CACHUMA: The trout action remains good. The best bite is for trollers in the west end of the lake, while the shore anglers are having their best luck off E Point and both sides of the buoy line in the marina. Crappie remain just fair in the east end of the lake on mini jigs tipped with a meal worm or Crappie Nibble. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action is steadily improving as more and more fish move shallow for the spawn. Best action on reaction baits, jigs, and plastics. Catfish are also improving and starting to move into the bays for the spawn. Carp are excellent for bowfishermen, especially in Johnson and Cachuma bays. 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 on the backside of the spawn, but the action is still very good with a lot of fish in 20 feet of water or less on plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits. The shad even started showing on top and a few anglers were able to dip net some of the candy bait and posted some good scores. While most of the bass are still two to three pounds, some better quality fish to five and six pounds are starting to show. Both the bluegill and redear are fair to good, mostly on nightcrawlers, as they start to move shallower for their spawn. No other reports. 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: Stripers are good with the best action on lug worms, sardines, and blood worms in 60 to 100 feet of water in the Ski Arm, off Kong Island, and Necktie Canyon. Most are small, but a few fish from four to six pounds show. Norberto Espinozo, Long Beach, had stripers to three pounds on lugh works. Largemouth bass have been good in five to 25 feet during the spawn. Quite a few smallmouths are also showing in this bass bite. Plastics have been the best bet. Mark Hozier, North Hollywood, had a four-pound largemouth on a Roboworm at Utopia, while Mabel Sortizer, Los Angeles, landed a three-pounder on a Senko. DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Fair shore action expected into the weekend. Other species are very slow, but the catfish are improving a little around Hawk’s Nest. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits with most fish shallow. The average fish is from one to two pounds. A few catfish reports, and a few deep-water crappie anglers have landed a few slabs to two pounds from 12 to 20 feet of water on small jigs. Other species have been slow. Information: store and bait shop at 805-521-1500, x207 (open Thursday through Monday), the gatehouse at x201.
PYRAMID: The striper bite is good with a lot of small fish from 10 to 12 inches showing but few bigger fish. The best action has been on nightcrawlers, cut baits, and bloodworms. Fair catfish bite in the main channel by the gate house and in most of the deeper coves and bays. The best catfish bite has been on nightcrawlers, blood worms, and cut baits. The largemouth bass bite has improved, and the best bite is on plastics and nightcrawlers. Most are one to two pounds with a few bigger fish, and the bulk of the fish are shallow now. DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Fair to good action around the launch ramp. No reports on other species. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155.
PUDDINGSTONE: Overall, there has been pretty good bass action and the bluegill are starting to show in a little better numbers. Redear and crappie still spotty. DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago, and the trout have been very spotty. Park and lake fishing information: 909-599-8411.
SANTA FE DAM: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago. Information: 626-334-1065.
ALONDRA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago.
BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Carp fishing slow.
BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago.
CERRITOS PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago.
DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago.
ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
EL DORADO PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago.
ELIZABETH LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and last week.
HANSEN DAM LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.
HOLLENBECK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago. Information: 213-261-0113.
JACKSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago.
LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago.
LEGG LAKES: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago.
LINCOLN PARK LAKE: There will be a free kid’s fishing derby this Saturday, April 26, for kids ages 5-15. The event is hosted by the City of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation and The Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation. This event is designed to give boys and girls who live in urban areas an opportunity to enjoy a fishing experience in or close to their own neighborhood, with rod and reels, tackle, bait and assistance provided. Onsite registration will begin at 8 a.m., and the fishing will go from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free prizes will also be awarded following the fishing. Anglers age 16 or older can fish at the end of the event. For more information about the event, call Lincoln Park at 213- 847-1726, and for more information about the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation and all of its upcoming free kids fishing events, visit danskids.org. There were DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago.
MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago.
PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and four weeks ago. Information: 818-448-7317.