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Feb
04

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Pretty fair catfish action on one- to 1 1/2-pound fish. The best bite has been on nightcrawlers, mackerel, or small pieces of garlic-soaked cut baits in the mud lines in the backs of most coves. The largemouth and smallmouth have also been slow to fair, with smallmouth around Drake Cove or E-Point the best bet on spinners and shad imitations. Other species have been very slow, but the occasional crappie to two pounds have been reported by trout trollers. 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: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. The action on the rainbows has remained pretty fair and a few bigger fish from the Tailwalker plant in December continue to show. The best action has been in the marina area, across from the marina, and for trollers working off the mouth of the marina. Matt Purnell, Ventura, landed a three-pound rainbow. The bass bite has remained slow to fair with most of the fish on jigging spoons or ice jigs, but some are showing on plastics or nightcrawlers. Buddy Morton, Meiners Oaks, caught a six-pound bass on a Carolina-rigged plastic. The odd crappie to 2-8 is still showing on small jigs or slow-trolled trolled shad-like baits. 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: Very little fishing pressure. DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago. A few trout are showing around the launch ramp after plants, but the fish are dispersing quickly and the action only last a few days near the ramp. Best action on PowerBait, Power Mice, or inflated nightcrawlers with garlic scent. The trout are bringing up some bigger stripers that are showing on trout-like swimbaits. There has also been a slow to fair bite on three to five pounders on small, shad-life swimbaits, spoons, and some on cut baits, especially on sardines in 60 feet of water. The largemouth bass action is slow with most of the action in 15 to 50 feet of water on plastics and jigging spoons. 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: Cold, stormy weekend cut the already light fishing pressure and slowed the action even more over the past week. There is a slow bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics in deeper water, and boat anglers are also using jigging spoons as the fish suspend in 25 to 60 feet of water. 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: DFW trout plant two and four weeks ago. The trout bite has been slow to fair near the launch ramp, especially along the best to the southwest of the ramp. Best action on small spinners or spoons, with PowerBait or PowerMice also getting some fish. 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 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. However, no plants are scheduled in Los Angeles or Orange counties this week. This could change. Anglers can check the trout plants on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Jan
14

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Generally slow action again this past week with a fair catfish bite reported on one to three-pound fish. The best action has been on small pieces of cut bait around the marina in the afternoons. The largemouth and smallmouth have been best in the afternoon on nightcrawlers fished in Cachuma Bay and on Jackrabbit Flats in 15 to 20 feet of water, but that action has been slow. 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: DFW trout slated to be planted this week, but trout have been fair even through the last plant was Dec. 16 when 2,500 pounds of Nebraska Tailwalkers were planted. The best action has been in the marina area, across from the marina, and for trollers working off the mouth of the marina. The largemouth bass have moved deep and there is a slow to fair bite on jigging spoons and ice jigs with a few on plastics. A few crappie to 2-8 are showing on small jigs or slow-trolled trolled shad-like baits. Other species 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: Very little fishing pressure this week. DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago and those stocks have helped bring up a few bigger stripers. The trout bite has been fair to good only right after plants for shore anglers fishing PowerBait, PowerMice, or inflated nightcrawlers with garlic scent. The trout have been dispersing quickly and the bite slows after two or three days. The striper action has been fair on three to five pounders on swimbaits, spoons, and some on cut baits. Some surface boils on trout. John Potts, Sylmar, had a 17-pound striper on a swimbait. The largemouth bass action is slow to fair with most of the action in 15 to 50 feet of water on plastics and jigging spoons. 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: Very little fishing pressure this past week. There is a slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics in deeper water, and boat anglers are also using jigging spoons as the fish suspend at mid-depths. Catfish slow to fair in 10 to 40 feet of water on cut baits, and there continues to be some crappie showing with most in the one to two-pound range. Other species are pretty 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: DFW trout plant last week and four weeks ago. Schools of trout are cruising the shoreline and showing for anglers tossing small spinners or spoons. The bait bite is only good the first day or two after the plants. 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. A few catfish are showing on cut baits. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action on plastics and reaction baits. Some largemouth bite is pretty much all 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. In Los Angeles County, Alondra Park Lake, Belvedere Lake, Cerritos Lake, Downey Wilderness Park Lake, Echo Park Lake, El Dorado Park Lakes, Hansen Dam Lake, Hollenbeck Park Lake, Kenneth Hahn Lake, La Mirada Lake, Legg Lakes, Lincoln Park Lake, MacArthur Park Lake, Reseda Park Lake, and Santa Fe Reservoir are slated to get fish this week. In Orange County, the plants are scheduled in Centennial Lake, Mile Square Park Lake, Ralph Clark Regional Park Lake, and Tri-City Lake. Anglers can check the trout plants on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Dec
10

