Fish Report-Freshwater, Dec. 24

CACHUMA: The best bet has been for catfish with the best bite close to shore in five to 20 feet of water on mackerel, chicken liver, or garlic-scented nightcrawlers. The daytime bite has been best. Mohawk Bay and Drake Cove have been the best spots with most of the cats under three pounds. Bass are slow to fair on deep-diving cranks, spoons, plastics, and nightcrawlers. Most fish have moved into deeper water, but when the shad are up on top, the smallmouth have been up busting them and whacking smaller (under three-inch) shad imitations. No word on trout plants yet, and no holdover rainbows reported in the past week. Slow other species, too. 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: Trout have been pretty good with the biggest fish in the past week in the four pound range. Most of the fish are 1 1/2 to three pounds. There was a 2,500-pound plant of Nebraska Tailwalkers last week, and DFW fish the week before that. The best bite has been on PowerBait, Yum, Kastmasters, and inflated nightcrawler doused with scent. There were a lot of limits through the weekend, but the fish have moved off shore and boat anglers are now doing better than shore anglers. The largemouth bass have moved deep and there is a slow to fair bite on jigging spoons and ice jigs with a few on plastics. A few crappie showing for trout anglers fishing small jigs. Other species 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 last week and three weeks ago. The bite has been fair to good right after plants for shore anglers fishing PowerBait, PowerMice, or inflated nightcrawlers with garlic scent. The trout 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. The largemouth bass action is fair with most of the action in 15 to 30 feet of water on plastics and jigging spoons. A few catfish are showing on cut baits. 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. Catfish also pretty fair in 10 to 40 feet of water on cut baits, and there has been a decent crappie bite on fish to 2 pounds over the past week. Other species are pretty 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. 

PYRAMID: DFW trout plants last Friday and three 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 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 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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