Fish Report-Freshwater, Nov. 18

CACHUMA: Overall, the action has slowed with cool, windy weather this past week. The bass are fair on deep-diving cranks, spoons, plastics, and nightcrawlers. The catfish are also still fair on mackerel or chicken liver in the backs of the coves with cats to 3-8 reported. A few crappie are showing on Jackrabbit Flats on jigs, and a few bluegill are still showing in the coves for shore anglers. A few holdover trout were reported this week along the rock wall from Johnson Bay to Clark Canyon. No word on plants yet. 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: The bass action has remained fair to good. Most of the bass have dropped down into deeper water and focusing on shad schools. Lots of fish are suspended and showing on spoons and Rapala ice jigs. Brandon LeMay, Oakview, had a 7-pound bass on a spoon. Also some fish on plastics and nightcrawlers, but the shad have been deep and not showing on the surface to dip-net for bait this week. This lack of shad has also stilled the crappie bite, but the bluegill are still showing with a 2-pounder reported Wednesday this week on a red worm. No catfish reports this past week. 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 first DFW trout plant of the season was slated for this week. 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. Fair catfish with most of the fish 2 to 5 pounds on cut baits or nightcrawlers fished in 30 to 75 feet of water. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232.

PIRU: Fair 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: First trout plant of the season slated for this week (last plant was Oct. 14). This could perk both the striper and trout action. Overall, the bite has been slow to fair, 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. 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.

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