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: No word on trout plants yet, but a few holdover rainbow trout are showing for trollers working the mouth of Johnson Bay. The crappie bite improved with many anglers getting three to four pound-class fish each on white, pink, and chartreuse jigs off Santa Cruz Point and the trees near the water intake tower. Bass are slow to fair on deep-diving cranks, spoons, plastics, and nightcrawlers. The catfish are slow with a few showing on mackerel or chicken liver. 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 were 2,500 pounds of Nebraska Tailwalkers planted last week by the Casitas Municipal Water District, and another plant that size is supposed to go in before Christmas. They were from two pounds and up, and anglers have already been getting some nice stringers of fish with fish to 6-8 reported in the past week. In addition, the first DFW trout plant of the season went in Monday this week when 1,200 pounds of half-pounder went in. The best bite has on PowerBait, inflated nightcrawlers, and small spinners or spoons. A few anglers have also been trolling for the trout and getting a few fish. 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 again this week. With the trout plants, there have been anglers hurling big swimbaits, but this bite hasn’t kicked into gear yet. Other species all 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: DFW trout plant last week and three weeks ago. Few trout reported. The striper action has been fair to good. The stripers are mostly three to five pounds and showing swimbaits, spoons, and even some on topwater mornings and evenings. 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 or jigging spoons as the fish suspend at mid-depths. 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: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. Just fair trout action, but 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.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY PARK NEWS: There will be a free youth fishing event at Legg Lake at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 12. The event is for kids from five to 15 and all fishing gear will be supplied. There will also be a 1,000 pound plant of trout for the event. The event is designed to expose urban children to fishing near their urban homes. Registration is on site. The event is sponsored by the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation, the Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. For more information on the event and upcoming events, visit www.DansKids.org or call 562-865-3764.

Dec
03

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Slow to fair fishing overall with the cooler weather. A few holdover rainbow trout are showing for trollers working the mouth of Johnson Bay. Bass are slow to fair on deep-diving cranks, spoons, plastics, and nightcrawlers. The catfish are slow with a few showing on mackerel or chicken liver. Only the odd crappie reported by trout trollers. No word on trout plants yet. 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 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: DFW trout plant this week and two weeks ago. Few trout report. The striper action has been fair to good. The stripers are mostly three to five pounds and showing swimbaits, spoons, and even some on topwater mornings and evenings. 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: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Just fair trout action. 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.

Nov
27

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

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.

Nov
19

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Overall, the action has slowed with cool, windy weather this past week. 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 cats to 3-8 reported. A few crappie are showing on Jackrabbit Flats on jigs, and a few bluegill are still showing in the coves for shore anglers. A few holdover trout were reported this week along the rock wall from Johnson Bay to Clark Canyon. No word on 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 fair to good. Most of the bass have dropped down into deeper water and focusing on shad schools. Lots of fish are suspended and showing on spoons and Rapala ice jigs. Brandon LeMay, Oakview, had a seven-pound bass on a spoon. 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 the bluegill are still showing with a two-pounder reported Wednesday this week on a red worm. 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 was slated for this week. The striper action has been good with the fish boiling in good numbers mornings and evenings. The stripers are mostly three to five pounds and showing swimbaits, spoons, and even some on topwater. The largemouth bass action is fair to good with most of the action in five to 30 feet of water on plastics, but also some topwater. Fair catfish 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 slated for this week (last plant was Oct. 14). This could perk both the striper and trout action. Overall, the bite has been slow to fair, but there continues to be a pretty good 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.

