Los Angeles Area Lakes, Feb. 16 Report

CACHUMA: The Santa Inez River has continued flowing into the lake turning the lake muddy and off-color, especially the upper end. The lake level has cove up 25 feet with recent storms, but it is still only 17.4 percent of capacity. This has made the fishing slow to fair overall. The trout bite is tough but a few fish are still showing on nightcrawlers fished beneath a bobber or trolling bright-colored, noisy lures. The lake received 4,000 pounds of rainbows six weeks ago. The catfish bite is fair and maybe the best bet here, but most of the fish are small and showing wherever water is/has run into the lake. Best action on cut mackerel and sardines. The crappie and bass action has lulled. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, but few carp are near the surface now. 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 here. 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: DFW trout were planted last Friday and three weeks ago at the Coyote Ramp. Some fish from shore on PowerBait or small trout plastics, but the best bet has been trolling with Needlefish behind two colors of lead core. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with the warm weather. Nightcrawlers, plastics, jigs, and spoons in deeper water. Most bass are one to three pounds, some to five pounds or better. At a weekend tournament, it took 20.64 pounds (for five fish) to win and the big fish of the event was a 5.87-pounder, one of seven fish over four pounds. No recent bluegill, redear, crappie, carp, or catfish reports. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and the warm weather brought them up to the surface this week. Carp bowfisherman many 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. Casitas Lake level is 37.6 percent of capacity. Information: 805-649-2043 or casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: Rising water levels have slowed the bite (25 feet up in the past six weeks), but the striper action is still fair for anglers fishing jigging spoons and ice jigs in 40 to 70 feet of water. Most are two-pound class fish. Some bigger stripers show after DFW trout plant on the big swimbaits, and the DFW plant was slated for this week. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action is slow to fair with most of the action on plastics, spoons, and ice jigs in 20 to 40 feet of water. Light fishing pressure and only a few other reports of catfish in deeper water on cut baits or nightcrawlers. No reports of anglers getting many of these fish. No panfish reports. The lake is currently 93 percent of capacity. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Light fishing pressure, but there has been a pretty good bass bite for both largemouth and smallmouth bass for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish still on reaction baits that imitate shad. Most bass are in the one- to two-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with no reports in the past week. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Piru Creek flows coming into the lake peaked at 180 cfs Monday and were around 115 cfs Wednesday. Lake level is 25 percent of capacity. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: Light fishing pressure again over the past week. There are a few stripers still showing on trolled flies and swim baits. Most of the fish are two to three pounds. An occasional bigger fish on the trout-like swimbait. Best action for anglers fishing bait has been bloodworms and sardines. Largemouth bass are slow to fair with most action on plastics, jigs, and jigging spoons in 20 to 50 feet of water. A DFW trout plant was slated to go in this week and there was a plant four weeks ago. Trout were very slow prior to this week’s plant with only a few showing on small spinners, spoons, jigs, PowerMice and PowerBait. There is a slow catfish bite on the cut baits. Bluegill and redear are slow with no reports. Water level is now 92 percent of capacity. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (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.

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