CACHUMA: Good trout action continues since the big derby this past weekend. There was a 4,000-pound plant before the event, and the best trout action has been on inflated nightcrawlers for shore anglers or trolled Rapalas for boat anglers. The best area has been around the marina and points leading out to the main body of the lake. The dam area is also good for the trollers. The crappie bite remains strong with good action in Cachuma Bay on slow-trolled or drifted jigs. The crappie have been between a half-pound and 2.5 pounds. Bass are in the spawn with good action on plastics and reaction baits, especially in Cachuma and Johnson bays. Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are starting to show near the surface. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 30-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.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 bite is still pretty fair but has tailed off a little as the spawn winds down. The best bite has been in the morning before 10 a.m. and again late evening on plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits in 6 to 18 feet of water. The bluegill and redear bites are starting to take off, mostly on small worms or nightcrawler pieces. No crappie or catfish reports. Attention bowfishermen, the carp are moving into the shallows for the spawn. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. The dates for the upcoming bass fishing events in the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are April 28 and June 2. For information on these events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are May 5, June 16, and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.
CASTAIC: Fair to good largemouth bass action this week with the best action before 10 a.m. on small swim baits and plastics. The fish are still mid-spawn. Emiah Rogers, Canyon Country, had three largemouth to three pounds on nightcrawlers off Trout Point. Pedro Torres, Pasadena, have five bass to three pounds on Senkos at Hawk’s Nest. The stripers has been fair to good, but the action has been almost exclusively at the dam this week with the best bite on swimbaits and jerkbaits. Michael Cashion, Apple Valley, landed a 4-pound striper off C Point on a Kastmaster. No catfish reports and no reports of crappie. The bluegill bite is slow. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PIRU: Few reports. Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the 1- to 3-pound range, but they have been moving shallower the past week or so in preparation for the spawn. Most of the fish showing now are being caught on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with little pressure. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PYRAMID: The striper and catfish bites have both been pretty good again this week, with the bite for both in most coves and the channel by the entrance booth. Sardines and lug worms have been best for the stripers, and the cats are best on chicken liver, anchovies, and cut mackerel. Top areas are the rip-rap around the marina and the back end of the lake. Shagen Mkrtchyan, Sun Valley, had 10 stripers to 3 pounds fishing sardines and worms. Anston Adona, Bakersfield, had a 4-pound catfish on chicken liver off the rip-rap. The largemouth bass are also pretty good with the fish up shallow for the spawn and whacking plastics. Most fish are 5 to 20 feet of water or even shallower. The trout bite is slow, and there have been no DFW plants in a month. Bluegill and redear are slow. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: For county trout plants, see the list in this report or go to the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.