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Jul
14

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: There continues to be a few trout showing at the dam for trollers working Needlefish-type lures or drifting bait in deep water in the same area. The bass have been good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and a wide variety of shad-like baits from cranks to spinnerbaits to spoons, especially in brown and copper tones, and topwater. Fish to five pounds reported. The catfish action is also good with a lot of fish in the backs of coves and along banks muddied up by wave action. Cut baits and dough baits the best bet, and most are three to five pounds. The crappie off and on, but mostly off this past week. Overall pretty tough action on the crappie. The carp bite is good on dough baits along most shorelines. Bow-fishing opportunities are good again in the mornings. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. 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 largemouth bass bite has been good, especially on live shad and topwater lures in the mornings. The topwater action has been pretty decent but the window is short. The shad bite will last longer, but the window to dip-net some bait is a small one early in the morning. There also continue to be a few bass on drop-shot plastics. The bluegill and redear continue to show in fair to good numbers on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. Catfish are also fair on live shad or cut mackerel. While getting little fishing pressure, a few trout continue to show for anglers targeting them trolling shad-like baits in deep water, especially near the dam. Most of these fish are now topping two pounds. Carp are still fair, but slowed even more from the past couple of weeks. Crappie slow. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. The Santa Ana launch ramp remains closed due to low water, but the Coyote ramp is open. 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 bite has been good with more fish moving up to chase baitfish, with boils most mornings now and some fish on top throughout the day. Topwater, cranks, and other reaction baits that resemble shad are the best bet, but there is still a decent deeper water bite in Necktie Canyon at the buoy line, Elizabeth Canyon, and the Elderberry area on cut baits, mostly sardines, lug worms, and blood worms, especially first thing in the morning. The largemouth bass is fair to good. Best action has been on Senkos or Roboworms, some on reaction baits. The bass seem to be tight to brushy structure during the day and chasing baitfish first and last light. No trout reports. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in six to 25 feet of water. Other species are slow. Water level continues to come up. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: The bluegill bite is good on red worms, wax worms and meal worms in less than 15 feet of water. Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish on reaction baits that imitate shad. Fish to four pounds reported. The crappie bite is off with no fish reported recently. Catfish still slow with only the odd fish reported on cut bait in 20 to 60 feet of water. Other species are very slow. The launch ramp is open. Water level is very low and boater should be aware that lake hazards exist with the low lake levels. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on cut baits, but also some fish on slow-trolled lures and flies. There is also increasing surface action early and late in the day. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. A few catfish are showing on cut baits and this bite has improved in the past week with fair action. Largemouth bass have been fair to good with the topwater bite kicking into gear most mornings and evenings now. Day action is best on plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are fair to good on small jigs topped with baits or half a nightcrawler fished around structure in six to 20 feet of water. DFG trout plant two weeks ago. A few trout reported around the marina. 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.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: The urban trout season is over until winter plants, and the DFW has not been planting catfish due to cutbacks in its hatchery budget. Anglers can check the plants list on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Jul
07

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Little change here with generally good fishing. The bass have been good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and a wide variety of shad-like baits from cranks to spinnerbaits to spoons, especially in brown and copper tones, and topwater. Fish to five pounds reported. The catfish action is also good with a lot of fish in the backs of coves and along banks muddied up by wave action. Cut baits and dough baits the best bet, and most are three to five pounds. The few trout reported have to come to trollers working Needlefish-type lures at the dam or drifting bait in deep water in the same area. The crappie are starting to show again with fish to two pounds, but overall pretty tough action on the crappie. The carp bite is good on dough baits along most shorelines. Bow-fishing opportunities are good again in the mornings. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. 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 largemouth bass bite has been good, especially on live shad and topwater lures in the mornings. The topwater action has been pretty decent but the window is short. The shad bite will last longer, but the window to dip-net some bait is a small one early in the morning. There also continue to be a few bass on drop-shot plastics. Jerry Richmond, Ventura, had a 4-7 bass on a topwater bait. The bluegill and redear continue to show in fair to good numbers on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. A few crappie also continue to show, but mostly on shad. Catfish are also fair on live shad or cut mackerel. While getting little fishing pressure, a few trout continue to show for anglers targeting them trolling shad-like baits in deep water, especially near the dam. Most of these fish are now topping two pounds. Carp are still fair, but slowed even more from the past couple of weeks. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. The Santa Ana launch ramp remains closed due to low water, but the Coyote ramp is open. 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 bite has been good with more fish moving up to chase baitfish, with boils most mornings now. Most stripers are now showing up on or near the top on cranks or other reaction baits that resemble shad, but there is still a decent deeper water bite in Necktie Canyon at the buoy line, Elizabeth Canyon, and the Elderberry area on cut baits, mostly sardines, lug worms, and blood worms, especially first thing in the morning. The largemouth bass is fair to good. Best action has been on Senkos or Roboworms, some on reaction baits. The bass seem to be tight to brushy structure during the day and chasing baitfish first and last light. No trout reports. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in six to 25 feet of water. Other species are slow. Water level continues to come up. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: The bluegill bite is good on red worms, wax worms and meal worms in less than 15 feet of water. Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish on reaction baits that imitate shad. Fish to four pounds reported. The crappie bite is off with no fish reported recently. Catfish still slow with only the odd fish reported on cut bait in 20 to 60 feet of water. Other species are very slow. The launch ramp is open. Water level is very low and boater should be aware that lake hazards exist with the low lake levels. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on cut baits, but also some fish on slow-trolled lures and flies. There is also increasing surface action early and late in the day. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. A few catfish are showing on cut baits and this bite has improved in the past week with fair action. Largemouth bass have been fair to good with the topwater bite kicking into gear most mornings and evenings now. Day action is best on plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are fair to good on small jigs topped with baits or half a nightcrawler fished around structure in six to 20 feet of water. DFG trout plant two weeks ago. A few trout reported around the marina. 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.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: The urban trout season is over until winter plants, and the DFW has not been planting catfish due to cutbacks in its hatchery budget. Anglers can check the plants list on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Jun
30

