Los Angeles Area Lakes, March 3

CACHUMA: The warm weather has turned on the crappie and smallmouth bass bites. While no 25-fish limits were reported this week on the crappie the bite is pretty good on small tube jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles with some slabs to two pounds reported. Top spots have been at the dam or in the river channel on Jackrabbit Flats. Both the largemouth and smallmouth bass bites are also pretty fair with a lot of fish to three pounds reported on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, and reaction baits. Few reports of catfish, but a few are still showing on small pieces of garlic-soaked cut baits. 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: The warm weather has the bass up tight in shallow water (most less than 10 feet) nosing around for the spawn. The action has been good with a lot of fish over three pounds on plastics and nightcrawlers. Rodger Marks, Ventura, had six bass to four pounds on drop-shot plastics. Tyranny and Brian Cossell, Oak View, have landed bass to five pounds fishing plastics from shore. Most recent DFW trout plant went in two weeks ago. A few trout are showing on spinners, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers around the marina, but the trout action has mostly moved away from the marina shoreline area with the best bite now for trollers or boat bait anglers. The odd crappie or redear continues to show, but no consistent action on either species yet. The panfish coming in are all quality fish. 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: The striped bass bite has come back on for anglers trolling or fishing cut baits in deeper water. The best action has been on sardines or lug worms with fish to six pounds reported. The most recent DFW trout plant was three weeks ago. Slow trout action with most dispersing away from the launch ramp. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been fair to good with most of the fish moving shallower. Some fish reported in less than 10 feet of water, but most are showing on plastics or reaction baits in 15 to 25 feet. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232.

PIRU: The continued warm weather has improved the largemouth and smallmouth bass bites, with quite a few fish in shallower water in a pre-spawn movement. Both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure. Fish to four pounds reported. 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: DFG trout plant two weeks ago. The trout bite is slow with only an occasional trout landed on small spoons and spinners. 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 trout 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 by the Department of Fish and Wildlife, but there are no plants scheduled at urban lakes in Los Angeles or Orange counties again this week. This is the third week in a row with no DFW plants. 

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