santa Ana River Lakes The biggest trout in California continue to be caught out of Santa Ana River Lakes. Nate caught this 18.5 pound trout using a Mr. White LGE worm.   Ronnie Jaime of Placentia caught 2 trout totaling 27 pound 4 ounces with his largest weighing a hefty 15 pounds 12 ounces. Kory Allen of Anaheim caught a 13 pound 8 ounce trout using chartreuse rolled in Hatchery Dust.  Eathan Smiddy of Cerritos

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 12/26/13

20.3 pound SUPER TROUT caught at Santa Ana River Lakes Santa Ana River Lakes continues to crank out the monster trout.  This week's heaviest trout was a whopping 20.3 pound Super Trout caught by Craig Adkinson of Orange.  Craig landed this toad using cheese colored Power-Bait fishing at "The Road".  Tramel Kerl. of  L.A. caught a 17 pound 8 ounce trout using a night-crawler rolled in Hatchery Dust off shore at La. Palma point.  Gio Alterino

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 12/17/13

14 lb 9 oz TROUT caught at Santa Ana River Lakes The Big Fish Lakes strikes again, 11 double digit trout were checked in at tackle-shop just this past week.  Heaviest trout of the week was landed by Blake Brewart of Palisades.  Blake checked in a huge 14 pound 9 ounce trout using a green Lip RipperZ worm fishing by the boat dock.  Kory Allen of Anaheim caught a 13 pound trout  using a  Mijo's minnows fishing at Levitz corner.  Scott Buchert

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 12/9/13

Santa Ana River Lakes aka The BIG FISH LAKES Santa Ana River Lakes is also known as the Big Fish Lakes, just this past week there were 19 trout that were over 10 pounds reported and checked in at the tackle-shop. Heaviest trout of the week was caught by Nick Nunez of Buena Park.  Nick landed a 15 pound trout using a Ripper worm fishing by the boat dock.  Anthony Lopez of El Monte caught a 14 pound 8 ounce trout using chartreuse garlic Power-Bait

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 12/4/13

BIG trout being caught at Santa Ana River Lakes The big fish parade is on at Santa Ana River Lakes.  There were 15 trout that weighed in at over 10 pounds this past week at Santa Ana River Lakes.  Antonio Rincon of Moreno Valley caught a 14 pound trout using a plastic worm at Sandy Beach.  Arturo Velasquez of Anaheim caught 3 big trout totaling 27 pounds, his largest weighing 10 1/2 pounds using mini jigs & night-crawlers  also at Sandy

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 11/26/13

DOUBLE DIGIT trout are on the chew at Santa Ana River Lakes The big boys are here, and they are not being shy about their presence.  Anglers have been bringing up huge trout, but there are still plenty in there.  Heaviest trout of the week was 14 pounds 8 ounces.  James Anderson of La Puente caught this monster using chartreuse dough bait rolled with Hatchery Dust by the Pump House.  Kory Allen of Anaheim caught 2 big trout totaling 21 pounds,

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 11/20/13

Trout & catfish are on the CHEW at Santa Ana River Lakes The combination of weekly trout stockings, recent cold weather and water being pumped into the big lake is providing some excellent trout fishing at Santa Ana River Lakes.  In addition to the hot trout bite , big catfish are hungry and on the chew.  The Suuuper Troout Grand Opener is scheduled for Nov. 22nd, 23rd & 24th.   Barbie Wilson of Ontario caught a 6 pound trout using

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 11/13/13

DOUBLE DIGIT Trout caught at Santa Ana River Lakes With the weather cooling down each passing week the trout bite continues to get better and S.A.R.L will stock bigger trout.  The Suuuper Troout Grand Opener is scheduled for Nov. 22nd, 23rd & 24th. That’s when the water will be cold enough to stock the “Big Boys.”   Heaviest trout for the week was a 10 pound sierra bow caught by Deon Bynum of Buena Park using rainbow dough bait at Van

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 11/6/13

Lightning Trout BITING at Santa Ana River Lakes Anglers that came for those exotic Lightning Trout were pleased to find that the average sized lightning weighed in at 4 1/2 pounds, Chartreuse dough bait scented with either Lip Ripperz  garlic Love Sauce or Eagle Claw garlic gravy seemed to be the hot bait.  Joe Doom of Pomona caught 4 trout totaling 10 1/2 pounds with his biggest fish at 4 1/2 pounds using chartreuse with garlic scented Love

