Los Angeles Area Lakes, Dec. 22 Report

CACHUMA: Weather has slowed the fishing activity and most of the bites. There continues to be fair smallmouth and largemouth bass action, mostly on jigs and plastics fished on rocky structure. There also continues to be a fair trout bite on drifted nightcrawlers or trolling a variety of lures. Top spots have been in the “bowl,’ along the wall, and between E Point and Cachuma Bay. The rainbows are averaging from a pound to two pounds. The catfish also are fair on cut mackerel or sardines in most of the coves. The crappie bite is very slow with no reports. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, but few carp are near the surface now. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 30-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on here. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.

CASITAS: Unannounced trout plant from the DFW went in here last Friday, and it included some nice fish into the two-pound class. Best action on small jigs, trout plastics, inflated nightcrawlers doused with scent and PowerBait. The largemouth bass bite has been fair on plastics in deeper water. Most bass are one to three pounds, some to five pounds or better. Matt Molina, Ojai, landed a six-pound bass. The bluegill and redear have slowed way down with only the odd fish on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. Catfish are slow. Carp are still slow to fair on dough baits. Crappie very slow. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. The Santa Ana launch ramp remains closed due to low water, but the Coyote ramp is open. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Information: 805-649-2043 or casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: DFW trout plant this week — the first in over a month. The trout bite is very slow, but a few stripers continue to show, mostly on spoons and ice jigs in 40 to 60 feet of water. Trolling small swimbaits or flies is also producting. Lots of two-pound class fish. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action is slow to fair with most of the action on plastics, spoons, and ice jigs in 20 to 60 feet of water. Light fishing pressure and only a few other reports of catfish in deeper water on cut baits or nightcrawlers. No panfish reports. For information call 661-775-6232 or CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Light fishing pressure and overall slow action. There are slow to fair largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish still on reaction baits that imitate shad, but the near-surface action is waning. Most bass are in the one- to two-pound range. The bluegill bite has slowed, but a few on red worms, wax worms and meal worms in 15 to 40 feet of water. The crappie bite is off with no fish reported recently. Catfish still slow with only the odd fish reported on cut bait in 20 to 60 feet of water. The launch ramp is open. Water level is very low and boater should be aware that lake hazards exist with the low lake levels. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: There were DFW trout plants this week, two and four weeks ago. There is a fair bite on the trout on small spinners, spoons, jigs, PowerMice, and PowerBait. Overall, the stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action on fish mostly from 1-8 to three pounds, with a few bigger on the trout-like swimbaits. For the smaller fish, smaller swim baits, jerk baits, and trolled flies are getting the most fish, but there are also a lot of bait fish on blood worms and lug worms. There is a slow to fair catfish bite on the cut baits. Largemouth bass have slowed with the cooler weather with most action on plastics, jigs, and jigging spoons in 20 to 50 feet of water. Bluegill and redear are slowing way down, but a few on small jigs topped with baits or half a nightcrawler fished around structure in 12 to 40 feet of water. Very little fishing pressure. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: For trout plants, see the list in this report or go to the DFW website for any updates and future plants.

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