Fish Report-Freshwater, Dec. 3

CACHUMA: Slow to fair fishing overall with the cooler weather. A few holdover rainbow trout are showing for trollers working the mouth of Johnson Bay. Bass are slow to fair on deep-diving cranks, spoons, plastics, and nightcrawlers. The catfish are slow with a few showing on mackerel or chicken liver. Only the odd crappie reported by trout trollers. No word on trout plants yet. 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 action has remained pretty fair, but most of the fish are now in deeper water and focusing on shad schools. Lots of fish are suspended and showing on spoons and Rapala ice jigs. Also some fish on plastics and nightcrawlers, but the shad have been deep and not showing on the surface to dip-net for bait this week. This lack of shad has also stilled the crappie bite, but a few bluegill are still showing. No catfish reports this past week. 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. Few trout report. The striper action has been fair to good. The stripers are mostly three to five pounds and showing swimbaits, spoons, and even some on topwater mornings and evenings. The largemouth bass action is fair with most of the action in five to 30 feet of water on plastics, but more and more fish are moving deep. Still fair catfish action with most of the fish 2 to 5 pounds on cut baits or nightcrawlers fished in 30 to 75 feet of water. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232.

PIRU: Fair largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for the few anglers fishing. Both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics in deeper water and also on reaction baits when the fish are up chasing baitfish. The surface and near-surface action has slowed way down, but there are still some topwater flurries. Catfish fair in 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. There has also been some crappie showing around the docks. The launch ramp is back open and fully-functioning. 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 this week and two weeks ago. Just fair trout action. There continues to be a pretty fair striper bite on fish from one to four pounds. Best action has been for anglers slow-trolling or fishing cut baits at the dam or channel. There are far fewer stripers busting baitfish on the surface, but still some flurries of topwater action. A few catfish are showing on cut baits. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action on plastics and reaction baits. Some bass are still up chasing bait. 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.

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