Fish Report, May 23 Ed

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CACHUMA: The bass action really started to turn on with a good bite on reaction baits for both the smallmouth and largemouth. The catfish also liked the warm condition last week and moved shallow in the channl cuts and backs of coves. Crappie are still showing off the Cistern Island with mini jigs topped with a meal worm or Crappie Nibble. Trout action slowed, but trollers working the dam and along the north shore with four colors of lead core are still getting a few fish to three pounds. Carp are excellent for bowfishermen, especially in Johnson and Cachuma bays in the mornings. 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 boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.     

CASITAS: The bass bite has been fair to good for anglers dipping live shad and fishing the candy bait early or late in the day. Even without shad, topwater, jerk baits, and cranks have been getting a the bass. Top fish reported was a six-pound largemouth landed by Eric Rinnert, Los Angeles, on a live shad. The heat this past week kept a lot of anglers away and the water has warmed and dirtied up a little. Redear and bluegill are fair with some better fish in the pound class or better showing on nightcrawlers. No other species reported. 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: Water level is dropping about a foot per day. Stripers are good with the best bait action on lug worms, sardines, and blood worms in 60 to 100 feet of water in the Ski Arm, off Kong Island, the dam, and Necktie Canyon. Some fish also on swimbaits. Mark Jenson, Newhall, had a seven-pound striper on a swim bait at the dam. Joe Battaglia, Castaic, landed a four-pound striper on a lug worm. The largemouth bite has also been good in 10 to 25 feet of water around much of the lake, mostly on swimbaits and jerkbaits. Phil Howard, San Bernardino, landed a three-pound largemouth on a jerbait. The last trout plants of the season by the DFW went in last week and three weeks ago. A few rainbows reported at the launch ramp and marina, and the catfish bite is starting to improve. More and more bluegill are also starting to show in six to 12 feet of water. For information call 661-775-6232.    

PIRU: Windy this past week, but the largemouth bass bite has been good on plastics and reaction baits with most fish in six to 20 feet of water. The average fish is from one to two pounds. A few catfish reports, and a few crappie anglers have landed fish to two pounds from 12 to 20 feet of water on small jigs. The bluegill action is also starting to improve. Information: store and bait shop at 805-521-1500, x207 (open Thursday through Monday), the gatehouse at x201, or at www.camplakepiru.com.     PYRAMID: Winds have hampered the fishing, but the striper bite remains very good with tons of small fish from 10 to 12 inches showing, but still few bigger fish. The best bait action has been on nightcrawlers, cut baits, lug worms, and bloodworms, and trollers are also getting a lot of fish. Good 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. 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 plant last week. Fair action around the launch ramp. No reports on other species. There is a health warning about eating fish from here.  Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155.    

PUDDINGSTONE: Overall, there has been pretty good bass action and the bluegill are showing in pretty good numbers with some fish pushing a half-pound. Redear and crappie still spotty. Park and lake fishing information: 909-599-8411.

SANTA FE DAM: No recent DFW plants. Information: 626-334-1065.     

ALONDRA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.      

BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Carp fishing slow.     

BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.       

CERRITOS PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.      

DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: No recent DFW plants.      

ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.     

EL DORADO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.      

ELIZABETH LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago.      

HANSEN DAM LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.     

HOLLENBECK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 213-261-0113.     

JACKSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.     

JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.     

KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.      

LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.      

LEGG LAKES: No recent DFW plants.      

LINCOLN PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.      

MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.     

MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.      

PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 818-448-7317.

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