Nov
12

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The bass, catfish, and crappie were all showing in fair to good bite this past week. The catfish are mostly in the 1 1/2-pound range with some to six or eight pounds. The best bite has been in Jackrabbit Flats on nightcrawlers, chicken liver, and mackerel. The smallmouth and largemouth bass bite has been good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. Most are from 1-8 to three pounds. Top areas have been Jackrabbit Flats, the mouth of Clark Canyon, and the rock wall between Johnson Bay and Clark Canyon. Crappie came back on for anglers drifting white and pink jigs in 10 to 20 feet of water on Jackrabbit Flats with most a half- to three-quarter pound. 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: Light fishing pressure continues. The bass action has remained fair to good. Most of the bass are up chasing shad at least part of the day and shad-type reaction baits and topwater continue to be a top option. It has also been possible to make live shad early in the morning, and that candy bait has been the hot ticket for the bass, and other species. The shad have also been the best bait for the crappie, which have been pretty fair over the past couple of week with most fish from one to two pounds. Some crappie are also showing on small, white jigs. Few anglers targeting catfish, but they are showing in decent numbers for anglers targeting them. Bluegill and redear are slowing, but a few still being landed on 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 action has been good with the fish boiling in good numbers mornings and evenings. The stripers are mostly three to five pounds and showing swimbaits, spoons, and even some on topwater. The largemouth bass action is fair to good with most of the action in five to 30 feet of water on plastics, but also some topwater. Ryan Cabrerra, Valencia, had a mixed catch of 20 or so stripers and largemouths to five pounds throwing to boils. Fair catfish 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, and no DFW trout plants slated for the lake yet this fall. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Fair to good 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: The bite has been slow to fair overall, but there continues to be a pretty good 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. The last DFW trout plant was Oct. 14, but none have gone in since and none are currently scheduled. 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.

Oct
22

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The smallmouth and largemouth bass bite has been very good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. Most are from 1-8 to three pounds. Top areas have been Jackrabbit Flats and the rock wall between Johnson Bay and Clark Canyon. The catfish bite has been fair, slowing a little, but some fish still showing on nightcrawlers, chicken liver, and mackerel. The crappie bite has been spotty but a few decent fish to 1-12 have come off Santa Cruz Point and the east end on small jigs. Also a few bluegill and redear showing in 15 to 25 feet of water. 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: Very light fishing pressure. The bass action has remained fair to good with the best bite early in the morning and again in the evening. Most of the fish are showing on live shad or reaction baits, and there is a decent bite on plastics. Lots of fish in the two to three-pound range. There continue to be a few redear and bluegill landed on live bait in 10 to 20 feet of water on half a nightcrawler or red worm. A few nice catfish are also showing for the anglers willing to soak some cut bait. 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 action remains fair to good, but with fewer boiling fish again this past week. The best action has been at C Point, the west ramp, and the jet ski buoys. Most of the stripers are under four pounds. The largemouth bass action is fair to good with most of the action in five to 30 feet of water on plastics, but more and more reaction bait and topwater action over the past week. Fair catfish with some cats into the double digit range, mostly 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: There is fair to good largemouth bass action. The bass are showing for shoreline and boat anglers on plastics and reaction baits. The action has been stretching further into the morning and restarting earlier in the afternoon with the cooling weather. A few smallmouth in this bite, especially on rocky structure. 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. Water level is very low and launching is difficult and some boats may not be able to launch. Boaters should also be aware that lake hazards exist with the low water. Rental boats are available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: Odd, the first trout plant of the season went in last week and the striper bite stalled. The stripers had been wide open for over a month and then slow down after trout go in. The stripers are still fair with some boiling fish in the mornings, but most of the action has been at the dam and channel on bait or trolled lures. Most of the fish are two to five pounds. Some trout reported right after the plant, mostly on small lures and some on floating baits. Next plant is slated for next week. The catfish bite has been fair, also on cut baits and the cats are showing all around the lake. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action early and late in the day on plastics and reaction baits. Some are up chasing bait with stripers. 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.

