Los Angeles Area Lakes, May 3 Report

CACHUMA: 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 pretty fair but has tailed off a little as the spawn winds down. The best bite has been in the morning before 10 a.m. and again late evening on plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits in 6 to 18 feet of water. Fish to 8-8 reported over the past week (before the weather system). 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 richtauber@gmail.com. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are 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. 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: Fair to good largemouth bass action this week on small swim baits and plastics. The fish are mostly through the spawn and showing on in Utopia Cove and the firebreak, but Trout Point and Cuttler Cove also have produced quite a few fish. Rick Rodriguez, Los Angeles, landed a four-pound largemouth on a spinnerbait in Cuttler Cove. The stripers have been fair to good, with fish showing at the dam, west ramp, and SS Ski Cove. Kastmasters and lug worms in 30 to 60 feet of water have been the best bets. Vu Le, Monterey Park, had five stripers to seven pounds on swimbaits. The surprise report of the week was that some crappie were reported, which might indicate this bite is taking off. Jon Potts, Santa Clarita, landed a pair of two-pound crappie on a small jerk bait in the Fish Arm. 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 one to three-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 excellent with a lot of limits reported and many anglers catching and releasing dozens of fish. The best bite has been on cut baits and lug worms, and a lot of catfish are also showing in this action, producing nice mixed stringers of fish up to six pounds. Milton Borilla, Van Nuys, had a nice mixed stringer of 15 stripers and catfish with fish to 6 pounds. Akop Khatchikian, Palmdale, landed 13 stripers to three pounds on sardine, releasing most. The largemouth bass are also pretty good with the fish up shallow for the spawn and whacking plastics. Most fish are 5 to 20 feet of water or even shallower. 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.


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