As of Dec. 26 Laguna Niguel Lake had 16,500 pounds of rainbow trout.
and was restocked with an additional 2,000 on Dec. 27.
According to Rick Mendoza, co-owner of Rip 'n Lips, the company that rents fishing equipment, boats and more at the lake,"Trout fishing continues to be awesome. Weekly and bi-weekly stockings have made for non-stop action for shore anglers, boats and float tubers. Night crawlers and Power Bait working well for bait fishermen. Trout worms, jigs and crank baits working well for those throwing artificials. Orange, chartreuse and white have been the best colors. Fly fishermen using bead head midges in the flats continue to do well."
Big Trout of the Week: Goes to Glen Matsushita of Gardena with a 12-pound, 5-ounce trout that hit a white jig with a pink worm in the flats off a boat.
Jeff Berg of Lakewood weighed in a 12-pound, 4-ounce trout using a green power worm off a boat in Zone 1.
Vincent Mesa of Carson caught a 12-pound trout with soaking white power bait dipped in garlic scent at the launch ramp in a boat.
Robert Nguyen of Garden Grove weighed in a 12-pound trout throwing a fire tiger Norman crank bait via float tube in the flats.
Hunter Barrett of Huntington Beach caught a 9-pound, 8-ounce trout using a orange and white power mouse in Zone 3 off the shoreline.
Thai Dang of Anaheim weighed in a 9-pound, 2-ounce trout using a white and orange power mouse in Zone 2 on the shoreline.
Steve Lee of Glendale weighed in an 8-pound, 6-ounce trout using white power bait in Zone 2 off the shoreline.
An additional 14 trophy trout were weighed in last week that ranged from 5-8 pounds.