Oct
08

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Winds hampered fishing some this week, but overall the bite has remained fair to good. The smallmouth bass bite has been excellent on nightcrawlers, plastics, and reaction baits. Shad have been massing around the marina and other places around the lake, also making for some good topwater action. Also some largemouth bass in this bite. Nick Giese, Santa Ynez, caught and released over 30 small on grubs, Rat-L-Traps, and nightcrawlers at the dam. He also had eight largemouth, five bluegill, and five catfish. The catfish bite has been fair on nightcrawlers, chicken liver, and mackerel. Bluegill, redear, and crappie were all reported in spotty numbers. Most are showing in the east end of the lake in 15 to 25 feet of water. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. With the cooler weather and light rain, even a few holdover trout showed up at the dam. 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: Very light fishing pressure. The bass action has remained pretty fair with the best bite early in the morning and again in the evening. Most of the fish are showing on plastics with some fish still being caught on reaction baits and the odd topwater fish. There continue to be a few redear and bluegill landed on live bait in 10 to 20 feet of water on half a nightcrawler or red worm. A few nice catfish are also showing for the anglers willing to soak some cut bait. 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 action broke wide open this week with a lot of boiling fish. The best action has been at C Point, the west ramp, and the jet ski buoys. Most of the stripers are under four pounds. Brad Ouoren, Simi Valley, had two stripers to two pounds on Kastmasters off C Point. The largemouth bass action is fair to good with most of the action in five to 30 feet of water on plastics, but more and more reaction bait and topwater action over the past week. David Green, Saugus, had a three-pound largemouth on a Senko from shore. Fair catfish with some cats into the double digit range, mostly 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: Very light fishing pressure. There is fair to good largemouth bass action. The bass are showing for shoreline and boat anglers on plastics and reaction baits, with most of the action is early and late in the day. Also a few smallmouth in this bite, especially on rocky structure. Some topwater. 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. Water level is very low and launching is difficult and some boats may not be able to launch. Boaters should also be aware that lake hazards exist with the low water. Rental boats are available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: This is starting to be like a broken record, but the striped bass bite remains excellent. Most of the fish are two to five pounds. The best bite has been at the dam for boat anglers or in the channel for shore anglers. Best bite during mid-week when the boat traffic is down. Many of the fish are showing on anchovies, sardines, or lug worms, but there has been good surface action as the fish chase shad. Anglers are getting the fish on spoons, jerk baits, and topwater. Trollers also scoring fish on white flies and other shad-like lures. Local guide Bob Caffey (TroutOnly Guide Service) continues to report 20 to 40 fish days (per angler) with his clients. The catfish bite has been fair to good, too, also on cut baits and the cats are showing all around the lake. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action early and late in the day on plastics and reaction baits. Some are up chasing bait with stripers. 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.

