CACHUMA: The bass action has been very good to excellent 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 2 pounds reported. The catfish bite has also remained good over much of the lake with nightcrawlers, chicken liver, and mackerel all good bets. Harvey’s produced cats to 8 pounds this past week. Also good action on bluegill with big schools of fish in Drake Cove and the fishing dock in Mohawk Bay. Lots of nice stringers on wax worms, crickets, red worms, and nightcrawler pieces. Few crappie OR carp reports. 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: Light fishing pressure, but the bass bite remains pretty good with a lot of 1- to 2-pound fish showing with some to 4 pounds. The best bite has been on plastics and nightcrawlers, but the fish are chasing shad early and late and throwing reaction baits and topwater into boils has also been productive. Few other reports, but a few anglers targeting catfish have been getting fish in 6 to 15 feet of water. Tim Brown, Ventura, had a 16-pounder, while Carol Hendricks, Ventura, landed a nine pounder. Both were fishing mackerel. 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, and off C Point. 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 bait bite is fair on sardines, lug worms, or blood worms in 50 to 75 feet of water, when the fish aren’t showing on top. Jay Poore, Castaic, had 20 stripers to 12 pounds fishing in the Ski Arm. 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: 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 2 to 4-pound fish showing at the dam for boat anglers or in the channel for shore anglers. 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 in the mornings and a little more intermittently through the day. 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) has been having 20 to 30 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 or the web site at campone.com.