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May
26

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Windy much of week. The bass have been showing in good numbers on nightcrawlers, plastics, and a wide variety of shad-like baits from cranks to spinnerbaits to spoons. Trout numbers are down again from the previous couple of weeks, but trollers and bait anglers fishing near the dam with small, shad-like baits or drifting inflated nightcrawlers had fish to eight pounds in a slow to fair bite. The crappie bite slowed to nothing over the past week. The catfish bite has fair to good with a few limits reported on on garlic-soaked cut baits and nightcrawlers in Cachuma Bay and other coves. The carp are also massing in big schools and cruising in the shallows, especially on warm days, so the bow-fishing opportunities are good again. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 30-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.

CASITAS: The Santa Ana launch ramp remains closed due to low water, but the Coyote ramp is open. The bass fishing has been good with shad showing on the surface all over the lake and the bass up chasing them. Live shad, shad-like cranks, jerkbaits or spinnerbaits, and small plastics worms all working. Top bass reported was an 8-8 caught by Mike Kushner, North Hollywood, to top off his five fish limit, all on live shad. Randy Westbury, Ojai, had three bass to seven pounds on topwater, while Trevor Cox, Los Angeles, also had three bass to six pounds, but his were on nightcrawlers. The live shad are also producing a few crappie, including an occasional big fish over two pounds, but fewer of the big crappie are being landed. While they are getting very little pressure, a few trout trollers working deep water near the dam are reporting fish to three pounds. Carp are still fair to good, but slowed from the past couple of weeks. Most are blaming the weekend full moon. The bluegill and redear bites are picking on live nightcrawlers. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The striper bite has been picking up on better weather days with more fish moving up to chase baitfish. Most stripers are now showing up on or near the top on cranks or other reaction baits that resemble shad. Fish to nine pounds reported. A few stripers are showing on sardines. The largemouth bass is fair to good with fish mostly out of the spawn. Best action has been on Senkos or Roboworms, some on reaction baits. The bass seem to be tight to brushy structure. No trout reports. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in six to 25 feet of water. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

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

PYRAMID: DFG trout plant slated for this week with the most recent plant three weeks ago. A few trout reported around the marina. Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on cut baits, but also some fish on slow-trolled lures. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. More fish on the top this week with warming weather. A few catfish are showing on cut baits and this bite has improved in the past week with fair action. Largemouth bass have been fair to good with a lot of fish in the shallows for the spawn. Best action on jigs, plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are also starting to improve with the best bite on small jigs topped with baits or half a hightcrawler. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.

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

May
12

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Winds have buffeted last week with rain on Friday slowing all the action, but by the weekend action on bass, especially, but also trout and crappie came back on pretty strong. The bass have been showing in good numbers since on nightcrawlers, plastics, and a wide variety of shad-like baits from cranks to spinnerbaits to spoons. Trout numbers were down from the previous couple of weeks, but trollers and bait anglers fishing near the dam with small, shad-like baits or drifting inflated nightcrawlers both had fish to three pounds. The crappie bite slowed with the winds, but a few are still showing again since the lull in the back of the lake on jigs and nightcrawlers. The catfish bite has fair with a lot of fish on garlic-soaked cut baits and nightcrawlers in Cachuma Bay and other coves. The carp are also massing in big schools and cruising in the shallows, especially on warm days, so the bow-fishing opportunities are good again. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 10-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.

CASITAS: The Santa Ana launch ramp was closed Saturday when water finally dropped so low at the end of the ramp that boats could launch. The long-submerged Coyote Ramp was open, but a boat slipped off the matting on this ramp and now both ramps are closed. The Coyote Ramp closure is temporary and it should be reopened soon, but anglers should call ahead if they plan on launching. The fishing has been very good. The bass and crappie bites are hot if you have live shad, but the carp bite has been excellent with a lot of 15 to 25-pound class carp showing. The carp bite has been best on corn kernels or dough baits, and many shore anglers are setting up carp rods while fishing for bass or crappie. The fish are all in 10 feet or less of water, bowfishing is also very good for the big carp. The crappie bite is tough without shad, and most of the fish are big running from 1-12 to three pounds. Part of the size of the crappie may be due to the size of the shad. While the size of the shad being dipped is highly variable, the majority are bigger shad. The bass are also pushovers on the candy bait, but they are also being caught on shad-like swimbaits, jerkbaits, and cranks or drop-shotted plastic worms in shad colors. There is some grass starting to grow on the bottom so most drop-shotters are going to longer leaders. Most of the bass are 1-8 to two pounds, but Albert Delgado, Oxnard, landed a nine-pound bass on a live shad. Kevin ìOzî Oslund, Oakview, had a 7-8 bass, also on live shad. A few catfish are also being caught, but getting very little pressure. Braun Sockwell, Miners Oaks, had a 10-pound catifhs on mackerel and a 15-0 carp on shad. The bluegill and redear bites are picking on live nightcrawlers. Trout have been slow with few fish reported in the past week. Most recent plant four weeks ago. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: Better weather this past week, but still windy most days. The striper bite has been picking up on better weather day with more fish moving up to chase baitfish. Most stripers are now showing up on or near the top on cranks or other reaction baits that resemble shad. Very few showing on sardines in deep water this week. Top fish reported was a 19.6-pound landed by Ryan Cabrerra, Valencia, on a Lunker Plunker. The largemouth bass is fair to good with fish mostly out of the spawn. Best action has been on Senkos or Roboworms, some on reaction baits. The bass seem to be tight to brushy structure. No trout reports. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in six to 25 feet of water. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