Sep
24

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The bass action has been good this past week. Big schools of shad have shown up around the marina, and the one-inch shad are attracting big schools of smallmouth and largemouth bass. The bite has been best on any small shad-like bait with the best action around the marina, Cachuma Point, and on Jackrabbit Flats. Lots of limits of fish to three pounds reported. The catfish bite has also remained good over much of the lake with nightcrawlers, chicken liver, and mackerel all good bets. Drake’s Cove has been the hotspot. Also good action on bluegill with big schools of fish around the launch ramp, Drake Cove, and the fishing dock in Mohawk Bay. Lots of nice stringers on wax worms, crickets, red worms, and nightcrawler pieces. The crappie are showing in fair numbers with the fish suspended in 15 feet. Slow trolling has been the best bet. 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: Very light fishing pressure. The bass action has remained pretty fair with the best bite early in the morning and again in the evening. Most of the fish are showing on plastics with some fish still being caught on reaction baits and the odd topwater fish. Top fish reported was a 10-pound bass caught on a plastic by Tyce Carpenter, Ventura. Don Northern, Moorpark, landed a 7-8 bass, also on a plastic. There continue to be a few redear and bluegill landed on live bait in 10 to 20 feet of water on half a nightcrawler or red worm. No other reports. 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: Good striper action continues and there are still fish boiling on the surface throughout the day. The best action has been at the buoy line, in front of the west ramp, off C Point, and in the jet ski area. While most of the stripers are under four pounds, the bite has been very good on rip baits, shad-like cranks, and small shad plastics. The largemouth bass action is fair to good with most of the action in five to 30 feet of water on plastics, but still some morning topwater action. Fair to good catfish with some cats into the double digit range, mostly on cut baits or nightcrawlers fished in 30 to 75 feet of water. Some panfish action, with a lot of small bluegill clustered around structure and being caught on meal worms, wax worms, or crickets. Trout slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Very light fishing pressure. There is fair to good largemouth bass action. The bass are showing for shoreline and boat anglers on plastics and reaction baits, with most of the action is early and late in the day. Also a few smallmouth in this bite, especially on rocky structure. Some topwater. 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. Water level is very low and launching is difficult and some boats may not be able to launch. Boaters should also be aware that lake hazards exist with the low water. Rental boats are available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: Excellent striped bass action with a lot of hefty stringers of two to four-pound fish showing at the dam for boat anglers or in the channel for shore anglers. Some anglers are reporting 40 fish days. Many of the fish are showing on anchovies, sardines, or lug worms, but there has been pretty much wide open action as the fish chase shad. The bite had shifted from early morning to early afternoon (almost a mid-day bite) this past week. Anglers are getting the fish on spoons, jerk baits, and topwater. Trollers also scoring fish on white flies and other shad-like lures. Guide Bob Caffey (TroutOnly Guide Service) reports 20 to 40 fish days (per angler) with his clients for the past three weeks. The catfish bite has been fair to good, too, also on cut baits and the cats are showing all around the lake. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action early and late in the day on plastics and reaction baits. Some are up chasing bait with stripers. 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.

Sep
17

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The bass action has been good this past week. Big schools of shad have shown up around the marina, and the one-inch shad are attracting big schools of smallmouth and largemouth bass. The bite has been best on any small shad-like bait with the best action around the marina, Cachuma Point, and on Jackrabbit Flats. Lots of limits of fish to two pounds reported. The catfish bite has also remained good over much of the lake with nightcrawlers, chicken liver, and mackerel all good bets. Harvey’s produced cats to eight pounds this past week. Also good action on bluegill with big schools of fish in Drake Cove and the fishing dock in Mohawk Bay. Lots of nice stringers on wax worms, crickets, red worms, and nightcrawler pieces. Few crappie OR carp reports. 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: Light fishing pressure, but the bass bite remains pretty good with a lot of one- to two-pound fish showing with some to four pounds. The best bite has been on plastics and nightcrawlers, but the fish are chasing shad early and late and throwing reaction baits and topwater into boils has also been productive. Few other reports, but a few anglers targeting catfish have been getting fish in six to 15 feet of water. 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: Good striper action continues and there are still fish boiling on the surface throughout the day. The best action has been at the buoy line, in front of the west ramp, and off C Point. While most of the stripers are under four pounds, the bite has been very good on rip baits, shad-like cranks, and small shad plastics. The bait bite is fair on sardines, lug worms, or blood worms in 50 to 75 feet of water, when the fish aren’t showing on top. The largemouth bass action is fair to good with most of the action in five to 30 feet of water on plastics, but still some morning topwater action. Fair to good catfish with some cats into the double digit range, mostly on cut baits or nightcrawlers fished in 30 to 75 feet of water. Some panfish action, with a lot of small bluegill clustered around structure and being caught on meal worms, wax worms, or crickets. Trout slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: There is fair to good largemouth bass action. The bass are showing for shoreline and boat anglers on plastics and reaction baits, with most of the action is early and late in the day. Also a few smallmouth in this bite, especially on rocky structure. Some topwater. 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. Water level is very low and launching is difficult and some boats may not be able to launch. Boaters should also be aware that lake hazards exist with the low water. Rental boats are available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: Excellent striped bass action with a lot of hefty stringers of two to four-pound fish showing at the dam for boat anglers or in the channel for shore anglers. Some anglers are reporting 40 fish days. Many of the fish are showing on anchovies, sardines, or lug worms, but there has been pretty much wide open action as the fish chase shad in the mornings and a little more intermittently through the day. Anglers are getting the fish on spoons, jerk baits, and topwater. Trollers also scoring fish on white flies and other shad-like lures. Guide Bob Caffey (TroutOnly Guide Service) reports 20 to 40 fish days (per angler) with his clients for the past two weeks, and one landed a nice 14-pound fish this week, and he reports the bigger fish are showing on the boils. The catfish bite has been fair to good, too, also on cut baits and the cats are showing all around the lake. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action early and late in the day on plastics and reaction baits. Some are up chasing bait with stripers. 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.

