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Apr
12

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The 23rd Annual Trout Derby will be April 21-22, and there was a 4,000-pound plant slated for this week. The best trout action has been on inflated nightcrawlers for shore anglers or trolled Rapalas for boat anglers. The best area has been around the marina and points leading out to the main body of the lake. The dam area is also good for the trollers. The crappie bite remains strong with good action in Cachuma Bay on slow-trolled or drifted jigs. The crappie have been between one pounds and 2-8 this past week. Bass are in the spawn with good action on plastics and reaction baits, especially in Cachuma and Johnson bays. Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are starting to show near the surface. 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 bite is excellent, with the fishing all over the shallows in mid-spawn. The best action has been on plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits in six to 18 feet of water, but fish are showing on all kinds of baits, including topwater. Most recent DFW trout plant was three weeks ago. Very slow action. Attention bowfishermen, the carp are moving into the shallows for the spawn. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. The dates for the upcoming bass fishing events in the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are April 7 and 28, and June 2. For information on these events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or richtauber@gmail.com. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are April 14, May 5, June 16, and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: Overall, good striper action. The best bite has been at the dam early and late on small swim baits and nightcrawlers. The stripers are also showing at C-Point, the west walls, and the buoy line, where the fish are mostly in deep water between 40 and 60 feet down. Michael Long, Van Nuys, landed a seven-pound striper on a swimbait off C Point. Rakan Qumseya, Canyon Country, had a pair of four-pound stripers on Kastmasters off Kong Island. The largemouth bass bite has been very good as the fish move shallow for the spawn. The best action has been in the morning on plastics, small jigs, and crawfish imitations. Thomas Foster, Simi Valley, had a four-bass stringer topped with a four-pounder, all on Senkos of Sharon’s Rest. No catfish reports and no reports of crappie. The bluegill bite is slow. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range, but they have been moving shallower the past week or so in preparation for the spawn. Most of the fish showing now are being caught on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with little pressure. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: The striper and catfish bites have both been pretty good this past week, with the bite for both in most coves and the canal by the entrance booth. Sardines and lug worms have been best for the stripers, and the cats are best on chicken liver, anchovies, and cut mackerel. Both have been in deeper water. Top areas are the rip-rap around the marina and the back end of the lake. Shagen Mkrtchyan, Sun Valley, had a mixed stringer of catfish and stripers with fish to six pounds fishing sardines. Martin Rios, Arleta, had three catfish and striper to five pounds on chicken liver and sardines. The largemouth bass are also pretty good with the fish just now starting to move up shallow and whacking plastics. Most fish are in 12 to 20 feet of water or even shallower. The trout bite is slow, and there have been no DFW plants in a month. Bluegill and redear are slow. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

Apr
05

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The 23rd Annual Trout Derby will be April 21-22, and there is a 4,000-pound plant slated for this week. The best trout action has been fair on inflated nightcrawlers for shore anglers or trolled Rapalas for boat anglers. The best area has been around the marina and points leading out to the main body of the lake. The dam area is also good for the trollers. Richard Flores, Santa Barbara, landed the biggest trout of the season this past week when he caught a 9-5 rainbow. The crappie bite has taken off with a good bite adjacent to the marina and at the dam. Fish to 2-5 reported this week, most on small jigs. Bass are starting to take off with the spawn approaching. Good action on plastics and reaction baits, especially in Cachuma and Johnson bays. Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are starting to show near the surface. 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 bite is excellent, with the fishing all over the shallows in mid-spawn. The best action has been on plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits in six to 18 feet of water, but fish are showing on all kinds of baits, including topwater. Sheila Silva, Simi Valley, landed a seven-pound bass to top off her April Fool’s Day of bass catching. Melissa Anderson, Santa Barbara, landed a 4-8 bass on a Brush Hog. Several other fish from three to five pounds reported. DFW trout plants went in two and four weeks ago, but not many fish showing. More and more reader are starting to show, mostly on nightcrawler pieces and red worms. Attention bowfishermen, the carp are moving into the shallows for the spawn. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. The dates for the upcoming bass fishing events in the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are April 7 and 28, and June 2. For information on these events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or richtauber@gmail.com. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are April 14, May 5, June 16, and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: Overall, good striper action. The best bite has been in the marina area throughout the day on nightcrawlers, Senkos, and small swimbaits. The stripers are also showing at C-Point, the west walls, and the buoy line, where the fish are mostly in deep water between 40 and 60 feet down. Umbrella rigs in after and evening have been the best bet in those areas. Bao Pham, Long Beach, had three stripers on umbrella rigs off the west walls. His best fish was a four-pounder and the stringer weighed 11 pounds. The largemouth bass bite has been very good as the fish start to move shallow for the spawn. The best action has been in the morning on plastics, small jigs, and crawfish imitations. Jose Cortez, North Hills, had a six-pound largemouth on a plastic shad at the firebreak. Adam Portsmouth, Ventura, landed a pair of three-pound bass off Trout Point on Senkos. The most recent DFW trout plant was three weeks ago, and the bite has slowed way down. No catfish reports and no reports of crappie. The bluegill bite is slow. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range, but they have been moving shallower the past week or so in preparation for the spawn. Most of the fish showing now are being caught on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with little pressure. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: The striper and catfish bites have both been pretty good this past week, with the bite for both in most coves and the canal by the entrance booth. Sardine and lug worms have been best for the stripers, and the cats are best on chicken liver, anchovies, and cut mackerel. Both have been in deeper water. Horun Muhammad, West Hollywood, landed tw2o cats to four pounds on nightcrawlers in deep water. The largemouth bass are also pretty good with the fish just now starting to move up shallow and whacking plastics. Most fish are in 12 to 20 feet of water or even shallower. The trout bite is slow, and there have been no DFW plants in a month. Bluegill and redear are slow. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: For county trout plants, see the list in this report or go to the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Mar
22

