CACHUMA: The crappie bite started to turn on for anglers fishing the east end of the lake on jigs with Crappie Nibbles. Most of the fish are just over a pound. The bass bite has remained good with both smallmouth and largemouth bass showing for anglers fishing the rock walls with plastics, spinnerbaits, and shad-like cranks. The best action has been early morning with a lot of 1-8 to 2-8 class fish. The spawn is moving into full swing. Catfish have remained good with a number of limits of fish to nine pounds this week. Mackerel, nightcrawlers, and dough baits fished in Johnson Bay, Santa Cruz Bay, Drake Cove, and Harvey’s have been the best bet. Few reports on crappie this week, but some fish continue to show in 10 to 15 feet of water off Santa Cruz Point and the island by the pump station. The carp bowfishing was better again this past week with the fish showing along the rocky banks mid-day. Carp to 12 pounds reported. 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: The crappie bite has continued slow to fair, but the fish being landed are all quality fish. The shad have come up and unless you are fishing with live shad, you probably aren’t going to catch any crappie. Bass remain good in six feet to 18 feet. Lots of two-pound class fish on plastics, jigs, cranks, jerkbaits, and nightcrawlers with lots of fish up in the shallows for the spawn. Allen Maddox, Ventura, had a seven-pound b ass on live shad. The bluegill bite is also fair off the fishing dock on nightcrawlers with some fish to a pound or better. No redear reports. Catfish slow with no pressure. 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: DFW trout plants this week and four weeks ago. The trout bite has been fair around the launch on small spinners, trout plastics, jigs, and floating baits. The trout bite slows quickly after the plant as the fish disperse and get caught. Largemouth bass remain the best bet right now with good action in most of the coves with the fish shallow for the spawn. Plastics, nightcralwers, and jerkbaits are best. Steve Banks, Valencia, landed a two-pound bass on his own lure. The stripers are slow fair in the marina, at the old SS, and the upper end of the Ski Arm in 30 to 50 feet of water on lug worms, cut baits, Kastmasters, and umbrella rigs. Mike Tenguier, Arcadia, had a pair of stripers to 2-8 on lug worms. The catfish action has been slow on cut baits or mackerel in deeper water at the backs of the canyons. For information call (661) 775-6232.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been very good this past week. A lot of fish on plastics, Senkos, cranks, and jigs. Many of the fish are moving up into less than 15 feet of water on beds. Some real quality fish to 5 pounds have been landed. Also quite a few smallmouth in this bite, especially on rocky structure. Channel catfish are still showing in spotty numbers in 30 feet of water on cut baits. The cats have been congregating in the bays. The bluegill and redear are starting to show in better numbers on small jigs, nightcrawlers, and meal worms. Other species are slow. Boat launch is open and rental boats are available. Information: gatehouse at (805) 521-1500.
PYRAMID: Some bigger stripers have been showing on trout-like swimbaits right after the DFW trout plants. DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. There is also a fair bite on smaller stripers in deeper water, with most running one to two pounds and showing on cut sardines, lug worms, and blood worms. The largemouth bass are fair to good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and some reaction bait fish when they are up chasing bait. Lots of bass moving shallow for the spawn and most of the action is now in less than 12 feet of water. There is fair catfish action 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, lug worms, and cut baits. Emigrant Landing entrance booth at (661)295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.
QUAIL LAKE: No reports.
PUDDINGSTONE: Fair to good largemouth bass bite with a lot of fish in shallow for the spawn. Plastics have been best, but some on reaction baits. The bluegill and redear bites are also starting to improve, but the bite is still just fair. Few reports of crappie or carp. Park and lake fishing information: (909) 599-8411.
SANTA FE DAM: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago. Information: (626) 334-1065.
ALONDRA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant last week and three weeks ago.
BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Carp fishing slow.
BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago.
CERRITOS PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant last week and three weeks ago.
DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: DFW trout plant last week and three weeks ago.
ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.
EL DORADO PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant last week.
ELIZABETH LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
HANSEN DAM LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago. Information: (888) 527-2757 or (818) 899-3779.
HOLLENBECK LAKE: DFW trout plant last week and three 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 plant last week and three weeks ago.
LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant this week.
LEGG LAKES: DFW trout plant last week.
LINCOLN PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant last week and three weeks ago.
MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No DFW plants this year.
MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago.
PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: No DFW plants this year. Information: (818) 448-7317.
RESEDA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant this week.