Fish Report-Freshwater, Dec. 31

CACHUMA: Tough action over the past week with only a few catfish and bass reported. The cats have been best on small pieces of cut bait, while the largemouth and smallmouth have been best in the afternoon on nightcrawlers fished on Jackrabbit Flats in 15 to 20 feet of water. 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. 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: While the most recent trout plant was a 2,500-pound Nebraska Tailwalker plant three weeks ago, and DFW fish four weeks ago, the trout action has continued to be pretty fair with a few limits reported. Kim Flavin, Ventura, had five rainbows for 14 pounds total, including a four-pounder, all caught on inflated nightcrawlers. Bill Arnold, Ronnie Franklin, and Justin Peterson, all of Santa Paula, had six rainbows that weighed 16 1/2-pounds. Justin, 10, had the biggest at six pounds. Jesse and Paulette Enriquez, along with Ed Robinson, all Santa Paula, were trolling Rapalas to land two rainbows to three pounds and two crappie to 2-8. The nightcrawlers have been the best bait for trout with PowerBait in second place. The best action has been in the marina area, across from the marina, and for trollers working off the mouth of the marina. The largemouth bass have moved deep and there is a slow to fair bite on jigging spoons and ice jigs with a few on plastics. A few crappie to 2-8 are showing on small jigs or slow-trolled trolled shad-like baits. Other species 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 plants last week and three weeks ago. The bite has been fair to good right after plants for shore anglers fishing PowerBait, PowerMice, or inflated nightcrawlers with garlic scent. The trout have been dispersing quickly and the bite slows then. The striper action has been fair on three to five pounders on swimbaits, spoons, and some on cut baits. Some surface boils on trout. The largemouth bass action is fair with most of the action in 15 to 30 feet of water on plastics and jigging spoons. A few catfish are showing on cut baits. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232.

PIRU: Fair largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for the few anglers fishing in the cold weather. Both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics in deeper water, and boat anglers are also using jigging spoons as the fish suspend at mid-depths. Catfish slow to fair in 10 to 40 feet of water on cut baits, and there continues to be some crappie showing with most in the one to two-pound range. Other species are pretty 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.

PYRAMID: DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago. Schools of trout are cruising the shoreline and showing for anglers tossing small spinners or spoons. The bait bite is only good the first day or two after the plants, and the lake is not on the plant last for this week. Stripers are fair with most fish from one to four pounds. Best action has been for anglers slow-trolling or fishing cut baits at the dam or channel. No surface action this past week. A few catfish are showing on cut baits. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action on plastics and reaction baits. Some largemouth bite is pretty much all in deep water now on jigging spoons. Bluegill and redear slow. There is a health warning about eating fish from here.  Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY PARK NEWS: While most of the county parks are being planted with trout every two to three weeks, no plants are slated for this week.

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