CACHUMA: Overall light fishing pressure. The bite on catfish and bass has been fair with flurries of good action, but only a few bass and crappie are being reported. Trout are very slow with only the occasional fish showing from deep water near the dam. But there are lots of small bluegill around most shorelines. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, and quite a few carp are near the surface. 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 action is still fair to good, with the fish showing on topwater, plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits early and late in the day, but they move deep during the day. Don Ehrhardt had a nine-pound bass off the fishing pier, along with a bunch of bluegill with the family. The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good but getting light fishing pressure. Some to a pound, mostly on nightcrawler pieces. The trout action has been slow with few anglers targeting the rainbows. No recent plants. The catfish bite is fair with the fish moving shallow morning and evening. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and they continue to show on the surface most mornings. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. The final moonlight fishing night of summer will be Aug. 5 this year. Night bass tournaments, the RTF Bass Tour, will be held July 29, Aug. 12, Aug. 26, and Sept. 16. Call Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 on the night tournament schedule and entry information. 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: All the bass are fair to good now, with the stripers, largemouths, and smallmouths all up chasing shad morning and evening. The stripers are best on shad-like swimbaits and cranks, either cast or trolled and there are surface boils most mornings. Also a few on blood worms in 40 to 70 feet of water. For the black bass, good action on reaction baits early and late, but some bigger fish showing on jigs in deeper water. The bluegill bite remains fair to good in both the upper and lower lakes, but the weed beds are getting thick making the fishing more difficult. Tons of small fish, but some bigger fish to a pound and meal worms are the top bait, but red worms, nightcrawler pieces, crickets, and wax worms also good. Trout are slow, with no recent plants and none likely until winter. A few catfish reports on quality fish, but the fish are few and far between. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PIRU: Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass but the warm weather and dropping water levels has moved the fish into deeper water. There has been a topwater bite during a narrow window early in the day. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow to fair. Best action on bluegill is in four to 12 feet on wax worms or crickets. 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: Largemouth bass are fair with a lot of fish up chasing baitfish morning and evening, and them moving deeper during the day. The best bite has been on topwater baits early and then reaction baits, plastics and jigs. The striper bite is pretty fair with a lot of fish showing on topwater early and then trolled flies and swim baits later. Bait anglers fishing sardines or bloodworms are getting fish, too. Most are one to three pounds now with some bigger. There is a fair catfish bite with the fish moving shallow. Bluegill and redear are fair to good in 10 to 18 feet of water on wax worms and red worms. Trout slow with no recent DFW plants.
The Vaquero Swim Beach will open Saturday this week as a result of improved algal bloom conditions. Laboratory tests of lake water this week detected a level of algae toxins that merits a “Caution” advisory, which means boaters and recreational users may swim in the lake and at designated swim beaches, but should remain cautious of potential blooms. Vaquero had been closed to swimming due to algae toxins early this year. Based on the latest laboratory test results, the advisory for the Vaquero Swim Beach has changed from “Warning” to “Caution.” Emigrant Landing Swim Beach is also at “Caution” level. Swimming is now allowed throughout Pyramid Lake, but recreational users are urged to avoid direct contact with blue-green algae, which can pose health risks, particularly to children and pets. Toxic blue-green algae exposure can cause eye irritation, allergic skin rash, mouth ulcers, vomiting, diarrhea, and cold- and flu-like symptoms. Pets can be especially susceptible because they tend to drink while in the water and lick their fur afterward. For more information, go to the California Department of Public Health blue-green algae information page at this link.
There is also a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: For trout plants, see the list in this report or go to the DFW website for any updates and future plants.