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: There will be a final 4,000-pound trout plant in early April right before the 23rd Annual Trout Derby April 21-22. The best trout action has been on inflated nightcrawlers for shore anglers or trolled Rapalas for boat anglers. The best area has been around the marina and points leading out to the main body of the lake. The dam area is also good for the trollers. The crappie bite has taken off with a good bite adjacent to the marina and at the dam. Fish to 1-8 reported on small jigs. Bass are starting to take off with the spawn approaching. Good action on plastics and reaction baits, especially in Cachuma and Johnson bays. Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are starting to show near the surface. 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 lake was closed Wednesday and is slated to be closed Thursday because of the storm. The bass bite has been breaking wide open as the fish move shallow for the spawn. Very good action on swimbaits, plastic worms, and nightcrawlers. Chase Plott, Oakview, landed an eight-pound bass Monday this week. DFW trout plant was slated for this week, and a plant went in two weeks ago. The rainbows have been showing on PowerBait, MiceTails, inflated nightcrawlers, and small jigs adjacent to the marina. A few redear and crappie have also been reported this week. The dates for the upcoming events in the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are this Saturday, April 7 and 28, and June 2. For information on these events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or richtauber@gmail.com. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are April 14, May 5, June 16, and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and they continue to show on the surface most mornings. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and 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. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: Overall, good striper action at the dam and the main shoreline near the launch ramp. The best bite has been on bigger, trout like swimbaits or cut baits. John Petrov, Venice, had stripers at six and three pounds fishing BBZ Juniors off Kong Island. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bite has continued to improve with the fish moving rapidly toward the spawn and moving shallower with each warm day. Top spots have been Hawk’s Nest, Pete’s Point, and Dry Gulch in no more than 20 feet of water. Nightcrawlers, small plastics, and Senkos have been the best baits. DFW trout plant again last week, and there were plants two and three weeks ago. The marina area and dam shoreline have been the best spots with Kastmasters and yellow PowerBait getting the most fish. No catfish reports and no reports of crappie. The bluegill bite is slow. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range, but they have been moving shallower the past week or so in preparation for the spawn. Most of the fish showing now are being caught on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with little pressure. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: The striper bite has been fair to good with most of the fish around two pounds and showing in deeper water on sardine and lug worms in the main channel and along the rip-rap in front of the store. Alcop Khatchilcian, Palmdale, had three stripers to two pounds on sardines. The catfish bite has also been pretty fair in the main channel and along the rip-rap, mostly on anchovies, sardines, and chicken liver. Fish to eight pounds report. Orion Zorich, had a four-pound catfish. The largemouth and smallmouth bite has been best in 12 to 20 feet of water or even shallower on small jigs and plastics worked on structure. The trout bite is slow, and there have been no DFW plants in a month. Bluegill and redear are slow. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: For county trout plants, see the list in this report or go to the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Mar
08

