Los Angeles Area Lakes, Dec. 15 Report

CACHUMA: There continues to be a fair trout bite on drifted nightcrawlers or trolling a variety of lures. Top spots have been in the “bowl,” along the wall, and between E Point and Cachuma Bay. The rainbows are averaging from a pound to two pounds. The catfish also are fair on cut mackerel or sardines in most of the coves, while the largemouth and smallmouth bass bite is slow to fair on the rock walls, at the point by the launch ramp, and the east end of Cachuma Point. The crappie bite has fizzled this week, but some are still showing off E Point on slow-trolled lures or small jigs. 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 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 largemouth bass bite has been fair on plastics in deeper water. 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. No word on trout plants yet. 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: Most recent DFW trout plants were four and six weeks ago. The trout bite is very slow, but a few bigger stripers continue to show on the trout-like swim baits. The best striper action is in 40 to 60 feet of water on trolled lures or flies, spoons, and ice jigs. Lots of two-pound class fish. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action is fair with most of the action on plastics, spoons, and ice jigs in 20 to 60 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 are 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 last week and three weeks ago. 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. Swim baits, jerk baits, and trolled flies are getting the most fish, but there are also a lot of bait fish on blood worms and lug worms. 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. 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 five weeks ago, and this week there are plants at whole list of Los Angeles county waters this week, but none in Orange County. See trout plants in this report or go to the DFW website for any updates and future plants.

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