Fish Report – Freshwater, April 10 ed.

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CACHUMA: The crappie bite broke open here this past week with very good action all over the lake for anglers fishing small crappie tube jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles or meal worms. Also some fish on smaller cranks worked at the mouth of Clark’s, Santa Cruz Point, and off any flooded brush or timber on Jackrabbit Flat and off the Cistern Island. Most were in five to 12 feet of water and a lot were in the 2-pound class. The bass bite has remained good with both smallmouth and largemouth bass showing for anglers fishing Cachuma Bay Point, Johnson Bay, and Santa Cruz Point with plastics, spinnerbaits, and shad-like cranks. Lots of limits but most fish are three pounds or under. Catfish have remained good with fewer limits but some nice stringer of fish, Mackerel, nightcrawlers, and dough baits fished in any shallow flat or cove. The bowfishing for carp has been excellent with the fish flooding up into the shallows. Archers have reported 25-fish days and one bow-angler had 14 from the bank in Bobcat to Santa Cruz. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 10-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: Bass remain good in six feet to 18 feet, with live shad the best bait. Lots of two-pound class fish on plastics, jigs, cranks, jerkbaits, and nightcrawlers, but the shad are by far the best bait. The crappie bite has slowed way down, with only a few fish to 2-8 showing on live shad. The bluegill bite is also fair off the fishing dock on nightcrawlers with some fish to a pound or better. Also a few redear starting to show. Catfish slow with no pressure. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. 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 and two weeks ago. The trout bite has been fair around the launch on small spinners, trout plastics, jigs, and floating baits. Largemouth bass remain the best bet right now with very good action in most of the coves with the fish shallow for the spawn. Plastics, nightcralwers, and jerkbaits are best. Also a lot of smallmouth showing, especially in rockier areas. The stripers are slow with only a few fish showing on trolled umbrella rigs in 50 to 75 feet of water. The catfish action has been slow to fair on cut baits or mackerel in deeper water at the backs of the canyons. For information call (661) 775-6232 or CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been very good again this past week, with a lot of fish on plastics, Senkos, cranks, and jigs. Most of the fish are shallow and still in the spawn. Some real quality fish have been landed. Jason Makely, Canyon Country, had a 4-8 largemouth to top off his three-fish, 10-pound catch. Shawn Tunnell, Moorpark, caught and released six bass for a total of 26 pounds, and his best was a five-pounder. Also quite a few smallmouth in this bite, especially on rocky structure. Channel catfish are still showing in spotty numbers in 30 feet of water on cut baits. The cats have been congregating in the bays. The bluegill and redear are starting to show in better numbers on small jigs, nightcrawlers, and meal worms. Other species are slow. Boat launch is open and rental boats are available. Information: gatehouse at (805) 521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com

PYRAMID: Some bigger stripers have been showing on trout-like swimbaits right after the DFW trout plants. DFW trout went in Tuesday this week and a 22-pound striper was reported Wednesday. There is also a fair bite on smaller stripers in deeper water, with most running one to two pounds and showing on cut sardines, lug worms, and blood worms. Gary Temple, Fillmore, had a mixed five-fish stringer of stripers and catfish on sardines and mackerel that weighed 20 pounds, and the best fish was an eight-pound catfish. Trout are usually best the first two or three days around the marina when the fish are planted. The largemouth bass are good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and some reaction baits. The spawn is on and most of the fish are shallow, in less than 15 feet of water. There is fair catfish action in the main channel by the gate house and in most of the deeper coves and bays. The best catfish bite has been on nightcrawlers, blood worms, lug worms, and cut baits. There is a health warning about eating fish from here.  Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at (661) 295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.

QUAIL LAKE: No reports.

PUDDINGSTONE: Fair to good largemouth bass bite with a lot of fish still in shallow. Plastics have been best, but some on reaction baits. The bluegill and redear bites are also starting to improve, but the bite is still just fair. Few reports of crappie or carp. Park and lake fishing information: (909) 599-8411 or www.bonellipark.org.

SANTA FE DAM: DFW trout plant two weeks ago. Information: (626) 334-1065.

ALONDRA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago. 

BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Carp fishing slow.

BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago. 

CERRITOS PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago. 

DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: DFW trout plant three weeks ago.

ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

EL DORADO PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago.

ELIZABETH LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

HANSEN DAM LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago. Information: (888) 527-2757 or (818) 899-3779.

HOLLENBECK LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Information: (213) 261-0113.

JACKSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago.

LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago.

LEGG LAKES: DFW trout plant three weeks ago.

LINCOLN PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago.

MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No DFW plants this year. Anglers here need to be aware of health guidelines when eating fish from this lake. Go to this like for more information: oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/magicjohnsonlake.html.

MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago.

PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: No DFW plants this year. Information: (818) 448-7317. For information on why there have been no DFW trout plants this year, go to this link: outdoornewsservice.com/#!Puddingstone-and-Peck-Road-Park-trout-plants-need-to-be-restored/c18sh/54d94dd50cf2d691d1c3960c.

RESEDA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago.

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