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 10/30/13

Another stocking of trout at SARL on Oct. 31 Trout season is on, with another stocking of Sierra Bows & now those exotic Lightning Trout scheduled on October 31st. William & Frank Vanderest of Chino caught 10 trout totaling 14 pounds 2 ounces using worms at Sandy Beach.   Bryan Taylor of Anaheim caught his trout limit of 5 fish weighing in 9 pounds 8 ounces using chartreuse power-bait covered in garlic Hatchery Dust.  Mike Lewis of

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 10/23/13

2 BIG stockings of Trout Oct. 24th & Oct. 31st at SARL Trout season is here, with the first big stocking of beautiful Sierra Bows scheduled on October 24th.  The second stocking of both Lightning Trout and Sierra Bows will be on October 31st.  Even with trout fever spreading, anglers that continue to fish for catfish are still having a great run.  Mike Rhodes of Anaheim landed 5 catfish totaling 19 pounds using fresh shrimp soaked in Eagle

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 10/16/13

19 1/2 pound catfish caught at Santa Ana River Lakes Even with trout season approaching rapidly the big catfish are still on the chew.  Rambo Tatum of Lakewood landed a 19 1/2 pound catfish using shrimp & marshmallow combo from a boat.  Jose Camacho & Salvador Juarez Mission Viejo caught 10 catfish totaling 24 pounds 8 ounces using shrimp at the Pump House.  Mike Ortiz of Anaheim caught 5 catfish totaling 14 pounds using mackerel soaked

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 10/8/13

Santa Ana River Lakes catfish action remains HOT The night fishing at Santa Ana River Lakes continues to produce some quality catfish.  The heaviest stringer weighed in for the week was 32 pounds and 2 ounces.  Aaron & Shelton Lone of Ontario caught this 12 catfish stringer using shrimp in a boat at the middle of  the lake.  Victor Estrada of Garden Grove caught the heaviest catfish of the week totaling 6 pounds. Victor filled his limit

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 10/1/13

Santa Ana River Lakes cranking out BIG catfish stringers The catfish bite remains hot at Santa Ana River Lakes.  Anglers that are taking advantage of the half price boat rental are having the best success.  Varian Virgin & Fernando Diaz of Garden Grove caught 10 catfish totaling 34 pounds 14 ounces using mackerel from a boat.  Jose Aguilar of Santa Ana caught 10 catfish totaling 26 pounds 12 ounces using shrimp from boat in the middle of

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 9/25/13

Catfish are on the chew at Santa Ana River Lakes The catfish bite continues to be strong at Santa Ana River Lakes.  Some of the highlights for the week, Justin Ezaki & Kaleen Pierce caught 10 catfish totaling 22 pounds fishing with mackerel off a pontoon boat near "The Road".   The biggest catfish for the week weighed in at 8 pounds, caught by Robert Fuller of L.A. using a shrimp/marshmallow combo under the shady tree.  David Rochin of Fullerton

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 9/18/13

BIG cats BIG limits being caught at Corona Lake The catfish are on the chew at Corona Lake. Heavy weekly stockings, makes Corona Lake the favorite local hotspot. Heaviest stringer of the week was caught by overnight fisherman Donovan Swan of Lake Elsinore.  Donovan caught 10 catfish totaling 36 pounds using mackerel from a boat in the middle of the lake.  Biggest catfish was caught by Sam Sombounkhane of La Habra, he landed a 11 1/2 pound catfish

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 9/10/13

Corona Lake producing HEAVY limits of catfish The catfish action has been red hot at Corona Lake.  Boat fishermen or shore anglers that are casting into the deeper waters are having the best success.  Jose Aguilar of Santa Ana fished overnight and caught 10 catfish totaling 38 pounds 10 ounces.  His largest cat weighed in at 6 1/2 pounds using night-crawlers from a  Pontoon Boat.  Adrian Pintor of North Hollywood caught 7 catfish totaling

