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 eight 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: The bass bite is still fair to good. Plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits and swimbaits are the best bets in 12 to 30 feet of water. Sheila Silva, Simi Valley, caught bass to 7-4 along with a number of other fish in two days of fishing this past weekend. The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good, mostly on small worms or nightcrawler pieces. A few crappie to 2-plus pounds have been landed, mostly on the live shad. The catfish are also starting to show, on live or fresh-dead shad. Attention bowfishermen, the carp still shallow in a post spawn mode, and showing pretty well for anglers and bowfishermen. Richard Lopez, Oxnard, landed a 10-pound carp on 3-pound test line.
Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. The last ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas is July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. 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: The striper bite also continues to be very good for both shore anglers and trollers working umbrella rigs or drifting with nightcrawlers. Shore anglers are seeing the best bite off the west ramp on fresh sardines and ghost shrimp. While most of the stripers are two to four pounds, there have been a number of fish to 10 pounds reported this week. Both the crappie and bluegill bites have really started to turn on. Both are showing in 12 to 40 feet of water, especially Dry Gulch and Firebreak. Some are quality fish to 1 pound. Ben Lee, Chatsworth, had nine bluegill for a 12-pound stringer with a couple topping the 1-pound mark. All were caught on crappie jigs in the Dry Gulch area. The morning bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass remains good on plastic worms and nightcrawlers fished in 10 to 30 feet of water around much of the lake on structure. Thomas Foster, Sylmar, had a 6-pounder to top off his four fish catch on plastic worms in the Fish Arm. Dave Horst, Los Angeles, also had four bass to 4 pounds on nightcrawlers off Sharonís Rest. In the lower lake, the bluegill bite has broken wide open with a lot of hand-sized fish on the usual array of small baits. 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 one to three-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 very good, and the bite – across the board – just gets better with each warm day. Stripers have been best on sardines, lug worms, and chicken liver, and some are even showing on nightcrawlers for both shore and boat anglers all around the lake. There has also been a lot more boiling fish in the past week. The shore hotspot has been at the canal by the entrance booth and the rip-rap in front of the boat shop. Most of the fish are 1 to 3 pounds with an occasional bigger fish to 5 or 6 pounds. Gustavo Martinez, Bellflower, had a limit of 10 stripers to 2 pounds fishing sardine and nightcrawlers. Matt Mendoza, Frazier Park, had a pair of 1-pound stripers on lug worms at the canal. The catfish bite is also pretty good on the same baits along with 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.