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: There was a 4,000-pound trout plant three weeks ago (Feb. 15), and another 4,000-pound plant is scheduled for this month. the bite has been pretty good since with fish to nine pounds reported. The best action had been on inflated nightcrawlers fished from shore or trolled CD-3 Rapalas. No crappie reports this week, but the bass bite has been improving on plastics fished in less than 20 feet of water. 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 bite has really been picking up with a lot of fish moving up shallow and showing in five to 20 feet of water on swimbaits, plastic worms, and nightcrawlers. Fish to 6-plus pounds reported again this past week. The dates for the upcoming events in the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are March 17, April 7 and 28, and June 2. For information on these events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or richtauber@gmail.com. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are April 14, May 5, June 16, and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and they continue to show on the surface most mornings. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and 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. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The striper bite remains fair with a lot of fish showing on lugworms, spoons, or ice jigs in 40-feet plus of water between the SS Ski and Kong Island. There are some fish at the dam on and near the surface early in the morning, and they are being caught on Kastmasters. Also quite a few stripers showing for shore anglers fishing to the right on the main launch ramp. Dave Horste, Lancaster, had three stripers to three pounds fishing swimbaits off C Point. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bite may even be better than the striper action with the fish in five to 25 feet of water on nightcrawlers, small plastics, and Senkos, especially in the area around Sharon’s Rest, Hawk’s Nest, Firebreak, and Utopia coves. John Cohen, Los Angeles, had a four-pound largemouth on a nightcrawler, while Rick Nava, Van Nuys, landed a three-pounders on a jig. No reports of crappie this week, and the catfish and bluegill bites are slow. DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago. A few trout are showing near the marina on yellow PowerBait. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range and showing in deeper water on jigs and plastics. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with little pressure. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: The striper bite has been fair to good with most of the fish around two pounds. The best bite has been on lug worms, anchovies or sardines in 20 to 50 feet of water along the canal and rip rap. Also a few fish on reaction baits, but not as many as bait. Jose Morano, Pasadena, had three stripers to three pounds on sardines at the canal. There is also a pretty fair catfish bite on chicken liver or anchovies fishing in most coves. Forrest Csulak, Bakersfield, landed two catfish to four pounds on chicken liver in Glory Hole Cove. The largemouth and smallmouth action is also pretty fair on plastics and small jigs in just 5 to 25 feet of water. The trout bite has slowed with no plants in more than two weeks. Bluegill and redear are slow. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: For county trout plants, see the list in this report or go to the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Mar
01

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: There was a 4,000-pound trout plant two weeks ago (Feb. 15), and the bite has been pretty good since with fish to nine pounds reported. The best action had been on inflated nightcrawlers fished from shore or trolled CD-3 Rapalas. Some quality crappie have been reported near the marina and on the west end of the dam on small jigs. The bass bite is also improving on plastics fished in less than 20 feet of water. 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 bite has really been picking up with a lot of fish moving up shallow and showing in five to 20 feet of water on plastics and nightcrawlers. Fish to 6-1 reported this past week. The dates for the upcoming events in the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are March 3 and 17, April 7 and 28, and June 2. For information on these events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or richtauber@gmail.com. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are April 14, May 5, June 16, and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and they continue to show on the surface most mornings. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and 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. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The striper bite remains fair with a lot of fish showing on lugworms, spoons, or ice jigs in 40-feet plus of water between the SS Ski and Kong Island. There are some fish at the dam on and near the surface early in the morning, and they are being caught on Kastmasters. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bite may even be better than the striper action with the fish in five to 25 feet of water on nightcrawlers, small plastics, and Senkos, especially in the around around Sharon’s Rest, Firebreak, and Utopia coves. David Borquez, San Fernando, had a three-pound smallmouth on a crankbait at the dam. No reports of crappie this week, and the catfish and bluegill bites are slow. A DFW trout plants this week and three weeks ago. Few reports. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range and showing in deeper water on jigs and plastics. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with little pressure. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: The striper bite has been fair to good with most of the fish around two pounds. The best bite has been on lug worms, anchovies or sardines in deeper water, with some up closer to the surface on shad-like swim baits. There is also a pretty fair catfish bite on chicken liver or anchovies fishing in most coves. Brayan Flores, Los Angeles, had a six-pound catfish on chicken liver in Glory Hole Cove. The largemouth and smallmouth action is also pretty fair on plastics and small jigs in just 5 to 25 feet of water. Jose Flores, Maywood, had a 2-8 smallie on a frozen anchovy. The trout bite has slowed with only an occasional fish showing, however, the marina expects a DFW plant this week, but it is not on the stocking list for this week yet. Bluegill and redear are slow. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: For county trout plants, see the list in this report or go to the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Feb
22

