Fish Report-Freshwater, May 20

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CACHUMA: Continued good to excellent trout action over the past week after the two big plants last month. Several trout from seven to 10 pounds were reported this week, most taken by trollers working black and gold Rapalas at the dam. A few fish still showing for shore fishermen on dough baits, Kastmasters, and inflated nightcrawlers fished around the marina. Bass have been good, especially on nightcrawlers, plastics, cranks, and spinnerbaits fished off E Point and in Harvey Bay. Catfish have been fair with fewer limits but some nice stringers of fish to three pounds from Cachuma Bay on mackerel, nightcrawlers, and dough baits. Crappie came back on with fair action in the Mohawk area on jigs tipped with meal worms. The bowfishing for carp has been fair with the fish in the shallows on warm mornings. 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: While the trout action has slowed way down as the fish spread out around the lake, a few are showing for trollers working Needlefish-type lures in 30 to 40 feet of water or casting lures. David Regen, Oxnard, caught and released 10 trout on Kastmasters on the backside of the island in a cove.  The bass bite has been fair on live shad, reaction baits, jigs, and plastics. Travis Walters, Ventura, had five bass to 4-8 fishing jigs. There have continued to be a fair number of crappie being caught, most on live shad or mini jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. Most are three-quarter pound to 1-4, but there are still quite a few two- to three-pound crappie caught each week. Terry Polk, Ventura, had 10 crappie to 2-8, all on live shad. The bluegill and redear are slow to fair on red worms and nightcrawlers for shore line anglers. Catfish remain very slow, but Tim Wagoner, Ventura, landed a 12-pounder on cut mackerel. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. Bow fishermen have been sticking some carp to 20 pounds in the past week. 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 is finally picking up with fair to good action the past two weeks. Most of the fish have been showing on lug worms and nightcrawlers, especially at the dam, but a DFW trout plant this week (and two weeks ago) might bring up a few bigger on the swimbaits. The catfish bite has also improved with good action and a few double digit fish in the past week. Most of the cats are showing on nightcrawlers or mackerel. Largemouth bass remain fair to good on plastics, nightcralwers, and jerkbaits are best. Also a lot of smallmouth showing, especially in rockier areas. The trout bite has been slow around the launch on small spinners, trout plastics, jigs, and floating baits. For information call (661) 775-6232.

PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish on plastics, Senkos, cranks, and jigs, and a number of fish are running over the four-pound mark. Also quite a few smallmouth in this bite, especially on rocky structure. Channel catfish are still showing in spotty numbers in 30 feet of water on cut baits. The cats have been congregating in the bays. The bluegill and redear are starting to show in better numbers on small jigs, nightcrawlers, and meal worms. Other species are slow. Boat launch is open and rental boats are available. Information: gatehouse at (805) 521-1500. 

PYRAMID: DFW trout went in this week and two weeks ago. A few trout being landed around the launch ramp. Stripers are fair to good, but mostly on small fish in deeper water on cut sardines, anchovies, or lug worms. The occasional bigger fish on a trout-like swimbait is still being caught. The largemouth bass are good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and some reaction baits. There is fair catfish action in the main channel by the gate house and in most of the deeper coves and bays. The best catfish bite has been on nightcrawlers, blood worms, lug worms, and cut baits. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at (661) 295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.
   
PUDDINGSTONE: Fair to good largemouth bass bite with a lot of fish on drop-shot plastics, reaction baits, and even some topwater. The bluegill and redear bites are fair, mostly on small baits like wax worms, red worms, or nightcrawler pieces. Few reports of crappie or carp. Park and lake fishing information: (909) 599-8411. 

SANTA FE DAM: No recent DFW trout plants. Information: (626) 334-1065.

ALONDRA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Carp fishing slow.

BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

CERRITOS PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: No recent DFW trout plants.

ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

EL DORADO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

ELIZABETH LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

HANSEN DAM LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants. Information: (888) 527-2757 or (818) 899-3779.

HOLLENBECK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants. Information: (213) 261-0113.

JACKSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

LEGG LAKES: No recent DFW trout plants.

LINCOLN PARK LAKE: Catfish plant three weeks ago for the kid’s derby.

MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No DFW plants this year. Anglers here need to be aware of health guidelines when eating fish from this lake.

MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.

PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: No DFW plants this year. Information: (818) 448-7317. 

RESEDA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.

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