Los Angeles Area Lakes, April 21 report

CACHUMA: The trout plants for the 21st Annual Fishing Derby produced very good trout action for both shore anglers fishing in the marina region and trollers working Johnson Bay, the dam area, and the points. The crappie bite came back on with fair to good action around stumps in the east end of the lake on jigs tipped with meal worms. Both the largemouth and smallmouth bass bites are good with a lot of fish to three pounds reported on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, and reaction baits tight in the shallows and on beds. The catfish bite also turned on with a pair of 8 pounders and a 10 pounder reported during the derby. Garlic-soaked cut baits in Cachuma Bay were the best bets. 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. Other species have been very slow. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 10-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 are still up tight in shallow water (most less than 10 feet) for the spawn. The action has been up and down with the wind this past week, but still generally fair to good with a lot of fish around three pounds on plastics and nightcrawlers and shad-like baits, but few bigger fish to six pounds. A few crappie also showed up this week on small jigs, and the bluegill and redear bites are picking up since the weekend. Trout have been slow, even after the DFW plant last week. The best action has been for trollers. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. 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: Windy much of the past week. The striper bite has improved with fair to good action on frozen sardines and shad-patterned reaction baits. Most of the stripers are under four pounds and showing near the dam and off the main lake points. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair to good, with a lot of fish in shallow water (less than 15 feet) already in the spawn. Best action on plastics and nightcrawlers, but some fish on crankbaits early and late in the day, especially the smallmouth. John Petrov, Marina del Rey, landed a 12-4 bass. DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Fair trout action around the launch ramp. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in 20 to 75 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, with quite a few fish in shallower water in a pre-spawn movement. 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 has been inconsistent, but some continue to show on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles, most are nice three-quarter pounders. Catfish are 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: Windy much of the past week, but DFG trout plants went in this week and two weeks ago. A few trout reported around the marina. 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 two-pound class but some to six or seven 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 a lot of fish in the shallows for the spawn. Best action on jigs, plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are also starting to improve with the best bite on small jigs topped with baits or half a hightcrawler. 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: Most of the city and county parks are being planted with trout every two to three weeks by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Plants scheduled for Los Angeles County Parks this week: Alondra Park Lake, Belvedere Lake, Echo Park Lake, Kenneth Hahn Lake, MacArthur Park Lake, Reseda Park Lake. In Orange County, only Trabuco Creek was slated to get fish. For updates, anglers can check the trout plants on the DFW website (nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

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