Los Angeles Area Lakes, Feb. 22 Report

CACHUMA: There was a 4,000-pound trout plant last Thursday, and the bite has been pretty good since with the fish showing from shore or for shallow-trollers in Cachuma Bay. The rainbows are running up to four pounds. Other species are still slow to fair, with a few bass and crappie showing, including a trio of three-pound class crappie. The bass are best on plastics and small spinnerbaits. 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: There has been a fair bass bite on plastics and nightcrawlers in 12 to 25 feet of water. Anglers dipping live shad have been able to get a few nice crappie to two pounds, especially near the green dock. John Harwood and Jason Christman won this past Saturday’s RTF Bass Tour with a five-fish catch that weighed 18.06 pounds. Ten of the 30 teams had five-fish limits, and the biggest bass was a 5.22-pounder. The dates for the upcoming events in the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are March 3 and 17, April 7 and 28, and June 2. For information on these events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or richtauber@gmail.com. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are April 14, May 5, June 16, and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. For a fishing 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 bite remains fair with a lot of fish showing on lugworms, spoons, or ice jigs in 20-feet plus of water. The largemouth bass bite may even be better than the striper action with the fish in 20 to 45 feet of water on small plastics and jigging spoons. Michael Bottoni, Santa Clarita, had a 5-pound largemouth on a plastic. No reports of crappie this week, and the catfish and bluegill bites are slow. A DFW trout plant went in two weeks ago. Few reports. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the 1- to 3-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 been fair to good with most of the fish around two pounds. The best bite has been on lug worms, anchovies or sardines in deeper water, with some up closer to the surface on shad-like swim baits. Ohan Manokian, Los Angeles, had six stripers to two pounds on sardines. The largemouth action is also pretty fair on plastics and small jigs in just 5 to 25 feet of water, and a few smallmouth are also showing in this bite. The trout bite has slowed with only an occasional fish showing, and the most recent DFW plants was four weeks ago. Joseph Szanto, Woodland Hills, had a pair of one-pound rainbows. Slow catfish, but a few showing on chicken liver or mackerel. Nacho Lopez, Somis, had a 7-pound cat to top off his three-fish stringer, all on mackerel. Bluegill and redear are slow. 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.


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