CACHUMA: A plant of 4,000 pounds of Calaveras rainbows went two weeks ago, and the bite has been pretty good since, especially for trollers fishing in Santa Cruz Bay or Cachuma Bay to the dam. The best action has been on silver and black Rapalas, Kastmasters or the dodger-nightcrawler combo. The shore bite has been slow to fair in Harvey’s Bay on inflated nightcrawlers and PowerBait. Most of the rainbows are in 1-8 range, but Jameson McClellan, Santa Ynez, had a limit of rainbows topped off by a 3-pounder. The annual Cachuma Lake Trout Derby is slated for April 14-15, with a Tailwalker plant just before that event. Bass action was still fair, with most of the action for both smallmouth and largemouth having again dropped back down into the 25 to 40 foot depths. The fish are showing on plastics, jigs, jerkbaits and spinnerbaits, mostly on the points. All other species very slow, including the crappie, which had been biting in the narrows, but seem to have dropped out of the picture. Bowfishing for carp came back on with the warm weather, with a few to 6 pounds arrowed as they basked on the surface, mostly around the island and in the narrows. Free bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, visit 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 cold front on Monday knocked down the bass bite some (it was 29 degrees Tuesday morning), but the action has been good much of the past week with more and more fish moving shallow and thinking about the spawn. Parker Irvine, Ojai, landed a 6-pound bass drop-shotting; Pifa Victoria, Oxnard, had an 8-pounder, also on a plastic worm. Even with the cooler weather, the fish are still mostly in 20 feet or less water. The trout bite has been tough, but the trollers are starting to score a few fish to 3-8 working Needlefish, Rat-L-Traps and Rapalas from the surface down to about 20 feet. Another trout plant is tentatively set for March 24. The warmer weather last week also started perking the redear and crappie action, but both species are getting very little fishing pressure. Other species are also still very slow. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 10-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. The lake is open every day, including all holidays. Information: (805) 649-2043.
CASTAIC: The striper bite has continued to be very hit and miss, with a lot of misses this past week. The few reported came from the old SS and the west cliffs in the Ski Arm on sardines, spoons, and ice jigs. The largemouth bite has been pretty fair, and more and more nice smallmouth have been reported on plastics and jigs in 30 feet of water. J.T. Sprouse, Simi Valley, landed a 2-8 smallmouth on a jig, while Stephanie Wilson, Santa Paula, had a pair of two-pound smallmouth on Robo worms in the Fish Arm. The catfish action was improving again at the buoy line on cut baits. In the lagoon, there has been a pretty fair largemouth and crappie bite with the evening bite best this past week. The trout bite has been fair after the DFG plant two weeks ago, but another DFG plant was slated for this week. The best action has been on PowerBait and gold Phoebes or Kastmasters around the West Ramp, spillway, and near the RV campsites. Information: (661) 775-6232 or CastaicLake.com.
PIRU: Very light fishing pressure, but the bass bite has been fair in deeper water with plastics, jigs, and nightcrawlers with fish up to four pounds reported in the past week. The redear, bluegill and crappie bites have all continued to be very slow with very few reports. The catfish have also been very slow. No recent trout reports. Information: main office at (805) 521-1500, ext. 208, the gatehouse at ext. 500 or camplakepiru.com.
PYRAMID: Trout were planted last week and three weeks ago. The bite has been fair to good in the marina on PowerBait, nightcrawlers, salmon eggs and small lures. Most of the rainbows are pan-sized. The striped bass are slow to fair in the marina area and the inlet for bait anglers and some troll fish continue to show. Most of the fish are 4 pounds or under. Slow bluegill and catfish action. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at (661) 295-7155 or campone.com.
QUAIL LAKE: No reports.
PUDDINGSTONE: DFG trout plant again this week. The plants have been every week since the first of the year. The bite has been very good off the north shore and swim beach areas on small trout jigs, plastics, and especially floating dough baits. There has been a slow to fair bite on redear up to 1-8 on drop-shot nightcrawlers. Bass are fair and improving with a few fish on plastics. Few catfish, crappie or carp reports. Park and lake fishing information: (909) 599-8411 or bonellipark.org.
SANTA FE DAM: DFG trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Information: 626-334-1065.
ALONDRA PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago.
BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants. Carp fishing has been slow.
BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago.
CERRITOS PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago.
DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago.
ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
EL DORADO PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants this week and two weeks ago.
ELIZABETH LAKE: DFG trout plants this week and two weeks ago.
HANSEN DAM LAKE: No recent DFG plants. Information: (888) 527-2757 or (818) 899-3779.
HOLLENBECK LAKE: DFG trout plant last week and three weeks ago. Information: (213) 261-0113.
JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago.
LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago.
LEGG LAKES: DFG trout plant this week and two weeks ago.
LINCOLN PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants two and four weeks ago.
MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No recent DFG plants.
MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants last week and three weeks ago.
PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: DFG trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Information: (818) 448-7317.