CACHUMA: The 4,000-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows that went in three weeks ago continues to provide pretty good action for anglers drifting nightcrawlers or trolling a variety of lures. The rainbows are averaging from a pound to two pounds. The crappie bite has continued to improve off E Point and most are running from one pound up to 2-8, nice slabs. They are showing on slow-trolled lures or small jigs. The catfish also are fair to good for anglers fishing cut mackerel or sardines in most of the coves. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bite remains fair on the rock walls, at the point by the launch ramp, and the east end of Cachuma Point. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, but few carp are near the surface now. 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: Very light fishing pressure, but the largemouth bass bite has been fair on reaction baits and plastics. Most bass are one to three pounds, some to five pounds or better. The bluegill and redear have slowed way down with only the odd fish on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. Catfish are slow. 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: There have been DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago. The trout bite had been slow with a few on PowerBait and small trout jigs and lures. The plant also brought up a few bigger stripers and they are showing on the trout-like swim baits. Most of the stripers are 1-8 to three pounds and showing in the Fish Arm, but boils are getting fewer. Still good action on shad pattern reaction baits in the mornings. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action is fair with most of the action on plastics in 20 to 40 feet of water. Light fishing pressure and only a few other reports of catfish in deeper water on cut baits or nightcrawlers. No panfish reports. For information call 661-775-6232 or CastaicLake.com.
PIRU: Light fishing pressure. There has been fair 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 six pounds reported, but most in the one- to two-pound range. The bluegill bite has slowed, but a few on red worms, wax worms and meal worms in 15 to 40 feet of water. 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. 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: There were DFW trout plants this week, two weeks ago, and four weeks ago, and there is a fair bite on the trout on small spinners, spoons, jigs, PowerMice, and PowerBait. Overall, the stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action on fish mostly from 1-8 to three pounds, with a few bigger. Topwater, jerk baits, and trolled flies are all getting fish. Trout-like swimbaits are the best way to get a bigger striper. There is a fair catfish bite on the cut baits. Largemouth bass have been fair with most of the action on plastics in 15 to 30 feet of water. Bluegill and redear are slowing way down, but a few on small jigs topped with baits or half a nightcrawler fished around structure in 12 to 40 feet of water. Very little fishing pressure. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (except the rainbow trout). 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 kicked off three weeks ago, and this week there are plants at whole list of Los Orange county park lakes and next week’s plants will mostly be in Los Angeles County. See trout plants in this report or go to the DFW website (nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.