Sep
04

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Catfish are the top bet here with very good action one one-pound class fish and many anglers are reporting four to eight fish per trip. Top spot has been Cachuma Bay, but the fish are showing throughout the lake on garlic-soaked mackerel, chicken liver, or nightcrawlers. Fish to five pounds reported this past week. The smallmouth and largemouth bass action has been good with the best action early and late in the day on small minnow plastics, crankbaits, or nightcrawlers. All shoreline fishing areas have been good, along with the rock walls from Johnson Bay to Clark Canyon. Crappie and bluegill are fair on structure or in the east end. 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 bite remains fair to good with a lot of one- to two-pound fish showing with some to four pounds. The best bite has been on nightcrawlers, plastics, reaction baits, and topwater baits. The best bite is early and late in the day. The fish are right up in the grass in 10 to 20 feet of water. Bluegill are pretty good for anglers fishing half to a third of a nightcrawler fly-lined or fished with a small weight to get them on the bottom. Some to two pounds or better, and some bigger redear are showing in this bite. A very few cats showing or being targeted. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. the water visibility has declined with the heat and algae growth, but carp to 10 pounds or more are being stuck each week. 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: Good striper action continues and there are still fish boiling on the surface throughout the day. While most of the stripers are under four pounds, the bite on one to three pounds has been very good on rip baits, shad-like cranks, and small shad plastics. The bait bite is fair on sardines, lug worms, or blood worms in 50 to 75 feet of water, when the fish aren’t showing on top. The largemouth bass action is fair to good with a very good morning topwater bite. Good catfish with some cats into the double digit range, mostly on cut baits or nightcrawlers. Some panfish action, with a lot of small bluegill clustered around structure and being caught on meal worms, wax worms, or crickets. Trout slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: There is fair to good largemouth bass action. The bass are showing for shoreline and boat anglers on plastics and reaction baits, with most of the action is early and late in the day. Also a few smallmouth in this bite, especially on rocky structure. Some topwater. 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. Water level is very low and launching is difficult and some boats may not be able to launch. Boaters should also be aware that lake hazards exist with the low water. Rental boats are available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: Fair to good striped bass action with a lot of stringers of two to four-pound fish showing at the dam for boat anglers or in the channel for shore anglers. Most of the fish are showing on anchovies, sardines, or lug worms, but there have also been boils most mornings with anglers getting the fish on spoons, jerk baits, and even some on topwater. Trollers also scoring fish on white flies and other shad-like lures. The catfish bite has been fair to good, too, also on cut baits and the cats are showing all around the lake. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action early and late in the day on plastics and reaction baits. Some are up chasing bait with stripers. 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.

