CACHUMA: The hot crappie bite has been stealing center stage here with very good action, even during the sour weather this past weekend. A number of 25-fish limits and some slabs to three pounds reported. The best bite has been on small tube or feather jigs tipped with scent or Crappie Nibbles fished along the main river channel, but slow-trolling all over the lake is also bringing in fish, including most of the bigger fish. Both the largemouth and smallmouth bass bites are also pretty fair with a lot of fish to three pounds reported on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, and reaction baits. Few reports of catfish, but a few are still showing on small pieces of garlic-soaked cut baits. The carp are also massing in big schools and cruising in the shallows, especially on warm days, so the bow-fishing opportunities are good again. The first trout plant of the year is tentatively set for mid-month before the annual derby. Other species have been very slow. 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. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. 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: The bass are still up tight in shallow water (most less than 10 feet) nosing around for the spawn. The action has been good with a lot of fish over three pounds on plastics and nightcrawlers. The rain and wind this past weekend lulled this bite a little, but overall it is still very good and has been getting better. Most recent DFW trout plant went in three weeks ago, but a plant is on the list for next week. Trout have been very slow this past week. Only a few redear or bluegill and no crappie 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 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.
CASTAIC: The striped bass bite slowed again with the rain and wind this past weekend. The best action has been on sardines or lug worms fished in deeper water near the dam and off main lake points. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair to good since the weekend, with a lot of fish in shallow water (less than 15 feet) already moving up for the spawn. Best action on plastics and nightcrawlers, but some fish on crankbaits early and late in the day, especially the smallmouth. DFW trout plant this week and four weeks ago. Slow trout action with most dispersing away from the launch ramp. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.
PIRU: Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass bites, with quite a few fish in shallower water in a pre-spawn movement. Both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure. Fish to four pounds reported. Catfish are slow in 20 to 60 feet of water on cut baits, and there continues to be the odd crappie showing, with most in the one to two-pound range. Other species are very slow. The launch ramp is open. 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 or at www.camplakepiru.com.
PYRAMID: DFG trout plant is slated for this week. The trout bite is slow with only an occasional trout landed on small spoons and spinners. Stripers are fair with most fish from 1 to 4 pounds. Best action has been for anglers slow-trolling or fishing cut baits at the dam or channel, but some bigger fish have been showing on swimbaits, especially right after the trout plants. A few catfish are showing on cut baits but this bite is slow. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action on plastics and reaction baits, but most of the fish are in deep water now on jigging spoons. Bluegill and redear slow. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.
LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: Most of the city and county parks are being planted with trout every two to three weeks by the Department of Fish and Wildlife, but after three weeks without plants, the following Los Angeles urban waters are slated to get fish: Hollenbeck Park Lake and MacArthur Park Lake. In Orange County, Carr Park Lake, Eisenhower Park Lake, Greer Park Lake, Huntington Park Lake, Mile Square Park Lake, and Yorba Linda Park Lake are slated to get fish this week. More plants are slated in both counties for next week, too. For updates, anglers can check the trout plants on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.