CACHUMA: Little change here with slow to fair action. The bite on catfish and bass are the best bets. Only an occasional crappie is being reported. Trout are very slow with only the occasional fish showing from deep water (60 feet) near the dam. But there are lots of small bluegill around most shorelines. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, and quite a few carp are near the surface. 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 is a pretty good 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. 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, with no recent plants and none likely until early November. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PIRU: Little change with continued slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. There has been a topwater bite during a narrow window early in the day. 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 Flures and small swimbaits 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. 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. Bluegill and redear are fair to good in 10 to 18 feet of water on wax worms and red worms. Apparently the DFW trout plant slated for two weeks ago was delayed, but trout plants are on the list again for this week. 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 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.