Los Angeles Area Lakes, May 12 report

CACHUMA: Winds have buffeted last week with rain on Friday slowing all the action, but by the weekend action on bass, especially, but also trout and crappie came back on pretty strong. The bass have been showing in good numbers since on nightcrawlers, plastics, and a wide variety of shad-like baits from cranks to spinnerbaits to spoons. Trout numbers were down from the previous couple of weeks, but trollers and bait anglers fishing near the dam with small, shad-like baits or drifting inflated nightcrawlers both had fish to three pounds. The crappie bite slowed with the winds, but a few are still showing again since the lull in the back of the lake on jigs and nightcrawlers. The catfish bite has fair with a lot of fish on garlic-soaked cut baits and nightcrawlers in Cachuma Bay and other coves. The carp are also massing in big schools and cruising in the shallows, especially on warm days, so the bow-fishing opportunities are good again. 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. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. 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 Santa Ana launch ramp was closed Saturday when water finally dropped so low at the end of the ramp that boats could launch. The long-submerged Coyote Ramp was open, but a boat slipped off the matting on this ramp and now both ramps are closed. The Coyote Ramp closure is temporary and it should be reopened soon, but anglers should call ahead if they plan on launching. The fishing has been very good. The bass and crappie bites are hot if you have live shad, but the carp bite has been excellent with a lot of 15 to 25-pound class carp showing. The carp bite has been best on corn kernels or dough baits, and many shore anglers are setting up carp rods while fishing for bass or crappie. The fish are all in 10 feet or less of water, bowfishing is also very good for the big carp. The crappie bite is tough without shad, and most of the fish are big running from 1-12 to three pounds. Part of the size of the crappie may be due to the size of the shad. While the size of the shad being dipped is highly variable, the majority are bigger shad. The bass are also pushovers on the candy bait, but they are also being caught on shad-like swimbaits, jerkbaits, and cranks or drop-shotted plastic worms in shad colors. There is some grass starting to grow on the bottom so most drop-shotters are going to longer leaders. Most of the bass are 1-8 to two pounds, but Albert Delgado, Oxnard, landed a nine-pound bass on a live shad. Kevin “Oz” Oslund, Oakview, had a 7-8 bass, also on live shad. A few catfish are also being caught, but getting very little pressure. Braun Sockwell, Miners Oaks, had a 10-pound catifhs on mackerel and a 15-0 carp on shad. The bluegill and redear bites are picking on live nightcrawlers. Trout have been slow with few fish reported in the past week. Most recent plant four weeks ago. 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 or casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: Better weather this past week, but still windy most days. The striper bite has been picking up on better weather day with more fish moving up to chase baitfish. Most stripers are now showing up on or near the top on cranks or other reaction baits that resemble shad. Very few showing on sardines in deep water this week. Top fish reported was a 19.6-pound landed by Ryan Cabrerra, Valencia, on a Lunker Plunker. The largemouth bass is fair to good with fish mostly out of the spawn. Best action has been on Senkos or Roboworms, some on reaction baits. The bass seem to be tight to brushy structure. No trout reports. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in six to 25 feet of water. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish on reaction baits that imitate shad. Fish to four pounds reported. The crappie bite is off with no fish reported recently. Catfish still slow with only the odd fish reported on cut bait in 20 to 60 feet of water. 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 or at camplakepiru.com

PYRAMID: Windy again much of the past week, but a DFG trout plant went in last week and three weeks ago. A few trout reported around the marina. Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on cut baits, but also some fish on slow-trolled lures. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. More fish on the top this week with warming weather. A few catfish are showing on cut baits and this bite has improved in the past week with fair action. Largemouth bass have been fair to good with a lot of fish in the shallows for the spawn. Best action on jigs, plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are also starting to improve with the best bite on small jigs topped with baits or half a hightcrawler. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. More information at this link: oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.

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. However, no plants scheduled for Los Angeles or Orange county parks for the second week in a row, and none are currently slated for next week. For updates, anglers can check the trout plants on the DFW website (nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

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