Fish Report-Freshwater, Sept. 23

CACHUMA: The bass action has been good this past week. Big schools of shad have shown up around the marina, and the one-inch shad are attracting big schools of smallmouth and largemouth bass. The bite has been best on any small shad-like bait with the best action around the marina, Cachuma Point, and on Jackrabbit Flats. Lots of limits of fish to three pounds reported. The catfish bite has also remained good over much of the lake with nightcrawlers, chicken liver, and mackerel all good bets. Drake’s Cove has been the hotspot. Also good action on bluegill with big schools of fish around the launch ramp, Drake Cove, and the fishing dock in Mohawk Bay. Lots of nice stringers on wax worms, crickets, red worms, and nightcrawler pieces. The crappie are showing in fair numbers with the fish suspended in 15 feet. Slow trolling has been the best bet. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. 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. Top fish reported was a 10-pound bass caught on a plastic by Tyce Carpenter, Ventura. Don Northern, Moorpark, landed a 7-8 bass, also on a plastic. 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. No other reports. 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: Good striper action continues and there are still fish boiling on the surface throughout the day. The best action has been at the buoy line, in front of the west ramp, off C Point, and in the jet ski area. While most of the stripers are under four pounds, the bite has been very good on rip baits, shad-like cranks, and small shad plastics. The largemouth bass action is fair to good with most of the action in five to 30 feet of water on plastics, but still some morning topwater action. Fair to good catfish with some cats into the double digit range, mostly on cut baits or nightcrawlers fished in 30 to 75 feet of water. Some panfish action, with a lot of small bluegill clustered around structure and being caught on meal worms, wax worms, or crickets. Trout 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: Excellent striped bass action with a lot of hefty stringers of two to four-pound fish showing at the dam for boat anglers or in the channel for shore anglers. Some anglers are reporting 40 fish days. Many of the fish are showing on anchovies, sardines, or lug worms, but there has been pretty much wide open action as the fish chase shad. The bite had shifted from early morning to early afternoon (almost a mid-day bite) this past week. Anglers are getting the fish on spoons, jerk baits, and topwater. Trollers also scoring fish on white flies and other shad-like lures. Guide Bob Caffey (TroutOnly Guide Service) reports 20 to 40 fish days (per angler) with his clients for the past three weeks. 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.

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