CACHUMA: The largemouth and smallmouth bass were good this past week during the full moon. There was good topwater action for both species early in the day and then a good bite on plastics later in the day. Catfish have also stayed pretty good on cut baits and dough baits in most of the bays and coves. The heat this past week lulled most of the action with only the catfish bite holding up. The fish are still mostly in the shallow coves and showing on cut baits. Some of the fish are topping six pounds and some limits or near-limits reported. Spotty action on largemouth and smallmouth bass with the best bite the early morning topwater bite. The trout bite has also been slow but a few holdover fish showing for trollers fishing Needlefish or Countdown Rapalas behind five or six colors of lead core or deep-drifting nightcrawlers at the dam. Crappie are very slow with only the off fish showing on on small jigs by the cistern island. Carp are excellent for bowfishermen, especially in the east end, Johnson and Cachuma bays in the mornings. 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: There has been a good topwater and reaction bait bite in the mornings for the bass. Frogs and buzzbaits have been best. The bass are mostly showing on the outside edges of the weed beds later in the day on nightcrawlers, plastics, or live shad, but the bite is all early and late. Top bass this week was a 7-2 landed by Filipe Flipper, Oakview, on a nightcrawler, while Parker Marquez, Oakview, had a seven-pounder on a buzzbait. The bluegill and redear bites are pretty fair to good, but most of the fish are hand-sized, but some bigger fish are showing in six to 12 feet of water, mostly off the docks. Light fishing pressure on other species, but Rodger Marks, Ventura, had a nine-pound catfish on mackerel. 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 remains pretty good and there have been topwater boils early in the morning for the past week. The bulk of the action is still in 50 to 75 feet of water on lug worms at the buoy lines, Nectie Canyon, and off C-Point. Anchovies and mackerel are second-best baits. John Barrett, Canyon Country, had a stringer of stripers to three pounds on lug worms. Most of the fish are still small, under three pounds. There has also been a good topwater largemouth and smallmouth bass bite in the early mornings and then a fair bite late in the afternoons and into the evening on plastics. Ronnie Vickers, Sylmar, landed a 2-8 smallmouth. The catfish are fair to good in 12 to 40 feet of water in most of the coves. Bluegill are fair to good in six to 12 feet of water on small nightcrawlers, crickets, or wax worms. Most are 1/4-pounders. The water level has finally stabilized (at 1,420 elevation) for now but the west ramp remains closed. The water will continue to fall this summer and the boat capacity has been reduced from 500 to 300 boats per day. Other species slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits with most fish in 12 to 30 feet of water, but there is some topwater action early and late in the day. The average fish is from one to two pounds. A few catfish reports on cut baits. The bluegill action is pretty good if you can find a school of fish, but the fish are mostly hand-sized. Information: store and bait shop at 805-521-1500, x207 (open Thursday through Monday), the gatehouse at x201, or at www.camplakepiru.com.
PYRAMID: The striper bite remains fair to good with a lot of small fish from one to three pounds. The best bait action has been on nightcrawlers, cut baits (mostly sardines), lug worms, and bloodworms. Good 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 with fish to six pounds reported this past week. The largemouth bass bite is fair on plastics and nightcrawlers, but there has also been some early topwater action. Most are one to two pounds with a few bigger fish. No reports on other species. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. More information at this link: http://oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.
QUAIL LAKE: No reports.
PUDDINGSTONE: Slow to fair bass action on plastics and topwater baits early and late in the day. Tough mid-day bite with the heat. The bluegill are showing in pretty good numbers with some fish pushing a half-pound. Redear and crappie still spotty. Park and lake fishing information: 909-599-8411 or www.bonellipark.org.
SANTA FE DAM: No recent DFW plants. Information: 626-334-1065.
ALONDRA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Carp fishing slow.
BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
CERRITOS PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: No recent DFW plants.
ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
EL DORADO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
ELIZABETH LAKE: DFW trout plant two weeks ago.
HANSEN DAM LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.
HOLLENBECK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 213-261-0113.
JACKSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
LEGG LAKES: DFW catfish plant last week.
LINCOLN PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: Catfish plant last week.
PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 818-448-7317.