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The bass have been good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and a wide variety of shad-like baits from cranks to spinnerbaits to spoons, especially in brown and copper tones, and topwater. Fish to five pounds reported. The catfish action is also good with a lot of fish in the backs of coves and along banks muddied up by wave action. Cut baits and dough baits the best bet, and most are three to five pounds. The few trout reported have to come to trollers working Needlefish-type lures at the dam or drifting bait in deep water in the same area, but a 10-pounder was caught off the mouth of Johnson’s Cove this past weekend. The crappie are slowly starting to show again with fish to two pounds, but overall pretty tough action on the crappie. The carp bite is good on dough baits along most shorelines. Bow-fishing opportunities are good again in the mornings. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. 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 largemouth bass bite has been good, especially on live shad and topwater lures in the mornings. The topwater action has been pretty decent but the window is short. The shad bite will last longer, but the window to dip-net some bait is a small one early in the morning. There also continue to be a few bass on drop-shot plastics. The bluegill and redear continue to show in fair to good numbers on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. A few crappie also continue to show, but mostly on shad. Catfish are also fair on live shad or cut mackerel. While getting little fishing pressure, a few trout continue to show for anglers targeting them trolling shad-like baits in deep water, especially near the dam. Most of these fish are now topping two pounds. Carp are still fair, but slowed even more from the past couple of weeks. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. The Santa Ana launch ramp remains closed due to low water, but the Coyote ramp is open. 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 bite has been picking up on better weather days with more fish moving up to chase baitfish, with boils most mornings now. Most stripers are now showing up on or near the top on cranks or other reaction baits that resemble shad, but there is still a decent deeper water bite in Elizabeth Canyon and the Elderberry area on cut baits, mostly sardines and blood worms, in 40 to 50 feet of water. The largemouth bass is fair to good. Best action has been on Senkos or Roboworms, some on reaction baits. The bass seem to be tight to brushy structure. No trout reports. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in six to 25 feet of water. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish on reaction baits that imitate shad. Fish to four pounds reported. The crappie bite is off with no fish reported recently. Catfish still slow with only the odd fish reported on cut bait in 20 to 60 feet of water. The bluegill bite is good on red worms, wax worms and meal worms in less than 15 feet of water. Other species are very slow. The launch ramp is open. Water level is very low and boater should be aware that lake hazards exist with the low lake levels. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on cut baits, but also some fish on slow-trolled lures and flies. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. A few catfish are showing on cut baits and this bite has improved in the past week with fair action. Largemouth bass have been fair to good with the topwater bite kicking into gear most mornings and evenings now. Day action is best on plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are fair to good on small jigs topped with baits or half a nightcrawler fished around structure in six to 20 feet of water. DFG trout plant two weeks ago. A few trout reported around the marina. 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.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: The urban trout season is over until winter plants, and the DFW has not been planting catfish due to cutbacks in its hatchery budget. Anglers can check the plants list on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Jun
23

