Los Angeles Area Lakes, Jan. 4 Report

CACHUMA: After being closed for nearly a month due to the Thomas Fire, the marina reopened last week. The best action has been for trout in three to 15 feet of water from the dam into Cachuma Bay near the marina and up the main channel of the lake. Trollings 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. 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: The first DFW trout plant of the season went in last week — about 300 pounds of half-pounders. A few have been showing in the marina area since, mostly 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: While the trolling and bait bite has slowed down for stripers in recent days, a few fish are still being caught. The best action has been on lug worms and blood worms drifted in 40 to 80 feet of water, while fewer fish are showing on jigging spoons or trolled umbrella rigs. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites have been pretty fair for anglers fishing drop-shot plastics, Fluke-type baits, or nightcrawlers in 15 to 35 feet of water. Also a few on jigging spoons. No reports of crappie this week, and the catfish bite slowed to nothing. Most recent DFW trout plant was four weeks ago. 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: The striper bite has remained fair this week, but there is light fishing pressure. Most of the action has been on topwater or shad-patterned lures and swimbaits, and the bait bite has been as good on sardines, anchovies, or nightcrawlers. Most are two-pound class fish. Matt Brown, Frazier Park, had six stripers to 2-8 on sardines in the main channel. Slow catfish, but a few showing on chicken liver. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has slowed way down but still fair overall. Most of the fish are showing on dropshot or split-shot plastics in 15 to 35 feet. Bluegill and redear are slow. No recent DFW trout plants and slow action. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (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 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.


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