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: There was a 4,000-pound trout plant last Thursday, and the bite has been pretty good since with the fish showing from shore or for shallow-trollers in Cachuma Bay. The rainbows are running up to four pounds. Other species are still slow to fair, with a few bass and crappie showing, including a trio of three-pound class crappie. The bass are best on plastics and small spinnerbaits. 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: There has been a fair bass bite on plastics and nightcrawlers in 12 to 25 feet of water. Anglers dipping live shad have been able to get a few nice crappie to two pounds, especially near the green dock. John Harwood and Jason Christman won this past Saturday’s RTF Bass Tour with a five-fish catch that weighed 18.06 pounds. Ten of the 30 teams had five-fish limits, and the biggest bass was a 5.22-pounder. The dates for the upcoming events in the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are March 3 and 17, April 7 and 28, and June 2. For information on these events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or richtauber@gmail.com. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are April 14, May 5, June 16, and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and they continue to show on the surface most mornings. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and 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. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The striper bite remains fair with a lot of fish showing on lugworms, spoons, or ice jigs in 20-feet plus of water. The largemouth bass bite may even be better than the striper action with the fish in 20 to 45 feet of water on small plastics and jigging spoons. Michael Bottoni, Santa Clarita, had a five-pound largemouth on a plastic. No reports of crappie this week, and the catfish and bluegill bites are slow. A DFW trout plant went in two weeks ago. Few reports. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range and showing in deeper water on jigs and plastics. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with little pressure. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: The striper bite has been fair to good with most of the fish around two pounds. The best bite has been on lug worms, anchovies or sardines in deeper water, with some up closer to the surface on shad-like swim baits. Ohan Manokian, Los Angeles, had six stripers to two pounds on sardines. The largemouth action is also pretty fair on plastics and small jigs in just 5 to 25 feet of water, and a few smallmouth are also showing in this bite. The trout bite has slowed with only an occasional fish showing, and the most recent DFW plants was four weeks ago. Joseph Szanto, Woodland Hills, had a pair of one-pound rainbows. Slow catfish, but a few showing on chicken liver or mackerel. Nacho Lopez, Somis, had a seven-pound cat to top off his three-fish stringer, all on mackerel. Bluegill and redear are slow. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: For county trout plants, see the list in this report or go to the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Feb
15

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: No reports on crappie since last week, so maybe that bite isn’t taking off. Overall the bite has been mostly slow. A few trout continue to show for anglers drifting garlic nightcrawlers or trolling in Sweetwater Bay, Clark’s Cove, and the main part of Cachuma Bay. Also a few bass showing on plastics and small spinnerbaits with the fish moving up a little shallower with the warmer weather. 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: There has been a fair bass bite on plastics and nightcrawlers in 12 to 25 feet of water. Anglers dipping live shad have been able to get a few nice crappie to two pounds, especially near the green dock. The dates for the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are Saturday, Feb. 17, March 3 and 17, April 7 and 28, and June 2. For information on these events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or richtauber@gmail.com. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are April 14, May 5, June 16, and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and they continue to show on the surface most mornings. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and 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. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The striper bite remains fair with a lot of fish showing on lugworms or spoons and ice jigs in 20-feet plus of water. The largemouth bass bite may even be better than the striper action with the fish in 20 to 45 feet of water on small plastics and jigging spoons. Calvin Coping, Temple City, and three largemouths to three pounds on drop-shot plastics. Bradly Smith, Garden Grove, had four stripers and largemouths and his best was a three-pound striper. No reports of crappie this week, and the catfish and bluegill bites are slow. A DFW trout plant went in last week. Few reports. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range and showing in deeper water on jigs and plastics. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with little pressure. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: The striper bite has been fair to good with most of the fish around two pounds. The best bite has been on lug worms or sardines in deeper water, with some up closer to the surface on swim baits. Still some fair trout action from the DFW plants two weeks ago. Some of the rainbows are pushing two pounds. The best bite has been adjacent to the launch ramp on PowerBait, Mice Tails, and small jigs or spoons. The largemouth action is also pretty fair on plastics and small jigs in just 5 to 25 feet of water, and a few smallmouth are also showing in this bite. Ray Rojas, Valencia, have five bass to three pounds. Slow catfish, but a few showing on chicken liver or mackerel. Nacho Lopez, Somis, had a seven-pound cat to top off his three-fish stringer, all on mackerel. Bluegill and redear are slow. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: For county trout plants, see the list in this report or go to the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Feb
01