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 8/27/13

Corona Lake is a HOT SPOT for catfish & tilapia Corona Lake continues to crank out big limits of catfish & tilapia.  Fishermen deciding to target catfish, seem to be more productive in the evening sessions.   Santiago Palacios of West Covina landed 17 fish, a combination of both catfish & tialpia. Santiago' stringer weighed in at 45 pounds, with his largest catfish weighing  5 1/2 pounds using shrimp & mackerel from a boat

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 8/14/13

HUGE cats & HUGE limits being caught at SARL Heavy limits and big catfish have been on the chew at Santa Ana River Lakes.  Anglers deciding to fish the night & overnight sessions have had the best success. Heaviest catfish of the week was caught by Pedro Villa of Anaheim.  Pedro landed a huge 17 1/2 pound cat using a mealworm & marshmallow combo in the catfish lake. Heaviest stringer of the week was landed by the Magana family of La

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 8/7/13

Catfish bite is RED HOT at SARL Every week the catfish bite gets hotter & hotter at Santa Ana River Lakes. Big limits are being taken mostly at night time and especially the overnight sessions.   Frank Moore of La Mirada fished/camped overnight & ended up with his 10 catfish limit totaling 28 1/2 pounds.  Frank's largest catfish weighed in at 4 pounds using mackerel in Chris' Pond.  Desmond & Damar Kemp of Salinas, fished the family

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 7/31/13

Overnight fishing is HOT at SARL Heavy stringers of catfish continue to pour out of Santa Ana River Lakes.    Art & Shiela Harvey of Orange strike again, this time they weighed in 28 catfish for a total of 56 pounds.  The couple purchased double 24 hour family fishing passes, fishing all night long using fresh shrimp with garlic scent at the big pipe.  The Casillas family of Garden Grove caught 10 cats & 2 tilapia totaling 23 1/2

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CURRENT FISH REPORT – 7/24/13

HUGE stringers being taken at Santa Ana River Lakes The catfish bite at Santa Ana River Lakes is hot, especially on the weekend overnight fishing sessions.  Two stockings of fish every week is the contributing factor in this catfish slay fest.  Heaviest stringer of the week was caught by a 3 man team fishing on the overnight session.  Rick Evans, Dennis Brannam & Dave McDonald of La Puente and Montclair landed 26 catfish totaling 49 pounds

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 7/16/13

SARL producing big limits of quality cats Santa Ana River Lakes continues to produce heavy stringers of tasty Imperial Farm catfish.  Anglers fly lining either shrimp or mackerel close to the shoreline are getting the most action.  Heaviest stringer of the week was caught by Kevin Olley, Kevin Suto & Danko Harrison of caught 26 catfish totaling 62 pounds.  This 3 man team from Huntington Beach used hotdogs in the catfish lake.  Biggest catfish

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 7/8/13

Catfish bite RED HOT at Santa Ana River Lakes The catfish action is getting better and better every week at Santa Ana River Lakes.  Double fish stockings every week is the contributing factor on why the bite is so strong at SARL. The heaviest catfish of the week was caught by Fernando of Garden Grove.  Fernando landed a 11 1/2 pound cat using a shrimp & marshmallow combo fishing in the big lake. Dan Freeman & Tammie Clark of City are

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 7/1/13

19 pound catfish caught & released at Corona Lake Big catfish are on the chew at Corona Lake.  Mike Bradshaw of Corona caught and safely released a 19 pound catfish from a boat while using Whoop Ass catfish bait.  Steve, Alex & Conrad Guerrero of Placentia ended up with 14 catfish totaling 33 pounds, with their largest catfish at 6 pounds.  The Guerrero's were using a mealworm/marshmallow combo fishing at the Dam.  Forrest Mount of Modesto

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 6/26/13

Huge 24 pound catfish caught & released at Santa Ana River Lakes The catfish bite at Santa Ana River Lakes is red hot, especially on the weekend overnight fishing and camping sessions.  The overnight 24 hour fisherman have been taking advantage of the smoking hot late night bite.  The heaviest catfish of the week was caught and safely released back into the big lake by Demetric Ward of Garden Grove.  Demetric landed a huge 24 pound catfish

