Los Angeles Area Lakes, Feb. 25 report

CACHUMA: The warm weather has turned on the crappie and smallmouth bass bite4s. Two more 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 on nightcrawlers and plastics worms and grubs. Fewer largemouth showing yet, but they are also pretty good 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 went in last Friday, but it was another smaller stock. A few trout are showing on spinners, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers around the marina, but the trout action has mostly moved away from the marina shoreline area with the best bite now for trollers or boat bait anglers. The warm weather has the bass up tight in shallow water (most less than 10 feet) nosing around for the spawn. The action has been good with a lot of fish over three pounds on plastics and nightcrawlers. Mel Adams, Agoura, had largemouth at five and six pounds on nightcrawlers, and there was a nine-pound bass caught in a weekend bass tournament. 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: Most recent DFW trout plant was two weeks ago. Slow trout action with most dispersing away from the launch ramp. The trout plants bring up some bigger stripers, but the action has been slower this week with only a few stripers showing in deeper water on sardines and lug worms 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 has improved 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. Fish to four pounds reported. 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 last week. The trout bite was fair on small spoons and spinners just after the plant. 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: At Puddingstone, the bass bite is breaking wide open. Josh Yanez and Aldo Gonzalez, both Upland, landed 15 bass during two days of fishing this past week. The top fish were a 10-1 caught by Yanez and an 8-6 landed by Gonzalez. The total weight for the 15 fish was 75 pounds with none under 3-8, and all were caught on lipless rattlebaits in two to five feet of water.

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 scheduled at urban lakes in Los Angeles or Orange counties again this week. 

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