Trout fishing opens Friday at freshly stocked Irvine Lake

Trout start biting early in the morning, and anglers will have the chance to catch them at Irvine Lake starting Friday, Dec. 6. Orange County stocked the lake earlier this week with about 3,000 rainbow trout weighing at least a pound each, and the lake will open at 6:30 a.m. Friday through Sunday, a half hour ahead of its usual time, for at least the next two months, according to information from Orange County Supervisor Don Wagner’s office.

A dispute between several agencies with property or water rights at the lake led to its closing from 2016 until this summer. During the closure, the land wasn’t tended and no fish were stocked in the lake, though some bass, catfish and other varieties remained in residence.

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