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 6/19/13

Catfish are biting at Santa Ana River Lakes The catfish action continues to pick up at Santa Ana River Lakes. The hottest bait seems to shrimp, followed by mackerel in a close second.  Anglers are taking advantage of the overnight fishing & camping specials that the lake offers every weekend.  Mike Chiu of Long Beach caught & released the largest catfish for the week, his fish weighed in at 11 pounds.  Mike was using mackerel from a kayak

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 6/12/13

Camping & overnight fishing at Santa Ana River Lakes The catfish bite at Santa Ana River Lakes is hot, especially on the weekend overnight fishing sessions.  The overnight 24 hour fisherman have been taking advantage of the red hot late night bite.  Dan Freeman & Tamie Clark from City of Industry landed 13 catfish for a total weight of 39 pounds.  The two anglers heaviest catfish weighed in at 7 1/2 pounds fishing with mackerel at the

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 6/5/13

Tasty catfish are on the chew at Santa Ana River Lakes The catfish season is picking up speed at Santa Ana River Lakes.  This is most likely due to the heavy double stockings of tilapia and catfish every week.  Anglers still targeting trout will have a nice surprise as the heaviest fish of the week was a rainbow trout.  Pedro Villa of Anaheim landed  a 13 pound trout using a mealworm-marshmallow combo at the East shore in the Big Lake.  Heaviest

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 5/28/13

SARL is wide open for catfish season Santa Ana River Lakes is officially open for catfish season and those tasty cats are on the chew.  Anglers that have been casting towards the deeper waters were having the most success this past week.  Fresh shrimp, mackerel, night-crawlers & mealworm marshmallows have been the hot baits.  Santiago Palacios of West Covina landed 15 catfish totaling 42 pounds.  Santiago's biggest catfish weighed in at 5

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 5/20/13

SARL Catfish Kickoff - 5 BIG DAYS May 23-24-25-26-27 The big catfish opener is almost here and anglers are already pulling out nice limits of catfish at Santa Ana River Lakes.  This is most likely due to the pre-opener stockings that have already started with both catfish & tilapia.  Biggest fish of the week was landed by Keith Knutson of Anaheim.  Keith hooked into a 8 1/4 lb. catfish using a mealworm & marshmallow combo fishing at the

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 5/15/13

Big trout still on the chew at Santa Ana River Lakes Catfish season is almost here but the last of the big trout are still being caught at Santa Ana River Lakes.  S.A.R.L. has already started pre-stocking catfish twice a week in anticipation for the huge catfish opener May 23rd.   Art Flores of Norwalk landed a 9 pound rainbow trout using orange dough bait in Chris' Pond.  Chuck Mallory of Lakewood caught a 5 1/2 lb. trout using white lightning

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 5/8/13

Trout, Catfish & Sturgeon all biting at Santa Ana River Lakes Anglers have been getting a mixture of big trout, big catfish and even big sturgeon the past week at Santa Ana River Lakes.  Fishing with a night-crawler will give you the advantage of catching any one of these species.  Heaviest fish of the week was landed by Patrick Meurs of Yorba Linda.  Patrick caught a 14 1/2 lb. sturgeon using a night-crawler by the pump house.  Biggest trout

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 5/1/13

Big Trout & Big Cats are on the chew at Santa Ana River Lakes Despite the warmer weather the past few days huge trout and lots of nice limits are still being pulled out of S.A.R.L.  Anglers in boats and float tubes have the advantage with the deeper water.  It's recommended that trout shore fisherman put on extra weight to cast out to the deeper waters. Heaviest fish of the week was landed by Santiago Palacios of West Covina landing a 14 1/2

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 4/23/13

A 17-7 rainbow in tournament was the best fish of the week at Santa Ana River Lakes Massive stocks of Lightning Trout and trophy rainbows led to excellent, limit-style fishing this past weekend at Santa Ana River Lakes and the trout are being caught all around the big lake and in Chris’ Pond. The big fish portion of the weekend tournament was won by Daniel Gutierrez, Carson, with a 17-pound, seven-ounce rainbow landed on a Lip RipperZ jig while

