CACHUMA: Very light fishing pressure. The lake level has continued to drop, exposing more structure and creating many shallow areas. The best action has been for the catfish. While a lot of fish are small, there are a lot of bigger fish in the catch — up to 15 pounds. Top spots have been in front of Harvey’s or at the dam spillway. Nightcrawlers and mackerel are the best baits. Bass are fair to good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and a wide variety of shad-like reaction baits, with some topwater. Rocky areas have been the best bet. A few trout reported this past week at the dam on trolled Roostertails or Kastmasters, or drifting with nightcrawlers. Crappie, bluegill, and redear are all very slow but getting very little pressure. The carp bite is fair on dough baits along most shorelines. Bow-fishing opportunities are good in the mornings. 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: Very light fishing pressure, but the largemouth bass bite has been fair to good, with topwater, reaction baits and plastics all getting the fish, especially early and late in the day. Most 1 to 3 pounds, some to 5 pounds. Jordan Butler and Davin Bunnerstrum, Ojai, caught a total of nine bass on drop-shot plastics. The best fish was about 4 pounds. The bluegill and redear continue to show in fair to good numbers on red worms or nightcrawler pieces around the grass beds. Catfish are also fair on live shad or cut mackerel. 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: There has been pretty good striper boils most mornings with the cooler weather. While there are a lot of dinks in the bite, many of the keeper stripers are from 3 to 5 pounds with a bunch in the 8-pound class this past week. Topwater, cranks, and other reaction baits that resemble shad are the best bet in the boils. Top spots have been the buoy line and Necktie Canyon. A few bait fish on sardines and lug worms after the morning topwater ends around 10 a.m., but this bite is tough. The largemouth bass action is fair to good on topwater early and then plastics in 15 to 30 feet of water. Light fishing pressure and no reports of catfish or panfish this past week. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or CastaicLake.com.
PIRU: Light fishing pressure. 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 4 pounds reported. Topwater action most mornings and evenings. 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: Generally good early fall action. The stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on topwater lures on fish from 2 to 5 pounds, but some bigger fish in the mix. The surface bite has been mostly in the mornings in the past week with some evening flurries in recent days. 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 6 or 7 pounds. 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. Mid-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 6 to 20 feet of water. 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 plants, and the DFW has not been planting catfish due to cutbacks in its hatchery budget. Anglers can check the plants list on the DFW website (nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.