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The bass have been good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and a wide variety of shad-like baits from cranks to spinnerbaits to spoons, especially in brown and copper tones. Even a lot of topwater fish now. The catfish action is also good with a lot of fish in the backs of coves and along banks muddied up by wave action. Cut baits and dough baits the best bet, and most are three to five poundsThe few trout reported have to come to trollers working Needlefish-type lures at the dam or drifting bait in deep water in the same area. The crappie bite remained slow but a couple of big fish in th two-pound class came this week. The carp bite is good on dough baits along most shorelines. Bow-fishing opportunities are good again in the mornings. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. 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 largemouth bass bite has been good, especially on live shad and topwater lures in the mornings. The topwater action has been pretty decent but the window is short. The shad bite will last longer, but the window to dip-net some bait is a small one early in the morning. There also continue to be a few bass on drop-shot plastics. The bluegill and redear continue to show in fair to good numbers on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. A few crappie also continue to show, but mostly on shad. Catfish are also fair on live shad or cut mackerel. While getting little fishing pressure, a few trout continue to show for anglers targeting them trolling shad-like baits in deep water, especially near the dam. Most of these fish are now topping two pounds. Carp are still fair, but slowed even more from the past couple of weeks. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. The Santa Ana launch ramp remains closed due to low water, but the Coyote ramp is open. 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 bite has been picking up on better weather days with more fish moving up to chase baitfish. Most stripers are now showing up on or near the top on cranks or other reaction baits that resemble shad, but there is still a decent deeper water bite in Elizabeth Canyon and the Elderberry area on cut baits, mostly sardines, in 40 to 50 feet of water. Lots of water coming into the lake this past week, which seemed to slow the bite on bigger stripers. Most in the 12 to 14-inch range. The largemouth bass is fair to good. Best action has been on Senkos or Roboworms, some on reaction baits. The bass seem to be tight to brushy structure. No trout reports. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in six to 25 feet of water. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish on reaction baits that imitate shad. Fish to four pounds reported. The crappie bite is off with no fish reported recently. Catfish still slow with only the odd fish reported on cut bait in 20 to 60 feet of water. The bluegill bite is good on red worms, wax worms and meal worms in less than 15 feet of water. Other species are very slow. The launch ramp is open. Water level is very low and boater should be aware that lake hazards exist with the low lake levels. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on cut baits, but also some fish on slow-trolled lures and flies. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. A few catfish are showing on cut baits and this bite has improved in the past week with fair action. Largemouth bass have been fair to good with the topwater bite kicking into gear most mornings and evenings now. Day action is best on plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are fair to good on small jigs topped with baits or half a nightcrawler fished around structure in six to 20 feet of water. DFG trout plant two weeks ago. A few trout reported around the marina. 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.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: The urban trout season is over until winter plants, and the DFW has not been planting catfish due to cutbacks in its hatchery budget. Anglers can check the plants list on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Jun
17

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The bass have very good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and a wide variety of shad-like baits from cranks to spinnerbaits to spoons, especially in brown and copper tones. Even a lot of topwater fish now. The catfish action is also good with a lot of fish in the backs of coves and along banks muddied up by wave action. Cut baits and dough baits the best bet. Few trout reports this week, but trollers working the dam area with Rapalas in rainbow or brown trout colors are still getting fish. The crappie bite remained slow with only the odd fish showing on slow-trolled jigs or jigs tipped with bait. The carp are also massing in big schools and cruising in the shallows, especially on warm days, so the bow-fishing opportunities are good again. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. 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 largemouth bass bite has been good, especially on live shad and topwater lures in the mornings. The topwater action has been pretty decent until the morning overcase burns off. The shad bite will last longer, but the window to dip-net some bait is a small one early in the morning. Brian Cossel, Oakview, had a nine-pound bass on topwater, and Scotty Landsverk, Oakview, had a seven-pounder, also on topwater. There also continue to be a few bass on drop-shot plastics. The bluegill and redear continue to show in fair to good numbers on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. A few crappie also continue to show, but mostly on shad. Catfish are also fair on live shad or cut mackerel. Bobby Cox, Ventura, had a 15-pound catfish on shad. While getting little fishing pressure, a few trout continue to show for anglers targeting them trolling shad-like baits in deep water, especially near the dam. Most of these fish are now topping two pounds. Carp are still fair, but slowed even more from the past couple of weeks. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. The Santa Ana launch ramp remains closed due to low water, but the Coyote ramp is open. 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 bite has been picking up on better weather days with more fish moving up to chase baitfish. The heat should break this bite wide open. Most stripers are now showing up on or near the top on cranks or other reaction baits that resemble shad. Fish to nine pounds reported. A few stripers are showing on sardines. The largemouth bass is fair to good. Best action has been on Senkos or Roboworms, some on reaction baits. The bass seem to be tight to brushy structure. No trout reports. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in six to 25 feet of water. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish on reaction baits that imitate shad. Fish to four pounds reported. The crappie bite is off with no fish reported recently. Catfish still slow with only the odd fish reported on cut bait in 20 to 60 feet of water. The bluegill bite is starting to get pretty decent on red worms, wax worms and meal worms in less than 15 feet of water. Other species are very slow. The launch ramp is open. Water level is very low and boater should be aware that lake hazards exist with the low lake levels. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on cut baits, but also some fish on slow-trolled lures and flies. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. A few catfish are showing on cut baits and this bite has improved in the past week with fair action. Largemouth bass have been fair to good with the topwater bite kicking into gear most mornings and evenings now. Day action is best on plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are fair to good on small jigs topped with baits or half a nightcrawler fished around structure in six to 20 feet of water. DFG trout plant two weeks ago. A few trout reported around the marina. 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.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: The urban trout season is over until winter, and the DFW has not been planting catfish due to cutbacks in its hatchery budget. Anglers can check the plants list on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Jun
09

