CACHUMA: The crappie bite remained good, but fishing pressure in the narrows over the weekend made it a little less predictable. Still there were some very good catches on slabs to 2-8 with a solid average of 1-8. Most anglers are trolling CD Rapalas, drifting or anchoring when you find a school, but fishing with tube or feather jigs topped with Crappie Nibbles or mealworms is producing just as many fish. The trout bite has been slowing, with only some fish for trollers working near the dam or narrows. Shore anglers fishing PowerBait or inflated nightcrawlers off E-Point have landed a few fish. The next trout plant is set for March 19. The smallmouth and largemouth bass bites are fair to good and continue to improve with each sunny day. Plastics, swimbaits and deep-cranks are getting the most fish, and fish are up in as little as 2 feet of water this week. The carp are showing up on the surface in force for bowfishermen. Bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. For quagga mussel and boat launching information, visit 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 bass action has continue to improve over the past week, with more fish moving up in a pre-spawn movement. The bite has still been mostly on plastics and nightcrawlers, with most of the action now up in 12 to 15 feet or less with some bedding activity, but the shallow fish aren’t aggressive yet. Lots of 1-8 to 3-pound fish, with some better fish deeper. Best was a 7-12 caught by Brandon LeMay, Ojai, on a plastic worm. The trout bite remains slow to fair, with the better bite for trollers working Needlefish, Rapalas or nightcrawlers behind five colors of lead, while the shore bite is best near the Coyote Launch on nightcrawlers. A few redear are also starting to show, and those being caught are in the 1-pound range. No reports of catfish or crappie this past week. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 10-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. The lake is open every day 6 a.m.-6 p.m., including all holidays. Information: (805) 649-2043, casitasboatrentals.com
CASTAIC: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. The rainbow bite was best around the marina shoreline on PowerBait, nightcrawlers and small trout jigs. The stripers have been showing at the dam on cut baits, but the best fish have been up on trout-like swimbaits — and this action always improves after a DFW trout plant. A few smallmouths have been reported on cranks in the Fishing Arm of the lake, while the largemouth bass have been best off Hawk’s Nest, Utopia and Sharon’s Rest on plastics and nightcrawlers. Bass to 6 pounds reported this past week. Information: (661) 775-6232 or CastaicLake.com.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite remains just fair, with most of the fish showing on jigging spoons and ice jigs in 15 to 30 feet of water. However, some fish are already starting to move up shallower in a pre-spawn movement, and the bite is best on plastics worked around structure. Light fishing pressure. The crappie bite improved this week on small jigs, with mealworms or Crappie Nibbles, and some real quality slabs to 2 pounds or better have been caught. Information: store and bait shop (805) 521-1500 ext. 207 (open Thursday through Monday), gatehouse ext. 201, camplakepiru.com.
PYRAMID: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago have kept the trout action pretty decent on pan-sized fish. The plant brought a few quality stripers up for the swimbait hurlers. Also some stripers on deep baits, but overall, the striper action is still tough. The largemouth bite has been fair, with a few fish showing from deep water on jigging spoons and ice jigs. Some movement of fish toward shoreline structure, but most of the action still deep. The catfish action has slowed, but the odd fish is still showing in deep water on cut baits. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth (661) 295-7155, campone.com.
QUAIL LAKE: No reports.
PUDDINGSTONE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Fair to good action on rainbows. Slow to fair action on crappie and bluegill on small jigs, baits and flies around much of the lake, with some bigger fish in Sailboat Cove. Bass slow, but a few are starting to show on plastics as the fish move into a pre-spawn mode and start poking around in shallower water. Park and lake fishing information: (909) 599-8411 or bonellipark.org.
SANTA FE DAM: DFW trout plants his week and two weeks ago. Information: (626) 334-1065.
ALONDRA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant last week and three weeks ago.
BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Carp fishing slow.
BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago.
CERRITOS PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago.
DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago.
ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
EL DORADO PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago.
ELIZABETH LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago.
HANSEN DAM LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Information: (888) 527-2757 or (818) 899-3779.
HOLLENBECK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Information: (213) 261-0113.
JACKSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago.
LA MIRANDA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago.
LEGG LAKES: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago.
LINCOLN PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Information: (213) 847-1726.
MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago.
PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Information: (818) 448-7317.