Los Angeles Area Lakes, May 17 Report

CACHUMA: Wind was quite most of the week (except the afternoons), and the crappie, bass, and trout bites all have been fair to good. The crappie bite has been best in Cachuma Bay and most coves with reeds on slow-trolled or drifted jigs. The crappie have been between a half-pound and 2.5 pounds. Bass are good on plastics and reaction baits, especially in Cachuma and Johnson bays. Fair to good trout action continues since the big derby three weeks ago, and the cooler weather has the trout closer to the surface again. The best bite is still for trollers near the dam or for shore anglers fishing inflated nightcrawlers in Cachuma Bay Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are stacking up in the shallows. 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 6 to 18 feet of water. Fish to six pounds reported. Roxanne Grodin, Santa Barbara, landed a 5-2 bass on live shad. The bluegill and redear bites are starting to take off, mostly on small worms or nightcrawler pieces. The catfish are also starting to show, on live or fresh-dead shad. Kevin Del Ermia, Port Hueneme, landed a 12-5 catfish on the live shad. No crappie 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 richtauber@gmail.com. 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, especially at the buoy line and in Necktie Canyon with cut baits in 40 to 50 feet of water. There is also a good swimbait bait at the dam and the west ramp, with the best action late in the afternoon and evening. Top striper reported was a 20-pounder landed by Jay Poore, Castaic, in the Fish Arm on a swimbait. Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass action this week on small swim baits and plastics. Scott Scotto, Castaic, landed a four-pound largemouth on a nightcrawler. The bluegill bite broke open with good action on small crappie jigs or meal worms in the Fish Arm, Henrickson Cove, and at the firebreak. Robert Page, Los Angeles, landed 20 bluegill with fish up to 1-8, all on meal worms in the Fish Arm. 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 and catfish are improving but crappie remain slow. 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 good. 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 by the entrance booth for shore anglers, the rip-rap in front of the boat shop, and at the dam. Howard Yu, Arcadia, caught and release 24 stripers to three pounds on sardines, while Akop Khatichian, Palmdale, had 16 fish, also to three pounds, also on sardine. The catfish bite is also pretty good on the same baits along with chicken liver and nightcrawlers in all coves. The largemoth 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.


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