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Generally slow action here. A few trout continue to show for anglers drifting garlic nightcrawlers or trolling in Sweetwater Bay, Clark’s Cove, and the main part of Cachuma Bay. Other species very slow, with only a few bass showing on plastics and small spinners. 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: A DFW trout plant went this week and three weeks ago, and the bite perked up a little this week around the marina area on small jigs and floating dough baits. There has also been a fair bass bite on plastics and nightcrawlers in 12 to 25 feet of water, but few other reports. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are Feb. 10, April 14, May 5, June 16, and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. The dates for the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are this Saturday, Feb. 3, and Feb. 17, March 3 and 17, April 7 and 28, and June 2. For information on these events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or richtauber@gmail.com. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and they continue to show on the surface most mornings. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and 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. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The striper bite remains fair to good with a lot of fish showing on lugworms, spoons, or trolled umbrella rigs in 20-feet plus of water. The largemouth bass bite may even be better than the striper action with the fish in 20 to 45 feet of water on small plastics and jigging spoons. Jesse Hernandez, Bakersfield, caught and released six largemouth to four pounds on drop-shot plastics. No reports of crappie this week, and the catfish and bluegill bites are slow. A DFW trout plant went in three weeks ago, but few fish are showing. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range and showing in deeper water on jigs and plastics. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with little pressure. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: There were actually two DFW trout plants last week, and the action has been very good since with some of the fish pushing two pounds. The best action has been adjacent to the launch ramp on PowerBait, Mice Tails, and small jigs or spoons. The striper bite has also been fair to good with most of the fish around two pounds. The best bite has been on
lug worms or sardines in deeper water, with some up closer to the surface on swim baits. The largemouth action is also pretty fair on plastics and small jigs in just 10 to 25 feet of water. Slow catfish, but a few showing on chicken liver. Bluegill and redear are slow. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: For county trout plants, see the list in this report or go to the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Jan
25

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Generally slow action here. A few trout continue to show for anglers drifting garlic nightcrawlers or trolling in Sweetwater Bay, Clark’s Cove, and the main part of Cachuma Bay. Other species very slow, with only a few bass showing on plastics and small spinners. 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: A DFW trout plant went in two weeks ago, but the bite is slow with only a few showing in the marina area on small jigs and floating dough baits. There has also been a fair bass bite on plastics and nightcrawlers in 12 to 25 feet of water, but few other reports. There was an ABA bass event this past Saturday. It took 19.16 pounds (five fish) to win the event for Todd Holder and Jesse Martinez. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are Feb. 10, April 14, May 5, June 16, and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. The dates for the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are Feb. 3 and 17, March 3 and 17, April 7 and 28, and June 2. For information on these events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or richtauber@gmail.com. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and they continue to show on the surface most mornings. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and 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. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The striper bite really improved over the past week with good action on trout-like swimbaits for bigger fish and on smaller fish on smaller swimbaits, lug worms, spoons, and trolled umbrella rigs. Shore anglers fishing frozen shad near the boat ramp have also been getting stripers in decent numbers with fish to six pounds. Top stripers were at 36 and 15 pounds caught by one angler on a homemade bait last week. The largemouth and smallmouth bites are still fair to good on small plastics, spoons, and ice jigs in 15 to 35 feet of water on structure. Jay Poore, Castaic, had a pair of largemouth to six pounds. No reports of crappie this week, and the catfish and bluegill bites are slow. A DFW trout plant went in two weeks ago, but few fish are showing. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range and showing in deeper water on jigs and plastics. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with little pressure. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: A DFW trout plant this week turned on the trout bite at the launch ramp, with good action on small lures and Mice Tails. The striper bite also kicked up a notch with the warmer weather, and the fish have been showing on swimbaits at the surface and lug worms or sardines in deeper water. The largemouth and smallmouth action is pretty fair on plastics and small jigs with a few bigger fish on trout-like and shad-like swimbaits. Slow catfish, but a few showing on chicken liver. Bluegill and redear are slow. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: For county trout plants, see the list in this report or go to the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Dec
08

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: No report available. 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: There continues to be a fair to good bass bite on drop-shot plastics in 15 to 40 feet of water. Fish to seven pounds reported this week. Sheila Silva, Wood Ranch, landed a four-pound bass this past week. Other species are slow and there have been no DFW trout plants yet this season. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and they continue to show on the surface most mornings. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and 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. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: While the surface bite has slowed way down, the striper action has remains good for anglers trolling umbrella rigs, throwing Fluke-type baits, trout-like swimbaits, or spooning. Most of the action is 40 to 70 feet of water. The largemouth bass bite has been very good on drop-shot plastics or small swimbaits and jerkbaits in 15 to 40 feet of water. The numbers are good, but the size is mostly under four pounds. Ryan McBride, Valencia, landed 12 bass to 3.5 pounds on cranks and Roboworms in the Fish Arm. Brian Sheppard, Valencia, had five bass to three pounds, also on Roboworms in the Fish Arm. The bluegill and catfish bites are both slow. Trout slow with no plants since Thanksgiving week. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Continued fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range and showing in deeper water on jigs and plastics. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow to fair. Best action on bluegill is in 12 to 30 feet of water on wax worms, meal worms, or crickets. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: The striper bite has remained good this week fish reported on Flukes and other small swimbaits or jerkbaits that resemble shad or rainbow trout when the fish are up top chasing bait. The stripers are also showing on sardines, anchovies, or nightcrawlers. The catfish bite has also been fair to good with some nice stringers of fish being caught on chicken liver or anchovies. Largemouth and smallmouth bass action has slowed way down, but a few are showing on dropshot or split-shot plastics in 15 to 35 feet. Bluegill and redear are slow. DFW trout plant five weeks ago, but none since and none on the DFW schedule. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: For county trout plants, see the list in this report or go to the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Nov
16

