Fish Report-Freshwater, Dec. 17 ed

CACHUMA: Tough fishing conditions this past week with high wind and some rain. Bass are slow to fair on deep-diving cranks, spoons, plastics, and nightcrawlers. Most fish have moved into deeper water. The catfish are slow with a few showing on mackerel or chicken liver at the mouths of the coves and bays. 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 slowed back down but a few continue to show on small jigs off Santa Cruz Point and the trees near the water intake tower.  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 trout action has been fair to good with a 2,500-pound plant of Nebraska Tailwalkers two weeks ago, a 1,200-pound DFW plant last week, and another Tailwalker plant slated for next week. The bite has been best on PowerBait, Power Mice, inflated nightcrawlers, small spinners, and spoons. Trollers are also getting a few fish. Most of the fish are either half-pounds from the DFW plant or two to three pounders from Nebraska. Some bigger. Joshua Cabrera, Santa Paula, had a 4-12 rainbow on PowerBait Saturday. 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 plants this week, two weeks ago, and four weeks ago. The bite has been fair right after plants for shore anglers fishing PowerBait, PowerMice, or inflated nightcrawlers with garlic scent for the first two days after the plant, but the fish have been dispersing quickly and the bite slows then. The striper action has been fair on 3 to 5 pounders on swimbaits, spoons, and some on cut baits. Still a few topwater flurries. The largemouth bass action is fair with most of the action in 15 to 30 feet of water on plastics and jigging spoons. Jay Poorino, Castaic, had five largemouth to 3-2. Still fair catfish action with most of the fish 2 to 5 pounds on cut baits or nightcrawlers fished in 30 to 75 feet of water. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232.

PIRU: Fair largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for the few anglers fishing. Both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics in deeper water, and boat anglers are also using jigging spoons as the fish suspend at mid-depths. The surface and near-surface action has slowed way down, but there are still some on surface or near-surface baits. 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. 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 this week, two weeks ago, and four weeks ago. Schools of trout are cruising the shoreline and showing for anglers tossing small spinners or spoons. The bait bite is only good the first day or two after the plants. Stripers are fair with most fish from 1  to 4  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 or near-surface 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, but cold weather and cooling water conditions has more and more fish in deeper water and showing on jigging spoons. 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: Many of the county parks are being planted with trout every two to three weeks. 

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