CACHUMA: The 23rd Annual Trout Derby will be April 21-22, and there is a 4,000-pound plant slated for this week. The best trout action has been fair 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. Richard Flores, Santa Barbara, landed the biggest trout of the season this past week when he caught a 9-5 rainbow. The crappie bite has taken off with a good bite adjacent to the marina and at the dam. Fish to 2-5 reported this week, most on small jigs. Bass are starting to take off with the spawn approaching. 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 excellent, with the fishing all over the shallows in mid-spawn. The best action has been on plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits in 6 to 18 feet of water, but fish are showing on all kinds of baits, including topwater. Sheila Silva, Simi Valley, landed a seven-pound bass to top off her April Fool’s Day of bass catching. Melissa Anderson, Santa Barbara, landed a 4-8 bass on a Brush Hog. Several other fish from 3 to 5 pounds reported. DFW trout plants went in two and four weeks ago, but not many fish showing. More and more reader are starting to show, mostly on nightcrawler pieces and red worms. 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 7 and 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 April 14, 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: Overall, good striper action. The best bite has been in the marina area throughout the day on nightcrawlers, Senkos, and small swimbaits. The stripers are also showing at C-Point, the west walls, and the buoy line, where the fish are mostly in deep water between 40 and 60 feet down. Umbrella rigs in after and evening have been the best bet in those areas. Bao Pham, Long Beach, had three stripers on umbrella rigs off the west walls. His best fish was a 4-pounder and the stringer weighed 11 pounds. The largemouth bass bite has been very good as the fish start to move shallow for the spawn. The best action has been in the morning on plastics, small jigs, and crawfish imitations. Jose Cortez, North Hills, had a 6-pound largemouth on a plastic shad at the firebreak. Adam Portsmouth, Ventura, landed a pair of three-pound bass off Trout Point on Senkos. The most recent DFW trout plant was three weeks ago, and the bite has slowed way down. 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 one to three-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 this past week, with the bite for both in most coves and the canal by the entrance booth. Sardine and lug worms have been best for the stripers, and the cats are best on chicken liver, anchovies, and cut mackerel. Both have been in deeper water. Horun Muhammad, West Hollywood, landed two cats to 4 pounds on nightcrawlers in deep water. The largemouth bass are also pretty good with the fish just now starting to move up shallow and whacking plastics. Most fish are in 12 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.