Aug
27

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Catfish are the top bet here with very good action one one-pound class fish and many anglers are reporting four to eight fish per trip. Top spot has been Cachuma Bay, but the fish are showing throughout the lake on garlic-soaked mackerel, chicken liver, or nightcrawlers. Fish to five pounds reported this past week. The smallmouth and largemouth bass action has been good with the best action early and late in the day on small minnow plastics, crankbaits, or nightcrawlers. All shoreline fishing areas have been good, along with the rock walls from Johnson Bay to Clark Canyon. Crappie and bluegill are fair on structure or in the east end. 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 bite remains fair to good with a lot of one- to two-pound fish showing with some to four pounds. The best bite has been on nightcrawlers, plastics, reaction baits, and topwater baits. The best bite is early and late in the day. The fish are right up in the grass in 10 to 20 feet of water. Bluegill are pretty good for anglers fishing half to a third of a nightcrawler fly-lined or fished with a small weight to get them on the bottom. Some to two pounds or better, and some bigger redear are showing in this bite. A very few cats showing or being targeted. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. the water visibility has declined with the heat and algae growth, but carp to 10 pounds or more are being stuck each week. 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: Good striper action continues and there are still fish boiling on the surface throughout the day. While most of the stripers are under four pounds, the bite on one to three pounds has been very good on rip baits, shad-like cranks, and small shad plastics. The bait bite is fair on sardines, lug worms, or blood worms in 50 to 75 feet of water, when the fish aren’t showing on top. Bret Packard, Lake Hughes, had a 14.92-pound striper Sunday. The largemouth bass action is fair to good with a very good morning topwater bite. Good catfish with some cats into the double digit range, mostly on cut baits or nightcrawlers. Some panfish action, with a lot of small bluegill clustered around structure and being caught on meal worms, wax worms, or crickets. Trout slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: There is fair to good largemouth bass action. The bass are showing for shoreline and boat anglers on plastics and reaction baits, with most of the action is early and late in the day. Also a few smallmouth in this bite, especially on rocky structure. Some topwater. 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. Water level is very low and launching is difficult and some boats may not be able to launch. Boaters should also be aware that lake hazards exist with the low water. Rental boats are available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: Fair to good striped bass action with a lot of stringers of two to four-pound fish showing at the dam for boat anglers or in the channel for shore anglers. Most of the fish are showing on anchovies, sardines, or lug worms, but there have also been boils most mornings with anglers getting the fish on spoons, jerk baits, and even some on topwater. Trollers also scoring fish on white flies and other shad-like lures. The catfish bite has been fair to good, too, also on cut baits and the cats are showing all around the lake. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action early and late in the day on plastics and reaction baits. Some are up chasing bait with stripers. 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.

Aug
13

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Catfish are the top bet here with very good action one one-pound class fish and many anglers are report 20 to 30 fish days, especially in Drake Cove, Mohawk Bay, Johnson Bay, and Cachuma Bay. Garlic-soaked mackerel has been the hot bait, but most cut baits have been working. The smallmouth and largemouth bass action has been fair to good with the best action early and late in the day on crankbaits or nightcrawlers. For bank anglers, Drake Cove to the launch ramp has been the hot spot, while boat anglers are doing best along Cachuma Point and on Jackrabbit Flats. Bluegill are fair to good, but most are small and showing on tiny jigs or meal worms, wax worms, or crickets in the coves. Slow for crappie, trout, and carp. 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 bite remains fair to good with a lot of one- to two-pound fish showing with some to four pounds. The best bite has been on nightcrawlers, plastics, reaction baits, and topwater baits. The best bite is early and late in the day. The fish are right up in the grass in 10 to 20 feet of water. Bluegill are pretty good for anglers fishing half or a third of a nightcrawler fly-lined or fished with a small weight to get them on the bottom. Some to two pounds or better, and some bigger redear are showing in this bite. A very few cats showing, but the crappie and trout bites are very slow. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. the water visibility has declined with the heat and algae growth, but carp to 10 pounds or more are being stuck each week. 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: Good striper action continued over the past week but with fewer boils over the weekend (which increased this week). Also a pretty fair bait on fresh sardines, lug worms, or blood worms in 50 to 75 feet of water. Most of the stripers are smaller two to three-pound fish. The largemouth bass action is good with a very good morning topwater bite. Good catfish with some cats into the double digit range, mostly on cut baits or nightcrawlers. Some panfish action, with a lot of small bluegill clustered around structure and being caught on meal worms, wax worms, or crickets. Trout slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Light fishing pressure, but there is still fair to good largemouth bass action continues. The bass are showing for shoreline and boat anglers on plastics and reaction baits, with most of the action is early and late in the day. Also a few smallmouth in this bite, especially on rocky structure. Topwater action most mornings early. Some catfish 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. Water level is very low and launching is difficult and some boats may not be able to launch. Boaters should also be aware that lake hazards exist with the low water. Rental boats are available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: Fair to good striped bass action with a lot of stringers of two to four-pound fish showing at the dam for boat anglers or in the channel for shore anglers. Most of the fish are showing on anchovies, sardines, or lug worms, but there have also been boils most mornings with anglers getting the fish on spoons, jerk baits, and even some on topwater. The catfish bite has been fair to good, too, also on cut baits and the cats are showing all around the lake. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action early and late in the day on plastics and reaction baits. Some are up chasing bait with stripers. 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.