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 4/17/13

Huge trout, crappie, and sturgeon highlight hot bite at Corona Lake      The fishing at Corona Lake was hightlighted by a 19-pound rainbow trout, a 25-pound sturgeon, and a 3 1/2-pound crappie this past week.      The amazing part of this week’s catch was that the big sturgeon and crappie were caught by the same angler. Robert Estes, Fontana, was fishing from a boat soaking some roe when he caught the 25-pound sturgeon and then landed the

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 4/10/13

Over $9,000 raised for Healing Waters veteran’s group during weekend trout tournament at Santa Ana River Lakes Over $9,000 was for Project Healing Waters during this past Saturday’s “Healing and Reeling Big Trout Tournament” at Santa Ana River Lakes. “This special event was designed to give back and honor the gallant men and women in the nation’s armed forces who have given so much to protect our country and our freedoms,” said Craig

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 4/2/13

Santa Ana River Lakes’ big trout action remains hot, 19-pounder tops this week      The big trout action at Santa Ana River Lakes continues to delight anglers at this popular Orange County water, and there was a 19-pound rainbow and two at 17 pounds to pace the big fish bite this past week.      The 19-pounder topped off a nine-fish, 37-pound stringer landed by Juvenal Serrato, Tustin, fishing green PowerBait at Levitz’ Corner. One of

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 3/27/13

Trout action remains hot at Santa Ana River Lakes      The trout action has continued to be excellent at Santa Ana River Lakes, and a bonus plant of Lightning Trout this past week made for a lot of happy anglers with full stringers of pink-meated fish. Trophy rainbows topping 10 pounds also continue to be a component of each week’s huge trout plants.      The big trout this past week was a 14-pound, four-ounce rainbow landed by William

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 3/20/13

Santa Ana River Lakes tournament captured with a giant 16-7 rainbow         The big fish in this past Saturday’s Lip RipperZ Hatchery Dust 50/50 Tournament was a huge 16-pound, seven-ounce rainbow landed by Jay Lamori of West Covina while fishing a green Lip RipperZ jig near the boat dock. It was the biggest trout of the week at Santa Ana River Lakes.     The event was a 100 percent payback event with added money and prizes, and the cash

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 3/13/13

Pair of 16-pound class rainbows landed at Santa Ana River Lakes      Rainbow trout at 16-pounds, two-ounces and 16 pounds led the parade of big rainbows out of Santa Ana River Lakes this week.      At the Fred Hall Show that concluded Sunday at the Long Beach Convention Center, Craig Elliott announced the winner of The Lakes Facebook contest to guess how many trout over 10 pounds had been planted in Santa Ana River Lakes, Corona Lake, and

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 3/6/13

Top three trout caught in Corona Lake’s Hatchery Dust tournament over 18 pounds      There was excellent trout action during the Lip RipperZ Hatchery Dust Takeover Tournament this past Saturday at Corona Lake and the top three rainbows caught were all over 18 pounds.      The big fish was a 19-pound, 11-ounce rainbow caught by Xavier Barriga, Hesperia, while fishing with a white trout worm from a boat. Second place went to Kory Allen, Garden

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 2/27/13

Lightning Trout and rainbows to 17 pounds highlight Santa Ana River Lakes’ hot bite Trophy rainbows, Lightning Trout, and 24-hour fishing combined to make it an excellent fishing weekend at Santa Ana River Lakes. Limits of trout averaging from one to two pounds were the norm, and most stringers had a Lightning Trout or three. There was also the change of one of the huge super trophy rainbows that have been showing each week since the beginning

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 2/20/13

Lightning Trout planted this week at Santa Ana River Lakes      Excellent trout action continues at Santa Ana River Lakes with a nice mix of limits and trophy rainbows still showing for anglers. This week, the rainbows will be joined by the year’s first plant of the popular, golden-hued Lightning Trout.      “The Lightning Trout are always popular with our fishermen,” said Craig Elliott at Santa Ana River Lakes. “They fight hard and

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 2/11/13

Six more trout over 15 pounds caught at Santa Ana River Lakes There continues to be a steady procession of giant rainbow trout being caught at Santa Ana River Lakes, and the overall trout bite is simply wide open with lots of limits of one to two-pound class trout being caught every day. The big rainbow this past week was a 19 1/2-pounder caught by Bill Kamio, Westminster, fishing an orange Power Mouse in the dock area of the big lake. Kory Allen,