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: First trout plant of the season went in last Thursday, a load of 4,000 pounds of rainbows. The bite has been pretty good around the marina and out to the mouth of the cove, but the fish are already starting to spread around the lake. Small lures and floating dough baits have been getting the most rainbows, with fish to three pounds. Other than the trout, mostly slow action. 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: Fair bluegill and redear bite from the fishing piers and all along the shore. The bite has been on small nightcrawler pieces or red worms fished under a bobber near cover. Most are small, however. The bass and catfish bites are also both pretty fair. The bass are moving to deeper water for much of the day and showing on deeply-fished plastics and nightcrawlers. Still a few fish up on the surface on reaction baits early and late in the day. That bite is declining, however. No other reports. No recent DFW trout plants, but plants should be starting soon. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and they continue to show on the surface most mornings. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and 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. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The stripers and largemouth bass continue to be very good with a lot of boiling fish in the backs of coves. Topwater baits, surface rip baits, and spoons are all getting stripers, largemouth, and smallmouth as they chase shad morning and evening. Most of the black bass are two to three pounds and the stripers are mostly two to five pounds or better. The bluegill and catfish bites are both slow. Trout are slow, but the marina staff expects DFW fish this week — but they expected fish last week, too. The lake isn’t on the DFW plant list for this week and also wasn’t for last week. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Continued slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. There has been a topwater bite early and late in the day with the bass up chasing baitfish. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow to fair. Best action on bluegill is in six to 20 feet of water on wax worms, meal worms, or crickets. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: The striper bite has remained good this week fish reported on Flukes and other small swimbaits or jerkbaits that resemble shad. There is also pretty fair action for stripers and catfish on sardines, anchovies, or nightcrawlers. Eric Rosland, Simi Valley, had eight stripers to 2.5 pounds. The catfish bite has also been fair to good with some nice stringers of fish being caught on chicken liver or anchovies. Chad Presack, Thousand Oaks, had five cats to five pounds in the main channel on chicken liver. Largemouth and smallmouth bass action has slowed way down, but a few are showing on shad-pattern lures in the mornings and plastics later in the day. Bluegill and redear are slow. DFW trout plant three weeks ago. The marina staff says they are scheduled again for this week, but there is no plant on the DFW list. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

JACKSON LAKE: First trout plant of the year went in two weeks ago and there are still a few rainbows being caught. For updated information, call Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle at 661-429-5824.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: There will be a free Youth Fishing Derby this Saturday at El Dorado Regional Park in Long Beach. Fishing gear will be provided for kids 15 and under. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. with the derby running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be raffle for the kids after the derby. For more information, call El Dorado Regional Park at 562-570-1771. For trout plants, see the list in this report or go to the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Oct
26

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Little change here with slow to fair action. The bite on catfish and bass are the best bets. Only an occasional crappie is being reported. Trout are very slow with only the occasional fish showing from deep water (60 feet) near the dam. But there are lots of small bluegill around most shorelines. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, and quite a few carp are near the surface. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 30-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.

CASITAS: There is a pretty good bluegill and redear bite from the fishing piers and all along the shore. The bite has been on small nightcrawler pieces or red worms fished under a bobber near cover. The bass and catfish bites are also both pretty fair. The bass have been best on topwater, plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits early and late in the day, but they move deep during the day and the action slows way down. The catfish have been best on nightcrawlers and cut baits in most of the coves and off points. The trout action has been fair for the very few anglers trolling in 50 to 60 feet of water at the buoy line. Needlefish on lead core have been the ticket. No recent plants. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and they continue to show on the surface most mornings. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and 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. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The stripers and largemouth bass continue to be very good with a lot of boiling fish in the backs of coves. Topwater baits, surface rip baits, and spoons are all getting stripers, largemouth, and smallmouth as they chase shad morning and evening. The bluegill and catfish bites both slowed with fair action at best. Still a fair number of small bluegill with an occasional bigger fish to a pound. Meal worms and wax worms the best baits. Trout are slow, with no recent plants and none likely until early November. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Little change with continued slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. There has been a topwater bite during a narrow window early in the day. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow to fair. Best action on bluegill is in six to 20 feet of water on wax worms, meal worms, or crickets. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: The striper bite has remained very good this week with a lot of limits of fish reported on Flures and small swimbaits that resemble shad. Trolling umbrella rigs or flies also continues to be a good bet. There is also pretty fair action for stripers and catfish on sardines fished in 20 to 75 feet of water. Largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been good mornings on shad-pattern lures and plastics. A lot of fish are up chasing baitfish in the morning, and then move deeper during the day. Bluegill and redear are fair to good in 10 to 18 feet of water on wax worms and red worms. Apparently the DFW trout plant slated for two weeks ago was delayed, but trout plants are on the list again for this week. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: For trout plants, see the list in this report or go to the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Sep
28

