California Aqueduct Fishing

On line I had reading a lot of  reports of some very nice Striped bass coming out of the California Aqueduct in the Antelope Valley area so I did some searching on Google Earth thanks to suggestions from a couple people I had met online. After seeing some likely looking spots I decided to take a ride and see if I could locate some stripers for fish tacos.

Aqueduct2

For those of you who are not familiar with what the California Aqueduct is its a system of canals, tunnels, pipelines and reservoirs that conveys water collected from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and valleys of Northern- and Central California to Southern California. The Department of Water Resources operates and maintains the California Aqueduct. It’s basically a huge cement canal that supplies drinking water for the Los Angeles area that runs from northern California to southern California.

I got several good tips after talking to several people that live as well as fish in the area. I was told that if the water was flowing the bite would be better. I was also told to not bother spending too much time in a spot, if they were there they would bite. Just be sure to try a variety of lures and retrieves, if nothing was happening pack up and move on.

Seeing how I live north of the Antelope Valley I started at the northern end, or at least what I thought was the northern end and worked my way south. I found out later that there are more spots further north of where I started. Maybe next time.

So, I’m driving along thinking that I probably should have arrived at the first spot when I see a couple people riding bikes and figure I’d ask them where it was. They told me that I had just past it. For some reason I thought it would have been exposed but as it turned out where the main road crossed the duct it was under ground.

I turn around and go where the bike riders told me to go and low and behold, there it is. I pull into the parking area and notice that they have handicap access which is good for me because I’ve been having some ankle and knee issues lately. As it turned out all of the spots had very short and easy access to the water. So I  hop out and take the short walk to the water. Remember how I mentioned that the bite would be better if the water was moving? Just my luck, the gates were closed and the water was dead calm. Oh well, gotta try it anyways. As I’m getting the rods rigged at my truck up comes a welcome very friendly visitor.

I later find out from several locals that this dog visits everyone that fishes the spot. I continue working the area for about 1/2 hour throwing several different lures at different speeds without getting any bites so its time to move on.

Heading south its onto spot 2. The water is still not moving but I have to try it anyways. After about 1/2 hour and what seemed like a couple hundred casts with no bites it’s once again time to make a move. Spot 3, spot 4 and spot 5, still not feeling the love, nothing happening except for multiple casts and retrieves.

So its time to take a break. The wife has been talking about trading the Monte Carlo SS for a 2010 Camaro SS but we needed to know if there is enough head and leg room in them for me to be comfortable on long drives and since our local dealer no longer sells Chevrolets so I had not had a chance to check it out. Detour time to their local Chevrolet dealer, which was maybe 1 mile out of my way, to take one for a test drive.

Camaro

They had a very nice Red with Black Rally Stripes SS/RS but they would not allow me to take it for a test drive. The dude told me that people who buy them don’t want many if any miles on them, which makes sense to me because the SS/RS will be collectors items. Anyhow I took a regular SS for a test drive and I must say, VERY NICE! I’ll be taking the wife back there within the next few weeks and if she likes it as much as I did, if so maybe we will be driving one home. As I talked to the salesman I found out that he was a fisherman as well and he told me of a couple more spots to try.

in_n_out_logoBy now I’m getting pretty hungry so it’s Lunch Time. Onto In and Out for my favorite burger the 3×3 with grilled onions, no sauce with ketchup and mustard, yeah buddy, that hit the spot.

Feeling good its onto spot 6, after about 15 casts I finally get bit and it feels like a good one. Drag screaming, its making runs up and down the duct, OH WHAT A FEELING! Then all of the sudden the line goes completely slack, DAMN, she came unbuttoned! Because I finally got bit I continue to fish the spot for a little over an hour to no avail.

Onto the last spot I go. After about ½ hour there I decide to call it a day but “I’ll be back” Hopefully the next time I head down the water will be flowing and then maybe the bite will be better. I talked to several locals online afterwards and was told that I actually did good by getting the one bite, especially seeing how it was my first attempt fishing there.

Also, as you may have noticed I purposely negelected to mention any exact spots or lures used during this outing. I did this for a reason. I was given some tips on what to use by friends I have met online and was asked not to make them public knowledge.

Thanks for visiting my site. Be sure to tell all of your fishing buddies and come back soon

Until Next Time, Good Luck and Tight Lines To Ya!