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

PYRAMID: Windy again much of the past week, but a DFG trout plant went in last week and three weeks ago. A few trout reported around the marina. Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on cut baits, but also some fish on slow-trolled lures. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. More fish on the top this week with warming weather. A few catfish are showing on cut baits and this bite has improved in the past week with fair action. Largemouth bass have been fair to good with a lot of fish in the shallows for the spawn. Best action on jigs, plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are also starting to improve with the best bite on small jigs topped with baits or half a hightcrawler. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.

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

May
05

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Winds have buffeted the lake this past week, but the action on bass and trout has remained fair to good. The trout action has been best for trollers and baits anglers fishing near the dam with small, shad-like baits or drifting inflated nightcrawlers. Both the largemouth and smallmouth bass bites are good with a lot of fish to three pounds reported on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, and reaction baits tight in the shallows but most of the spawning activity is over. The crappie bite slowed with the winds, but a few are still showing. The catfish bite has fair with a lot of fish on garlic-soaked cut baits in Cachuma Bay and other coves. The carp are also massing in big schools and cruising in the shallows, especially on warm days, so the bow-fishing opportunities are good again. Other species have been very slow. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 10-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.

CASITAS: Some bass are still up tight in shallow water as the spawn tapers off, but there are mostly post-spawn fish up chasing shad. The shad have been up most days this past week and available to dip net for bait. That candy bait has made the bass easy, but shad-like cranks and swimbaits, especially small ones in the three-inch range have been nearly as good as the live bait. Drop-shot plastics also a good bet. Fish to 5-5 in the past week, but most in the two-pound range. Some crappie and catfish also showing on the live shad. The bluegill and redear bites are picking on live nightcrawlers. Trout have been slow to fair, with most of the action in deeper water for trollers or anglers drifting bait. Very few shore fish. Most recent plant three weeks ago. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: Better weather this past week, but still windy most days. The striper bite has been slow to fair with only a few fish showing on sardines in deep water or shad-like reaction baits fished on main lake points. The largemouth bass is fair to good with fish on the backside or out of the spawn. Best action has been on Senkos or Roboworms, some on reaction baits. DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Fair trout action around the launch ramp. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in 20 to 75 feet of water. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

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

PYRAMID: Windy again much of the past week, but a DFG trout plant is slated for this week, with plants also going in two and four weeks ago. A few trout reported around the marina. Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on cut baits, but also some fish on slow-trolled lures. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. A few catfish are showing on cut baits and this bite has improved in the past week with fair action. Largemouth bass have been fair to good with a lot of fish in the shallows for the spawn. Best action on jigs, plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are also starting to improve with the best bite on small jigs topped with baits or half a hightcrawler. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.

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

Apr
21

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The trout plants for the 21st Annual Fishing Derby produced very good trout action for both shore anglers fishing in the marina region and trollers working Johnson Bay, the dam area, and the points. The crappie bite came back on with fair to good action around stumps in the east end of the lake on jigs tipped with meal worms. Both the largemouth and smallmouth bass bites are good with a lot of fish to three pounds reported on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, and reaction baits tight in the shallows and on beds. The catfish bite also turned on with a pair of eight pounders and a 10 pounder reported during the derby. Garlic-soaked cut baits in Cachuma Bay were the best bets. The carp are also massing in big schools and cruising in the shallows, especially on warm days, so the bow-fishing opportunities are good again. Other species have been very slow. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 10-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.