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The bass have been showing in good numbers on nightcrawlers, plastics, and a wide variety of shad-like baits from cranks to spinnerbaits to spoons, especially in brown and copper tones. The catfish action is also good with a lot of fish in the backs of coves and along banks muddied up by wave action. Cut baits and dough baits the best bet. Few trout reports this week, but trollers working the dam area with Rapalas in rainbow or brown trout colors are still getting fish. The crappie bite remained slow with only the odd fish showing on slow-trolled jigs or jigs tipped with bait. The carp are also massing in big schools and cruising in the shallows, especially on warm days, so the bow-fishing opportunities are good again. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. 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 fishing has been good with shad showing on the surface all over the lake and the bass up chasing them. Live shad, shad-like cranks, jerkbaits or spinnerbaits, and small plastics worms all working. The live shad are also producing a few crappie, including an occasional big fish over two pounds, but fewer of the big crappie are being landed. The redear bite also broke pretty much wide open this past week. The action has been best drifting a half a nightcrawler in and around the edges of the tall grass beds. Lots of fish into the two-pound class in recent days, and smaller bluegill are mixed in with the redear. A few trout are showing for trollers working deep water near the dam are reporting fish to three pounds. Carp are still fair to good, but slowed from the past couple of weeks. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. The Santa Ana launch ramp remains closed due to low water, but the Coyote ramp is open. 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 bite has been picking up on better weather days with more fish moving up to chase baitfish. Most stripers are now showing up on or near the top on cranks or other reaction baits that resemble shad. Fish to nine pounds reported. A few stripers are showing on sardines. The largemouth bass is fair to good with fish mostly out of the spawn. Best action has been on Senkos or Roboworms, some on reaction baits. The bass seem to be tight to brushy structure. No trout reports. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in six to 25 feet of water. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish on reaction baits that imitate shad. Fish to four pounds reported. The crappie bite is off with no fish reported recently. Catfish still slow with only the odd fish reported on cut bait in 20 to 60 feet of water. The bluegill bite is starting to get pretty decent on red worms, wax worms and meal worms in less than 15 feet of water. Other species are very slow. The launch ramp is open. Water level is very low and boater should be aware that lake hazards exist with the low lake levels. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on cut baits, but also some fish on slow-trolled lures. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. More fish on the top this week with warming weather. A few catfish are showing on cut baits and this bite has improved in the past week with fair action. Largemouth bass have been fair to good with the topwater bite kicking into gear most mornings and evenings now. Day action is best on plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are fair to good on small jigs topped with baits or half a nightcrawler fished around structure in six to 20 feet of water. DFG trout plant two weeks ago. A few trout reported around the marina. 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.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: The urban trout season is over until winter, and the DFW has not been planting catfish due to cutbacks in its hatchery budget. For updates, anglers can check the plants list on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Jun
02

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The bass have been showing in good numbers on nightcrawlers, plastics, and a wide variety of shad-like baits from cranks to spinnerbaits to spoons, especially in brown and copper tones Trout have been very good with limits of fish to three pounds reported for trollers working the dam area with Rapalas in rainbow or brown trout colors. The crappie bite slowed to nothing over the past week. The catfish bite has fair to good with a few limits reported on on garlic-soaked cut baits and nightcrawlers in Cachuma Bay and other coves. The carp are also massing in big schools and cruising in the shallows, especially on warm days, so the bow-fishing opportunities are good again. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. 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 Santa Ana launch ramp remains closed due to low water, but the Coyote ramp is open. The bass fishing has been good with shad showing on the surface all over the lake and the bass up chasing them. Live shad, shad-like cranks, jerkbaits or spinnerbaits, and small plastics worms all working. The live shad are also producing a few crappie, including an occasional big fish over two pounds, but fewer of the big crappie are being landed. While they are getting very little pressure, a few trout trollers working deep water near the dam are reporting fish to three pounds. Carp are still fair to good, but slowed from the past couple of weeks. Most are blaming the weekend full moon. The bluegill and redear bites are picking on live nightcrawlers. 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: The striper bite has been picking up on better weather days with more fish moving up to chase baitfish. Most stripers are now showing up on or near the top on cranks or other reaction baits that resemble shad. Fish to nine pounds reported. A few stripers are showing on sardines. The largemouth bass is fair to good with fish mostly out of the spawn. Best action has been on Senkos or Roboworms, some on reaction baits. The bass seem to be tight to brushy structure. No trout reports. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in six to 25 feet of water. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish on reaction baits that imitate shad. Fish to four pounds reported. The crappie bite is off with no fish reported recently. Catfish still slow with only the odd fish reported on cut bait in 20 to 60 feet of water. The bluegill bite is starting to get pretty decent on red worms, wax worms and meal worms in less than 15 feet of water. Other species are very slow. The launch ramp is open. Water level is very low and boater should be aware that lake hazards exist with the low lake levels. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: DFG trout plant last week. A few trout reported around the marina. Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on cut baits, but also some fish on slow-trolled lures. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. More fish on the top this week with warming weather. A few catfish are showing on cut baits and this bite has improved in the past week with fair action. Largemouth bass have been fair to good with the topwater bite kicking into gear most mornings and evenings now. Day action is best on plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are fair to good on small jigs topped with baits or half a nightcrawler fished around structure in six to 20 feet of water. 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.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: The urban trout season is over until winter, and the DFW has not been planting catfish due to cutbacks in its hatchery budget. For updates, anglers can check the plants list on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