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Overall slow to fair action. The bite on catfish and bass are the best bets, but they both have been fair. Only an occasional crappie is being reported. Trout are very slow with only the occasional fish showing from deep water (60 feet) near the dam. But there are lots of small bluegill around most shorelines. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, and quite a few carp are near the surface. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 30-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.

CASITAS: The bass and catfish bites are both pretty fair. The bass have been best on topwater, plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits early and late in the day, but they move deep during the day and the action slows way down. Young Emma Fagan, Oakview, caught a two-pound bass on a white Bill Dance crankbait — her first bass ever. The catfish have been best on nightcrawlers and cut baits in most of the coves and off points. The bluegill and redear bites are fair but getting light fishing pressure and most of the panfish are small. The trout action has been fair for the very few anglers trolling in 50 to 60 feet of water at the buoy line. Needlefish on lead core have been the ticket. No recent plants. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and they continue to show on the surface most mornings. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and 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. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The striped bass have been boiling at lot over the past week and there has been some good quality fish in this bite. Topwater baits, surface rip baits, live shad (if you can dip some), and spoons are all getting stripers to 10 pounds when they boil, but the shad, sardines, and blood worms are also working on deeper, metered fish when the fish aren’t up. The largemouths and smallmouths are also up chasing shad morning and evening, and the action has been good in the backs of the coves on reaction baits. Jay Poore, Castaic, had a four-pound largemouth this week. The bluegill bite remains good in both the upper and lower lakes with the fish stacked up on shallow, flooded brush. Tons of small fish, but some bigger fish to a pound and meal worms and wax worms. Trout are slow, with no recent plants and none likely until winter. A few catfish reports on quality fish, but the fish are few and far between. Few anglers targeting the cats. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass but the warm weather and dropping water levels has moved the fish into deeper water. There has been a topwater bite during a narrow window early in the day. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow to fair. Best action on bluegill is in four to 12 feet on wax worms or crickets. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: The striper bite was a little off this week, but still fair with some good boils in the mornings and topwater baits the best bet, but some bait fish later in the day. Most are one to three pounds now with some bigger. Largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been good mornings on shad-pattern lures and plastics. A lot of fish are up chasing baitfish in the morning, and them move deeper during the day. Anthony Casarres, Valencia, had five largemouth to 3.5 pounds fishing topwater baits. There is a fair catfish bite with the fish mostly in 20 to 50 feet now, and sardines, mackeral, and nightcrawlers are best. Bluegill and redear are fair to good in 10 to 18 feet of water on wax worms and red worms. Trout slow with no recent DFW plants. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: For trout plants, see the list in this report or go to the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Sep
21

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Overall light fishing pressure and slow action. The bite on catfish and bass are the best bets, but they both have been fair at best. Only an occasional crappie is being reported. Trout are very slow with only the occasional fish showing from deep water (80-plus feet) near the dam. But there are lots of small bluegill around most shorelines. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, and quite a few carp are near the surface. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 30-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.

