CACHUMA: The bass and catfish are still pretty fair. 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 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 are showing for trollers and anglers drifting nightcrawlers in 15 to 30 feet of water, especially at the dam. Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are stacking 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 — very good if you can dip shad. Otherwise, plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits and swimbaits are the best bets in six to 18 feet of water. The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good, mostly on small worms or nightcrawler pieces. A few crappie to two-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 are moving into the shallows for the spawn. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are June 16 and 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 stripers and largemouth bass have both been good this week, with the largemouth bite especially hot. A lot of largemouth and smallmouth have been showing from Dry Gulch, Elizabeth Canyon, and Utopia Cove on swimbaits and plastics, but the best bite is early to mid-morning. Dave Sloane, Simi Valley, had nine bass to 3 pounds on plastics. The stripers are best in 30 to 50 feet of water throughout the Ski Arm and dam areas on cut baits and ice jigs, with some on swimbaits trolled at that same depth. Bao Pham, Long Beach, had 10 stripers with a total weight of 38 pounds and his best fish was a 6-pounder, all on sardines at the west walls. There is also some good action near the launch ramp for shore anglers drifting wads of two or three nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite has continued good on small crappie jigs or meal worms in the Fish Arm, Henrickson Cove, and at the firebreak. 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. Most of the fish showing 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 been 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. 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 one to three pounds with an occasional bigger fish to 5 or 6 pounds. Artak Kazizhanyan, Granada Hills, had 10 stripers to 2 pounds on sardines fished in 30 to 50 feet of water. Haik Vardanyan, North Hollywood, had nine stripers to 2 pounds on the same bait. The catfish bite is also pretty good on the same baits along with chicken liver and nightcrawlers 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. Gary Lee West, Harrison City, had seven bass to 4 pounds on jerkbaits. 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.