Fish Report-Freshwater, Nov. 11

CACHUMA: The bass, catfish, and crappie were all showing in fair to good bite this past week. The catfish are mostly in the 1 1/2-pound range with some to six or eight pounds. The best bite has been in Jackrabbit Flats on nightcrawlers, chicken liver, and mackerel. The smallmouth and largemouth bass bite has been good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. Most are from 1-8 to three pounds. Top areas have been Jackrabbit Flats, the mouth of Clark Canyon, and the rock wall between Johnson Bay and Clark Canyon. Crappie came back on for anglers drifting white and pink jigs in 10 to 20 feet of water on Jackrabbit Flats with most a half- to three-quarter pound. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. No trout reports this past week. 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: Light fishing pressure continues. The bass action has remained fair to good. Most of the bass are up chasing shad at least part of the day and shad-type reaction baits and topwater continue to be a top option. It has also been possible to make live shad early in the morning, and that candy bait has been the hot ticket for the bass, and other species. The shad have also been the best bait for the crappie, which have been pretty fair over the past couple of week with most fish from one to two pounds. Some crappie are also showing on small, white jigs. Few anglers targeting catfish, but they are showing in decent numbers for anglers targeting them. Bluegill and redear are slowing, but a few still being landed on nightcrawlers. 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 striper action has been good with the fish boiling in good numbers mornings and evenings. The stripers are mostly three to five pounds and showing swimbaits, spoons, and even some on topwater. The largemouth bass action is fair to good with most of the action in five to 30 feet of water on plastics, but also some topwater. Ryan Cabrerra, Valencia, had a mixed catch of 20 or so stripers and largemouths to five pounds throwing to boils. Fair catfish with most of the fish two to five pounds on cut baits or nightcrawlers fished in 30 to 75 feet of water. Other species are slow, and no DFW trout plants slated for the lake yet this fall. For information call 661-775-6232.

PIRU: Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for the few anglers fishing. Both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics in deeper water and also on reaction baits when the fish are up chasing baitfish. The surface and near-surface action has slowed way down, but there are still some topwater flurries. Catfish fair in 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. There has also been some crappie showing around the docks. The launch ramp is back open and fully-functioning. 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: The bite has been slow to fair overall, but there continues to be a pretty good striper bite on fish from one to four pounds. Best action has been for anglers slow-trolling or fishing cut baits at the dam or channel. There are far fewer stripers busting baitfish on the surface, but still some flurries of topwater action. The last DFW trout plant was Oct. 14, but none have gone in since and none are currently scheduled. A few catfish are showing on cut baits. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action on plastics and reaction baits. Some bass are still up chasing bait. 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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