CACHUMA: The 4,000-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows that went in last week has been providing pretty good trout action for the rainbows averaging from a pound to two pounds. Most are showing by the pumpin station on trolled Rapalas and slow-trolling or drifting with nightcralwers and a flasher rig. 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. Crappie also started showing up in better numbers this week on small jigs and trolled lures near the pumping station. 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 at http://www.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 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. While no trout plants have gone in yet this season, Kenny Tatsch, Ojai, landed a 3.2-pound rainbow. 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 www.casitasboatrentals.com.
CASTAIC: The second DFW trout plant of the season went in this week. This follows the plant made two weeks ago, and it appears that Castaic will be on an every-two-weeks schedule. The trout bite had been slow until the plant this week. 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 few and fair between. Most of the stripers on cut baits or smaller swim baits. The bait bite for stripers is very slow. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action is fair to good with most of the action 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 www.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 www.camplakepiru.com.
PYRAMID: There was is a DFW trout plant slated for this week and a plant also went in two weeks ago. The rainbow bite has been pretty good 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. A few bigger. Topwater, jerk baits, and trolled flies all getting fish. Few bait fish, but 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. Some fish on reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are slow to fair on small jigs topped with baits or half a nightcrawler fished around structure in six to 20 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 two weeks ago, and this week there are plants a whole list of Los Angeles and Orange county park lakes. See trout plants in this report or go to the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.