CACHUMA: The smallmouth bite has been fair to good for anglers fishing main lake points with rip baits and cranks. Largemouth have been slower. Some bass anglers have been dipping live shad in Johnson and Cachuma bays and doing very well on the live bait. The catfish bite has been slow to fair but still a decent bet. Most of the fish reported were under three pounds and came from Cachuma and Johnson bays on fly-lined chucks of mackerel or nightcrawlers in eight to 15 feet of water. Crappie, bluegill, and trout all very slow. The carp bowfishing improved this past week with large fish showing along the bank between Clark Canyon and Johnson’s Bay in the late afternoon. 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. 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: The action is pretty much a carbon copy of last week. The bass bite remains fair with the fish in deeper water most of the day and showing on plastics and jigs fishing in 12 to 20 feet of water, but the topwater action at first and last light has also been decent on frogs, buzz baits, and poppers. Also some spinnerbait and jerk bait fish in the mornings when schools of shad are near-surface and the bass are keying on them. A few redear and bluegill continue to show in 12 to 20 feet, mostly on nightcrawler pieces fished on the bottom. 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 or www.casitasboatrentals.com
CASTAIC: The striper action remains good with periods of excellent topwater activity, which has been intermittent throughout the day. Boils have been popping up at the end of the Ski Arm, but some activity also off C-Point, the SS Ski, Dry Gulch, at the dam buoy line, and Utopia Cove. Most are close to shore or in the backs of coves where the baitfish get pushed up. The bait bite for stripers has been tougher, but still fair. Chun Woo Lee, Long Beach, had six stripers to three pounds on cranks at Hawk’s Nest. The largemouth bass are often mixed right in with the stripers, and there is a lot of crankbait and topwater action on the largemouth, too, but they are more dispersed. Steve Banks, Los Angeles, landed two bass to three pounds on his custom crank baits. The catfish bite has been consistent with a steady parade of fish to 10 pounds or a little better on anchovies and mackerel. Bluegill and redear are slow with no fishing pressure. The west ramp remains closed. The water will continue to fall this fall and the boat capacity has been reduced from 500 to 300 boats per day. Other species slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits with most fish in 12 to 30 feet of water, but there is some topwater action early and late in the day. The average fish is from one to two pounds. Also a pretty decent catfish bite on cut baits in most of the coves and off the main lake points. The bluegill action is slow to fair on hand-sized panfish. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.
PYRAMID: The striper bite remains good with a lot of small fish from one to three pounds, but some bigger fish up to eight pounds reported in the past week. The best bait action has been on nightcrawlers, cut sardines, lug worms, and blood worms, but there has also been some fish on spoons and rip baits during boils. Fair catfish action 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 is fair on plastics and nightcrawlers, but there has also been some early topwater action. Most are one to two pounds with a few bigger fish. No reports on other species. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. More information at this link: http://oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.
QUAIL LAKE: No reports.
PUDDINGSTONE: The largemouth bass bite has been pretty fair in the mornings and evening with some fish showing on plastics and topwater. The bluegill and redear bites are improving with the cooler evenings and most of the action has been in six to 20 feet of water. Few reports of crappie or carp. Park and lake fishing information: 909-599-8411 or www.bonellipark.org.
SANTA FE DAM: No recent DFW plants. Information: 626-334-1065.
ALONDRA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Carp fishing slow.
BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
CERRITOS PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: No recent DFW plants.
ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
EL DORADO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
ELIZABETH LAKE: Lake is currently dry. No recent DFW plants.
HANSEN DAM LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.
HOLLENBECK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 213-261-0113.
JACKSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
LEGG LAKES: No recent DFW plants.
LINCOLN PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 818-448-7317.