CACHUMA: Catfish are very good with some good stringers showing on mackerel or nightcrawlers. The boat action was best in Cachuma and Santa Cruz bays, while the bite for shore anglers was best in Drake Cove and the Mohawk area. Cut mackerel or chicken livers and nightcrawlers have been the best baits. The smallmouth bass action is good early and late in the day on reaction baits and topwater with a decent worm bite in deeper water. Top spots have been E Point, the mouth of Clark’s and drifting the bank from Cachuma Bay Point to Bobcat Canyon. Only a few largemouth showing in this bite. A few trout continue to show for trollers working the dam area on Kastmasters and some on PowerBait. 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: The bass bite is fair to good with a lot of 1- to 2-pound fish showing on nightcrawlers, plastics, reaction baits, and topwater baits. Top fish reported in the past week was a 7-2 that topped off a catch of seven bass by Shaun Moon, Port Hueneme. Moon also had bass at 6-3 and 6-2, all on cranks and plastics. Ken Farrant, Oakview, had a 6-pound bass on a crank, while Safire Alarcon, 5, Santa Paula, caught a 5-8 bass on a red worm. Manny Steiger, Ventura, had abass at five and three pounds on topwater frogs. The best bite is early and late in the day. The fish are right up in the grass in 10 to 20 feet of water. Bluegill are good for anglers fishing half or a third of a nightcrawler fly-lined or fished with a small weight to get them on the bottom. Some to a pound or better, and some bigger redear are showing in this bite. The crappie, catfish, and trout bites have finally pretty much shut down, but a 13-pound cat was reported on a nightcrawler last week. 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. Nightfishing until 11 p.m. will be held July 30-Aug. 1. 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: Good action on stripers. The best action this past week has been at the Ski Arm buoy line on topwater baits and small Kastmasters. Fish are also still showing on fresh sardines, anchovies, lug worms, or blood worms in 50 to 75 feet of water. Most of the stripers are smaller two to three-pound fish. The largemouth bass are fair to good with the fish boiling on small shad off and on throughout the day this past week, but most are still showing on small 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: Fair to good largemouth bass action this past week. The bass are showing for shoreline and boat anglers on plastics and reaction baits, with most of the action is early and late in the day. Also a few smallmouth in this bite, especially on rocky structure. Topwater action most mornings early. 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: Continued fair to good striped bass action 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.