CACHUMA: The catfish action was wild this past week with a lot of limits reported, especially on shad. Kenny Weber, Santa Barbara, had a limit of channels in just two hours of fishing. He said the fish were up on top chasing shad in a boil he thought was bass, until he caught fish.
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. Crappie, bluegill, and trout all very slow. The carp bowfishing improved this past week with large fish showing along the north shore. 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 but there has been very little topwater action reported this past week. The best bite has been in deep water from 35 to 65 feet on spoons, lug worms, and ice jigs off the buoy line, in SS Ski, off C-Point and at the Firebreak. Henry Stevenson, Sylmar, had three stripers to five pounds on lug worms at the buoy line. The largemouth bass are still pretty good on nightcrawlers and plastics at the marina, off the dam, and the old SS. Larry Void, Agua Dulce, had a three-pounder on a Roboworm. The catfish bite has been very consistent on cut baits, mostly sardines and mackerel, in the Fish Arm. Polly Stradford, Long Beach, had a four-pound cat on mackerel at the Firebreak. 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: Still little change with a very good striper bite here. Lots of small fish from one to three pounds, but some bigger fish up to eight pounds reported again this 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: Fair largemouth bass bite 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.