Los Angeles Area Lakes, Jan. 21 report

CACHUMA: Pretty fair catfish action on 1 to 3-pound fish. The best bite has been on small pieces of garlic-soaked cut baits around the marina in the afternoons. The largemouth and smallmouth have also been pretty fair, with largemouth bass to four pounds reported in Cachuma Bay, and a lot of one- to two-pound class smallmouth off the point of Mohawk Bay with spinners and shad imitations. 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 planted Friday last week, but the bite hasn’t surged like it has after other recent plants. Anglers are getting a few fish, but not a lot of limits reported. Most of the fish are smaller, half-pound class trout. The best action has been in the marina area, across from the marina, and for trollers working off the mouth of the marina. The bass bite has remained slow to fair with most of the fish on jigging spoons or ice jigs, but some are showing on plastics or nightcrawlers. Matt Casey, Ojai, had a 7-pound bass fishing an inflated nightcrawler for trout. The odd crappie to 2-8 is still showing on small jigs or slow-trolled trolled shad-like baits. Other species very 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: Light little fishing pressure. DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. A few plants are showing around the launch ramp after plants, but the fish are dispersing quickly and the action only last a few days near the ramp. Best action on PowerBait, Power Mice, or inflated nightcrawlers with garlic scent. The trout are bringing up some bigger stripers that are showing on trout-like swimbaits. There has also been a slow to fair bite on three to five pounders on small swimbaits, spoons, and some on cut baits. The largemouth bass action is slow 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: Light fishing pressure again 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 are slow in 20 to 60 feet of water on cut baits, and there continues to be the odd crappie showing, with most in the one to two-pound range. 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.

PYRAMID: DFW trout plant Wednesday this week and two weeks ago. The trout bite has been very good near the launch ramp, expecially along the best to the southwest of the ramp. Best action on small spinners or spoons, with PowerBait or PowerMice also getting some fish. 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, but some bigger fish have been showing on swimbaits, especially right after the plants. A few catfish are showing on cut baits but this bite is slow. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action on plastics and reaction baits, but most of the fish are 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/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, none of the urban lakes get fish this week, but in Orange County plants are scheduled in Carr Park Lake, Eisenhower Park Lake, Greer Park Lake, Huntington Park Lake, Yorba Linda Regional Park Lake.

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