By Robert Hortingson
From developing new crops to dealing with water-rationing situations, the Antelope Valley is a very interesting area with many beautiful places. If you are here just for a few days visiting your loved ones, you might only want to walk around for a bit.
However, if you are into fishing and you’ve already checked out this guide from Fisherpants it means that you might enjoy a day spent outdoors catching some fish while you are here. The same goes if you are new to the area and you are not sure what the top places in which you can fish are.
Of course, you can always ask around, given that the people are always willing to help with the local information, but in the next lines, you’ll find details to get you started for the next fishing adventure.
Elizabeth Lake has a surface of around 35 acres and an elevation of over 3,200 feet. It’s a natural lake that’s open throughout the year for various activities. If you intend to visit it during drought periods, make sure that you check the local information, as it may dry up entirely.
Swimming is not allowed in the lake and there is no running water or other facilities around it, so make sure you take this into account if you are planning to spend a day there with your family and friends. You should also have an available pass in order to park in the lake’s area, and the ranger station can provide all the necessary details on how to obtain one.
Boats are limited in terms of motor power to 10hp, and you can use the available launch ramp at no cost. Jet-skiing is not allowed, but the lake is stocked by the authorities with rainbow trout in the winter season. You might also find some catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill, and carp if you fish there.
As you plan your trip, make sure that you check the complete regulations with the local authorities and that you get all the necessary information on the weather and lake’s conditions before heading out.
Quail Lake Park
If you drive to the Quail Lake Park, you’ll find a scenic city park in which the 22-acre lake is one of the main attractions. The area offers a lot of recreational activities, and the lake can be used for fishing and motorized boating.
In case someone in your group is not that interested in fishing, there are plenty of other activities such as picnicking, bicycling, or hiking that can be done. There are also volleyball and basketball courts available, so keep this in mind as well. The Quail Lake Park is a very nice destination if you want to spend a day outdoors with the entire family.
In terms of fishing, the lake is regularly stocked with warm water fish by the state wildlife division. You can find during spring and early summer rainbow trout, and many fishermen also catch wiper, bluegill, channel catfish, or striped bass. The species also have statewide limits, so keep this in mind and check the details before heading out there.
Luckily, there are also fish that don’t come with any limitations, such as common carp, European rudd, bullhead catfish, or northern pike. Keep in mind that bow hunting for carp is not allowed and that if you have any other questions, you should check with the local authorities to make sure you have updated information.
For those who want to enjoy some paddling as well, the Quail Lake is a very good solution, as it has generally flat water, a generous surface, and many other facilities. Make sure that you have a life jacket and any other necessary equipment if you want to spend a day or weekend of adventure on the lake.