CACHUMA: Tough conditions continue with winds and temperature changes, but the catfish and crappie bites have been pretty fair. Top spot for both has been the back end of Cachuma Bay and Harvey’s Cove near reeds. Garlic worms and mackerel have been the best for the cats, while small jigs are best for the crappie. Trout are slow but a few are showing near the dam on slow-trolled lures or nightcrawlers drifted under a float in Clark’s Cove. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites have been slow to fair, mostly on plastics and reaction baits. Lots of carp remain up in the shallows. 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: The bass action is still very good, with the fishing showing on topwater, plastics, nightcrawlers, reaction baits, and live shad, if you can dip them. Quite a few quality bass from four to seven pounds reported again. Local anglers Larry Elshere and Doug Hansen won Saturday’s night bass tournament. Elshire also had the event’s big bass at 9.36 pounds. A few bigger crappie are also showing on the live shad and some of these slabs run up to three pounds. The trout action has been pretty fair for anglers targeting the rainbows trolling Needlefish near the dam or drifting with nightcrawlers in the same area. There is a DFW plant last Friday and another plant is scheduled to go in next week. Some redear showing in six to 20 feet of water on nightcrawlers. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and the warm weather brought them up to the surface this week. Carp bowfisherman many only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. Moonlight fishing nights open to all anglers are June 10, July 8, and Aug. 5 this year. Night bass tournaments, the RTF Bass Tour, will be held June 3, June 17, July 15, July 29, Aug. 12, Aug. 26, and Sept. 16. Call Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 on the night tournament schedule and entry information. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Casitas Lake level is 44 percent of capacity. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.
CASTAIC: All the bass are good now, with the stripers, largemouths, and smallmouths all up chasing shad. The stripers are best on shad-like swimbaits and cranks, either cast or trolled and the quality has been better over the past week with a lot of fish from four to eight pounds. Mike Luna, Bakersfield, landed a 6-1 striper. Those same baits are also working for the black bass, but plastic worms and nightcrawlers are as good. The best largemouth action is in less than 20 feet of water and some fish are tight in the shallows chasing bait. The bluegill bite is good with a lot of nice catches of fish up to a pound or better on red worms, nightcrawler pieces, meal worms, and wax worms. Most are in the coves around structure. Trout are slow, even after the DFW plant last week and three weeks ago. Catfish slow. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.
PIRU: Fair to good bass bite for both largemouth and smallmouth bass but the warm weather and warming water has more fish moving back down into deeper water. Still a lot of fish in less than 20 feet of water showing on plastics and reaction baits, at least early and late in the day. Surface baits are working now, too. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are perking up with a fair to good bluegill bite if you can find a school of fish. Best action is four to 12 feet on wax 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: Largemouth bass are fair to good with a majority of the fish in less than 20 feet of water and chasing baitfish morning and evening, some deeper during the day. The best bite has been on reaction baits, plastics and jigs. The striper bite is pretty fair with a lot of fish showing on trolled flies and swim baits, but bait anglers fishing sardines or bloodworms are getting fish, too. Most are one to three pounds now with some bigger. There is a fair catfish bite with the fish moving shallow. Bluegill and redear are fair to good in 10 to 18 feet of water on wax worms and red worms. DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (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.
SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES
NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Only Lake Cuyamaca is still being stocked with private trout, and its slated to get fish this week. It is also on the list for DFW trout, along with Doane Pond and Morena Reservoir.
FISHING UPDATE: While the bass action remains fair to good at most waters in the region, the bluegill and redear action is good to excellent at most lakes. Lower Otay Reservoir has been a hotspot with anglers posting 25-fish limits this past week. Many are topping a pound. Also good bluegill bites at Barrett, San Vicente, Murray, and Jennings. Barrett remains perhaps the top bet for bass, but Morena, Lower Otay, El Capitan, and San Vicente also remain pretty good on bass, mostly on plastics and reaction baits. Many fish are being reported on topwater now. Trout season is winding down, but there continues to be some good action at Cuyamaca and Morena (both received DFW trout plants this week). Jennings is also pretty fair. Most of the bites are in deeper water as the surface temperatures warm up. Catfish season is starting to kick off and Lake Jennings kicked off its Friday and Saturday night fishing this past weekend. The catfish stocking schedule is on the Jennings’ website (www.lakejennings.org), with fish slated to go in this week.
FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs, but it was not available this week.
NOTEABLE CATCHES: Top fish of the week was a 67-pound blue catfish landed by Song Sakhoeun, Escondido at Lake Hodges. Also at Hodges, Shawn Hicks, Esconcico, landed a 4.55-pound bass. At Lower Otay, John Taylor, El Cajon, landed an 18.24-pound channel catfish on a nightcrawler from Bushlow Cove. At El Capitan, Tim Means, Santee, landed five catfish with his stirnger topped with a 6.34-pounder, all on nightcrawlers. At Murray, Brian Potts, La Vesa, landed a three-pound redear on a nightcrawler in Padre Bay. At Wohlford Lake, a 5.65-pound trout was caught by Mike Kutz, Riverside, on a nightcrawler in Oakdale Cove, while Fausto Sanchez, Escondido, landed a 4.45-pounder.
BARRETT: Closed. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.
HODGES: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 760-432-2023.
EL CAPITAN: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.
LOWER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.
UPPER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474. Concession: 619-397-5212.
MURRAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-466-4847 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Concession: 619-466-4847.
MIRAMAR: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Marina concession: 858-527-1722. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.
SAN VICENTE: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Marina concession: 619-390-1918. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.
SUTHERLAND: Closed until spring. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or email@example.com.
WOHLFORD: Lake information: 760-839-4346 or www.wohlfordlake.com.
DIXON: Lake information: 760-839-4680 or www.dixonlake.com.
POWAY: Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.
JENNINGS: Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.
MORENA: Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.
CUYAMACA: Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org.
HENSHAW: Information: 760-782-3501.