May
26

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Windy much of week. The bass have been showing in good numbers on nightcrawlers, plastics, and a wide variety of shad-like baits from cranks to spinnerbaits to spoons. Trout numbers are down again from the previous couple of weeks, but trollers and bait anglers fishing near the dam with small, shad-like baits or drifting inflated nightcrawlers had fish to eight pounds in a slow to fair bite. The crappie bite slowed to nothing over the past week. The catfish bite has fair to good with a few limits reported on on garlic-soaked cut baits and nightcrawlers in Cachuma Bay and other coves. The carp are also massing in big schools and cruising in the shallows, especially on warm days, so the bow-fishing opportunities are good again. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. 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 Santa Ana launch ramp remains closed due to low water, but the Coyote ramp is open. The bass fishing has been good with shad showing on the surface all over the lake and the bass up chasing them. Live shad, shad-like cranks, jerkbaits or spinnerbaits, and small plastics worms all working. Top bass reported was an 8-8 caught by Mike Kushner, North Hollywood, to top off his five fish limit, all on live shad. Randy Westbury, Ojai, had three bass to seven pounds on topwater, while Trevor Cox, Los Angeles, also had three bass to six pounds, but his were on nightcrawlers. The live shad are also producing a few crappie, including an occasional big fish over two pounds, but fewer of the big crappie are being landed. While they are getting very little pressure, a few trout trollers working deep water near the dam are reporting fish to three pounds. Carp are still fair to good, but slowed from the past couple of weeks. Most are blaming the weekend full moon. The bluegill and redear bites are picking on live nightcrawlers. 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: The striper bite has been picking up on better weather days with more fish moving up to chase baitfish. Most stripers are now showing up on or near the top on cranks or other reaction baits that resemble shad. Fish to nine pounds reported. A few stripers are showing on sardines. The largemouth bass is fair to good with fish mostly out of the spawn. Best action has been on Senkos or Roboworms, some on reaction baits. The bass seem to be tight to brushy structure. No trout reports. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in six to 25 feet of water. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish on reaction baits that imitate shad. Fish to four pounds reported. The crappie bite is off with no fish reported recently. Catfish still slow with only the odd fish reported on cut bait in 20 to 60 feet of water. Other species are very slow. The launch ramp is open. Water level is very low and boater should be aware that lake hazards exist with the low lake levels. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: DFG trout plant slated for this week with the most recent plant three weeks ago. A few trout reported around the marina. Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on cut baits, but also some fish on slow-trolled lures. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. More fish on the top this week with warming weather. A few catfish are showing on cut baits and this bite has improved in the past week with fair action. Largemouth bass have been fair to good with a lot of fish in the shallows for the spawn. Best action on jigs, plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are also starting to improve with the best bite on small jigs topped with baits or half a hightcrawler. 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.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: The urban trout season is winding down, and no plants are slated for Los Angeles or Orange county parks for the fourth week in a row, and none are currently slated for next week. For updates, anglers can check the trout plants on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

May
12

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Winds have buffeted last week with rain on Friday slowing all the action, but by the weekend action on bass, especially, but also trout and crappie came back on pretty strong. The bass have been showing in good numbers since on nightcrawlers, plastics, and a wide variety of shad-like baits from cranks to spinnerbaits to spoons. Trout numbers were down from the previous couple of weeks, but trollers and bait anglers fishing near the dam with small, shad-like baits or drifting inflated nightcrawlers both had fish to three pounds. The crappie bite slowed with the winds, but a few are still showing again since the lull in the back of the lake on jigs and nightcrawlers. The catfish bite has fair with a lot of fish on garlic-soaked cut baits and nightcrawlers in Cachuma Bay and other coves. The carp are also massing in big schools and cruising in the shallows, especially on warm days, so the bow-fishing opportunities are good again. 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 Santa Ana launch ramp was closed Saturday when water finally dropped so low at the end of the ramp that boats could launch. The long-submerged Coyote Ramp was open, but a boat slipped off the matting on this ramp and now both ramps are closed. The Coyote Ramp closure is temporary and it should be reopened soon, but anglers should call ahead if they plan on launching. The fishing has been very good. The bass and crappie bites are hot if you have live shad, but the carp bite has been excellent with a lot of 15 to 25-pound class carp showing. The carp bite has been best on corn kernels or dough baits, and many shore anglers are setting up carp rods while fishing for bass or crappie. The fish are all in 10 feet or less of water, bowfishing is also very good for the big carp. The crappie bite is tough without shad, and most of the fish are big running from 1-12 to three pounds. Part of the size of the crappie may be due to the size of the shad. While the size of the shad being dipped is highly variable, the majority are bigger shad. The bass are also pushovers on the candy bait, but they are also being caught on shad-like swimbaits, jerkbaits, and cranks or drop-shotted plastic worms in shad colors. There is some grass starting to grow on the bottom so most drop-shotters are going to longer leaders. Most of the bass are 1-8 to two pounds, but Albert Delgado, Oxnard, landed a nine-pound bass on a live shad. Kevin ìOzî Oslund, Oakview, had a 7-8 bass, also on live shad. A few catfish are also being caught, but getting very little pressure. Braun Sockwell, Miners Oaks, had a 10-pound catifhs on mackerel and a 15-0 carp on shad. The bluegill and redear bites are picking on live nightcrawlers. Trout have been slow with few fish reported in the past week. Most recent plant four weeks ago. 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: Better weather this past week, but still windy most days. The striper bite has been picking up on better weather day with more fish moving up to chase baitfish. Most stripers are now showing up on or near the top on cranks or other reaction baits that resemble shad. Very few showing on sardines in deep water this week. Top fish reported was a 19.6-pound landed by Ryan Cabrerra, Valencia, on a Lunker Plunker. The largemouth bass is fair to good with fish mostly out of the spawn. Best action has been on Senkos or Roboworms, some on reaction baits. The bass seem to be tight to brushy structure. No trout reports. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in six to 25 feet of water. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish on reaction baits that imitate shad. Fish to four pounds reported. The crappie bite is off with no fish reported recently. Catfish still slow with only the odd fish reported on cut bait in 20 to 60 feet of water. Other species are very slow. The launch ramp is open. Water level is very low and boater should be aware that lake hazards exist with the low lake levels. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: Windy again much of the past week, but a DFG trout plant went in last week and three weeks ago. A few trout reported around the marina. Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on cut baits, but also some fish on slow-trolled lures. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. More fish on the top this week with warming weather. A few catfish are showing on cut baits and this bite has improved in the past week with fair action. Largemouth bass have been fair to good with a lot of fish in the shallows for the spawn. Best action on jigs, plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are also starting to improve with the best bite on small jigs topped with baits or half a hightcrawler. 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.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: Most of the city and county parks are being planted with trout every two to three weeks by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. However, no plants scheduled for Los Angeles or Orange county parks for the second week in a row, and none are currently slated for next week. For updates, anglers can check the trout plants on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

