CACHUMA: First trout plant of the season — 4,000 pounds of rainbows — is due this week. Few other reports. Some bass on topwater and reaction baits. A few catfish on cut baits. 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. The bass and catfish bites are also both pretty fair. The bass have been best on topwater, plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits early and late in the day, but they move deep during the day and the action slows way down. The catfish have been best on nightcrawlers and cut baits in most of the coves and off points. The trout action has been fair for the very few anglers trolling in 50 to 60 feet of water at the buoy line. Needlefish on lead core have been the ticket. No recent plants. 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 five pounds or better. Eric Lopez, Burbank, had a pair of largemouth at 2-8, while Bernard Ellrodt, Saugus, had a pair of stripers to five pounds. The bluegill and catfish bites both slowed with fair action at best. Still a fair number of small bluegill with an occasional bigger fish to a pound. Meal worms and wax worms the best baits. Trout are slow, but the marina staff expects DFW fish this week. The plant is not on the DFW list, however. 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 very good this week with a lot of limits of fish reported on Flukes and other small swimbaits or jerkbaits that resemble shad. Trolling umbrella rigs or flies also continues to be a good bet. There is also pretty fair action for stripers and catfish on sardines fished in 20 to 75 feet of water. Hector Ramirez, Palmdale, had a mixed stringer of eight cats and stripers, and his big fish was a six-pound catfish, all caught in the main channel on sardine and nightcrawlers. Thomas Delgado, Bakersfield, landed a seven-pound catfish on anchovies at the dam riprap. Largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been good mornings on shad-pattern lures and plastics. A lot of fish are up chasing baitfish in the morning, and then move deeper during the day. Brendon Widdick, Palmdale, caught three smallmouth bass to 2.5 pounds throwing lures. Bluegill and redear are fair to good in 10 to 18 feet of water on wax worms and red worms. DFW trout two weeks ago, and the marina staff says they are scheduled again for this week. The plant is not on the DFW list, however. 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 last week and there have been a few rainbows 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, Saturday, Nov. 18 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.