Los Angeles Area Lakes, June 20

CACHUMA: The catfish continue to dominate the action here with a lot of fish showing on cut baits in the backs of shallow coves. Some of the fish are topping six pounds and some limits or near-limits reported. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are showing in fair numbers on topwater baits early and late in the day. Some on plastics and jigs, too. The trout bite has been slow to fair with a few fish showing for trollers fishing Needlefish or Countdown Rapalas behind five colors of lead core or deep-drifting nightcrawlers at the dam. Crappie are dead. Carp are excellent for bowfishermen, especially in the east end, Johnson and Cachuma bays in the mornings. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 10-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. 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 action has been fair. The grass and weed beds are building up and the best bite has been on Senkos or drop-shot plastics fished on the outside edges of the vegetation. Some topwater action early and late. Few fish over three pounds, however. The redear bite is pretty fair with fish to 1-8 reported on nightcrawlers. Also a few bluegill showing. Other species slow. 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.

CASTAIC: Stripers are good with the best bait action on lug worms, sardines, and blood worms in 60 to 80 feet of water in Necktie Canyon, off C-Point, along the cliffs, and at the buoy lines. Most of the fish are one to two pounds, but fish to four pounds showing in many stringers. Caleb Strout, Pasadena, had a four-pound striper on a lug worm at the buoy line, while Lester Vithrop, Castaic, had a four-pounder to top off his four-fish stringer, all on lug worms off C-Point. The largemouth bite has also been fair in 10 to 25 feet of water around much of the lake, mostly on swimbaits and jerkbaits. The catfish bite is starting to improve, mostly on cut baits around Kong Island. Phil Mack, Sylmar, had a seven-pound catfish on mackerel off Kong Island. More and more bluegill are also starting to show in six to 12 feet of water. The water level continues to fall and boaters can no longer use the west ramp. The water will continue to fall and the boat capacity has been reduced from 500 to 300 boats per day. Other species slow. Information: store and bait shop at 805-521-1500, x207 (open Thursday through Monday), the gatehouse at x201.

PYRAMID: The striper bite remains very good with a lot of small fish from 10 to 12 inches and a few to three pounds. The best bait action has been on nightcrawlers, cut baits (sardines), lug worms, and bloodworms, and trollers are also getting a lot of fish. Good catfish action in the main channel by the gate house and in most of the deeper coves and bays. The best catfish bite has been on nightcrawlers, blood worms, lug worms, and cut baits. The largemouth bass bite is fair on plastics and nightcrawlers. Most are one to two pounds with a few bigger fish. No reports on other species. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155.
PUDDINGSTONE: Slow to fair bass action on plastics and topwater baits early and late in the day. Tough mid-day. The bluegill are showing in pretty good numbers with some fish pushing a half-pound. Redear and crappie still spotty. Park and lake fishing information: 909-599-8411.

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