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 2/6/13

Santa Ana River Lakes’ giant trout bite doesn’t slow down      Santa Ana River Lakes continues to produce a steady stream of huge rainbow trout over 10 pounds, and these giant fish are mixed in with an excellent bite on one to two pound rainbows that continue to fill stringers. Volume and quality trout fishing has been on tap in equal doses at SARL this season.      The biggest rainbow this past week was a 16-pounder landed by David Rochin,

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 1/30/13

Jim Matthews, Outdoor Editor Huge 19-pound rainbow tops trophy parade from Santa Ana River Lakes Monster rainbow trout continued to pour out of Santa Ana River  Lakes over the past week in spite of rainy, wet weather, and the top  fish was a huge 19-pounder caught by Varian Virgen, Buena Park, fishing a mini jig.  The Lakes’ complex continues to get huge weekly plants of rainbow  trout that include trophy rainbows topping 10 pounds and tons

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Phil Friedman and staff fishing at Santa Ana River Lakes

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Phil Friedman Outdoor Show 1/23/13 – SARL & Corona Lake
CURRENT FISH REPORT 1/22/13

Jim Matthews, Outdoor Editor Santa Ana River Lake is SoCal’s top producer of huge rainbow trout Santa Ana River Lakes had continued to produce more big rainbow trout than any other lake in Southern California, and probably the whole county over the past week. There have been at least 10 rainbows topping 12 pounds reported at the lake’s tackle shop, and at least that many more trout have gone home in ice chests without the anglers bothering to

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 1/17/13

Jim Matthews, Outdoor Editor Huge rainbows highlight week’s fishing at Santa Ana River Lakes      A huge 20 ¾-pound rainbow trout was caught by Tom Hayes of Carmichael while fishing at Santa Ana River Lakes this past week, highlighting a week filled with monster rainbows at this popular Orange County water.      Hayes’ trout was caught from shore near the pumphouse on a nightcrawler-marshmallow combination doused with Eagle Claw garlic

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 1/9/13

Jim Matthews, Outdoor Editor Santa Ana River Lakes continues to crank out huge rainbow trout      The Rose Parade only lasts one day, but the parade of rose and crimson rainbow trout out of Santa Ana River Lakes has been non-stop for three weeks, and the lake’s dedicated band of anglers are still marching to the beautiful music big trout make when they strip line off reels against the drag.      The biggest rainbow reported during the first

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 1/3/13

Jim Matthews, Outdoor Editor Giant trout parade marches on at Santa Ana River Lakes       For the second week in a row, the have been dozens of giant rainbow trout topping 12 pounds pouring out of Santa Ana River Lakes in Orange County, and plants of the bruisers again this week will just keep that parade going.      Fishing buddies Bob Bar, Ben Hinojosa, Gus Torres, and Andrew Navarro, all of Orange, were all fishing from shore near the

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 12/27/12

Jim Matthews, Outdoor Editor Santa Ana River Lakes cranks out dozens of huge rainbows      An 18-pound rainbow trout caught by Steve Tran of Rowland Heights was the top fish in a parade of monster trout landed at Santa Ana River Lakes over the long holiday weekend. His fish was caught the day the big trout were planted last Friday and he landed the rainbow on a gold Kastmaster.     There were also 16-pound rainbows caught by Craig Miyamoto,

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 12/20/12

Jim Matthews, Outdoor Editor Big rainbows continue to pour out of Santa Ana River Lakes Santa Ana River Lakes rainbow trout action has been excellent over the past week and the parade of big trout through the tackle shop from six to 12 pounds has been a long and steady one.      The best news is that this week is when the really big trout are being planted for the long four-day Christmas weekend. The plant last week only held the “teenagers.”

