CACHUMA: The big news is that a 4,000-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows went in Tuesday this week. That should perk the rainbow bite. 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. Best bite on live shad dip-netted, but cranks or plastics that resemble the shad are also pretty good, and many fish are up shallow and can be sight-fished. The catfish also remain pretty fair on cutbaits or nightcrawlers in the dam area or the area around the patrol boat docks, with fish to eight pounds reports. Slow other species. 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: Very light fishing pressure, but the largemouth bass bite has been fair to good 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: The first DFW trout plant went in last week and the fish were bigger than normal and a few continue to show for trout fishermen on PowerBait or small trout jigs. There continue to be some pretty good striper boils most mornings in the Fish Arm, but they have been diminishing. While there are a lot of dinks in the bite, many of the keeper stripers are from four to eight pounds and some bigger. Topwater, cranks, and other reaction baits that resemble shad are the best bet in the boils, but some of the bigger fish are now showing on trout swimbaits. The bait bite for stripers is very slow. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action is fair to good with a lot of boils most mornings. Action later is on plastics in 15 to 30 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 is still fair on red worms, wax worms and meal worms in 12 to 30 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. 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: There was a DFW trout plant last week and the fish were a little better quality than normal and a few continue to be caught. Also the plant brought up a few bigger stripers. Overall, the stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on topwater lures on fish from two to five pounds. The surface bite has been mornings with some mid-day and evening flurries. A few fish on cut baits, slow-trolled lures and flies, or umbrella rigs. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. A few catfish are showing on cut baits in a slow to fair bite. Largemouth bass have been fair with most of the action on plastics in 15 to 30 feet of water. Some fish on reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are fair 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. 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 last week with plants at Alondra Park Lake, Cerritos Lake, and Downey Wilderness Park Lake in Los Angeles County. This week, plants are scheduled for Hansen Dam Lake and Legg Lakes in LA County, and Carr Park Lake, Greer Park Lake, and Huntington Park Lake in Orange County. Anglers can check the plants list on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.