CASITAS: The bass and catfish bites are both pretty fair. The bass have been best on topwater, plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits early and late in the day, but they move deep during the day and the action slows way down. The final night bass tournament of the season was held this past Saturday and it took a five-fish catch that weighed 20.26-pounds to win. Winners were Chris Chandler and Dave Delucca, while the second place team of Dwayne Stiles and John Tubbs had 18.55 pounds for their five fish, but they had big fish of the event at 6.93 pounds. The catfish have been best on nightcrawlers and cut baits in most of the coves and off points. The bluegill and redear bites are fair but getting light fishing pressure and most of the panfish are small. The trout action has been slow with few anglers targeting the rainbows. No recent plants. A few anglers targeting carp in recent days have done very well with dough baits on fish to 10-plus pounds. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and they continue to show on the surface most mornings. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. The last general night fishing weekend will be Sept. 7-9, this Thursday through Saturday. The lake will be open until 11 p.m. these days. The last night bass tournament on the RTF Bass Tour will be held this Saturday, Sept. 16. Call Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 on the night tournament schedule and entry information. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The striped bass have been boiling at lot over the past week and there has been some good quality fish in this bite. Topwater baits, surface rip baits, live shad (if you can dip some), and spoons are all getting stripers to 10 pounds when they boil, but the shad, sardines, and blood worms are also working on deeper, metered fish when the fish aren’t up. The largemouths and smallmouths are also up chasing shad morning and evening, and the action has been good in the backs of the coves on reaction baits. The bluegill bite remains good in both the upper and lower lakes with the fish stacked up on shallow, flooded brush. Tons of small fish, but some bigger fish to a pound and meal worms and wax worms. Trout are slow, with no recent plants and none likely until winter. A few catfish reports on quality fish, but the fish are few and far between. Few anglers targeting the cats. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass but the warm weather and dropping water levels has moved the fish into deeper water. There has been a topwater bite during a narrow window early in the day. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow to fair. Best action on bluegill is in four to 12 feet on wax worms or crickets. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: The striper bite is fair to good with a lot of fish showing on topwater and swim baits early. They are boiling on shad most mornings and then being caught on bait — mostly sardine or anchovies — in deeper water later in the day. Trolling with umbrella rigs or flies or jigging spoons has also been effective when they move deep. Most are one to three pounds now with some bigger. Largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been good mornings on shad-pattern lures and plastics. A lot of fish are up chasing baitfish morning and evening, and them move deeper during the day. There is a fair catfish bite with the fish mostly in 10 to 50 feet now, and sardine and anchovies are best. Bluegill and redear are fair to good in 10 to 18 feet of water on wax worms and red worms. Trout slow with no recent DFW plants. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: For trout plants, see the list in this report or go to the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

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LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Overall light fishing pressure and slow action. The bite on catfish and bass are the best bets, but they both have been fair at best. Only an occasional crappie is being reported. Trout are very slow with only the occasional fish showing from deep water (80-plus feet) near the dam. But there are lots of small bluegill around most shorelines. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, and quite a few carp are near the surface. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 30-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.

CASITAS: The bass and catfish bites are both pretty fair. The bass have been best on topwater, plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits early and late in the day, but they move deep during the day and the action slows way down. The catfish have been best on nightcrawlers and cut baits in most of the coves and off points. The bluegill and redear bites are fair but getting light fishing pressure and most of the panfish are small. The trout action has been slow with few anglers targeting the rainbows. No recent plants. A few anglers targeting carp in recent days have done very well with dough baits on fish to 10-plus pounds. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and they continue to show on the surface most mornings. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. The last general night fishing weekend will be Sept. 7-9, this Thursday through Saturday. The lake will be open until 11 p.m. these days. The last night bass tournament on the RTF Bass Tour will be held this Saturday, Sept. 16. Call Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 on the night tournament schedule and entry information. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The striped bass have been boiling at lot over the past week and there has been some good quality fish in this bite. Topwater baits, surface rip baits, live shad (if you can dip some), and spoons are all getting stripers to 10 pounds when they boil, but the shad, sardines, and blood worms are also working on deeper, metered fish when the fish aren’t up. The largemouths and smallmouths are also up chasing shad morning and evening, but the bite is just fair. Reaction baits are best early and late, but some bigger fish showing on jigs in deeper water. The bluegill bite remains good in both the upper and lower lakes, but the weed beds continue to be troublesome. Tons of small fish, but some bigger fish to a pound and meal worms are the top bait, but red worms, nightcrawler pieces, crickets, and wax worms also good. Trout are slow, with no recent plants and none likely until winter. A few catfish reports on quality fish, but the fish are few and far between. Few anglers targeting the cats. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass but the warm weather and dropping water levels has moved the fish into deeper water. There has been a topwater bite during a narrow window early in the day. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow to fair. Best action on bluegill is in four to 12 feet on wax worms or crickets. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: The striper bite is fair to good with a lot of fish showing on topwater early and then trolled flies and swim baits later. They are boiling on shad most mornings and then on the bait in deeper water later in the day. Trolling with umbrella rigs or jigging spoons has been the best bet when they move deer. Most are one to three pounds now with some bigger. Largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been fair and improving. A lot of fish up chasing baitfish morning and evening, and them move deeper during the day. The best bite has been on topwater baits early and then reaction baits, plastics and jigs. There is a fair catfish bite with the fish moving shallow. Bluegill and redear are fair to good in 10 to 18 feet of water on wax worms and red worms. Trout slow with no recent DFW plants. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (except the rainbow trout). More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: For trout plants, see the list in this report or go to the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.