CACHUMA: The smallmouth and largemouth bass bite has been good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. Most are from 1-8 to 3 pounds with smallies showing at a three-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. The catfish bite has improved this past week with better class fish from four to six pounds reported in better numbers. The best bite has been off E Point and in Cachuma Bay on nightcrawlers, chicken liver, and mackerel. 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 and the bite has been good at times throughout the day. Most of the fish are up chasing shad at least part of the day and shad-type reaction baits and topwater continue to be a top option. Plastics, live shad, and nightcrawlers fished in deeper water when the bass aren’t busting shad on top is also a good bet. Lots of fish in the two to three-pound range, but few bigger. However, Bob Dunn, Simi Valley, caught an 8-12 bass on a topwater bait Tuesday this week. A few crappie from one to 1-8 are showing on live shad or small crappie jigs. There continue to be a few redear and bluegill landed on live bait in 10 to 20 feet of water on half a nightcrawler or red worm. A few nice catfish are also showing for the anglers willing to soak some cut bait. 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, and the number of boiling fish has increased again this past week. Most of the stripers are 3 to 5 pounds and showing at C Point, the west ramp, and the jet ski buoys. The largemouth bass action is fair to good with most of the action in five to 30 feet of water on plastics, but more and more reaction bait and topwater action over the past week. 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. For information call 661-775-6232.
PIRU: There is fair to good largemouth bass action. The bass are showing for shoreline and boat anglers on plastics in deeper water and also on reaction baits when the fish are up chasing baitfish. The surface and near-surface action has been sporadic throughout the day. A few smallmouth in this bite, especially on rocky structure. 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. 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: Overall, the bite has slowed down considerably. The stripers have stayed slow to fair, but far fewer fish boiling this past week and most of the action has been in deeper water at the dam or channel on cut baits or slow-trolled shad-like lures. Most of the stripers are under four pounds. DFW trout plant two weeks ago but this week’s scheduled plant has been cancelled. The catfish bite has been fair, also on cut baits and the cats are showing all around the lake. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action on plastics and reaction baits. Some are 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.