Fish Report-Freshwater, Jan. 14

CACHUMA: Generally slow action again this past week with a fair catfish bite reported on one to three-pound fish. The best action has been on small pieces of cut bait around the marina in the afternoons. The largemouth and smallmouth have been best in the afternoon on nightcrawlers fished in Cachuma Bay and on Jackrabbit Flats in 15 to 20 feet of water, but that action has been slow. 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: DFW trout slated to be planted this week, but trout have been fair even through the last plant was Dec. 16 when 2,500 pounds of Nebraska Tailwalkers were planted. 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: Very little fishing pressure this week. DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago and those stocks have helped bring up a few bigger stripers. The trout bite has been fair to good only 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 after two or three days. The striper action has been fair on three to five pounders on swimbaits, spoons, and some on cut baits. Some surface boils on trout. John Potts, Sylmar, had a 17-pound striper on a swimbait. The largemouth bass action is slow to fair with most of the action in 15 to 50 feet of water on plastics and jigging spoons. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232.

PIRU: Very little fishing pressure this past week. There is a slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. 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 plant last week 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. 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. 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 or the web site at

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: Most of the city and county parks are being planted with trout every two to three weeks. In Los Angeles County, Alondra Park Lake, Belvedere Lake, Cerritos Lake, Downey Wilderness Park Lake, Echo Park Lake, El Dorado Park Lakes, Hansen Dam Lake, Hollenbeck Park Lake, Kenneth Hahn Lake, La Mirada Lake, Legg Lakes, Lincoln Park Lake, MacArthur Park Lake, Reseda Park Lake, and Santa Fe Reservoir are slated to get fish this week. In Orange County, the plants are scheduled in Centennial Lake, Mile Square Park Lake, Ralph Clark Regional Park Lake, and Tri-City Lake. 

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