CASITAS: The bass are still up tight in shallow water (most less than 10 feet) for the spawn. The action has been up and down with the wind this past week, but still generally fair to good with a lot of fish around three pounds on plastics and nightcrawlers and shad-like baits, but few bigger fish to six pounds. A few crappie also showed up this week on small jigs, and the bluegill and redear bites are picking up since the weekend. Trout have been slow, even after the DFW plant last week. The best action has been for trollers. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: Windy much of the past week. The striper bite has improved with fair to good action on frozen sardines and shad-patterned reaction baits. Most of the stripers are under four pounds and showing near the dam and off the main lake points. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair to good, with a lot of fish in shallow water (less than 15 feet) already in the spawn. Best action on plastics and nightcrawlers, but some fish on crankbaits early and late in the day, especially the smallmouth. John Petrov, Marina del Rey, landed a 12-4 bass. DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. Fair trout action around the launch ramp. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in 20 to 75 feet of water. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

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

PYRAMID: Windy much of the past week, but DFG trout plants went in this week and two weeks ago. A few trout reported around the marina. Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on cut baits, but also some fish on slow-trolled lures. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. A few catfish are showing on cut baits and this bite has improved in the past week with fair action. Largemouth bass have been fair to good with a lot of fish in the shallows for the spawn. Best action on jigs, plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are also starting to improve with the best bite on small jigs topped with baits or half a hightcrawler. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.

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

Apr
15

The 10LB Club – Castaic Lake

Apr
07

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Fair to good trout action continues with the best action has been for trollers working Johnson Bay, the dam area, and the points. More plants are slated for April before the annual fishing derby. The crappie bite slowed a little this week, but it is still fair to good. They are locked on structure and the hot spots have been the rocky areas and cliff-like shoreline, the docks, and along the main channel. Small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles are the best bait. Both the largemouth and smallmouth bass bites are good with a lot of fish to three pounds reported on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, and reaction baits tight in the shallows and on beds. Few reports of catfish, but a few are still showing on small pieces of garlic-soaked cut baits. The carp are also massing in big schools and cruising in the shallows, especially on warm days, so the bow-fishing opportunities are good again. Other species have been very slow. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 10-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.

CASITAS: The bass are still up tight in shallow water (most less than 10 feet) for the spawn. The action has been good with a lot of fish around three pounds on plastics and nightcrawlers and shad-like baits, but few bigger fish to six pounds. A few crappie also showed up this week on small jigs, and the bluegill and redear bites are picking up. Trout have been very slow, but a DFW trout plant was slated for this week. The best action has been for trollers. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The striper bite has improved over the past week with fair to good action on frozen sardines and shad-patterned reaction baits. Most of the stripers are under four pounds and showing near the dam and off the main lake points. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair to good, with a lot of fish in shallow water (less than 15 feet) already in the spawn. Best action on plastics and nightcrawlers, but some fish on crankbaits early and late in the day, especially the smallmouth. DFW trout plant is slated for this week and went in three weeks ago. Slow trout action before this week’s plant. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in 20 to 75 feet of water. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

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

PYRAMID: DFG trout plants this week and four weeks ago. Few trout reports before this plant. Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on cut baits, but also some fish on slow-trolled lures. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. A few catfish are showing on cut baits and this bite has improved in the past week with fair action. Largemouth bass have been fair to good with a lot of fish in the shallows for the spawn. Best action on jigs, plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are also starting to improve with the best bite on small jigs topped with baits or half a hightcrawler. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.

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

Mar
30

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The season’s first trout plant went in Wednesday last week. It consisted of 3,300 pounds of Nebraska Tailwalkers, and most of the rainbows were bigger than four pounds. More plants are slated for April before the annual fishing derby. The trout bite was good for shore anglers at Launch No. 5 immediately after the plant, but the fish have dispersed since and the best action has been for trollers using small Rapalas in black and gold or in rainbow trout colors. Johnson Bay, along the cliffs near the main point, and from the dam to Clark’s Canyon are the top spots. Eddie Robinson, Santa Barbara, had three trout for a total weight of 19 pounds and his best was an 11 1/2-pounder. All were caught on chrome-blue or rainbow Kastmasters from shore. The crappie bite slowed a little this week, but it is still fair to good. They are locked on structure and the hot spots have been the rocky areas and cliff-like shoreline, the docks, and along the main channel. Small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles are the best bait. Both the largemouth and smallmouth bass bites are becoming pretty good with a lot of fish to three pounds reported on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, and reaction baits. Few reports of catfish, but a few are still showing on small pieces of garlic-soaked cut baits. The carp are also massing in big schools and cruising in the shallows, especially on warm days, so the bow-fishing opportunities are good again. Other species have been very slow. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 10-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.

CASITAS: The bass are still up tight in shallow water (most less than 10 feet) for the spawn. The action has been good with a lot of fish around three pounds on plastics and nightcrawlers, but few bigger fish. Wyatt Lunsden, Moorpark, landed a 7.34-pound bass on Saturday. During a weekend team bass tournament, Brian Evans and Matt Newman won first place with four bass that weighed 21.85 pounds. A few crappie also showed up this week, most landed by trout trollers dragging Needlefish. The trout action is slow. Most recent DFW trout plant was two weeks ago. The best action has been for trollers. Only a few redear or bluegill. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The striper bite is fair on sardines or lug worms fished in deeper water near the dam and off main lake points. Guide Bob Caffey, Quartz Hill, guided two clients to 16 stripers last Friday with the biggest fish in the five-pound class. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair to good, with a lot of fish in shallow water (less than 15 feet) already moving up for the spawn. Best action on plastics and nightcrawlers, but some fish on crankbaits early and late in the day, especially the smallmouth. DFW trout plant two weeks ago. Slow trout action with most of the rainbows dispersing away from the launch ramp. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

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

PYRAMID: DFG trout plant went in three weeks ago. Few trout reports in past week with only an occasional fish on small spoons and spinners. Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on cut baits, but also some fish on slow-trolled lures. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. A few catfish are showing on cut baits but this bite is slow. Largemouth bass have been fair and improving daily with the best action on plastics and reaction baits, but most of the fish are moving up into the shallows. Bluegill and redear slow. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.

