CACHUMA: The lake has been closed since last week due to the fire in the Los Padres National Forest and surrounding areas. The area is being used as a first staging area. No fishing report available. 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 lake has been closed since Wednesday last week because of the forest fires in the area. For an update on the closure, check with the marina (805-649-2043) or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. 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. 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: The striper action has remains fair to good for anglers trolling umbrella rigs, throwing Fluke-type baits, trout-like swimbaits, or spooning. Most of the action is 40 to 70 feet of water on the spoons and ice jigs. The largemouth bass bite has been very good on drop-shot plastics or small swimbaits and jerkbaits in 15 to 40 feet of water. The numbers are good, but the size is mostly under four pounds, and there are some smallmouth in this bite. Jay Poore, Castaic, had a 3.5-pound smallmouth on a small plastic at the dam. Anthony Cassares, Simi Valley, had four largemouth bass to 3.5 pounds on Robo Worms off the west walls. The catfish bites is fair on cut baits, while the bluegill and trout are slow. No DFW trout plants since Thanksgiving week. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PIRU: Continued fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range and showing in deeper water on jigs and plastics. 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 bite has remained good this week with most fish showing on sardines, anchovies, or nightcrawlers. Far fewer fish reported on Flukes and other small swimbaits or jerkbaits that resemble shad as recent weeks. The catfish bite has also been fair to good with some nice stringers of fish being caught on chicken liver or anchovies. Largemouth and smallmouth bass action has slowed way down, but a few are showing on dropshot or split-shot plastics in 15 to 35 feet. Bluegill and redear are slow. DFW trout plant six weeks ago, but none since and none on the DFW schedule. 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.