CACHUMA: Big news is the first trout plant of the season will be a 4,000-pound plant Nov. 8 of Mt. Lassen rainbows. Very light fishing pressure due to the rain this past weekend, but 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. 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. Few reports on other species this week, but a few holdover trout have been reported at the dam on live shad. 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. Liam Mccoy, Oakview, caught a seven-pound bass on a swimbait this week. 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 of the season was slated for this week. There continue to be some pretty good striper boils most mornings, 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 the trout plant could change that picture. The bait bite for stripers is very slow. The largemouth bass action is fair. Most of the action is on plastics in 15 to 30 feet of water, but also some fish on reaction baits. 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: 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 four pounds reported. The bluegill bite is 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: Striper anglers take note: DFW trout were slated to be stocked this week. The stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on topwater lures on fish from two to five pounds, but some bigger fish in the mix. 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 is slated to kick of this week with plants at Alondra Park Lake, Cerritos Lake, and Downey Wilderness Park Lake. Anglers can check the plants list on the DFW website for any updates and future plants.