Fish Report-Freshwater, April 16 ed

CACHUMA: The crappie bite broke was tougher this past week, with no big scores, but the action was still fair to good on jigs tipped with meal worms off Santa Cruz Point and in the flooded tree stumps in the east end of the lake. Most were in 5 to 12 feet of water and a lot were in the two-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 of bass 3 pounds or under, but some up to five pounds this week. 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. 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. 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 first trout plant in three years went in here last Friday when the DFW delivered 1,200 pounds of rainbows. The lake is also slated to get another load of state fish next week. Most of the trout were smaller, half-pound class fish. The bite was pretty good for the first day or two after the plant, but most of the fish have moved out of the water shoreline areas into deeper water but anglers fishing deeper water are still getting a few on PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, or small spinners and spoons. No trolling reports yet. Overall, the bite is just fair, but a little bit of everything is showing. The bass have slowed as the spawn winds down, and there is just fair action on drop-shot plastics, reaction baits, and even some topwater now early and late in the day. The live shad remain up and available for dip-netters, so the shad are also a good bet for the bass. Noah Skultety, Thousand Oaks, had a 9.2-pound bass on a live shad. The crappie bite has been fair with some flurries of good action, but the bite is almost exclusively on live shad. The fish are running from a half-pound up to over 2 pounds. One angler reported landing 17 crappie on shad Tuesday this week. The bluegill and redear are pretty fair, mostly on red worms and nightcrawlers, for shore line anglers. There was a 2.9-pound redear caught on an inflated nightcrawler from shore. Catfish remain very slow. 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 last week and three 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. Jay Poore, Castaic, had five bass for a total of 24 pounds and his best fish was a six-pounder. 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. Ryan McBride, Las Vegas, landed a 12-pound carp on a dough ball. For information call (661) 775-6232 or CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been very good with a lot of fish on plastics, Senkos, cranks, and jigs. Most of the fish are shallow but the spawn is winding down. Some real quality fish have been landed. 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 camplakepiru.com

PYRAMID: Some bigger stripers have been showing on trout-like swimbaits right after the DFW trout plants. DFW trout went last week. 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. 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. 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.

PUDDINGSTONE: Fair to good largemouth bass bite with a lot of fish on drop-shot plastics, reaction baits, and even some topwater. The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good, mostly on small baits like wax worms, red worms, or nightcrawler pieces. Few reports of crappie or carp. Park and lake fishing information: (909) 599-8411.

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

ALONDRA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

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

BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

CERRITOS PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: No recent DFW trout plants.

ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

EL DORADO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

ELIZABETH LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

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

HOLLENBECK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants. Information: (213) 261-0113.

JACKSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants. 

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

LEGG LAKES: No recent DFW trout plants.

LINCOLN PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No DFW plants this year. Anglers here need to be aware of health guidelines when eating fish from this lake. 

MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: No DFW plants this year. Information: (818) 448-7317.

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