CACHUMA: Anglers should call ahead to see if access roads are open after flooding in this region this week. Before the storm, there was a fair trout bite in three to 15 feet of water from the dam into Cachuma Bay near the marina and up the main channel of the lake. Trollers are getting the most fish, but bait anglers drifting with nightcrawlers are also getting a few fish. Other species very slow, with only a few bass showing on plastics and small spinners. However, there was a 2.5-pound crappie reported this past week. 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: Anglers need to call ahead to check on access to the lake after flooding this week. A DFW trout plant was slated for this week, and there was a small plant two weeks ago. A few have been showing in 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, but few 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 largemouth and smallmouth bites are still fair to good on small plastics and spoons in 15 to 40 feet of water on structure. Tom Chawonec, Moorpark, had five bass to 3.5 pounds, and Eric Rosland, Oxnard, also landed five and his best was three pounds. The stripers have slowed to just fair with the best action jigging spoons in 40 to 75 feet of water after metering fish or bait. A few fish are also showing on lug worms and blood worms drifted in those same depths. No reports of crappie this week, and the catfish and bluegill bites are slow. A DFW trout plant was scheduled for this 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: There was a trout plant last Friday, and the bite has been pretty good around the launch ramp on small lures and trout plastics like MiceTails. Most are small. The stripers were good prior to the storm with even some topwater action on shad-pattern lures, and then in deeper water when they moved deeper on cut baits. Most are two-pound class fish. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been fair to good. Most of the fish are showing on dropshot or split-shot plastics in 15 to 35 feet. Slow catfish, but a few showing on chicken liver. 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.