Quail Lake 20min Walk and Fish (not for Kids)

  • June 15, 2013 · 5:00 AM

From Los Angeles, Drive North on Interstate 5 past Pyramid Lake to Highway 138 Turn east and continue to the LAKE on your left. Drive past the lake FIRST ENTRANCE go to the second ENTRANCE it's a Ready Mix Plant sign. Turn left go up about a mile to the Aqueduct. Do not pass the Aqueduct park on the dirt road to the left or right and go to your LEFT once you park. SORRY I DON'T KNOW THE ADDRESS AND CAN'T FIND ONE!

It's about a good 20 minute walk to the lake so pack light. This is where the Aqueduct flows to the lake and fishing is best here FIRST thing in the morning.

Quail Lake is may be Southern Cali last secret water hole, at least until you read this...

Quail is reffered as a power pool, but it's HEAVEN for fisherman. That's because it's loaded with Strippers, Cat Fish, BASS, Bluegill and crappie, all of which is pushed in from the Aqueduct. Those who know what they're doing always catch fish here and there aren'tthat many know how's, because this lake is rarely fished.

The lake has a large striper and catfish population, and regularly yields big fish. Although it's a good 20 minute walk from parking to inflow fishing is best here at night and first thing in the morning when water is being pumped into the lake. That's because the fish congregate in this area and wait for food to be to be pushed into the lake.

Stripers over 25 pounds are commonly caught and catfish up to 35 pounds have been recorded.

Pack Light I usuall carry 2 poles a backpack and a cooler on Wheels. The lake is always Hot! 90 degrees +.

I'll be there from 5am-11am after that it's just waaaay to HOT!

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BTW- No public bathroom or water or shade just you and the desert and the fish and the sun.

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  • Koki

    Hey guys,

    Sorry I could not make it!! I luv Quail Lake and had fished there twice (at night)....
    How was it this time in the morning? Who caught what? Particularly interested in catfish and strippers....What did it bite on? Any particular "sweet fishing spot"?

    Thanks,
    Koki

    June 15, 2013

    • Will

      Can you do a night run koki what side do you fish on?

      June 15, 2013

    • Koki

      PS Looking forward to the night one you mentioned in couple of weeks!:)

      June 15, 2013

  • timothy d.

    It seem I was the only one that beat the skunk with my single catch. Good to see you guys

    June 15, 2013

    • Koki

      What did you catch, Tim?

      June 15, 2013

  • Will

    Good to See you guys...I'm glad we made it over to the inflow...too bad the guy next to us caught all the fish. Night fishing in two weeks or so. Let's Do It!

    1 · June 15, 2013

  • Will

    Is everyone awake...I have a grey toyota camry with no rims on it...last for digits of license plate is 991

    June 15, 2013

    • Loris

      We are here

      June 15, 2013

    • Manlio P.

      Thank you Will/ Tim. this was a nice fishing day, hopefully we will do it again... The price of the day is that big catfish that the neighborhood hooked,, call me next time to go there[masked]

      June 15, 2013

  • Loris

    Hi, can you point where do you park and where is the fishing spot at in case we miss you at 5am?
    see map : http://o7.no/14BQ6an

    June 14, 2013

    • Will

      you see that road that cross the aquduct thats were you will make your left and park and then walk back to the lake to the inflow

      June 14, 2013

    • Will

      I will hit my hazards when I hit the one 138. I'll also park at the entrance. U can't miss it its a big ready mix sign.

      June 14, 2013

  • Will

    I have brotha james coming with me we have makerl, chovis and night crawlers

    June 14, 2013

  • timothy d.

    Anyone want to carpool? I'm in the San Gabriel area.

    June 14, 2013

  • Norm

    Alas I have another month or so, in recuperation. Hope to get back to it by August!

    1 · June 10, 2013

    • Norm

      Will- What ever's bitin'! Trout IS the preference, but bass would be nice, as well. Stripers? Maybe in the Cal Aqueduct...

      June 11, 2013

    • Will

      okay be on the look out

      June 12, 2013

  • Edd A.

    Great we do hike on the weekends so he will be able to do 20 minutes. Thanks

    1 · June 11, 2013

  • Michael

    What do you recommend for stripers? I have the rod and reel setup, but what are biting on? What kind of rigging is best? Also, how's the free parking situation? Is it on a lot? Side of the road? what?

    June 11, 2013

    • Will

      parking is on the side of the road...Striped bass can be caught using a number of baits including: clams, eels, anchovies, bloodworms, nightcrawlers, chicken livers, menhaden, herring, shad, and sandworms. At times, striped bass can be very choosy about the baits they take. Because of the wide variety of baits that are known to work and their finicky nature, they are considered among fishermen as being an opportunistic or "lazy" feeder. However, it is estimated that 90% of their diet is fish.

      June 12, 2013

    • Will

      If you are shore fishing all you need is a 8-10 lb set up. 6 1/2' med action rod and a 2500 spinning reel or if you prefer a conventional reel I would stick with a 200 -400 series reel.
      Frozen anchovies, sardines . Lures , try throwing med size chrome/gold spoons and the
      smaller sized swim baits. A step up would be throwing the Wood (big *** trout baits) then you will need a bigger set up with 15-25 lb line and the appropriate rod and reel.
      Look for bait fish on the surface and or bird activity. PS dont stay in one spot if you dont get bit, keep moving till you get some action.. good luck

      June 12, 2013

  • Dave L.

    Have to work this Saturday.(work every other Saturday) hopefully you will schedule again.

    June 11, 2013

    • Will

      We will do it again.

      June 11, 2013

  • Edd A.

    I know it says no kids but will it be ok to bring my 12 year old, he really enjoys fishing

    June 11, 2013

    • Will

      If he can make the 20min hike bring him.

      June 11, 2013

  • Marissa

    I can't wait! It has been far too long since the last time my husband and I have done this :)

    1 · June 10, 2013

  • Will

    No Fee to park your car ALL you need is your fishing license.

    June 10, 2013

  • Will

    I use a 15lb. Test. Line Catfish feed by smell and sight but usually monofilament or braided line is fine for them. More expensive flurocarbon line is normally not necessary but does work well if you want to use it. For smaller cats 10 to 15 pound test monofilament line is good but for big cats 30 pound test or heavier monofilament and braid from 30 pound test up is best. Bullet or round sinkers both work. You need a strong swivel when fishing for big cats. A short shanked hook is usually used. For years a straight shanked hook with an offset point was common. Now, circle hooks are usually used for catfish. Choose a size suitable for the size catfish you are trying to catch. A #1 hook is good for pan size catfish, a 2/0 is good for fish in the 3 to 5 pound range, on up to a 10/0 for monster catfish. Catfish will hit almost any bait. For flatheads, live minnows and sunfish are best. Earthworms, liver, stink baits, crickets, cut bait.

    1 · June 10, 2013

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