CACHUMA: No word on trout plants yet, but a few holdover rainbow trout are showing for trollers working the mouth of Johnson Bay. The crappie bite improved with many anglers getting three to four pound-class fish each on white, pink, and chartreuse jigs off Santa Cruz Point and the trees near the water intake tower. Bass are slow to fair on deep-diving cranks, spoons, plastics, and nightcrawlers. The catfish are slow with a few showing on mackerel or chicken liver. 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: There were 2,500 pounds of Nebraska Tailwalkers planted last week by the Casitas Municipal Water District, and another plant that size is supposed to go in before Christmas. They were from two pounds and up, and anglers have already been getting some nice stringers of fish with fish to 6-8 reported in the past week. In addition, the first DFW trout plant of the season went in Monday this week when 1,200 pounds of half-pounder went in. The best bite has on PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, and small spinners or spoons. A few anglers have also been trolling for the trout and getting a few fish. The bass action has remained pretty fair, but most of the fish are now in deeper water and focusing on shad schools. Lots of fish are suspended and showing on spoons and Rapala ice jigs. Also some fish on plastics and nightcrawlers, but the shad have been deep and not showing on the surface to dip-net for bait again this week. With the trout plants, there have been anglers hurling big swimbaits, but this bite hasn’t kicked into gear yet. Other species all 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.
CASTAIC: DFW trout plant last week and three weeks ago. Few trout reported. The striper action has been fair to good. The stripers are mostly three to five pounds and showing swimbaits, spoons, and even some on topwater mornings and evenings. The largemouth bass action is fair with most of the action in five to 30 feet of water on plastics, but more and more fish are moving deep. Still fair catfish action with most of the fish two to five pounds on cut baits or nightcrawlers fished in 30 to 75 feet of water. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.
PIRU: Fair largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for the few anglers fishing. Both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics in deeper water or jigging spoons as the fish suspend at mid-depths. The surface and near-surface action has slowed way down, but there are still some topwater flurries. Catfish fair in 10 to 30 feet of water on cut baits, while the bluegill and redear are fair with small fish in most structure areas on small jigs, nightcrawlers, and meal worms. There has also been some crappie showing around the docks. The launch ramp is back open and fully-functioning. 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.
PYRAMID: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Just fair trout action, but there continues to be a pretty fair striper bite on fish from one to four pounds. Best action has been for anglers slow-trolling or fishing cut baits at the dam or channel. There are far fewer stripers busting baitfish on the surface, but still some flurries of topwater action. A few catfish are showing on cut baits. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action on plastics and reaction baits. Some bass are still up chasing bait. Bluegill and redear getting little pressure, but the bite on small fish has been pretty decent. There is a health warning about eating fish from here.Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY PARK NEWS: There will be a free youth fishing event at Legg Lake at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 12. The event is for kids from five to 15 and all fishing gear will be supplied. There will also be a 1,000 pound plant of trout for the event. The event is designed to expose urban children to fishing near their urban homes. Registration is on site. The event is sponsored by the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation, the Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. For more information on the event and upcoming events, call 562-865-3764.