Los Angeles Area Lakes, May 9 Ed

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CACHUMA: The trout action slowed except for trollers working the dam and along the north shore. Paulette Enriquez, Goleta, landed a four-pound rainbow while trolling. A few fish for shore anglers off E-Point and the area to the right of the log boom with PowerBait and inflated nightcrawlers. Cody Uhrig, Santa Barbara, landed five trout to three pounds on PowerBait off E-Point. The bass action has been fair to good with some topwater early and late and then the best action on drop-shot plastics, jigs, and nightcrawlers fished off the points. Crappie are spotty but some fish are showing around Cistern Island on drifted mini jigs tipped with meal worms. Catfish are also improving and starting to move into the bays for the spawn. Kenny Weber, Santa Barbara, had a limit of catfish on cut mackerel in Cachuma Bay. Carp are excellent for bowfishermen, especially in Johnson and Cachuma bays. Ken Hemer, lake manager, arrowed at least 30 carp in about two hours in the east end of the lake. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 10-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. 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 has been very good for anglers dipping live shad early in the mornings. The bite is nearly as good on plastics, nightcrawlers, or reaction baits fished in 15 to 25 feet of water, with some topwater action early and late in the day when the fish are up chasing shad. Cody Lucky, Santa Paula, fished the lake several times in the past week and had bass from four to 8-7 on live shad. Jennifer Seeger, Santa Paula, landed a seven-pound bass on live shad. A few crappie also continue to show, mostly on small live shad, with fish to three pounds reported. Redear and bluegill are also getting better by the day. Redear to two pounds or better reported on nightcrawlers. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Information: 805-649-2043.   

CASTAIC: Stripers are good with the best bait action on lug worms, sardines, and blood worms in 60 to 100 feet of water in the Ski Arm, off Kong Island, and Necktie Canyon. The other alternative, which is just as good, is to fish swimbaits at the marina and the dam. Barry Litger, Lancaster, had a five-pound striper at the dam on a BBZ Jr. The largemouth bite has also been good in 10 to 25 feet of water around much of the lake, but Sharon’s Rest and Utopia Cove have been hot spots. Nightcrawlers, blood worms, plastics, and topwater reaction baits have all been working well. Shea McCormic, Las Vegas, landed a five-pound largemouth on a Waxwing jig in Coash Cove. Trout plant reportedly went in last week. A few rainbows reported at the launch ramp and marina, and the catfish bite is starting to improve. More and more bluegill are also starting to show in 10 to 18 feet of water. For information call 661-775-6232.   

PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been good on plastics and reaction baits with most fish in six to 20 feet of water. The average fish is from one to two pounds. A few catfish reports, and a few crappie anglers have landed fish to two pounds from 12 to 20 feet of water on small jigs. The bluegill action is also starting to improve. Information: store and bait shop at 805-521-1500, x207 (open Thursday through Monday), the gatehouse at x201. 

PYRAMID: Not much change here. The striper bite is good with a lot of small fish from 10 to 12 inches showing, but still few bigger fish. The best action has been on nightcrawlers, cut baits, lug worms, and bloodworms. Fair catfish bite in the main channel by the gate house and in most of the deeper coves and bays. The best catfish bite has been on nightcrawlers, blood worms, lug worms, and cut baits. The largemouth bass bite has improved, and the best bite is on plastics and nightcrawlers. Most are one to two pounds with a few bigger fish, and the bulk of the fish are shallow now. DFW trout plants this week and four weeks ago. Fair to good action around the launch ramp. No reports on other species. There is a health warning about eating fish from here.  Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155.    

QUAIL LAKE: No reports.     

PUDDINGSTONE: Overall, there has been pretty good bass action and the bluegill are showing in pretty good numbers with some fish pushing a half-pound. Redear and crappie still spotty. DFW trout plant three weeks ago, and the trout have been very spotty. Park and lake fishing information: 909-599-8411.    

SANTA FE DAM: DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Information: 626-334-1065.     

ALONDRA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago.     

BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Carp fishing slow.     

BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago.      

CERRITOS PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago.      

DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: DFW trout plant three weeks ago.     

ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.     

EL DORADO PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago.     

ELIZABETH LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and three week ago.      

HANSEN DAM LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.     

HOLLENBECK LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Information: 213-261-0113.     

JACKSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.     

JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.     

KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago.     

LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago.      

LEGG LAKES: DFW trout plant three weeks ago.     

LINCOLN PARK LAKE: There were DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago.     

MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.     

MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago.     

PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Information: 818-448-7317.

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