Los Angeles Area Lakes, July 21 report

CACHUMA: The catfish action is good with a lot of fish in the east end. The best bite has been on cut bait and nightcrawlers in five to 10 feet of water. Most of the fish are running about a pound, with some bigger fish. There continues to be a few trout showing at the dam for trollers working Needlefish-type lures or drifting bait in deep water in the same area. The bass have been good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and a wide variety of shad-like baits from cranks to spinnerbaits to spoons, especially in brown and copper tones, and topwater. Fish to 5 pounds reported. The crappie off and on, but were on a slight upswing this past week on jigs tipped with meal worms or small Kastmasters. The carp bite is good on dough baits along most shorelines. Bow-fishing opportunities are good again in the mornings. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. 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 at sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. 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: The largemouth bass bite has been good, with topwater, reaction baits and plastics all getting the fish, especially early and late in the day. The shad, which had disappeared for a while, surfaced again this week and anglers were able to dip-net the candy bait again this week. The American Bass Association two-day tournament of champions was this past weekend and it was won by Kurt Ebekin, Oakview, and Brandon LeMay, Miner’s Oaks with a total weight of 35.43 pounds for a 10-fish total, winning by just under 4/10s of a pound. LeMay’s 5.96-pounder was the second biggest of the event. Big fish was a 6.18-pounder caught by Chris Chandler. The bluegill and redear continue to show in good numbers on red worms or nightcrawler pieces around the grass beds. Catfish are also fair on live shad or cut mackerel. While getting little fishing pressure there was a 17-pounder caught this past week. Carp are still fair, but slowed even more from the past couple of weeks. Crappie and trout 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: The water level continues to come up. striper bite has been good with more fish moving up to chase baitfish, with boils most mornings now and some fish on top throughout the day. Topwater, cranks, and other reaction baits that resemble shad are the best bet, but trollers are getting a lot of smaller fish under 2 pounds. Drifting lug worms or sardines is also a good bet. Anglers working hard can usually get a few 3 to 5-pounders. The largemouth bass has been slow this past week with only a few fish busting shad early in the mornings. Some fish later in the day on Senkos and plastics. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in 6 to 25 feet of water. Other species are slow. Water level continues to come up. For information call 661-775-6232 or CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: The bluegill bite is good on red worms, wax worms and meal worms in less than 15 feet of water. Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish on reaction baits that imitate shad. Fish to 4 pounds reported. Brief windows of topwater action most mornings. 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. Other species are very slow. 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: Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on cut baits, but also some fish on slow-trolled lures and flies or umbrella rigs. There is also increasing surface action early and late in the day. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the 2-pound class but some to 6 or 7 pounds. A few catfish are showing on cut baits and this bite has improved in the past week with fair action. Largemouth bass have been fair to good with the topwater bite kicking into gear most mornings and evenings now. Day action is best on plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are fair to good on small jigs topped with baits or half a nightcrawler fished around structure in six to 20 feet of water. DFG trout plant two weeks ago. A few trout reported around the marina. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. More information at this link: oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: The urban trout season is over until winter plants, and the DFW has not been planting catfish due to cutbacks in its hatchery budget. Anglers can check the plants list on the DFW website (nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

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