CACHUMA: There was a 4,000-pound trout plant three weeks ago (Feb. 15), and another 4,000-pound plant is scheduled for this week, with fish from 2 to 9 pounds to be planted. There will be a final 4,000-pound plant in early April right before the 23rd Annual Trout Derby April 21-22. The best action has been on inflated nightcrawlers for shore anglers or trolled Rapalas for boat anglers. The best area has been around the marina and points leading out to the main body of the lake. The dam area is also good for the trollers. The crappie bite has taken off with a good bite adjacent to the marina and at the dam. Fish to 1-8 reported on small jigs. Bass are starting to take off with the spawn approaching. Good action on plastics and reaction baits, especially in Cachuma and Johnson bays. Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are starting to show near the surface. 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: It’s almost spawn time. The bass bite has really been picking up with a lot of fish moving up shallow and showing in 5 to 20 feet of water on swimbaits, plastic worms, and nightcrawlers. Fish to 6-plus pounds reported again this past week. DFW trout plant went in last Thursday adjacent to the marina, and the bite was good through the weekend on the rainbows. PowerBait, MiceTails, inflated nightcrawlers, and small jigs were all getting fish. No report on crappie, redear, or catfish this week. The dates for the upcoming events in the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are this Saturday, March 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 has been up and down with the weather over the past week, but it has been good again since Sunday with the best action on smaller swimbaits, nightcrawlers, and cut baits. The best action has been in the afternoon and evening with a lot of fish in the two to four-pound class. Kerig Hayes, Valencia, had a four-pound striper on a BBZ Jr. bait from shore, while Kevin San, Long Beach, landed a three-pounder on a Senko off Kong Island. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bite has continued to improve with the fish moving rapidly toward the spawn and moving shallower with each warm day. Top spots have been Hawk’s Nest, Pete’s Point, and Dry Gulch in no more than 20 feet of water. Nightcrawlers, small plastics, and Senkos have been the best baits. Thomas Foster, Simi Valley, had a trio of three-pound largemouths on Senkos at Hawk’s Nest. DFW trout plant last week and two weeks ago. The marina area and dam shoreline have been the best spots with Kastmasters and yellow PowerBait getting the most fish. No reports of crappie this week, and the catfish and bluegill bites are slow. 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 1- to 3-pound range, but they have been moving shallower the past week or so in preparation for the spawn. Most of the fish showing now are being caught on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. 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 and showing in deeper water. Also quite a few catfish in this bite. The best bite has been on lug worms, anchovies or sardines in 20 to 50 feet of water along the canal and rip rap. Also a few fish on reaction baits, but not as many as bait. Misak Bulbandzhyan, Sheridan, had a mixed stringer of four stripers and one catfish from Glory Hole on a variety of baits. The best was a 7-pound cat. The largemouth and smallmouth bite has been best in 12 to 20 feet of water or even shallower on small jigs and plastics worked on structure. Gilberte Morales, North Hollywood, had four largemouths to 1-8 at the canal on split-shotted plastics. The trout bite is snow, and there have been no DFW plants in a month. 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.