CACHUMA: There was a 6,000-pound trout plant last week for the annual trout derby, which was won by a 9.8-pound rainbow. The bite was very good with a lot of limits on Kastmasters, Rapalas, trout worms and Mice Tails, and PowerBait. Lots of one to three-pound fish. The crappie bite was fair this past week, with no big scores, but the action was still fair to good on jigs tipped with meal worms off Santa Cruz Point and in the flooded tree stumps in the east end of the lake. The bass bite has remained good with both smallmouth and largemouth bass showing for anglers fishing Cachuma Bay Point, Johnson Bay, and Santa Cruz Point with plastics, spinnerbaits, and shad-like cranks. Lots of limits of bass three pounds or under, but some up to 5 pounds this week. Catfish have remained good with fewer limits but some nice stringer of fish, Mackerel, nightcrawlers, and dough baits fished in any shallow flat or cove. The bowfishing for carp has been excellent with the fish flooding up into the shallows. 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. 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: DFW trout plant this week and two weeks ago. These are first plants in three years. Most of the trout were smaller, half-pound class fish. The bite is best the first day or two after the plant, but most of the fish have moved out of the water shoreline areas into deeper water but anglers fishing deeper water are still getting a few on PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, or small spinners and spoons. No trolling reports yet. The bass bite has been fair to good this past week with a lot of fish on live shad and few numbers on drop-shot plastics, reaction baits, and even some topwater. Armond Vartanian, Ventura, had an eight-pound bass on a nightcrawlers, while Jay Richmond, Ventura, had bass at 6-0 and 4-8 on shad. Charles Davis, Ventura, had a four-pounder on plastics. The crappie bite has been fair with some flurries of good action, but the bite is almost exclusively on live shad. The fish are running small or large with not much in between. Noah Skultety, Thousand Oaks, had seven crappie totaling 15 pounds on Wednesday and nine big crappie on Monday, all on the live shad. The carp are also showing on the live shad, and Skultety had a 15-pound carp. The bluegill and redear are pretty fair, mostly on red worms and nightcrawlers, for shore line anglers. Catfish remain very slow. 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.
CASTAIC: DFW trout plant this week and two weeks ago. The trout bite has been fair around the launch on small spinners, trout plastics, jigs, and floating baits. Largemouth bass remain the best bet right now with very good action on plastics, nightcralwers, and jerkbaits are best. Also a lot of smallmouth showing, especially in rockier areas. Eric Rosland, Castaic, had three bass to 2-8 fishing nightcrawlers under a bobber. The stripers are slow with only a few fish showing on trolled umbrella rigs in 50 to 75 feet of water. The catfish action has been slow to fair on cut baits or mackerel in deeper water at the backs of the canyons. Ryan McBride, Las Vegas, landed a 12-pound carp on a dough ball. For information call (661) 775-6232.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been good with a lot of fish on plastics, Senkos, cranks, and jigs, and a number of fish are running over the four-pound mark. Also quite a few smallmouth in this bite, especially on rocky structure. Aiden Green, 14 Bowling Green, Mass., had s six-pound largemouth on a nightcrawler across from the marina. Channel catfish are still showing in spotty numbers in 30 feet of water on cut baits. The cats have been congregating in the bays. The bluegill and redear are starting to show in better numbers on small jigs, nightcrawlers, and meal worms. Other species are slow. Boat launch is open and rental boats are available. Information: gatehouse at (805) 521-1500.
PYRAMID: Some bigger stripers have been showing on trout-like swimbaits right after the DFW trout plants. DFW trout went in this week and two weeks ago. There is also a fair bite on smaller stripers in deeper water, with most running one to two pounds and showing on cut sardines, lug worms, and blood worms. Trout are usually best the first two or three days around the marina when the fish are planted. The largemouth bass are good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and some reaction baits. There is fair catfish action in the main channel by the gate house and in most of the deeper coves and bays. The best catfish bite has been on nightcrawlers, blood worms, lug worms, and cut baits. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at (661) 295-7155.
PUDDINGSTONE: Fair to good largemouth bass bite with a lot of fish on drop-shot plastics, reaction baits, and even some topwater. The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good, mostly on small baits like wax worms, red worms, or nightcrawler pieces. Few reports of crappie or carp. Park and lake fishing information: (909) 599-8411.
SANTA FE DAM: No recent DFW trout plants. Information: (626) 334-1065.
ALONDRA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.
BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Carp fishing slow.
BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.
CERRITOS PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.
DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: No recent DFW trout plants.
ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.
EL DORADO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.
ELIZABETH LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
HANSEN DAM LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants. Information: (888) 527-2757 or (818) 899-3779.
HOLLENBECK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants. Information: (213) 261-0113.
JACKSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.
LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.
LEGG LAKES: No recent DFW trout plants.
LINCOLN PARK LAKE: A youth fishing derby will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (April 25). This activity is designed to give boys and girls who live in urban areas an opportunity to enjoy a fishing experience in or close to their own neighborhood. The lake will be stocked with catfish for the derby. Everything for the kids is free. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and loner rods and reels, tackle, and bait are available. The Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation puts on six of these events every year throughout Southern California. For more information about the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation you can visit their website at www.danskids.org.
MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No DFW plants this year. Anglers here need to be aware of health guidelines when eating fish from this lake.
MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.
PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: No DFW plants this year. Information: (818) 448-7317.
RESEDA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.