CACHUMA: It looks like the crappie bite is starting to take off with three three-pound crappie reported this week, but overall the bite has been mostly slow. A few trout continue to show for anglers drifting garlic nightcrawlers or trolling in Sweetwater Bay, Clark’s Cove, and the main part of Cachuma Bay. Also a few bass showing on plastics and small spinnerbaits with the fish moving up a little shallower with the warmer weather. 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: DFW trout plants went in last week and four weeks ago, and the bite has been fair around the marina area on small jigs and floating dough baits. There has also 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. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are Feb. 10, April 14, May 5, June 16, and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. The dates for the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are Saturday, Feb. 17, March 3 and 17, April 7 and 28, and June 2. For information on these events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 to good with a lot of fish showing on lugworms, spoons, or trolled umbrella rigs 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. No reports of crappie this week, and the catfish and bluegill bites are slow. A DFW trout plant went in four weeks ago, but few fish are showing. 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 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: Still some fair trout action from the DFW plants two weeks ago. Some of the rainbows are pushing two pounds. The best bite has been adjacent to the launch ramp on PowerBait, Mice Tails, and small jigs or spoons. The striper bite has also been fair to good with most of the fish around two pounds. The best bite has been on lug worms or sardines in deeper water, with some up closer to the surface on swim baits. The largemouth action is also pretty fair on plastics and small jigs in just 10 to 25 feet of water. Slow catfish, but a few showing on chicken liver. Blatazar Gonzales, Pacoima, had three catfish to four pounds. 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.