May
05

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Winds have buffeted the lake this past week, but the action on bass and trout has remained fair to good. The trout action has been best for trollers and baits anglers fishing near the dam with small, shad-like baits or drifting inflated nightcrawlers. Both the largemouth and smallmouth bass bites are good with a lot of fish to three pounds reported on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, and reaction baits tight in the shallows but most of the spawning activity is over. The crappie bite slowed with the winds, but a few are still showing. The catfish bite has fair with a lot of fish on garlic-soaked cut baits in Cachuma Bay and other coves. The carp are also massing in big schools and cruising in the shallows, especially on warm days, so the bow-fishing opportunities are good again. Other species have been very slow. 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: Some bass are still up tight in shallow water as the spawn tapers off, but there are mostly post-spawn fish up chasing shad. The shad have been up most days this past week and available to dip net for bait. That candy bait has made the bass easy, but shad-like cranks and swimbaits, especially small ones in the three-inch range have been nearly as good as the live bait. Drop-shot plastics also a good bet. Fish to 5-5 in the past week, but most in the two-pound range. Some crappie and catfish also showing on the live shad. The bluegill and redear bites are picking on live nightcrawlers. Trout have been slow to fair, with most of the action in deeper water for trollers or anglers drifting bait. Very few shore fish. Most recent plant three weeks ago. 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: Better weather this past week, but still windy most days. The striper bite has been slow to fair with only a few fish showing on sardines in deep water or shad-like reaction baits fished on main lake points. The largemouth bass is fair to good with fish on the backside or out of the spawn. Best action has been on Senkos or Roboworms, some on reaction baits. DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Fair trout action around the launch ramp. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in 20 to 75 feet of water. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish on reaction baits that imitate shad. Fish to four pounds reported. The crappie bite is off with no fish reported recently. Catfish still slow with only the odd fish reported on cut bait in 20 to 60 feet of water. Other species are very slow. The launch ramp is open. Water level is very low and boater should be aware that lake hazards exist with the low lake levels. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: Windy again much of the past week, but a DFG trout plant is slated for this week, with plants also going in two and four weeks ago. A few trout reported around the marina. Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on cut baits, but also some fish on slow-trolled lures. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. A few catfish are showing on cut baits and this bite has improved in the past week with fair action. Largemouth bass have been fair to good with a lot of fish in the shallows for the spawn. Best action on jigs, plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are also starting to improve with the best bite on small jigs topped with baits or half a hightcrawler. 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.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: Most of the city and county parks are being planted with trout every two to three weeks by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. No plants scheduled for Los Angeles or Orange county parks this week. For updates, anglers can check the trout plants on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Apr
21

