CACHUMA: Catfish are very good with some good stringers showing on mackerel or nightcrawlers fished in Cachuma Bay or Clark Canyon. Some fish topping six pounds, but most from two to three pounds. The bass action has been good to excellent with both largemouth and smallmouth showing on reaction baits, jigs, and plastics, especially along the shore in the east end of the lake. Many anglers having 30-plus fish days. Most are one to two pounds. There continues to be a fair number of trout caught by both shore and boat anglers. Shore anglers got fish off E Point and the mouth of Drake Cove on PowerBait, while trollers were working near the dam. No crappie reports, but the bluegill bite has been fair to good in Drake Cove around the stick-ups. 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: Little change. The bass bite remains fair with a lot of one- to two-pound fish showing on nightcrawlers, plastics, reaction baits, and topwater baits. The best bite is early and late in the day. Live shad are still being dipped early in the mornings, but the bass aren’t focusing so much on the shad, while the best crappie action continues to be on the shad. Overall, the crappie are just fair, but most fish are still nice quality 1-8 class fish with a few over two pounds. Trout are very slow, but a few pan-sized fish to 14 inches are showing on nightcrawlers (or occasionally on shad) in 10 to 25 feet of water for shore or boat anglers, and some trollers are working for trout. Catfish are getting little pressure, but when an angler soaks cut baits in six to 20 feet of water, the bite has been good. The bluegill and redear are fair on red worms and nightcrawlers for shoreline anglers. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. the water visibility has declined with the heat and algae growth, but carp to 10 pounds or more are being stuck each week. 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: Overall good action. The stripers are showing on cut baits (especially fresh sardines), lug worms, or blood worms with lots of limits of two to four pound fish caught at the buoy line. There are increasing numbers of morning boils, too. The largemouth bass are fair to good on plastics, reaction baits, and topwater. Good catfish with some cats into the double digit range, mostly on cut baits or nightcrawlers. Some panfish action, with a lot of small bluegill clustered around structure and being caught on meal worms, wax worms, or crickets. Trout slow. For information call 661-775-6232.
PIRU: Overall slow to fair action. The largemouth bass bite has been the best bet with fish showing for shoreline and boat anglers on plastics and reaction baits, but most of the action is early and late in the day. Also a few smallmouth in this bite, especially on rocky structure. Some catfish 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. Water level low and launching is difficult and some boats may not be able to launch. Boaters should also be aware that lake hazards exist with the low water. Rental boats are available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500.
PYRAMID: The striped bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of stringers of two to four-pound fish showing at the dam for boat anglers or in the channel for shore anglers. Most of the fish are showing on anchovies, sardines, or lug worms, but there have also been boils most mornings with anglers getting the fish on spoons, jerk baits, and even some on topwater. The catfish bite has been fair to good, too, also on cut baits and the cats are showing all around the lake. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action early and late in the day on plastics and reaction baits. Some are up chasing bait with stripers. 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.