CACHUMA: The lake has been closed for nearly three weeks because of the first in the Los Padres National Forest. It reopened Saturday on a limited scheduled, and the marina and store will be back to normal hours as of Thursday this week. No fishing information. 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 largemouth bass bite has been pretty fair for anglers fishing plastics or nightcrawlers in deeper water, with some fish to six pounds reported. The first DFW trout plant of the season went in Wednesday this week — about 300 pounds of half-pounders. No other reports. For an update, check with the marina 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 remained fair to good for anglers trolling umbrella rigs, throwing Fluke-type baits, trout-like swimbaits (DFW plant two weeks ago), 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 good on drop-shot or split-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. A crappie bite started over the past 10 days and some of the best fish are over a pound. Most are being caught on small jigs tipped with wax worms. The catfish bites is slow to fair on cut baits, while the bluegill and trout are slow, but there was a DFW trout plant three weeks ago. 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 pretty fair 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. Most are two-pound class fish. The catfish bite has also been slow to fair 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 were supposedly planted two weeks ago, and a few are showing from the shore on PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, and small jigs. 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.