Did you know that Laguna Niguel has been stocked with more than 52,500 pounds of rainbow trout since November?
Here is the current fish report thanks to Rick Menodoza, co-owner of Rip 'n Lips, the company that rents fishing equipment, boats and more at the lake.
Trout: Rainbow trout fishing continues to be productive. Most fishermen reporting five fish limits. Best areas are by the bubble holes located in front of the concession building and in deeper water by the dam. Night crawlers dipped in garlic scent has been working best for bait. Fly fishermen still catching quality fish in the flats on bead head nymphs. Early morning and late afternoon have been the most productive times. Crank baits such as the ‘mirror shad’ in assorted colors have been catching the larger fish. Fishing from shore has been fair, best bet is in deep water.
Laguna Niguel Lake is pumping out big numbers of quality bass to 12 pounds in size, according to Mendoza. Fishermen are reporting an average of 15-20 bass a day pitching 7-ince robo worms around the perimeter of the lake in cover and around both islands. Best colors have been Aarons magic/red flake and purple. Some big bass have been reported hitting crank baits in bluegill and crappie patterns around the three pipes area. The bass fishing is truly the best we have seen in the past 6 years, he said, Time to Rip some Lips!
Huge numbers of quality crappie to 3 pounds in size continue to bend rods and amaze fishermen with the massive numbers of big crappie. Best baits have been small crank baits such as the ‘mirror shad’ and the Normans ‘crappie’ crank bait in orange, black and silver. Crappie jigs tipped with a meal worm has also been working well. Trophy-sized crappie continue to stage up in deeper water from the big island to the dam. Massive numbers of crappie have taken over the flats in the center of the lake.
More than 12,000 pounds of catfish to 30 pounds in size were stocked last summer.Warming water temps have picked up the catfish bite in recent weeks. Mackerel and sardines fished tight to structure has been producing some really nice catfish to 12 pounds in size.