CACHUMA: The bass and catfish are still pretty fair, and there continue to a few reports of crappie, but not as many as last week. The bluegill bite has remained pretty decent, but not as good as the week before. The bass are showing best in 8 to 35 feet of water on plastics, with some reaction bait and topwater fish early in the mornings. The catfish are best at the dam and in most coves on dough baits or scented cut baits. The crappie have moved out to deeper water 10-plus feet, but they are still showing off the reeds on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. The bluegill are best on meal worms, red worms, or crickets fished under a bobber. A few trout have been landed by anglers trolling at the dam or in deep water in Johnson Bay. 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 has been good, especially on slow-trolled, shad-like crankbaits and plastics on the outside edges of the weed beds. Lots of fish to 6 pounds. The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good, mostly on small worms or nightcrawler pieces. The catfish are now showing in good numbers on fresh-dead shad or the usual array of frozen cut baits. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. 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: There has been good to excellent striper, largemouth, and smallmouth bass action, but most of it is before 9 a.m. All three species are boiling on shad early in the day, and the bait has been pretty easy to dip net. The shad have led to wide open fishing, but cranks and swimbaits have also been getting a lot of fish. Shore anglers have been getting limits of smaller stripers with some decent catfish mixed in. The best bite has been in the cove to the left of the West Ramp. Boat anglers are getting fish at the buoy line and in most of the canyons and coves for all three types of bass. Some fish are also showing on umbrella rigs. Chad Neel, Taft, had a 5-3 stripers on a reaction bait. There is also a very good bluegill bite that has taken off in both the main lake outside Dry Gulch and in the lower lake. Some real toad bluegill have come from the Dry Gulch area. The crappie are also showing in fair numbers for those targeting them. The carp bite is also good but getting light pressure. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PIRU: Few reports. Fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the 1- to 3-pound range. The best bite has been in 12 to 30 feet of water on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. Bluegill and catfish are improving, but crappie remain slow. 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 bite has remained good on sardines, lug worms, nightcrawlers, and chicken liver, and some are even showing on topwater or jerk baits but not many boils again this week. Trolling umbrella rigs is also a good bet. Lots of small stripers under two pounds (many even smaller than 1 pound). There is a good bite from shore from the cabanas to the swim beach and in the canal by the entrance booth. The catfish bite is also pretty good on sardines, chicken liver and nightcrawlers in deeper water in all coves and rip rap areas. Jaun Esparza, Arvin, had a 2-8 catfish on chicken liver right off the boat shop rocks. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bass have been good on plastics and reaction baits, especially cranks and jerk baits along most shorelines and along the edges of the vegetation. Lots of fish to three pounds. Bluegill are finally starting to improve with a pretty good bite on meal worms and small jigs. No crappie. 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.