CACHUMA: The trout bite has been very good, at least for the trollers, and there will be two more big plants (April 4 and April 13) before the annual Cachuma Lake Trout Derby April 14-15. The trick for the trollers has been to fish two colors of leadcore and a nightcrawler-flasher combo or one of a variety of shad-like baits. Santa Cruz Bay has been the top spot. Limits of rainbows to 2 pounds were reported by Robert Canez, Rancho Cucamonga, on slow-trolled nightcrawlers, while Jim Crolius, Santa Barbara, was fishing Rapalas. The bass bite has been very good, with the fishing moving into the shallows for the spawn and showing on plastics and a wide variety of reaction baits. The best bite has been in 2 to 20 feet of water. The catfish and crappie are getting little pressure but the few anglers targeting them are getting a few fish. Bowfishing for carp has also been pretty good, with quite a few double-digit fish arrowed this past week. 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 bass and crappie bites have both been good this past week, and the trout bite has come back on after a big plant for this past weekend’s kids’ derby. There continue to be a lot 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. Top fish reported this week was a 7-pounder caught by Michael Horton, Lompoc, on a nightcrawler. Doug Carlson, Ventura, landed a 3-pound largemouth and a rare 2-pound smallmouth fishing plastics. The crappie action has been mostly along the west shoreline, but the fish are all real quality slabs. Shaun Flaherty, Oak View, landed crappie at 2-4 and 2-12 this week on Mini-Jigs. The trout have been pretty good for shore anglers fishing Power Bait and inflated nightcrawlers and for trollers. Scott Sanford and Tom Rakowski, both Ventura, had eight rainbows trolling and the total weight was 18 pounds. The plant last week was the final one of this season. 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: DFG trout were slated to be planted this week. There has been good action after the plants for shore anglers fishing at the West Ramp. The bass bite has broken wide open with the fish flooding into the shallows all around the lake. Plastics, Senkos and other reaction baits are working. If we can just get a weekend without a storm, this bite should be wide-open. Brandon Edgerley, Newbury Park, had a 6.4-pound largemouth on a Senkos at Hawk’s Nest. The striper action is still tough with only a few fish showing on deep-water jigging spoons and ice jigs off the points and buoy line. The catfish action has also continued pretty fair at the buoy line on cut baits with most of the fish from two to 10 pounds. In the lagoon, the largemouth bass have been good on swimbaits and plastics. Information: (661) 775-6232 or CastaicLake.com.
PIRU: The bass bite has been very good, with the fish moving into the spawn and a lot of fish to 6 pounds showing on plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits. The crappie are also starting to show in better numbers on red worms and crappie jigs. The catfish have received little pressure. Information: main office at (805) 521-1500, ext. 208, the gatehouse at ext. 500, or at camplakepiru.com.
PYRAMID: Catfish are showing in pretty good numbers 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. Stripers are fair to good with a lot of smaller fish under 3 pounds, also showing all over the lake under schools of bait in deeper water. Trout are fair to good, with plants last week and three weeks ago. Also, quite a few holdover rainbows to 4 pounds showing in the Vaquero area, off Spanish Point, and at the dam on floating baits, trout plastics and small jigs. The largemouth bass have been moving up shallower, and a lot of smaller fish are showing on plastics and reaction baits in less than 15 feet of water, but few fish over 3 pounds. Fewer smallmouth. Other species are still slow. There will be a nighttime fishing event April 14. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at (661) 295-7155 or campone.com.
QUAIL LAKE: No reports.
PUDDINGSTONE: The rainbow bite is very good, after DFG plants this week and two weeks ago. Top spots are still 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 for the spawn. 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: DFG trout plant this week. Information: (888) 527-2757 or (818) 899-3779.
HOLLENBECK LAKE: DFG trout plants 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 three 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.