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 went in two weeks ago, but the bite is slow with only a few 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. There was an ABA bass event this past Saturday. It took 19.16 pounds (five fish) to win the event for Todd Holder and Jesse Martinez. 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 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. 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 really improved over the past week with good action on trout-like swimbaits for bigger fish and on smaller fish on smaller swimbaits, lug worms, spoons, and trolled umbrella rigs. Shore anglers fishing frozen shad near the boat ramp have also been getting stripers in decent numbers with fish to six pounds. Top stripers were at 36 and 15 pounds caught by one angler on a homemade bait last week. 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. Jay Poore, Castaic, had a pair of largemouth to six pounds. No reports of crappie this week, and the catfish and bluegill bites are slow. A DFW trout plant went in two 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: 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: A DFW trout plant this week turned on the trout bite at the launch ramp, with good action on small lures and Mice Tails. The striper bite also kicked up a notch with the warmer weather, and the fish have been showing on swimbaits at the surface and lug worms or sardines in deeper 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. 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.