Los Angeles Area Lakes, Feb. 11 report

CACHUMA: Very light fishing pressure in spite of much better weather this past week. A bass are showing on plastics, small swim baits, or deep-running cranks. There also is a fair catfish bite on nightcrawlers, mackerel, or small pieces of garlic-soaked cut baits. Other species have been very slow. 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 http://www.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: DFW trout plants went in two and four weeks ago, and a plant is slated for next week. The action on the trout has been slow to fair with a few fish showing for shore anglers and trollers. Most of the fish coming in are bigger Tailwalkers from the December plant with very few of the DFW fish being reported. The last two DFW plants have consisted of 250 pounds of half to one pound fish. The best action has been in the marina area, across from the marina, and for trollers working off the mouth of the marina. The bass bite has remained slow to fair with most of the fish on jigging spoons or ice jigs, but the warm weather this past week has brought more fish up shallower and nightcrawlers and plants are also showing. Top bass reported was an 8-8 caught by Doug Carlson, Camarillo, while Mike Neuman, Ventura, had a 6-4. The odd crappie or redear continues to show, but no consistent action on either species yet. Other species 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.

CASTAIC: DFW trout plant slated for this week, and the last plant was three weeks ago. A few trout are showing around the launch ramp after plants, but the fish are dispersing quickly and the action only last a few days near the ramp. Best trout action on PowerBait, Power Mice, or inflated nightcrawlers with garlic scent. The trout are bringing up some bigger stripers that are showing on trout-like swimbaits. There has also been a slow to fair bite on three to five pounders on small, shad-life swimbaits, spoons, and some on cut baits, especially on sardines in 60 feet of water. The largemouth bass action perked a little with the warm weather, but most of the bite is still in 15 to 50 feet of water on plastics fished near structure or jigging spoons for suspended fish. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232.

PIRU: The warm weather this week has perked the largemouth and smallmouth bass bites, with some fish even nosing up into shallower water in a pre-spawn movement. Both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure, but some boat anglers are also still using jigging spoons for suspended fish in 25 to 60 feet of water. Catfish are slow in 20 to 60 feet of water on cut baits, and there continues to be the odd crappie showing, with most in the one to two-pound range. Other species are very 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: Most recent DFW trout plant was three weeks ago. The bite is slow. 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, but some bigger fish have been showing on swimbaits, especially right after the trout plants. A few catfish are showing on cut baits but this bite is slow. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action on plastics and reaction baits, but most of the fish are in deep water now on jigging spoons. Bluegill and redear slow. There is a health warning about eating fish from here.  Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: Most of the city and county parks are being planted with trout every two to three weeks by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. In Los Angeles county, Alondra Park Lake, Belvedere Lake, Castaic Lake, Cerritos Lake, Downey Wilderness Park Lake, Echo Park Lake, Hollenbeck Park Lake, Kenneth Hahn Lake, La Mirada Lake, Legg Lakes, Lincoln Park Lake, MacArthur Park Lake, Reseda Park Lake, and Santa Fe Reservoir are on the DFW list this week. In Orange County, Carr Park Lake, Centennial Lake, Eisenhower Park Lake, Greer Park Lake, Huntington Park Lake, Mile Square Park Lake, Tri-City Lake, and Yorba Linda Regional Park Lake are on the plant list. 

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