Los Angeles Area Lakes, Feb. 18 report

CACHUMA: The warm weather really broke open the action on crappie here this past week. Two anglers reported 25-fish limits on crappie to 2-8 and a number of other anglers culled smaller stringers of quality fish. Most of the crappie are showing on small jigs fished around structure or slow-trolling on Jackrabbit Flats. The bass bite also broke open with good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass on jigs, plastics, and reaction baits off the points. Few reports of catfish, but a few are still showing on 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. 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 plant was slated for this week, but it had not gone in as of Wednesday. The trout action moved away from the marina shoreline area with the best bite now for trollers or boat bait anglers. Ron Novak, Ojai, had three trout for a total of nine pounds, all taken with Needlefish while trolling. The warm weather has the bass up tight in shallow water (most less than 10 feet) nosing around for the spawn. Buddy Morton, Ojai, landed a nine-pounder on a plastic while Dee Skipper, Oxnard, had a five-pound bass on a nightcrawler. The odd crappie or redear continues to show, but no consistent action on either species yet. The panfish coming in are all quality fish. 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 plants last week and four 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 lugworms or 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 continued 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: DFG trout plants were this week and four weeks ago. The trout bite is usually good on small spoons and spinners just 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, 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, but there are no plants schedule at urban lakes in Los Angeles or Orange counties this week. For updates, anglers can check the trout plants on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

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