Los Angeles Area Lakes, March 2 Report

CACHUMA: Overall, slow action with the water level continuing to come up rapidly. The trout bite shut down, but a few catfish are still showing on cut baits. Bass, crappie, and carp also all dropped to zero. The catfish have been best on cut mackerel and sardines. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, but few carp are near the surface now. Cachuma is 46 percent of capacity, up four percent from last week. The level was seven percent before this storm season. 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: Last DFW trout was three ago at the Coyote Ramp. Slow trout action, with an occasional fish on a trolled Needlefish behind two colors of lead core. The largemouth bass bite has been up and down this past week. The bite was really starting to turn on and then another cold front moved through. Still fair action on nightcrawlers, plastics, jigs, and spoons, mostly in deeper water, but some fish are starting to move up and warmer weather could drive a lot of bass up. There continue to be a few reports on crappie to nearly two pounds. No recent bluegill, redear, carp or catfish reports. 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. 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 42 percent of capacity and the level is up 12.6 vertical feet since Jan. 1. The Santa Ana boat launch opened Wednesday this week. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: Overall slow fishing. The rising water levels have slowed the bite again this week. The best bite, and it is tough, has been for stripers for anglers fishing jigging spoons and ice jigs in 40 to 70 feet of water. Most are two-pound class fish. Some bigger stripers show after DFW trout plant on the big swimbaits, and the DFW plant went in two weeks ago. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action is slow to fair with most of the action on plastics, spoons, and ice jigs in 20 to 40 feet of water. No other reports with very light fishing pressure. The lake is currently 93 percent of capacity. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Light fishing pressure due to the weather this past week, but there continues to be a pretty good bass bite for both largemouth and smallmouth bass on plastics. Most of the fish are on structure, but some are suspended or chasing shad in mid-water. Those fish have been best on jigging spoons and ice jigs. Most bass are in the one- to two-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with no reports in the past week. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Lake level is 25 percent of capacity. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: Weather hampered weekend fishing yet again, so fishing pressure continues to be very light. A few stripers are showing on trolled flies and swim baits, with most of the fish running fromn 1-8 to four pounds. For bait anglers, bloodworms and sardines are best. Largemouth bass are slow to fair with most action on plastics, jigs, and jigging spoons in 20 to 50 feet of water. There hasnít been a DFW trout plant for two weeks. Slow slow with only a few showing on small spinners, spoons, jigs, PowerMice, and PowerBait. There is a slow catfish bite on the cut baits. Bluegill and redear are slow with no reports. Water level is now 92 percent of capacity. 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.

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