CACHUMA: First trout plant of the season went in last Thursday, a load of 4,000 pounds of rainbows. The bite has been pretty good around the marina and out to the mouth of the cove, but the fish are already starting to spread around the lake. Small lures and floating dough baits have been getting the most rainbows, with fish to three pounds. Other than the trout, mostly slow action. 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: Fair bluegill and redear bite from the fishing piers and all along the shore. The bite has been on small nightcrawler pieces or red worms fished under a bobber near cover. Most are small, however. The bass and catfish bites are also both pretty fair. The bass are moving to deeper water for much of the day and showing on deeply-fished plastics and nightcrawlers. Still a few fish up on the surface on reaction baits early and late in the day. That bite is declining, however. No other reports. No recent DFW trout plants, but plants should be starting soon. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and they continue to show on the surface most mornings. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. 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 and largemouth bass continue to be very good with a lot of boiling fish in the backs of coves. Topwater baits, surface rip baits, and spoons are all getting stripers, largemouth, and smallmouth as they chase shad morning and evening. Most of the black bass are two to three pounds and the stripers are mostly two to five pounds or better. The bluegill and catfish bites are both slow. Trout are slow, but the marina staff expects DFW fish this week — but they expected fish last week, too. The lake isn’t on the DFW plant list for this week and also wasn’t for last week. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PIRU: Continued slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. There has been a topwater bite early and late in the day with the bass up chasing baitfish. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow to fair. Best action on bluegill is in six to 20 feet of water on wax worms, meal worms, or crickets. 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 remained good this week fish reported on Flukes and other small swimbaits or jerkbaits that resemble shad. There is also pretty fair action for stripers and catfish on sardines, anchovies, or nightcrawlers. Eric Rosland, Simi Valley, had eight stripers to 2.5 pounds. The catfish bite has also been fair to good with some nice stringers of fish being caught on chicken liver or anchovies. Chad Presack, Thousand Oaks, had five cats to five pounds in the main channel on chicken liver. Largemouth and smallmouth bass action has slowed way down, but a few are showing on shad-pattern lures in the mornings and plastics later in the day. Bluegill and redear are slow. DFW trout plant three weeks ago. The marina staff says they are scheduled again for this week, but there is no plant on the DFW list. 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.
JACKSON LAKE: First trout plant of the year went in two weeks ago and there are still a few rainbows being caught. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.
LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: There will be a free Youth Fishing Derby this Saturday at El Dorado Regional Park in Long Beach. Fishing gear will be provided for kids 15 and under. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. with the derby running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be raffle for the kids after the derby. For more information, call El Dorado Regional Park at 562-570-1771. For 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.