CACHUMA: The Santa Inez River has been flowing into the lake turning the lake muddy and off-color, especially the upper end. In spite of the water clarity, the trout bite has remains consistent with a lot of two to five pounds fish and some bigger. The lake received 4,000 pounds of rainbows two weeks ago. The best bite is still fishing nightcrawlers beneath a bobber or trolling firetiger or rainbow trout pattern Rapalas or similar lures. Top spots have been in the “bowl,” along the wall, and between E Point and Cachuma Bay. The catfish bite improved but getting little pressure. Best action on cut mackerel and sardines. There continues to be slow to fair smallmouth and largemouth bass action, mostly on jigs and plastics fished slowly on rocky structure. Adding scent helps with the off-color water. No crappie or bluegill reports. 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: The largemouth bass bite has been fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, jigs and spoons in deeper water. Most bass are one to three pounds, some to five pounds or better. There have been no DFW plants since mid-December. Most of the action has moved away from the shoreline and anglers drifting with nightcrawlers or trolling are getting the most fish. The bluegill and redear have slowed way down with only the odd fish on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. Catfish are slow. Carp are still slow to fair on dough baits. Crappie very slow. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. There has been a fair trout bite after the unannounced DFW trout plant Dec. 16. Most of the action has moved away from the shoreline and anglers drifting with nightcrawlers or trolling are getting the most fish. The Santa Ana launch ramp remains closed due to low water, but the Coyote ramp is open. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Information: 805-649-2043 or casitasboatrentals.com.
CASTAIC: The striper action has continued to be pretty fair with the fish showing on spoons and ice jigs in 40 to 60 feet of water. Trolling umbrella rigs, small swimbaits, or flies is also productive. Overall, lots of two-pound class fish with a few bigger fish showing on big, trout-like swimbaits. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action is 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. DFW trout plant this week at the main launch ramp and two weeks ago. No reports of anglers getting many of these fish. No panfish reports. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PIRU: Light fishing pressure and overall slow action. There are slow to fair largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish still on reaction baits that imitate shad, but the near-surface action is waning. Most bass are in the one- to two-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow. The launch ramp is open. Water level is very low and boater should be aware that lake hazards exist with the low lake levels. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PYRAMID: The striper bite continues to be pretty fair on fish mostly from 1-8 to three pounds, with a few bigger on the trout-like swimbaits. For the smaller fish, smaller swim baits, jerk baits, and trolled flies are getting the most fish, but there are also a lot of bait fish on blood worms and lug worms. There was DFW trout plant this week and two weeks ago. There is a slow bite on the trout on small spinners, spoons, jigs, PowerMice, and PowerBait. There is a slow catfish bite on the cut baits. Largemouth bass have slowed with the cooler weather with most action on plastics, jigs, and jigging spoons in 20 to 50 feet of water. Bluegill and redear are slow with few reports. Very little fishing pressure. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link. 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.