Comments

  1. ray cooper says

    I took grandsons out to 100th st west fish for two hours didn’t get a bite . The moss was a real problem,couldn’t keep our lines free long enought to get a bit. Will try again when it cool down.

  2. ray cooper says

    I fish at 100th st west caught three striperbass 14in to 16in. on chicken liver,in about thirty minute .Fish bend up to 110th st west and down pass 100trh st west nothing took my bate , I’m thinking about, going out around 200th st west and give that area a try.

  3. ray cooper says

    I fish the duct tuesday morning caught two catfish 4lbs and two striperbass about 3.5lbs&4lbs. The moss is still thick in some places from 90th st west to 110th st west .

  4. ray cooper says

    I have a question about other fish in the duct other than catfish and striperbass.Has anyone had success caughting other fish, largemouth, bass bluegill or crappies and what are they using Where do they find them .

  5. ray cooper says

    Another slow bite on the duct, caught one four lbs. striperbass and one miss hook set.Travel three mile up and down the duct, fish for three hour .Oh! not so good

  6. ray cooper says

    Man it is hot out side, I will go to the duct eary at sunrise and leave before it get hot or in the evening if the winds are not to high.

  7. ray cooper says

    Slow day at the duct fish for three hours one catfish 6ibs & one striperbass 4lbs,fish four bends up and down at 110th west.

  8. ray cooper says

    I went to the duct yesterday morming at 110 st west fish bends up stream,caught threecatfish 10,9&7lbs,two striperbass 4.5lbs&4lbs. It was a good three hours outing.

  9. ray cooper says

    I went to the duct caught one odd striperbass looked deform or maybe was damage when it was young release it,caught two catfish 7lbs & 5lb

  10. ray cooper says

    No! I was at 130th west on the dirt side fishing bends. I took grandkids out to 130th west today tried dirt side for one hour,I realize the water was running slow if at all,We went back and tried the paved and caught one six lb catfish for our effort.

  11. bassnman says

    Ray,
    I tried emailing you but for some reason it bounced back as undeliverable, hopefully you will see this.

    Glad to hear that you got some cats out west. Did you happen to get them at Muntz Ranch Road on Saturday? The reason I ask is because I was down there on Saturday and saw someone catch a cat fish at the first bend east of the siphon at Muntz.

  12. ray cooper says

    I went further out west on the duct cuaght two catfish five lbs ,fish for three hour, had one more good bite miss on the hook set.

  13. ray cooper says

    I went to the duct to kill some time and get some exercise on my bite, fish for three hours caught one striper about sixteen inches long .

  14. bassnman says

    Glad to hear that your getting them. A friend of mine who lives a couple miles from the duct in Palmdale has been telling me the same thing about the catfish, he has been getting them drifting chicken liver without any weight.

    I was down there last week, fished out west and got several smaller stripers, 13-14 inches, but they were still alot of fun, just wish the bigger models would start hitting. Its nice to see that the weeds are dieing down and the water is clearing up.

  15. ray cooper says

    Well! The catfish are biting slowly at the duct,I have caught six cat from six lbs to nine lbs on three outing and some small striperbass also.

  16. ray cooper says

    I have fish the duct four times this month, I have not one fish to show for my effort .I’ve fish from ave S to 110 st west.Cut bait and chicken liver isn’t working. The moss make for a real problem keeping bait in the water. But it a great outing anyway. Good luck to you .

  17. bassnman says

    Ray, I tried emailing you a few times but it kept getting bounced back stating “Delivery to the following recipients failed” so I figured I’d reply here, hopefully you will see this.

    Your comment concerning access to the duct at 60th had me curious so I asked a friend that lives in Palmdale, who knows people that work for the water district, what was up with the fence covering the access. As it turns out some local supervisor with the water disrtict thought it was a great ideal. My friend wrote a letter to the main office complaining about the closure and as it turns out, they are going to remove it, WOO HOO! According to him, they are going to redo the access and it will be back open to foot traffic in the near future.

  18. ray cooper says

    I went the aqueduct at 60st west in Palmdale and they have install a new fence that cover up the walkin access on both side of the duct upper north side, this make it very differcult . to get into your fishing sites.You have to climb over or under the gates. I have fish the duct for 35yr,this denying us access to fishing site,that was alway open.What is our tax dallor doing for us when they are use to close recreational fishing and walking.

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