CACHUMA: The trout bite slowed down for shore anglers, but anglers trolling in Santa Cruz Bay with CD 5 or CD7 Rapalas continue to see limits if they are patient. Only a few fish from shore were reported in Harvey’s and E Point on nightcrawlers. Another 4,500-pound plant of Nebraska Tailwalkers was slated for this week, followed by a 4,000-pound stocks from Calaveras on April 13, just before the annual Cachuma Lake Trout Derby April 14-15. The trick for the trollers has been to fish two colors of leadcore and a nightcrawler-flasher combo or one of a variety of shad-like baits. The crappie bite also popped back on with a pretty good bite in the narrows and Cachuma Bay, but each cold front has knocked that bite in the ear. Bow-fishing for carp has also been pretty good on warm, sunny days with quite a few double-digit fish arrowed this past week. Free bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, visit 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: The bass bite has been very good this past week, but the crappie bite slowed some with few fish reports. The trout action has remained pretty good for anglers drifting nightcrawlers or trolling. For the bass, the action has been mostly on plastics in 2 to 12 feet of water, with a lot of male fish under 3 pounds in the shallows on beds. The crappie action has been mostly along the west shoreline, with some fish over 2 pounds. The trout have been pretty good for shore anglers fishing Power Bait and inflated nightcrawlers and for trollers. Ralph Stam, Camarillo, split his time between trolling Needlefish and drifting nightcrawlers and had a limit of rainbows to 4 pounds. The trout plant two weeks ago was the final one of this season. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 10-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. The lake is open every day, including all holidays. Information: (805) 649-2043.
CASTAIC: The largemouth bass bite has been very good, with the fish stacked up in the shallows. The bite has been good on plastics, nightcrawlers and reaction baits in 2 to 15 feet of water. Dan Knight, San Fernando, caught and released 16 bass to 5 pounds on drop-shot Robo Worms in the Fish Arm. There are also quite a few smallmouth showing, but they are in a little deeper water. The bass bite has also been good in the lagoon on plastic worms and Senkos. Catfish remain fair in 80 feet of water at the buoy line on cutbaits, but the stripers continue to be tough, with only the odd fish showing in deep water on jigging spoons or ice jigs under baitfish. Information: (661) 775-6232 or CastaicLake.com.
PIRU: The bass and crappie bites have both been very good over the past week and many anglers have been reporting limits of bass (five) and crappie (25). The bass are stacked up in the shallows in the spawn and showing on plastics, reaction baits and nightcrawlers, with a lot of fish up to 4 pounds. Matthew Walker, Moorpark, landed a 6-pound bass fishing from shore. The crappie have been best around structure on small jigs. The bluegill and redear are also starting to bite on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. Other species still slow. Information: main office at (805) 521-1500, ext. 208, the gatehouse at ext. 500 or camplakepiru.com.
PYRAMID: The striper bite has been steadily improving, with fair to good action this past week. The best bite is for trollers, but the bait bite has been nearly as good with the fish still in deeper water. Most of the fish are from 2 to 4 pounds. The black bass action has been generally good with the fish moving shallow for the spawn. Both smallmouth and largemouth have been showing, and a weekend tournament was limit-style fishing for all the teams. Best action on plastics and reaction baits. The catfish are also starting to show in the coves on cut baits, but that is still mostly slow to fair. Trout have been pretty good, and DFG plants went in this week and two weeks ago. Also, quite a few holdover rainbows to 4 pounds are showing in the Vaquero area, off Spanish Point and at the dam — on floating baits, trout plastics and small jigs. There will be a nighttime fishing event April 14 for boat anglers only. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at (661) 295-7155 or campone.com.
QUAIL LAKE: No reports.
PUDDINGSTONE: The bite has been tough overall this past week because of stained water, but anglers can catch lots of small redear along most shorelines. The trout action is also fair, with some limits showing for anglers fishing inflated nightcrawlers or floating baits off the north shore at the umbrellas near the end of the ski beach. DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago. The bass and catfish have been tough, but anglers targeting carp are seeing fair action. Park and lake fishing information: (909) 599-8411 or bonellipark.org.
SANTA FE DAM: DFG trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Information: (626) 334-1065.
ALONDRA PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago.
BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants. Carp fishing has been slow.
BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago.
CERRITOS PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago.
DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago.
ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
EL DORADO PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants this week and two weeks ago.
ELIZABETH LAKE: DFG trout plants this week and two weeks ago.
HANSEN DAM LAKE: DFG trout plant this week. Information: (888) 527-2757 or (818) 899-3779.
HOLLENBECK LAKE: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Information: (213) 261-0113.
JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago.
LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago.
LEGG LAKES: DFG trout plant this week and two weeks ago.
LINCOLN PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago.
MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago.
PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Information: (818) 448-7317.