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The trout plants for the 21st Annual Fishing Derby produced very good trout action for both shore anglers fishing in the marina region and trollers working Johnson Bay, the dam area, and the points. The crappie bite came back on with fair to good action around stumps in the east end of the lake on jigs tipped with meal worms. Both the largemouth and smallmouth bass bites are good with a lot of fish to three pounds reported on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, and reaction baits tight in the shallows and on beds. The catfish bite also turned on with a pair of eight pounders and a 10 pounder reported during the derby. Garlic-soaked cut baits in Cachuma Bay were the best bets. The carp are also massing in big schools and cruising in the shallows, especially on warm days, so the bow-fishing opportunities are good again. Other species have been very slow. 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 bass are still up tight in shallow water (most less than 10 feet) for the spawn. The action has been up and down with the wind this past week, but still generally fair to good with a lot of fish around three pounds on plastics and nightcrawlers and shad-like baits, but few bigger fish to six pounds. A few crappie also showed up this week on small jigs, and the bluegill and redear bites are picking up since the weekend. Trout have been slow, even after the DFW plant last week. The best action has been for trollers. 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: Windy much of the past week. The striper bite has improved with fair to good action on frozen sardines and shad-patterned reaction baits. Most of the stripers are under four pounds and showing near the dam and off the main lake points. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair to good, with a lot of fish in shallow water (less than 15 feet) already in the spawn. Best action on plastics and nightcrawlers, but some fish on crankbaits early and late in the day, especially the smallmouth. John Petrov, Marina del Rey, landed a 12-4 bass. DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Fair trout action around the launch ramp. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in 20 to 75 feet of water. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass bites, with quite a few fish in shallower water in a pre-spawn movement. Both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish on reaction baits that imitate shad. Fish to four pounds reported. The crappie bite has been inconsistent, but some continue to show on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles, most are nice three-quarter pounders. Catfish are slow with only the odd fish reported on cut bait in 20 to 60 feet of water. Other species are very slow. The launch ramp is open. Water level is very low and boater should be aware that lake hazards exist with the low lake levels. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: Windy much of the past week, but DFG trout plants went in this week and two weeks ago. A few trout reported around the marina. Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on cut baits, but also some fish on slow-trolled lures. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. A few catfish are showing on cut baits and this bite has improved in the past week with fair action. Largemouth bass have been fair to good with a lot of fish in the shallows for the spawn. Best action on jigs, plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are also starting to improve with the best bite on small jigs topped with baits or half a hightcrawler. 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.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: Most of the city and county parks are being planted with trout every two to three weeks by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Plants scheduled for Los Angeles County Parks this week: Alondra Park Lake, Belvedere Lake, Echo Park Lake, Kenneth Hahn Lake, MacArthur Park Lake, Reseda Park Lake. In Orange County, only Trabuco Creek was slated to get fish. For updates, anglers can check the trout plants on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Apr
15

The 10LB Club – Castaic Lake

Apr
07

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Fair to good trout action continues with the best action has been for trollers working Johnson Bay, the dam area, and the points. More plants are slated for April before the annual fishing derby. The crappie bite slowed a little this week, but it is still fair to good. They are locked on structure and the hot spots have been the rocky areas and cliff-like shoreline, the docks, and along the main channel. Small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles are the best bait. Both the largemouth and smallmouth bass bites are good with a lot of fish to three pounds reported on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, and reaction baits tight in the shallows and on beds. Few reports of catfish, but a few are still showing on small pieces of garlic-soaked cut baits. The carp are also massing in big schools and cruising in the shallows, especially on warm days, so the bow-fishing opportunities are good again. Other species have been very slow. 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 bass are still up tight in shallow water (most less than 10 feet) for the spawn. The action has been good with a lot of fish around three pounds on plastics and nightcrawlers and shad-like baits, but few bigger fish to six pounds. A few crappie also showed up this week on small jigs, and the bluegill and redear bites are picking up. Trout have been very slow, but a DFW trout plant was slated for this week. The best action has been for trollers. 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: The striper bite has improved over the past week with fair to good action on frozen sardines and shad-patterned reaction baits. Most of the stripers are under four pounds and showing near the dam and off the main lake points. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair to good, with a lot of fish in shallow water (less than 15 feet) already in the spawn. Best action on plastics and nightcrawlers, but some fish on crankbaits early and late in the day, especially the smallmouth. DFW trout plant is slated for this week and went in three weeks ago. Slow trout action before this week’s plant. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in 20 to 75 feet of water. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass bites, with quite a few fish in shallower water in a pre-spawn movement. Both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish on reaction baits that imitate shad. Fish to four pounds reported. The crappie bite has been inconsistent, but some continue to show on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles, most are nice three-quarter pounders. Catfish are slow with only the odd fish reported on cut bait in 20 to 60 feet of water. Other species are very slow. The launch ramp is open. Water level is very low and boater should be aware that lake hazards exist with the low lake levels. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: DFG trout plants this week and four weeks ago. Few trout reports before this plant. Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on cut baits, but also some fish on slow-trolled lures. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. A few catfish are showing on cut baits and this bite has improved in the past week with fair action. Largemouth bass have been fair to good with a lot of fish in the shallows for the spawn. Best action on jigs, plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are also starting to improve with the best bite on small jigs topped with baits or half a hightcrawler. 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.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: Most of the city and county parks are being planted with trout every two to three weeks by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Plants scheduled for Los Angeles County Parks this week: Hansen Dam Lake, Lincoln Park Lake. In Orange County, these are the plants: Carr Park Lake, Eisenhower Park Lake, Greer Park Lake, Huntington Park Lake. For updates, anglers can check the trout plants on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Mar
30

