CACHUMA: No more first closures. The lake level has continued to drop, exposing more structure and creating many shallow areas. The best action has been for catfish, either near the dam or in the east end of the lake. Cut baits are best. The bass are fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, and a wide variety of shad-like baits, with some topwater. The trout were no shows this past week with no report. Crappie, bluegill, and redear are all very slow. The carp bite is fair on dough baits along most shorelines. Bow-fishing opportunities are fair 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, with topwater, reaction baits and plastics all getting the fish, especially early and late in the day. Most one to three pounds, some to five pounds. The bluegill and redear continue to show in fair to 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 stripers from 4 to 6 pounds now with some bigger fish to 12 pounds. Topwater, cranks, and other reaction baits that resemble shad are the best bet in the boils, but fishing sardines and lug worms at the buoy line and around Kong Island is also fair to good again. The largemouth bass action is fair to good on topwater 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. 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 2-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 six 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.