CACHUMA: Generally slow action here. A few trout continue to show for anglers drifting garlic nightcrawlers or trolling in Sweetwater Bay, Clarkís Cove, and the main part of Cachuma Bay. Other species very slow, with only a few bass showing on plastics and small spinners. 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: A DFW trout plant was slated for last week, but no confirmation from the marina they were planted. A few trout 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. The dates for the 2018RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are Feb. 3 and 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. The ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are Jan. 20, Feb. 10, 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 largemouth and smallmouth bites are still fair to good on small plastics, spoons, and ice jigs in 15 to 35 feet of water on structure. The stripers have slowed way down, but those being caught are mostly coming in on spoons and ice jigs, mostly in 30 to 50 feet of water. 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 last week, but no confirmation the fish went in. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PIRU: 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: Continued fair to good striper action with the fish still working the top some mornings, but biting in deeper water on trolled lures or cut baits (sardines and lug worms have been the best baits) in 20 to 75 feet of water. The largemouth and smallmouth action is pretty fair on plastics and small jigs with a few bigger fish on trout-like and shad-like swimbaits. There was a trout plant two weeks ago, and the bite has really slowed down with only an occasional fish being caught on small lures and trout plastics like MiceTails. 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.