CACHUMA: Catfish have provided the best action this past week, and the bite improved over the previous week. The best action has been on mackerel or nightcrawlers in the bays. The fish are running from one to five pounds. Bass have been tough with lots of baitfish for the fish. The few reported were on drop-shot plastics around structure. Trout are slow, but some are showing in 30 to 50 feet at the mouth of Johnson Bay and along the dam buoy line. No plants scheduled this season. The carp bowfishing was better this past week with the fish showing along the rocky banks mid-day. 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 crappie bite has been pretty fair for the past two weeks. This is a skill bite and patient, finesse jig anglers are getting the most fish, but the good news is that most of the fish are from one to three pounds and showing in six to 15 feet of water around structure. Eric Elshere, Ojai, landed a new lake record crappie at 3.81 pounds fishing a small jig. The bass have been spotty with fish as shallow as 10 feet and other down to 35 feet. The bass are showing on reaction baits when they are up on shad, but jigs and plastics when they are deep. No reports of catfish, redear, or bluegill this past week. Still no word yet on when trout plants will resume. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. 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. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.
CASTAIC: DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago. Bite is usually good at the launch for two or three days after the plant. Largemouth bass are the best bet right now with plastics or nightcrawlers fished in 20 to 40 feet of water the best bet. The catfish action has been fair on cut baits or mackerel in deeper water at the backs of the canyons. The striper bite has been tough with only a few fish showing in frozen anchovies or sardines in deep water. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.
PIRU: Little pressure. The largemouth bass bite has been slow to fair on fish from 1-8 to five pounds or better. The bite is best on plastic worms or nightcrawlers fishing in 15 to 20 feet of water, especially along the east shoreline near the wall. Channel catfish are still showing in spotty numbers in 30 feet of water on cut baits. The cats have been congregating in the bays. Other species are slow. Boat launch is open and rental boats are available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.
PYRAMID: The striper bite has been slow to fair with most of the action in deeper water. The smaller fish are running from one to two pounds and showing on cut sardines, lug worms, and blood worms fished in 20 feet or more of water. There have also been some fish on jigging spoons. The largemouth bass are fair to good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and some reaction bait fish when they are up chasing bait. Chris Buckley, Palmdale, had two bass to 2-8 on plastics around the marina. DFW trout plant this week and three weeks ago. Best action around the launch ramp where the plants go in. There is 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. No reports on other species. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. 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 the web site at campone.com.
QUAIL LAKE: No reports.
PUDDINGSTONE: Slow to fair largemouth bass bite with most of the action in deeper water on plastics. The bluegill and redear bites are slow. Few reports of crappie or carp. Park and lake fishing information: 909-599-8411 or www.bonellipark.org.
SANTA FE DAM: DFW trout plant two weeks ago. Information: 626-334-1065.
ALONDRA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago.
BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Carp fishing slow.
BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant four weeks ago.
CERRITOS PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago.
DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: DFW trout plant three weeks ago.
ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.
EL DORADO PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago.
ELIZABETH LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
HANSEN DAM LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.
HOLLENBECK LAKE: DFW trout plant four 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 plant two weeks ago.
LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago.
LEGG LAKES: DFW trout plant two weeks ago.
LINCOLN PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant four weeks ago.
MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Anglers here need to be aware of health guidelines when eating fish from this lake. Go to this like for more information: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/magicjohnsonlake.html.
MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago.
PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 818-448-7317.
RESEDA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago.