Fish Report-Freshwater, Aug. 12

CACHUMA: Catfish are the top bet here with very good action one one-pound class fish and many anglers are report 20 to 30 fish days, especially in Drake Cove, Mohawk Bay, Johnson Bay, and Cachuma Bay. Garlic-soaked mackerel has been the hot bait, but most cut baits have been working. The smallmouth and largemouth bass action has been fair to good with the best action early and late in the day on crankbaits or nightcrawlers. For bank anglers, Drake Cove to the launch ramp has been the hot spot, while boat anglers are doing best along Cachuma Point and on Jackrabbit Flats. Bluegill are fair to good, but most are small and showing on tiny jigs or meal worms, wax worms, or crickets in the coves. Slow for crappie, trout, and carp. 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: The bass bite remains fair to good with a lot of one- to two-pound fish showing with some to four pounds. The best bite has been on nightcrawlers, plastics, reaction baits, and topwater baits. The best bite is early and late in the day. The fish are right up in the grass in 10 to 20 feet of water. Bluegill are pretty good for anglers fishing half or a third of a nightcrawler fly-lined or fished with a small weight to get them on the bottom. Some to two pounds or better, and some bigger redear are showing in this bite. A very few cats showing, but the crappie and trout bites are very slow. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. the water visibility has declined with the heat and algae growth, but carp to 10 pounds or more are being stuck each week. 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: Good striper action continued over the past week but with fewer boils over the weekend (which increased this week). Also a pretty fair bait on fresh sardines, lug worms, or blood worms in 50 to 75 feet of water. Most of the stripers are smaller two to three-pound fish. The largemouth bass action is good with a very good morning topwater bite. Good catfish with some cats into the double digit range, mostly on cut baits or nightcrawlers. Some panfish action, with a lot of small bluegill clustered around structure and being caught on meal worms, wax worms, or crickets. Trout slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or

PIRU: Light fishing pressure, but there is still fair to good largemouth bass action continues. The bass are showing for shoreline and boat anglers on plastics and reaction baits, with most of the action is early and late in the day. Also a few smallmouth in this bite, especially on rocky structure. Topwater action most mornings early. Some catfish 10 to 30 feet of water on cut baits, while the bluegill and redear are fair with small fish in most structure areas on small jigs, nightcrawlers, and meal worms. Water level is very low and launching is difficult and some boats may not be able to launch. Boaters should also be aware that lake hazards exist with the low water. Rental boats are available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500.

PYRAMID: Fair to good striped bass action with a lot of stringers of 2 to 4-pound fish showing at the dam for boat anglers or in the channel for shore anglers. Most of the fish are showing on anchovies, sardines, or lug worms, but there have also been boils most mornings with anglers getting the fish on spoons, jerk baits, and even some on topwater. The catfish bite has been fair to good, too, also on cut baits and the cats are showing all around the lake. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action early and late in the day on plastics and reaction baits. Some are up chasing bait with stripers. Bluegill and redear getting little pressure, but the bite on small fish has been pretty decent. There is a health warning about eating fish from here.  Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at

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