Aug
06

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Hot weather and full moon lulled the bite some this past week, but diligent anglers again found the catfish bite pretty good, mostly along mud bank and bottom areas on mackerel or nightcrawlers. Most of the fish are running about a pound. The smallmouth bass action is good early and late in the day on reaction baits and topwater with a decent worm bite in deeper water. Top spots have been E Point, the mouth of Clark’s and drifting the bank from Cachuma Bay Point to Bobcat Canyon. Only a few largemouth showing in this bite. But 30 to 40 fish bass days have not been uncommon. A few trout continue to show for trollers working the dam area with Needlefish and Kastmasters early in the day. Improved crappie and bluegill reports this past week, mostly from the mouth of Drake Cove with both showing on small jigs tipped with meal worms, and a few crappie on slow-trolled Kastmasters. 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 bite is fair to good with a lot of one- to two-pound fish showing on nightcrawlers, plastics, reaction baits, and topwater baits. The best bite is early and late in the day. The fish are right up in the grass in 10 to 20 feet of water. Bluegill are good for anglers fishing half or a third of a nightcrawler fly-lined or fished with a small weight to get them on the bottom. Some to a pound or better, and some bigger redear are showing in this bite. The crappie, catfish, and trout bites have finally pretty much shut down. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. the water visibility has declined with the heat and algae growth, but carp to 10 pounds or more are being stuck each week. 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 very good striper action has continued this week. The best action this past week has been at the Ski Arm buoy line on topwater baits and small Kastmasters. John Potts, Sylmar, had 10 stripers to five pounds in the Ski Arm on Lucky Craft Gunfish thrown to boils. Some fish are also still showing on fresh sardines, lug worms, or blood worms in 50 to 75 feet of water. Most of the stripers are smaller two to three-pound fish. The largemouth bass are fair to good with the fish boiling on small shad off and on throughout the day this past week, but most are still showing on small plastics, reaction baits, and topwater. Good catfish with some cats into the double digit range, mostly on cut baits or nightcrawlers. Some panfish action, with a lot of small bluegill clustered around structure and being caught on meal worms, wax worms, or crickets. Trout slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Fair to good largemouth bass action continues. The bass are showing for shoreline and boat anglers on plastics and reaction baits, with most of the action is early and late in the day. Also a few smallmouth in this bite, especially on rocky structure. Topwater action most mornings early. Some catfish 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. Water level low and launching is difficult and some boats may not be able to launch. Boaters should also be aware that lake hazards exist with the low water. Rental boats are available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.

PYRAMID: Fair to good striped bass action with a lot of stringers of two to four-pound fish showing at the dam for boat anglers or in the channel for shore anglers. Most of the fish are showing on anchovies, sardines, or lug worms, but there have also been boils most mornings with anglers getting the fish on spoons, jerk baits, and even some on topwater. The catfish bite has been fair to good, too, also on cut baits and the cats are showing all around the lake. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action early and late in the day on plastics and reaction baits. Some are up chasing bait with stripers. 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.