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

Mar
04

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The warm weather has turned on the crappie and smallmouth bass bites. While no 25-fish limits were reported this week on the crappie the bite is pretty good on small tube jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles with some slabs to two pounds reported. Top spots have been at the dam or in the river channel on Jackrabbit Flats. Both the largemouth and smallmouth bass bites are also pretty fair with a lot of fish to three pounds reported on nightcrawlers, plastic worms, and reaction baits. Few reports of catfish, but a few are still showing on small pieces of garlic-soaked cut baits. Other species have been very slow. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 10-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.

CASITAS: The warm weather has the bass up tight in shallow water (most less than 10 feet) nosing around for the spawn. The action has been good with a lot of fish over three pounds on plastics and nightcrawlers. Rodger Marks, Ventura, had six bass to four pounds on drop-shot plastics. Tyranny and Brian Cossell, Oak View, have landed bass to five pounds fishing plastics from shore. Most recent DFW trout plant went in two weeks ago. A few trout are showing on spinners, PowerBait, and inflated nightcrawlers around the marina, but the trout action has mostly moved away from the marina shoreline area with the best bite now for trollers or boat bait anglers. The odd crappie or redear continues to show, but no consistent action on either species yet. The panfish coming in are all quality fish. Other species very slow. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The striped bass bite has come back on for anglers trolling or fishing cut baits in deeper water. The best action has been on sardines or lug worms with fish to six pounds reported. The most recent DFW trout plant was three weeks ago. Slow trout action with most dispersing away from the launch ramp. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been fair to good with most of the fish moving shallower. Some fish reported in less than 10 feet of water, but most are showing on plastics or reaction baits in 15 to 25 feet. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

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

PYRAMID: DFG trout plant two weeks ago. The trout bite is slow with only an occasional trout landed on small spoons and spinners. Stripers are fair with most fish from one to four pounds. Best action has been for anglers slow-trolling or fishing cut baits at the dam or channel, but some bigger fish have been showing on swimbaits, especially right after the trout plants. A few catfish are showing on cut baits but this bite is slow. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action on plastics and reaction baits, but most of the fish are in deep water now on jigging spoons. Bluegill and redear slow. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.

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

Feb
18

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The warm weather really broke open the action on crappie here this past week. Two anglers reported 25-fish limits on crappie to 2-8 and a number of other anglers culled smaller stringers of quality fish. Most of the crappie are showing on small jigs fished around structure or slow-trolling on Jackrabbit Flats. The bass bite also broke open with good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass on jigs, plastics, and reaction baits off the points. Few reports of catfish, but a few are still showing on small pieces of garlic-soaked cut baits. Other species have been very slow. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 10-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.

CASITAS: DFW trout plant was slated for this week, but it had not gone in as of Wednesday. The trout action moved away from the marina shoreline area with the best bite now for trollers or boat bait anglers. Ron Novak, Ojai, had three trout for a total of nine pounds, all taken with Needlefish while trolling. The warm weather has the bass up tight in shallow water (most less than 10 feet) nosing around for the spawn. Buddy Morton, Ojai, landed a nine-pounder on a plastic while Dee Skipper, Oxnard, had a five-pound bass on a nightcrawler. The odd crappie or redear continues to show, but no consistent action on either species yet. The panfish coming in are all quality fish. Other species very slow. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: DFW trout plants last week 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 trout 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 lugworms or sardines in 60 feet of water. The largemouth bass action perked a little with the warm weather, but most of the bite is still in 15 to 50 feet of water on plastics fished near structure or jigging spoons for suspended fish. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: The continued warm weather this week has perked the largemouth and smallmouth bass bites, with some fish even nosing up into shallower water in a pre-spawn movement. Both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure, but some boat anglers are also still using jigging spoons for suspended fish 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: DFG trout plants were this week and four weeks ago. The trout bite is usually good on small spoons and spinners just 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, but some bigger fish have been showing on swimbaits, especially right after the trout plants. A few catfish are showing on cut baits but this bite is slow. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action on plastics and reaction baits, but most of the fish are in deep water now on jigging spoons. Bluegill and redear slow. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.

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

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.