Los Angeles Area Lakes 3/16/2012


CACHUMA: Trout action remains fair for trollers fishing Rapala and Cultimas around Santa Cruz Bay or at Arrowhead Island on a flat line. The shore bite is slow in Harvey’s Bay on inflated nightcrawlers and PowerBait. Most of the rainbows are in 1-8 range. A 4,000-pound plant is slated for this Friday, with another plant of 4,500 pounds set for April 4 followed by 4,000 pounds on April 13, just before the annual Cachuma Lake Trout Derby April 14-15. Bass action has been fair to good for both smallmouth and largemouth. The fish have been moving up and showing in shallower water on cranks, blades, plastics and jigs. The best bite has been in 5 to 20 feet of water. 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, go to 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 and crappie bites are really starting to kick into gear here. Lots of small male bass to 3 pounds are showing in the shallows on plastics and jigs. The bigger females are showing in everything from 5 to 30 feet of water. Chuck Thompson, Ojai, had a 7-8 bass on a plastic in 5 feet of water. The crappie action has been mostly in Station Canyon, but the fish are all real quality slabs. Dick Hood, Ojai, had four crappie on white mini jigs and they were all from 2-8 to 3-8. The trout action has also been pretty fair for trollers working six colors of leadcore and Needlefish or Rapalas. Dick and Nin Johnson, Saugus, and Bill Vincent, Simi Valley, kept seven rainbows over Saturday and Sunday, and all were in the three-pound class or better. Vincent’s fish was the best at 4.3-pounds. Top trout this past week was a 5-pounder landed by Rick Cloyd, Santa Paula, on a nightcrawler. A few redear are also starting to show on nightcrawlers in 12 to 30 feet of water. Last trout plant of season set to occur before the weekend of March 24-25. 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 largemouth bass bite has been fair to good in both the upper and lower lakes. The bass are mostly in 15 feet or less of water and showing on a wide variety of plastics, jigs, reaction baits and nightcrawlers. More smallmouth bass are also showing in the bass bite, but they are mostly showing on jigs and Creature baits, especially in the Hawk’s Nest area. D.J. Smetana, Castaic, landed a 10-8 bass on a Robo Worm last week fishing the shoreline of the upper lake. The catfish action has also continued pretty good at the buoy line on sardines with a lot of nice quality fish. Trent Orville, Pacific Palisades, landed seven cats that weighed 35 pounds total, including one at 11-8. He was fishing sardines and nightcrawlers at the buoy line. The stripers remain pretty tough, but a few fish are showing from very deep water off C-Point on ice jigs. The trout bite is fair with DFG plants this week and two weeks ago. 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 4 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 at camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: The action has been improving over the past week, with better catches of bass, trout, and catfish. Stripers have still been pretty spotty. The trout bite has been very good since last Friday’s 2,500-pound DFG trout plant, and quite a few holdover fish to 4 pounds have been reported, especially in the Vaquero area and off Spanish Point. The usual array of floating baits, trout plastics and small jigs have all been taking fish. The largemouth bass have been moving up shallower and a lot of smaller fish are showing on plastics and reaction baits in less than 20 feet of water, but few fish over three pounds. Fewer smallmouth. Catfish are showing on cut baits in deep water at the mouths of the coves and on points. A number of quality fish to 10 pounds or better in this bite. Other species are still slow. There will be an night-time fishing event April 14. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at (661) 295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.

QUAIL LAKE: No reports.

PUDDINGSTONE: After one skip week, the lake is back on the DFG’s trout plant list for this week, meaning there has only been one week skipped since the first of the year. The rainbow bite is very good, especially off the north shore and swim beach areas on small trout jigs, plastics, and especially floating dough baits. The bass, bluegill and redear bites are all also improving with the fish moving into the shallows. A few more carp and catfish are also starting to show. 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 last week 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.

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