CACHUMA: Pretty fair catfish action on one to three-pound fish. The best bite has been on small pieces of garlic-soaked cut baits around the marina in the afternoons. One local anglers had a good catch of catfish and carp on his homemade stink bait. The best carp was an eight-pounder. The largemouth and smallmouth have also been slow to fair, with smallmouth around Drake Cove the best bet on 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 boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.
CASITAS: DFW trout were slated to go in again this week and there was a plant two weeks ago. The action on the rainbows has remained pretty fair and a few bigger fish from the Tailwalker plant in December continue to show. Daniel Butler, Ventura, had a 3-8 rainbow on a nightcrawler on Monday. 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. 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 fishing pressure. DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. A few trout 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, shad-life swimbaits, spoons, and some on cut baits. Local guide Bob Caffey had six stripers, most around seven pounds, with three caught on boils and three trolling. All were caught before 10 a.m. and all were full of shad. 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 last week and three weeks ago. The trout bite has been fair near the launch ramp, especially 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, there were plants slated for this week at 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, Santa Fe Reservoir. In Orange county, plants at Centennial Lake, Mile Square Park Lake, Ralph Clark Regional Park Lake, Tri-City Lake were scheduled.