CACHUMA: The bass and catfish are still pretty fair, and there have been more reports of crappie again this past week. The bass are showing best in 8 to 25 feet of water on plastics, with some reaction bait and topwater fish early in the mornings. The catfish are best at the dam and in most coves on dough baits or scented cut baits. The crappie have moved out to deeper water 10-plus feet, but they are still showing off the reeds on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. Few reports of trout, but a few are showing for trollers and anglers drifting nightcrawlers in 20 to 50 feet of water, especially at the dam. Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are stacked up in the shallows. 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: Not much change here. The bass bite remains still fair to good. Plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits and swimbaits are the best bets in 12 to 30 feet of water. The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good, mostly on small worms or nightcrawler pieces. The catfish are now showing in good numbers on fresh-dead shad or the usual array of frozen cut baits. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. 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: There has been good to excellent striper and catfish action over the past week. Shore anglers have been getting limits of smaller stripers and good numbers of bigger catfish in the cove to the left of the West Ramp. Boat anglers are getting fish at the buoy line, Necktie Canyon, and Kong Island. The best bite has been from lake opening to 10 or 11 a.m. Most of the action has been on cut bait in 40 to 60 feet of water. Trong Nguyen, El Monte, had a limit of 10 stripers to 5 pounds on sardines at the buoy line. The largemouth bite is also very good around much of the lake on nightcrawlers, plastics, and jigs. Reaction baits like a Rat-L-Trap or Rebel Jumpiní Minnow have been good for smallmouth early in the day or late in the evening. Ron Vickery, San Fernando, landed six bass on jigs and his best was a 9-pounder. Richard Lopez, Los Angeles, had a 5-pound largemouth off C Point on a Senko. The bluegill bite has remained good, but the crappie have slowed. The bluegill are best on jigs and meal worms (or the two together) in 15 to 25 feet of water in most coves. Some are quality fish to a pound. In the lower lake, the bluegill bite has is also good on hand-sized fish on the usual array of small baits. The carp bite is also good but getting light pressure. Very few catfish reported, but very little pressure on the cats. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PIRU: Few reports. Fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the 1- to 3-pound range. The best bite has been in 12 to 30 feet of water on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. Bluegill and catfish are improving, but crappie remain slow. 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 good on sardines, lug worms, nightcrawlers, and chicken liver, and some are even showing on topwater or jerk baits fished in boils, which have been happening more frequently. Trolling umbrella rigs is also a good bet. Lots of small stripers under 3 pounds (many even smaller than 1 pound). The catfish bite is also pretty good on sardines, chicken liver and nightcrawlers in deeper water in all coves. The largemoth bass have been good on plastics and reaction baits, especially cranks and jerk baits along most shorelines and along the edges of the vegetation. Lots of fish to 3 pounds. Bluegill are finally starting to improve with a pretty good bite on meal worms and small jigs. No crappie. 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.