CACHUMA: There was a 4,000-pound trout plant two weeks ago (Feb. 15), and the bite has been pretty good since with fish to 9 pounds reported. The best action had been on inflated nightcrawlers fished from shore or trolled CD-3 Rapalas. Some quality crappie have been reported near the marina and on the west end of the dam on small jigs. The bass bite is also improving on plastics fished in less than 20 feet of water. 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 has really been picking up with a lot of fish moving up shallow and showing in five to 20 feet of water on plastics and nightcrawlers. Fish to 6-1 reported this past week. The dates for the upcoming events in the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are March 3 and 17, April 7 and 28, and June 2. For information on these events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are April 14, May 5, 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. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and they continue to show on the surface most mornings. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. 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 remains fair with a lot of fish showing on lugworms, spoons, or ice jigs in 40-feet plus of water between the SS Ski and Kong Island. There are some fish at the dam on and near the surface early in the morning, and they are being caught on Kastmasters. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bite may even be better than the striper action with the fish in 5 to 25 feet of water on nightcrawlers, small plastics, and Senkos, especially in the around around Sharon’s Rest, Firebreak, and Utopia coves. David Borquez, San Fernando, had a three-pound smallmouth on a crankbait at the dam. No reports of crappie this week, and the catfish and bluegill bites are slow. A DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago. Few reports. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PIRU: Few reports. Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range and showing in deeper water on jigs and plastics. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with little pressure. 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 fair to good with most of the fish around two pounds. The best bite has been on lug worms, anchovies or sardines in deeper water, with some up closer to the surface on shad-like swim baits. There is also a pretty fair catfish bite on chicken liver or anchovies fishing in most coves. Brayan Flores, Los Angeles, had a six-pound catfish on chicken liver in Glory Hole Cove. The largemouth and smallmouth action is also pretty fair on plastics and small jigs in just 5 to 25 feet of water. Jose Flores, Maywood, had a 2-8 smallie on a frozen anchovy. The trout bite has slowed with only an occasional fish showing, however, the marina expects a DFW plant this week, but it is not on the stocking list for this week yet. Bluegill and redear are slow. 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.