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 12/12/12

Jim Matthews Outdoor Editor Santa Ana River Lakes’ trout opener called the ‘best ever’ Trout fishing was beyond exceptional at Santa Ana River Lakes over the weekend. The reopening of this popular Orange County fishery was beyond all anglers’ expectations after three huge trout plants that included incredible volume and more big rainbows than have been planted in a number of years. Anglers also lauded the quality of the full-tailed, brightly-colored

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 12/5/12

Jim Matthews Outdoor Editor Santa Ana River Lakes reopen this Friday after three huge trout plants Three huge trout plants have poured in Santa Ana River Lakes over the past two weeks in preparation for the grand reopening set for this Friday (Dec. 7). The lake will be loaded with thousands of pounds of one to two-pound rainbows, along with a hefty supply of quality Sierra Bows from six to 20 pounds. The longer-than-expected maintenance was to improve

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 11/27/12

Jim Matthews Outdoor Editor Half-price tickets though final fishing weekend at Anaheim Lake Fishing permit costs have been cut in half at Anaheim Lake for this final week of the trout season before the lake closes after this coming Sunday (Dec. 2). “Fishing prices haven’t been this low in 20 years,” said Craig Elliott at Anaheim Lake. “We're asking anglers to come out and help us catch out the trout and catfish before the lake closes for

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 11/20/12

Monster rainbows are coming to Anaheim Lake for Thanksgiving Huge plants of giant rainbow trout are on tap for this Thanksgiving weekend at Anaheim Lake. “We’re bringing back the ‘good old days,’ and we’re confident more big trout will be caught at Anaheim and Corona lakes this week than all other lakes in California combined,” said Craig Elliott at Anaheim Lake. The plants, which include trophy rainbow trout from 12 to 20 pounds and

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 11/14/12

Jim Matthews Outdoor Editor Anaheim Lake features exceptional trout action The trout bite has been excellent at Anaheim Lake, and the big fish bite has already kicked into gear with a lot of rainbows from five to eight pounds and some bigger. The big fish this past week was a solding 11-pounder caught by Eric Lucero, La Habra, while fishing a green LipRipperZ jig at the road. Obed Sandoval, Norwalk, landed a 10 3/4-pounder fishing a green dough bait

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 11/7/12

Jim Matthews Outdoor Editor Fish finally arrive, excellent trout opener at Anaheim Lake After being delayed a day because of a stalled truck in the Sierra Nevada, The Anaheim Lake trout opener kicked off Friday morning after the first trout plants of the season for 2012. The plants consisted of a huge stocking of Mt. Lassen Trout Farms’ Lightning Trout, scrappy Sierra Bows, and some big hook-jaw male rainbows to nearly 10 pounds. The season was

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Anaheim Lake – 11/3/12 – TROUT BITE IS RED HOT !!
CURRENT FISH REPORT 10/30/12

Jim Matthews Outdoor Editor Trout opener at Corona Lake is being called ‘the best in years’ Anglers and lake staff are calling the Corona Lake trout opener this past weekend “the best in years” thanks to heavy plantings of Mt. Lassen and Jess Ranch trout, including Lightning Trout, for the opening day on Saturday. The lake was closed the four days prior to the opener for planting of the fish – including a big load of Lightning Trout, the

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 10/23/12

Jim Matthews Outdoor Editor Trout season kicks off this week at Corona Lake with Lightning trout The trout season kicks off at Corona Lake this Saturday, Oct. 27, after three massive plants of three types of trout. First, the trophy fish will be big, hooked-jawed male Sierra Bows topping the five-pound marks. Second, Lightning Trout will be planted for the first time for a trout opener in Southern California. Third, the volume of those popular, pink-meated

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 10/18/12

Jim Matthews Outdoor Editor Anaheim Lake catfish bite still hot, and “big” changes coming for trout season Anaheim Lake’s catfish bite remains good thanks to twice-weekly plants of blues and channels averaging two pounds, but there continue to be a good number of bigger fish in the catch. The top catfish report this past week was a seven-pounder landed by Tony Truong, Torrance, while fishing with the marshmallow-meal worm (M&M) combo at

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CURRENT FISH REPORT 10/10/12

Jim Matthews Outdoor Editor Cats to eight-plus pounds caught in good action at Anaheim Lake Catfish to over eight pounds were the highlight of anglers’ stringers posted at Anaheim Lake over the past week. While the average fish are in the two-pound class, and limits have been common, quite a few bigger fish are showing from deep water. Jimmy Suchy, Anaheim, had two of the bigger catfish this week at 8 1/2 and 6 1/2 pounds fishing the marshmallow-meal

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