CACHUMA: The trout action has been fair to good, especially for trollers working Roostertail and small shad-like crankbait near the dam. Drifting nightcralwers in the same area has also been productive. Shore fishing slowed down. The crappie bite came back on with fair to good action around stumps in the east end of the lake and around the marina on jigs tipped with meal worms. Both the largemouth and smallmouth bass bites are good with a lot of fish to 3 pounds reported on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, and reaction baits tight in the shallows with many still on beds. The catfish bite has been good with a lot of fish on garlic-soaked cut baits in Cachuma Bay and other coves. 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: Some bass are still up tight in shallow water as the spawn tapers off, but there are a lot of post-spawn fish chasing shad. The shad have been up most days this past week and available to dip net for bait. That candy bait has made the bass easy, but shad-like cranks and swimbaits, especially small ones in the three-inch range have been nearly as good as the live bait. Drop-shot plastics also a good bet. Fish to 5-5 in the past week, but most in the 2-pound range. Some crappie and catfish also showing on the live shad. and the bluegill and redear bites are picking on live nightcrawlers. Trout have been slow to fair, with most of the action in deeper water for trollers or anglers drifting bait. Very few shore fish. Most recent plant two weeks ago. 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 again 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 4 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. 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. 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 last week and three 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 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 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. No plants scheduled for Los Angeles or Orange county parks this week. For updates, anglers can check the trout plants on the DFW website (nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.