CACHUMA: The Santa Inez River has continued flowing into the lake turning the lake muddy and off-color, especially the upper end. The rain and cold has kept most anglers away this week, but a few anglers are still getting trout fishing nightcrawlers beneath a bobber or trolling bright-colored lures. Top spots continue to be the “bowl,” along the wall, and between E Point and Cachuma Bay. The lake received 4,000 pounds of rainbows three weeks ago. The catfish bite is fair but getting almost zero pressure. Best action on cut mackerel and sardines. There also 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 slow to 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 trout plants since mid-December. No trout reports. Also no bluegill, redear, crappie, carp, or catfish reports. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. 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. 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 last week and three 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 with the rain and cold, but there has been a pretty good bass bite for both largemouth and smallmouth bass for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish still on reaction baits that imitate shad. Most bass are in the one- to two-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with no reports in the past week. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PYRAMID: Little fishing pressure this past week because of the rains and cold weather. There are a few stripers still showing on trolled flies and swim baits. Most of the fish are two to three pounds. An occasional bigger fish on the trout-like swimbait. Best action for anglers fishing bait has been bloodworms and sardines. There was DFW trout plant last week and three 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 no reports. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link. Information: 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.