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The season’s first trout plant went in Wednesday last week. It consisted of 3,300 pounds of Nebraska Tailwalkers, and most of the rainbows were bigger than four pounds. More plants are slated for April before the annual fishing derby. The trout bite was good for shore anglers at Launch No. 5 immediately after the plant, but the fish have dispersed since and the best action has been for trollers using small Rapalas in black and gold or in rainbow trout colors. Johnson Bay, along the cliffs near the main point, and from the dam to Clark’s Canyon are the top spots. Eddie Robinson, Santa Barbara, had three trout for a total weight of 19 pounds and his best was an 11 1/2-pounder. All were caught on chrome-blue or rainbow Kastmasters from shore. The crappie bite slowed a little this week, but it is still fair to good. They are locked on structure and the hot spots have been the rocky areas and cliff-like shoreline, the docks, and along the main channel. Small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles are the best bait. Both the largemouth and smallmouth bass bites are becoming pretty good with a lot of fish to three pounds reported on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, and reaction baits. Few reports of catfish, but a few are still showing on small pieces of garlic-soaked cut baits. The carp are also massing in big schools and cruising in the shallows, especially on warm days, so the bow-fishing opportunities are good again. Other species have been very slow. 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 bass are still up tight in shallow water (most less than 10 feet) for the spawn. The action has been good with a lot of fish around three pounds on plastics and nightcrawlers, but few bigger fish. Wyatt Lunsden, Moorpark, landed a 7.34-pound bass on Saturday. During a weekend team bass tournament, Brian Evans and Matt Newman won first place with four bass that weighed 21.85 pounds. A few crappie also showed up this week, most landed by trout trollers dragging Needlefish. The trout action is slow. Most recent DFW trout plant was two weeks ago. The best action has been for trollers. Only a few redear or bluegill. 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: The striper bite is fair on sardines or lug worms fished in deeper water near the dam and off main lake points. Guide Bob Caffey, Quartz Hill, guided two clients to 16 stripers last Friday with the biggest fish in the five-pound class. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair to good, with a lot of fish in shallow water (less than 15 feet) already moving up for the spawn. Best action on plastics and nightcrawlers, but some fish on crankbaits early and late in the day, especially the smallmouth. DFW trout plant two weeks ago. Slow trout action with most of the rainbows dispersing away from the launch ramp. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass bites, with quite a few fish in shallower water in a pre-spawn movement. Both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish on reaction baits that imitate shad. Fish to four pounds reported. The crappie bite has been inconsistent, but some continue to show on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles, most are nice three-quarter pounders. Catfish are slow with only the odd fish reported on cut bait in 20 to 60 feet of water. Other species are very slow. The launch ramp is open. Water level is very low and boater should be aware that lake hazards exist with the low lake levels. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: DFG trout plant went in three weeks ago. Few trout reports in past week with only an occasional fish on small spoons and spinners. Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on cut baits, but also some fish on slow-trolled lures. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. A few catfish are showing on cut baits but this bite is slow. Largemouth bass have been fair and improving daily with the best action on plastics and reaction baits, but most of the fish are moving up into the shallows. Bluegill and redear slow. 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.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: Most of the city and county parks are being planted with trout every two to three weeks by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. No Los Angeles or Orange county urban waters are slated to get fish this week. For updates, anglers can check the trout plants on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

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LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The warm weather has turned on the crappie and smallmouth bass bites. While no 25-fish limits were reported this week on the crappie the bite is pretty good on small tube jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles with some slabs to two pounds reported. Top spots have been at the dam or in the river channel on Jackrabbit Flats. Both the largemouth and smallmouth bass bites are also pretty fair with a lot of fish to three pounds reported on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, and reaction baits. Few reports of catfish, but a few are still showing on small pieces of garlic-soaked cut baits. Other species have been very slow. 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 warm weather has the bass up tight in shallow water (most less than 10 feet) nosing around for the spawn. The action has been good with a lot of fish over three pounds on plastics and nightcrawlers. Rodger Marks, Ventura, had six bass to four pounds on drop-shot plastics. Tyranny and Brian Cossell, Oak View, have landed bass to five pounds fishing plastics from shore. Most recent DFW trout plant went in two weeks ago. A few trout are showing on spinners, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers around the marina, but the trout action has mostly moved away from the marina shoreline area with the best bite now for trollers or boat bait anglers. The odd crappie or redear continues to show, but no consistent action on either species yet. The panfish coming in are all quality fish. Other species very slow. 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: The striped bass bite has come back on for anglers trolling or fishing cut baits in deeper water. The best action has been on sardines or lug worms with fish to six pounds reported. The most recent DFW trout plant was three weeks ago. Slow trout action with most dispersing away from the launch ramp. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been fair to good with most of the fish moving shallower. Some fish reported in less than 10 feet of water, but most are showing on plastics or reaction baits in 15 to 25 feet. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: The continued warm weather has improved the largemouth and smallmouth bass bites, with quite a few fish in shallower water in a pre-spawn movement. Both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure. Fish to four pounds reported. Catfish are slow in 20 to 60 feet of water on cut baits, and there continues to be the odd crappie showing, with most in the one to two-pound range. Other species are very slow. The launch ramp is open. Water level is very low and boater should be aware that lake hazards exist with the low lake levels. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: DFG trout plant two weeks ago. The trout bite is slow with only an occasional trout landed on small spoons and spinners. Stripers are fair with most fish from one to four pounds. Best action has been for anglers slow-trolling or fishing cut baits at the dam or channel, but some bigger fish have been showing on swimbaits, especially right after the trout plants. A few catfish are showing on cut baits but this bite is slow. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action on plastics and reaction baits, but most of the fish are in deep water now on jigging spoons. Bluegill and redear slow. 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.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: Most of the city and county parks are being planted with trout every two to three weeks by the Department of Fish and Wildlife, but there are no plants scheduled at urban lakes in Los Angeles or Orange counties again this week. This is the third week in a row with no DFW plants. For updates, anglers can check the trout plants on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.