CACHUMA: The bass and catfish are still pretty fair, and there continue to be sporadic reports on crappie. The bass are showing best in 8 to 35 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. A few trout have been landed by anglers trolling at the dam or in deep water in Johnson Bay. 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 bass bite remains fair to good. Plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits and swimbaits are the best bets in 12 to 30 feet of water. Shila Silva, Simi Valley, had seven largemouth bass to 5 pounds fishing wacky-rigged plastics. 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 largemouth bass action but most of it is before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. Shore anglers have been getting limits of smaller stripers with some decent catfish mixed in. The best bite has been in the cove to the left of the West Ramp. Boat anglers are getting fish at the buoy line and Necktie Canyon for the stripers, and the bite has been best on fresh sardines. Some fish are also showing on umbrella rigs. Bob Tran, Los Angeles, had five stripers to 5 pounds on sardines in Necktie Canyon. The largemouth bite is also very good around much of the lake on nightcrawlers, plastics, frogs, and reaction baits, especially on the outside edges of the weeds. Wacky-rigged worms have been a good bet. 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. Thomas Foster, Simi Valley, caught and released eight largemouth and smallmouth to 5 pounds. Timothy Mondhink, Los Angeles, had five largemouth to 4-12 on Robo worms at Hawk’s Nest. Also in the news is the very good bluegill action that has taken off in both the main lake outside Dry Gulch and in the lower lake. Some real toad bluegill have come from the Dry Gulch area. The carp bite is also good but getting light pressure. 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 smaller than 2 pounds (many even smaller than 1 pound). There is a good bite from shore from the cabanas to the swim beach. The catfish bite is also pretty good on sardines, chicken liver and nightcrawlers in deeper water in all coves and rip rap areas The largemouth 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.