CACHUMA: The catfish and bass bites both have remained good this week. The catfish are best in the east end on cut bait and nightcrawlers in 5 to 10 feet of water. Most of the fish are running about a pound, but with more bigger fish this past week, especially from deeper water. The bass have been good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and a wide variety of shad-like baits from cranks to spinnerbaits to spoons, especially in brown and copper tones, and topwater. Fish to 5 pounds reported. The trout bite slowed way down with the heat, but the odd fish continues to show on trolled Needlefish-type lures or drifting bait in deep water near the day. Crappie, bluegill, and redear are all slow. The carp bite is good on dough baits along most shorelines. Bow-fishing opportunities are good again in the mornings. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. 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 at 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 largemouth bass bite has been fair to good, with topwater, reaction baits and plastics all getting the fish, especially early and late in the day. Young Juan Esparza, Oakview, had his first bass ever, a 4-5 on a Mini Storm swimbait. The bluegill and redear continue to show in good numbers on red worms or nightcrawler pieces around the grass beds. Catfish are also fair on live shad or cut mackerel. Carp are still slow to fair on dough baits. Crappie and trout very slow. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. The Santa Ana launch ramp remains closed due to low water, but the Coyote ramp is open. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Information: 805-649-2043 or casitasboatrentals.com.
CASTAIC: The water level continues to come up and is approaching full pool. There has been pretty good striper boils most days. Lots of fish up to 4 pounds chasing baitfish and some bigger specimens to 10-plus pounds. Topwater, cranks, and other reaction baits that resemble shad are the best bet. Fishing bait — mostly sardines or lug worms — at the buoy line or around Kong Island is also a good bet. The largemouth bass perked a little with fair action on topwater fish early and then plastics in 15 to 25 feet of water. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in 6 to 25 feet of water, and some nice stringers are starting to be posted with more anglers targeting these fish. The bluegill bite is good around structure in most coves on wax worms and meal worms. Other species are slow. Water level continues to come up. For information call 661-775-6232 or CastaicLake.com.
PIRU: The bluegill bite is fair on red worms, wax worms and meal worms in less than 15 feet of water. Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish on reaction baits that imitate shad. Fish to 4 pounds reported. Topwater action most mornings. The crappie bite is off with no fish reported recently. Catfish still slow with only the odd fish reported on cut bait in 20 to 60 feet of water. Other species are very slow. The launch ramp is open. Water level is very low and boater should be aware that lake hazards exist with the low lake levels. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at camplakepiru.com.
PYRAMID: Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on cut baits, but also some fish on slow-trolled lures and flies or umbrella rigs. There is also some surface action early in the day. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to 6 or 7 pounds. A few catfish are showing on cut baits and this bite has improved in the past week with fair action. Largemouth bass have been fair to good with the topwater bite kicking into gear most mornings and evenings now. Mid-day action is best on plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are fair to good on small jigs topped with baits or half a nightcrawler fished around structure in 6 to 20 feet of water. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. More information at this link: oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.
LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: The urban trout season is over until winter plants, and the DFW has not been planting catfish due to cutbacks in its hatchery budget. Anglers can check the plants list on the DFW website (nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.