morning-pocketI’m posting a little late this morning. I guess my three-lake/three county swing wore me out.

Yesterday’s stop at Irvine lake was the complete opposite of the previous day, where bass bites had been scarce. Instead, the old Orange County reservoir was pretty much non-stop action, despite the fact the lake is definitely in post-spawn mode.

Rusty Brown, tournament angler and fishing guide (check this) from Tustin– my old stomping grounds–ushered me around the pond and the action started from the first stop on the west side of Santiago Flats until we quit about 3 p.m. on the west cliffs.

rusty-web-shot1The reservoir is still just above the spillway height, so it sports flooded flats with brush, as well as cuts with larger trees. I really wish I had been here several weeks back when those larger spring fish were up, but it was still pick ’em as far as lure choices and techniques.

Rusty (he’s actually the son of one of my TUHS high school mates, Rocky Brown) started with a Vixen, while I mixed in a spinnerbait, Road Runner and standard under-spin–and they all worked.

Later, when the Red Clay cliffs were seeing a lot of traffic we also hit Rocky Point and the mouth of Sierra Cove in 5 to 18 feet of water and the lighter color drop-shot and Texas rig worms got bit pretty well. As he pulled out his light-line drop-shot rig, he said, “Everybody complains about using it, but it just catches fish.”

The west side, with less grass and dead weedgrowth on the bottom, was ideal for darthead/worm, and the purples, as well as the watermelon red/green were pretty well received.

You could argue the quality was not up to pace with the other lakes, but that was more an issue of timing. In a couple of weeks when the June gloom blankets the coast, this should be prime country for extended topwater fishing.

Always is.