CACHUMA: There will be a final 4,000-pound trout plant in early April right before the 23rd Annual Trout Derby April 21-22. The best trout 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: The lake was closed Wednesday and is slated to be closed Thursday because of the storm. The bass bite has been breaking wide open as the fish move shallow for the spawn. Very good action on swimbaits, plastic worms, and nightcrawlers. Chase Plott, Oakview, landed an eight-pound bass Monday this week. DFW trout plant was slated for this week, and a plant went in two weeks ago. The rainbows have been showing on PowerBait, MiceTails, inflated nightcrawlers, and small jigs adjacent to the marina. A few redear and crappie have also been reported this week. The dates for the upcoming events in the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are this Saturday, 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: Overall, good striper action at the dam and the main shoreline near the launch ramp. The best bite has been on bigger, trout like swimbaits or cut baits. John Petrov, Venice, had stripers at 6 and 3 pounds fishing BBZ Juniors 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. DFW trout plant again last week, and there were plants two and three weeks ago. The marina area and dam shoreline have been the best spots with Kastmasters and yellow PowerBait getting the most fish. No catfish reports and no reports of crappie. The bluegill bite is 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 2-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 on sardine and lug worms in the main channel and along the rip-rap in front of the store. Alcop Khatchilcian, Palmdale, had three stripers to two pounds on sardines. The catfish bite has also been pretty fair in the main channel and along the rip-rap, mostly on anchovies, sardines, and chicken liver. Fish to 8 pounds report. Orion Zorich, had a 4-pound catfish. 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. The trout bite is slow, 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.