Los Angeles Area Lakes, March 9 Report

CACHUMA: While the weather has improved, the lake still has a lot of floating debris, off-color water, and only generally slow to fair fishing. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are the best bet. Anglers fishing plastics and small reaction baits are getting fish from two to three pounds. The trout bite is slow to fair, with a few fish showing on trolled Rapalas or similar lures, and the nightcrawler-suspended-under-a-bobber rig is also still producing rainbows. Also a few catfish being landed. Bluegill, crappie, and carp all remain slow, with only a few cats reported on cut mackerel and sardines. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, but few carp are near the surface now. Cachuma is 45 percent of capacity, down one 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: The bass action is breaking open with most fish moving up into less than 15 feet of water in a major movement of fish going into the spawn. Bass to six pounds have been reported in the past week, and 10-plus fish days have not been uncommon. The bite is good on plastics, nightcrawlers, and small swimbaits. The trout action is slow with no plant for over a month, and none on the DFW schedule. 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 last week. Information: 805-649-2043 or casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The largemouth and smallmouth bass are starting to move up for the spawn and there is a pretty fair pre-spawn bite right now on plastics in 10 to 25 feet of water with some fish already shallower. The stripers are fair on jigging spoons and ice jigs in 40 to 70 feet of water. Most are two-pound class fish. There is also a pretty good bait bite on cut baits and lugworms in the same depths. DFW trout plants slated for this week, and plants went in three weeks ago. No other reports. The lake is currently 91 percent of capacity, down from last week’s 93 percent level. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: There continues to be a pretty good bass bite for both largemouth and smallmouth bass on plastics. While most fish remain in deeper water on structure and some are still suspended or chasing shad in mid-water, there has been a movement of fish inshore and up into less than 15 feet of water. Best bite has been on plastics and most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range, but a couple of six-pound class fish were reported this week. 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: With better weather conditions, a few more stripers are showing on trolled flies and swim baits, with most of the fish running from 1/8 to four pounds. For bait anglers, bloodworms and sardines are best. Largemouth bass are fair and showing signs of improving. Most are being caught on plastics, jigs, and jigging spoons in 20 to 50 feet of water. A DFW trout plant is slated for this week, and the last plant was three weeks ago. Slow trout action before the plant, 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 still at 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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