Fish Report Los Angeles Area Lakes

CACHUMA: Overall, the trout remain the best bet for trollers working the dam area and the wall between Santa Cruz and Cachuma bays. Flat-lining Rapalas and Kastmasters have produced the most fish. A few fish are also showing for shore anglers in the E-Point area and the marina beyond the buoy line. PowerBait and inflated nightcrawlers have been the best. The next 4,000-pound plant is tentatively set for March 20, and two more plants will follow in April before the annual Trout Derby set for April 12-13. The crappie bite has been slowly coming back on since the storm with the best action in Santa Cruz on trolled or drifted mini jigs. Quite a few fish in the one-pound class. Bass were slow to fair this week, with the best action for both largemouth and smallmouth on jigs and plastics. A few fish are starting to move shallows for the spawn with the warmer weather. Carp are showing on the surface at mid-day for bow anglers at many spots on the lake and are providing good bowfishing. 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 boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: (805) 688-4040.
     
CASITAS: The bass bite has kicked into high gear with the fish flooding into the shallows for the spawn. The best bite has been on plastics and nightcrawlers with a lot of sight fishing. Top bass reported this week was a 7-8 caught by Brandon LeMay, Oakview, on a plastic worm. Dan Socia, Ojai, had a 6-8 largemouth on a nightcrawler, while Joe Nasta, Camarillo, landed bass at five and 4-8 on drop-shot plastics. No reports of other species, and still light fishing pressure. 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 stripers and largemouth bass are both pretty good. The best action for the stripers has been on sardines and lug worms at the dam, Necktie Canyon, and C-Point. The largemouth are showing in good numbers on nightcrawlers and blood worms at Sharon’s Rest and from the shoreline near the marina. There is some movement of fish into the shallows for the spawn. A few catfish showing, mostly for stripers anglers fishing bait. Other species are very slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.
     
PIRU: Few reports, but the largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits. The average fish is from one to two pounds. A few catfish reports, and a few deep-water crappie anglers have landed a few fish from 30 to 40 feet of water on small jigs. Other species have been slow. Information: store and bait shop at (805) 521-1500, x207 (open Thursday through Monday), the gatehouse at x201.
     
PYRAMID: DFW trout plant this week so this perked the action on the rainbows from shore in the plants area. Lots of small stripers from 10 to 12 inches showing but few bigger fish. The best action has been on nightcrawlers, cut baits, and bloodworms. Fair catfish bite 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, and cut baits. The largemouth bass bite has improved, and the best bite is on plastics and nightcrawlers. Most are one to two pounds with a few bigger fish, and there are some fish moving shallow. No reports on other species. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at (661) 295-7155.

PUDDINGSTONE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. The bite is finally turning around. The trout are spotty, but the bass action is really starting to take off with a lot of fish in shallow areas on beds. The bass are best on plastics and reaction baits in Sail Cove and near the dam. A few more panfish are also starting to show. Park and lake fishing information: (909) 599-8411.
     
SANTA FE DAM: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Information: (626) 334-1065.
     
ALONDRA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. 
     
BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Carp fishing slow.

BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago.
     
CERRITOS PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago.
     
DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago.
     
ECHO PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago.
     
EL DORADO PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago.
     
ELIZABETH LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago.
     
HANSEN DAM LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Information: (888) 527-2757 or (818) 899-3779.
     
HOLLENBECK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Information: (213) 261-0113.
     
JACKSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
     
JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
     
KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago.
     
LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago.
     
LEGG LAKES: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago.
     
LINCOLN PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Information: (213) 847-1726.
     
MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
     
MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago.
     
PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Information: (818) 448-7317.

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