CACHUMA: The action has continued to slow with cooler weather. The bass are fair on deep-diving cranks, spoons, plastics, and nightcrawlers. The catfish are also still fair on mackerel or chicken liver in the backs of the coves with most one to two pounds. No crappie or bluegill reports this week. Holdover trout to 15 inches have been reported by trollers working the dam with countdown Rapala or anglers drifting with nightcrawlers in the same area. No word on trout plants yet. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. No trout reports this past week. 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 action has remained pretty fair, but most of the fish are now in deeper water and focusing on shad schools. Lots of fish are suspended and showing on spoons and Rapala ice jigs. Also some fish on plastics and nightcrawlers, but the shad have been deep and not showing on the surface to dip-net for bait this week. This lack of shad has also stilled the crappie bite, but a few bluegill are still showing. No catfish reports this past week. 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 first DFW trout plant of the season went in last week, but the bite slowed down quickly. The striper action has been fair. The stripers are mostly three to five pounds and showing swimbaits, spoons, and even some on topwater. The largemouth bass action is fair with most of the action in five to 30 feet of water on plastics, but more and more fish are moving deep. Still fair catfish action with most of the fish two to five pounds on cut baits or nightcrawlers fished in 30 to 75 feet of water. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.
PIRU: Fair largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for the few anglers fishing. Both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics in deeper water and also on reaction baits when the fish are up chasing baitfish. The surface and near-surface action has slowed way down, but there are still some topwater flurries. Catfish fair in 10 to 30 feet of water on cut baits, while the bluegill and redear are fair with small fish in most structure areas on small jigs, nightcrawlers, and meal worms. There has also been some crappie showing around the docks. The launch ramp is back open and fully-functioning. 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: First trout plant of the season went in last week, and there was pretty good trout action into Saturday before the action slowed way down. There continues to be a pretty fair striper bite on fish from one to four pounds. Best action has been for anglers slow-trolling or fishing cut baits at the dam or channel. There are far fewer stripers busting baitfish on the surface, but still some flurries of topwater action. A few catfish are showing on cut baits. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action on plastics and reaction baits. Some bass are still up chasing bait. Bluegill and redear getting little pressure, but the bite on small fish has been pretty decent. 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.