Fish Report-Freshwater, June 17

CACHUMA: Catfish are very good with some good stringers showing on mackerel or nightcrawlers fishing in the coves, especially Santa Cruz and Cachuma bays. Lots in the four-pound class. The bass action has been good to excellent with both largemouth and smallmouth showing on reaction baits, jigs, and plastics, especially along the shore of Jackrabbit Flats. Most are 1 to 2 pounds. The trout action slowed with only a few fish for anglers trolling near the dam with Rapalas, Kastmasters, and Flicker Shad in deeper water. Warm weather is driving them down. The crappie came back on in the east end with a decent bite early and late in the day on small jigs, and quite a few bluegill are showing in this bite. 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 bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of 1 to 2 pound fish showing on nightcrawlers, plastics, reaction baits and even topwater baits. Some also still showing for anglers who dip some live shad. The action has been pretty much restricted to early and late in the day with the heat. Randy Westbury, Ojai, had a seven-pound bass on a topwater plug this week. The crappie continue to show in fair numbers, but the bite is slowing and exclusively on live shad. While a few fish are still over two pounds, most are in the one to 1-8 range. Trout are very slow, but a few pan-sized fish to 14 inches are showing on nightcrawlers in 10 to 25 feet of water for shore or boat anglers, and some trollers are working for trout. Catfish are really starting to turn on with the fish moving into less than 10 feet of water in most areas, but they are getting light pressure. Cut baits and shad have been the best baits. The bluegill and redear are fair on red worms and nightcrawlers for shoreline anglers. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. the water visibility has declined with the heat and algae growth, but carp to 10 pounds or more are being stuck each week. 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: The striped bass bite is finally picking up with fair to good action on lug worms and nightcrawlers, especially at the dam. A few bigger fish showing on swimbaits. J.C. Fox, Newhall, landed a 15-pounder. Largemouth bass remain good on plastics, nightcralwers, and jerkbaits. The fish are up early and then retreat into 20 to 25 feet of water as the sun comes up. Also a lot of smallmouth showing, especially in rockier areas. The catfish bite has also improved with good action and a few double digit fish in the past week. Most of the cats are showing on nightcrawlers or mackerel. Trout slow. For information call 661-775-6232.

PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish on plastics, Senkos, cranks, and jigs, and a number of fish are running over the four-pound mark. Also quite a few smallmouth in this bite, especially on rocky structure. Channel catfish are still showing in spotty numbers in 30 feet of water on cut baits. The cats have been congregating in the bays. The bluegill and redear are starting to show in better numbers on small jigs, nightcrawlers, and meal worms. Other species are slow. Boat launch is open and rental boats are available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500.

PYRAMID: The striped bass bite has continued fair to good with some good catches in the past week. The bite has been best early in the morning and shuts down by 9 a.m. The largemouth bass bite has also been pretty good with the fish up early and late chasing bait. There is fair catfish action in the main channel by the gate house and in most of the deeper coves and bays. The best catfish bite has been on nightcrawlers, blood worms, lug worms, and cut baits. Trout are slow. There is a health warning about eating fish from here.  Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155.

PUDDINGSTONE: Fair to good largemouth bass bite with a lot of fish on drop-shot plastics, reaction baits, and even some topwater. The bluegill and redear bites are fair, mostly on small baits like wax worms, red worms, or nightcrawler pieces. Few reports of crappie or carp. Park and lake fishing information: 909-599-8411. 

SANTA FE DAM: No recent DFW trout plants. Information: 626-334-1065.

ALONDRA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Carp fishing slow.

BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

CERRITOS PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: No recent DFW trout plants.

ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

EL DORADO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

ELIZABETH LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

HANSEN DAM LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.

HOLLENBECK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants. Information: 213-261-0113.

JACKSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants. 

LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

LEGG LAKES: No recent DFW trout plants.

LINCOLN PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No DFW plants this year. Anglers here need to be aware of health guidelines when eating fish from this lake.

MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: No DFW plants this year. Information: 818-448-7317.

RESEDA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

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