Los Angeles Area Lakes 3/22/2012

CACHUMA: Storms kept most anglers away this past weekend, but the trout action has been very good since a 4,000-pound plant of Calaveras rainbows March 16. Shore anglers were getting easy limits around the boom and into Drakeís Cove. Trollers working around Santa Cruz Bay or at Arrowhead Island on a flat line with a nightcrawler/Dodger combo. Another plant of 4,500 pounds is set for April 4 followed by 4,000 pounds on April 13, just before the annual Cachuma Lake Trout Derby April 14-15. Bass action has been fair to good for both smallmouth and largemouth. The fish have been moving up and showing in shallower water on cranks, blades, plastics, and jigs. The best bite has been in five to 20 feet of water. All other species very slow, including the crappie, which had been biting in the narrows, but seem to have dropped out of the picture. Bowfishing for carp came back on with the warm weather with a few to 6 pounds arrowed as they basked on the surface, mostly around the island and in the narrows. 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 and crappie bites are really starting to kick into gear here. Lots of small male bass to 3 pounds are showing in the shallows on plastics and jigs. The bigger females are showing in everything from 5 to 30 feet of water. Bill Griffith, Ventura, landed a 6-8 on a plastic worm. The crappie action has been mostly in the Station Canyon area, but the fish are all real quality slabs. Shaun Flaherty, Oak View, landed a three-pound crappie on a mini jig. The trout action has also been slow to fair for trollers working six colors of leadcore and Needlefish or Rapalas. A few redear are also starting to show on nightcrawlers in 12 to 30 feet of water. The annual kidís fishing derby is this Saturday. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. with fishing at 9 a.m. There will be a trout plant for the kids before the event. For more information on the event call (805) 649-2233, ext. 7. This will be the last plant 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 trout action has been slow to fair for shore anglers fishing at the West Ramp, after a flurry of good action right after the DFG plants last week and three weeks ago. More trout are showing around Kong Island, but that bite is still tough. The striper action is slow to fair, with only a few fish showing on deep-water jigging spoons and ice jibs. Few on bait right now. Amanda Brown, Bakersfield, landed a 9.8-pound striper on an ice jig in the Fish Arm. The largemouth bass are moving up into the shallow water for the spawn and each warm day increases the volume of fish up tight. Plastics and nightcrawlers have been the best baits. The catfish action has also continued pretty fair at the buoy line on cut baits. In the lagoon, the largemouth bass have been good on swimbaits and plastics. Information: (661) 775-6232 or CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Only a few reports of bass in 12 to 30 feet of water on plastics, jigs and nightcrawlers, with fish up to 4 pounds reported in the past week. The redear, bluegill and crappie bites have all continued to be very slow, with very few reports. The catfish have received little pressure. Information: main office at (805) 521-1500, ext. 208, the gatehouse at ext. 500 or camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: Catfish are showing in pretty good numbers on cut baits in deep water at the mouths of the coves and on points. A number of quality fish to 10 pounds or better in this bite. Stripers are fair to good with a lot of smaller fish under 3 pounds, also showing all over the lake under schools of bait in deeper water. Trout are still fair, with the last DFG plant two weeks ago, and another stock was slated for this week. 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. The largemouth bass have been moving up shallower, and a lot of smaller fish are showing on plastics and reaction baits in less than 20 feet of water, but few fish over 3 pounds. Fewer smallmouth. Other species are still slow. There will be a nighttime fishing event April 14. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at (661) 295-7155 or campone.com.

QUAIL LAKE: No reports.

PUDDINGSTONE: The rainbow bite is very good, after DFG plants last week and nearly every week since the first of the year before that. Top spots are still the north shore and swim beach areas on small trout jigs, plastics, and especially floating dough baits. The bass, bluegill and redear bites are all also improving with the fish moving into the shallows. A few more carp and catfish are also starting to show. Park and lake fishing information: (909) 599-8411 or bonellipark.org.

SANTA FE DAM: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Information: (626) 334-1065.

ALONDRA PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants this week and two weeks ago.

BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants. Carp fishing has been slow.

BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants this week and two weeks ago.

CERRITOS PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants this week and two weeks ago.

DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: DFG trout plants this week and two weeks ago.

ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.

EL DORADO PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago.

ELIZABETH LAKE: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago.

HANSEN DAM LAKE: No recent DFG plants. Information: (888) 527-2757 or (818) 899-3779.

HOLLENBECK LAKE: DFG trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Information: (213) 261-0113.

JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.

KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants this week and two weeks ago.

LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants this week and two weeks ago.

LEGG LAKES: DFG trout plant last week and three weeks ago.

LINCOLN PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants this week and two weeks ago.

MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No recent DFG plants.

MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants this week and two weeks ago.

PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants last week and two weeks ago. Information: (818) 448-7317.

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