CACHUMA: The crappie bite is pretty fair with fish to three pounds showing, but finding fish is problematic with the high water. The slabs are mostly in less than eight feet of water. Trout are still showing in fair numbers, but the bite has slowed way down going into the full moon. The bite is still best on slow-trolled lures or nightcrawlers drifted under a float. The rainbows are moving deeper. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites have been slow to fair this week, mostly on plastics and reaction baits. The catfish bite kicked into gear with cut baits getting fish in most coves. Lot of carp up in the shallows. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, and quite a few carp are near the surface. Cachuma is 48 percent of capacity. 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 here. 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 action is still very good, with the bite is mostly on live shad right now. The bite is just fair on plastics, nightcrawlers, cranks, spinnerbaits, and small swimbaits. Some quality fish. Bass to 12 pounds reported this week. The crappie are also showing on the shad and small jigs with fish to two pounds. Chuck and Chris Morris, Santa Barbara, had a stringer of crappie to two pounds and a 12-pound bass. The trout action has been pretty fair for anglers targeting the rainbows trolling Needlefish near the dam or drifting with nightcrawlers in the same area. There were DFW plants two and four weeks ago, and they are on the schedule for next week. Some redear are starting to show in four to 15 feet of water. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and the warm weather brought them up to the surface this week. Carp bowfisherman many only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. Moonlight fishing nights are May 13, June 10, July 8, and Aug. 5 this year. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Casitas Lake level is 44 percent of capacity. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or casitasboatrentals.com.
CASTAIC: The largemouth and smallmouth bass are both good with the fish up chasing shad and showing on reaction baits. The best bite is in less than 20 feet of water, with plastics, jerkbaits, and Flukes all good bets. The stripers are also good, also working the shad on or near the surface. Lots of fish to six pounds on trolled flies or shad patterned swimbaits. Also a lot of fish showing on on cutbaits, blood or lug worms. Most are two-pound class fish. Trout slow. The bluegill are also picking up with some fish in less than 10 feet of water on meal worms and wax worms as they move into their spawn. The lake is currently 94 percent of capacity. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PIRU: Fair bass bite for both largemouth and smallmouth bass this past week, but the fish remain mostly shallow — less than 20 feet of water — and are showing on plastics and reaction baits. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are perking up with a fair to good bluegill bite if you can find a school of fish as they move into full-spawn mode. Best action is four to 12 feet on wax worms or crickets. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Lake level is 25 percent of capacity. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PYRAMID: Largemouth bass are fair to good with a majority of the fish in less than 20 feet of water. The best bite has been on plastics and jigs. The striper bite is pretty fair with a lot of fish showing on trolled flies and swim baits, but bait anglers fishing sardines or bloodworms are getting fish, too. Most are under a pound, but enough two to four pounders to keep things interesting. DFW trout plants went in three weeks ago and another is slated for next week. Trout are slow. There is a fair catfish bite with the fish moving shallow. Bluegill and redear are finally started to perk with a fair to good bite in 10 to 18 feet of water on wax worms and red worms. Water level is at 93 percent of capacity. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: For trout plants, see the list in this report or go to the DFW website for any updates and future plants.