CACHUMA: No report available. 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: There continues to be a fair to good bass bite on drop-shot plastics in 15 to 40 feet of water. Fish to seven pounds reported this week. No recent DFW trout plants, but plants should be starting soon. Few anglers targeting catfish, but there was a 25-pound catfish landed by Bill Cook, Santa Barbara, on his homemade stink bait. 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: All three species of bass continue to be good, but the volume of boiling fish is declining, with most of the topwater and near-surface action on largemouth and smallmouth and not the stripers. Most of the boils are still in the backs of coves. Topwater baits, surface rip baits, and spoons are all getting the black bass. Spooning deeper water has been best for the stripers, but a plant last week brought up a few bigger stripers and they were landed on swimbaits. Ronald Vickery, Sylmar, had a 10-pound striper, while John Potts, Sylmar, landed an eight pounder. Both were fishing swimbaits at the dam. 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 improved after last week’s DFW plant, but the rainbows have dispersed. 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. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range and showing in deeper water on jigs and plastics. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow to fair. Best action on bluegill is in 12 to 30 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 when the fish are up top chasing bait. The trolling bite has improved, too, and there is also pretty fair action for stripers and catfish on sardines, anchovies, or nightcrawlers. The catfish bite has also been fair to good with some nice stringers of fish being caught on chicken liver or anchovies. 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 four weeks ago, but none since and none on the DFW schedule. 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: There will be a free Fishing With Santa event this Saturday, Dec. 2, at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area on the North Lake. There is no charge for the event for kids five to 15 years old. There is limited free parking available and a $6 in the fee lots. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the event from 9 a.m. to noon. No adult fishing is allowed during the event. For more information, call 626-575-5526. 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.