CACHUMA: Winds hampered fishing some this week, but overall the bite has remained fair to good. The smallmouth bass bite has been excellent on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. Shad have been massing around the marina and other places around the lake, also making for some good topwater action. Also some largemouth bass in this bite. Nick Giese, Santa Ynez, caught and released over 30 small on grubs, Rat-L-Traps, and nightcrawlers at the dam. He also had eight largemouth, five bluegill, and five catfish. The catfish bite has been fair on nightcrawlers, chicken liver, and mackerel. Bluegill, redear, and crappie were all reported in spotty numbers. Most are showing in the east end of the lake in 15 to 25 feet of water. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. With the cooler weather and light rain, even a few holdover trout showed up at the dam. 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: Very light fishing pressure. The bass action has remained pretty fair with the best bite early in the morning and again in the evening. Most of the fish are showing on plastics with some fish still being caught on reaction baits and the odd topwater fish. 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 broke wide open this week with a lot of boiling fish. The best action has been at C Point, the west ramp, and the jet ski buoys. Most of the stripers are under four pounds. Brad Ouoren, Simi Valley, had two stripers to two pounds on Kastmasters off C Point. 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. David Green, Saugus, had a three-pound largemouth on a Senko from shore. 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: Very light fishing pressure. There is fair to good largemouth bass action. The bass are showing for shoreline and boat anglers on plastics and reaction baits, with most of the action is early and late in the day. Also a few smallmouth in this bite, especially on rocky structure. Some topwater. 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. Water level is very low and launching is difficult and some boats may not be able to launch. Boaters should also be aware that lake hazards exist with the low water. Rental boats are available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500.
PYRAMID: This is starting to be like a broken record, but the striped bass bite remains excellent. Most of the fish are two to five pounds. The best bite has been at the dam for boat anglers or in the channel for shore anglers. Best bite during mid-week when the boat traffic is down. Many of the fish are showing on anchovies, sardines, or lug worms, but there has been good surface action as the fish chase shad. Anglers are getting the fish on spoons, jerk baits, and topwater. Trollers also scoring fish on white flies and other shad-like lures. Local guide Bob Caffey (TroutOnly Guide Service) continues to report 20 to 40 fish days (per angler) with his clients. The catfish bite has been fair to good, too, also on cut baits and the cats are showing all around the lake. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action early and late in the day on plastics and reaction baits. Some are up chasing bait with stripers. 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.