Fish Report-Freshwater, July 8

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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 bass action is excellent early and late in the day on reaction baits and topwater with a decent worm bite in deeper water. The east side of Cachuma Point and through Bobcat Canyon has been the best area for smallmouth, while the largemouth are showing all around the lake. A few trout continue to trickle in for deep-water trollers working the dam area. 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 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 getting tough to get and haven’t been producing any better than plastics or jerk baits lately. Bluegill (and a few redear) 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. The crappie and trout bites have finally pretty much shut down, and there have been few reports on catfish. 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 fresh sardines, anchovies, 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. After the topwater bite ends most of the action has been in anywhere from five to 25 feet of water. 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 fair action this past week. The largemouth bass bite remain the best bet with fish 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. 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 or the web site at

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