CACHUMA: While wind has been a problem, the crappie bite remains strong with good action in Cachuma Bay on slow-trolled or drifted jigs. The crappie have been between a half-pound and 2.5 pounds. Bass are still in the spawn with good action on plastics and reaction baits, especially in Cachuma and Johnson bays. Fair to good trout action continues since the big derby two weeks ago, but the fish are moving to deeper water near the dam, but shore anglers fishing inflated nightcrawlers are still getting a few. Best bite still for boat anglers trolling Rapalas or Needlefish. 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 bass bite is still fair to good — very good if you can dip shad. Otherwise, plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits are the best bets in six to 18 feet of water. Fish to six pounds reported. The bluegill and redear bites are starting to take off, mostly on small worms or nightcrawler pieces. No crappie or catfish reports. 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 final date for the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas is June 2. For information on this events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 have been good, with fish showing at the dam, west ramp, and SS Ski Cove with most of the fish this week on swimbaits at the surface, including most of the bigger fish. Also some reported on blood or lug worms in deeper water. Top stripers reported was a seven-pounder to top off a four-fish, 20-pound stringer caught by Dirk Rhynsburger, West Covina, on BBZ Jr. swimbaits. Ron Vickery, Santa Clarita, had four stripers to five pounds on swimbaits at the dam.
Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass action this week on small swim baits and plastics. Armen Vardepetyan, North Hollywood, had a pair of 3-pound smallies on small jerkbaits at the dam. The Fishin’ & Fun for Kids Day was this past Saturday and there was a 1,000-pound trout plant for this event. The trout pick picked up in the marina with some good scores on Kastmasters, trout plants (mostly MiceTails and worms), and PowerBait. The bluegill bite broke open with Good action on small crappie jigs or meal worms in Henrickson Cove and the firebreak. 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 1- to 3-pound range. Most of the fish showing 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 excellent with a lot of limits reported and many anglers catching and releasing dozens of fish. The best bite has been on sardines and lug worms for both shore and boat anglers all around the lake. The shore hotspot has been at the canal entrance to the lake. The catfish bite is also pretty good on the same baits along with chicken liver and nightcrawlers in all coves. Jonathan Bonilla, Van Nuys, had a mixed stringer of eight catfish and stripers to 5 pounds on sardines. Howard Yu, Arleta, had a limit of stripers to three pounds on sardines. The bass have been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits, especially cranks and jerk baits along most shorelines. Lots of fish to 3 pounds. Bluegill are finally starting to improve, but few redear reports. 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.