CACHUMA: The bass have been showing in good numbers on nightcrawlers, plastics, and a wide variety of shad-like baits from cranks to spinnerbaits to spoons, especially in brown and copper tones. The catfish action is also good with a lot of fish in the backs of coves and along banks muddied up by wave action. Cut baits and dough baits the best bet. Few trout reports this week, but trollers working the dam area with Rapalas in rainbow or brown trout colors are still getting fish. The crappie bite remained slow with only the odd fish showing on slow-trolled jigs or jigs tipped with bait. The carp are also massing in big schools and cruising in the shallows, especially on warm days, so the bow-fishing opportunities are good again. 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 bass fishing has been good with shad showing on the surface all over the lake and the bass up chasing them. Live shad, shad-like cranks, jerkbaits or spinnerbaits, and small plastics worms all working. The live shad are also producing a few crappie, including an occasional big fish over two pounds, but fewer of the big crappie are being landed. The redear bite also broke pretty much wide open this past week. The action has been best drifting a half a nightcrawler in and around the edges of the tall grass beds. Lots of fish into the two-pound class in recent days, and smaller bluegill are mixed in with the redear. A few trout are showing for trollers working deep water near the dam are reporting fish to 3 pounds. Carp are still fair to good, but slowed from the past couple of weeks. 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 striper bite has been picking up on better weather days with more fish moving up to chase baitfish. Most stripers are now showing up on or near the top on cranks or other reaction baits that resemble shad. Fish to nine pounds reported. A few stripers are showing on sardines. The largemouth bass is fair to good with fish mostly out of the spawn. Best action has been on Senkos or Roboworms, some on reaction baits. The bass seem to be tight to brushy structure. No trout reports. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in six to 25 feet of water. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or CastaicLake.com.
PIRU: 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 four pounds reported. 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 bluegill bite is starting to get pretty decent on red worms, wax worms and meal worms in less than 15 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. 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. More fish on the top this week with warming weather. 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. 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. DFG trout plant two weeks ago. A few trout reported around the marina. 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, and the DFW has not been planting catfish due to cutbacks in its hatchery budget. For updates, anglers can check the plants list on the DFW website (nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.