CACHUMA: The catfish bite has improved this past week with better class fish from four to eight pounds reported in better numbers. Still, the average cat is about 2 pounds. The best bite has been off E Point and in Cachuma Bay on nightcrawlers, chicken liver, and mackerel, but the cats are showing around much of the lake within 30 feet of shore. The smallmouth and largemouth bass bite has been good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. Most are from 1-8 to three pounds with smallies showing at a two-to-one ratio over largemouth. Top areas have been Jackrabbit Flats, the mouth of Clark Canyon, and the rock wall between Johnson Bay and Clark Canyon. No reports on crappie, bluegill, or redear. 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, even with the rain this week. 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. Top bass reported was a seven-pounder that topped off a five-fish stringer caught by Randy Westbury, Ojai, all on topwater lures. Christian Quezada, Ojai, landed a six-pound bass on a live shad. Bobby Johnson, San Diego, fishing with Mark Mitrany of Ojai Anglers, also had a six-pound bass on live shad. 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 an 11-8 was landed by Nathan Decker, Oak View, on live shad while he was crappie fishing. Decker has had several crappie to two pounds in the past week. Lastly, the bluegill and redear bite has been pretty fair for anglers fishing nightcrawlers, with some quality redear up to two pounds reported. 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 during and since the storm with the fish boiling in good numbers. The stripers are mostly three to five pounds and showing on trolled lures, reaction baits, and even cut baits drifted in the boils. The largemouth bass action is fair to good with most of the action in five to 30 feet of water on plastics. Fair catfish with some cats into the double digit range, mostly 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: The weather front lulled the fishing pressure, but there has continued to be a pretty fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass bite 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. A courtesy dock by next week. 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, especially since the storm front moved through this week. But there continues to be a pretty good striper bite on one to four pounds fish for anglers who are slow-trolling or fishing cut baits at the dam or channel. There are far fewer stripers busting baitfish on the surface the past two weeks. 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.