CACHUMA: Windy weather continues, but the bite on catfish and bass has been fair with a few crappie also showing. The trout are also still showing for deep trollers. Top spot for the bass and catfish has been the back end of Cachuma Bay and Harvey’s Cove near reeds. Garlic worms and mackerel have been the best for the cats, while plastics and reaction baits are best for the bass. Crappie are best on small jigs on the yellow-green end of the spectrum, mostly in Cachuma Bay. Lots of carp remain up in the shallows. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, and quite a few carp are near the surface. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 30-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on here. 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 action is still very good, with the fishing showing on topwater, plastics, nightcrawlers, reaction baits, and live shad, if you can dip them. Quite a few quality bass from four to seven pounds reported again. A few bigger crappie are also showing on the live shad and some of these slabs run up to three pounds. Lexi Chavez, Ojai, caught two nice crappie to about two pounds fishing with dad Christian Chavez. The trout action has been pretty fair for anglers targeting the rainbows trolling Needlefish near the dam or drifting with nightcrawlers in the same area. A DFW trout plant is slated for this week and there was one two weeks ago. Some redear showing in six to 20 feet of water on nightcrawlers. Sam Rojas, Hobart, Ind., landed a toad 2-5 redear on a nightcrawler. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and the warm weather brought them up to the surface this week. Carp bowfisherman many only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. Moonlight fishing nights open to all anglers are July 8 and Aug. 5 this year. Night bass tournaments, the RTF Bass Tour, will be held June 17, July 15, July 29, Aug. 12, Aug. 26, and Sept. 16. Call Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 on the night tournament schedule and entry information. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Casitas Lake level is 44 percent of capacity. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.
CASTAIC: All the bass are good now, with the stripers, largemouths, and smallmouths all up chasing shad. The stripers are best on shad-like swimbaits and cranks, either cast or trolled and the quality has been better over the past week. Also quite a few fish on blood worms in deeper water. Bob Caffey, TroutOnly Guide Service, has been consistently getting stripers to 10 pounds this past week, with most two to four pounds. For the black bass, some action on reaction baits, but plastic worms and nightcrawlers are as good. The bluegill bite is good with a lot of nice catches of fish up to a pound or better on red worms, nightcrawler pieces, meal worms, and wax worms danced under bobbers. Most are in the coves around structure. Trout are slow, even after the DFW plants two and four weeks ago. Catfish slow, or is it there haven’t been any reports? For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PIRU: Fair to good bass bite for both largemouth and smallmouth bass but the warm weather and warming water has more fish moving back down into deeper water. Still a lot of fish in less than 20 feet of water showing on plastics and reaction baits, at least early and late in the day. Surface baits are working now, too. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are perking up with a fair to good bluegill bite if you can find a school of fish. Best action is four to 12 feet on wax worms or crickets. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PYRAMID: Largemouth bass are fair to good with a majority of the fish in less than 20 feet of water and chasing baitfish morning and evening, some deeper during the day. The best bite has been on reaction baits, plastics and jigs. The striper bite is pretty fair with a lot of fish showing on trolled flies and swim baits, but bait anglers fishing sardines or bloodworms are getting fish, too. Most are one to three pounds now with some bigger. There is a fair catfish bite with the fish moving shallow. Bluegill and redear are fair to good in 10 to 18 feet of water on wax worms and red worms. DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: For trout plants, see the list in this report or go to the DFW website for any updates and future plants.