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Jul
20

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The bite on catfish and bass has been fair with flurries of good action, and a few crappie also showing. The trout are very slow, but a few are still being caught by deep trollers fishing near the dam. Top spot for the bass and catfish has been the back end of Cachuma Bay and Harvey’s Cove near reeds. Garlic worms and mackerel have been the best for the cats, while plastics and reaction baits are best for the bass. Crappie are best on small jigs on the yellow-green end of the spectrum, mostly in Cachuma Bay. Lots of carp remain up in the shallows. 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 action is still fair to good, with the fish showing on topwater, plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits. Not many crappie, but the redear and bluegill bites are fair to good but getting light fishing pressure. Some to a pound in the past week, mostly on nightcrawler pieces. The trout action has been slow to fair for anglers targeting the rainbows trolling Needlefish near the dam or drifting with nightcrawlers in the same area. DFW trout plants went in last week and three weeks ago. The catfish bite is starting to turn on with the fish moving shallow morning and evening. Carolos Apodaca, Port Hueneme, landed a 12-pound channel on a nightcrawler from shore. 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 final moonlight fishing night of summer will be Aug. 5 this year. Night bass tournaments, the RTF Bass Tour, will be held July 29, Aug. 12, Aug. 26, and 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 bluegill bite remains very good in both the upper and lower lakes, but the weed beds are getting thick making the fishing more difficult. 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. All the bass are fair to good now, with the stripers, largemouths, and smallmouths all up chasing shad morning and evening. The stripers are best on shad-like swimbaits and cranks, either cast or trolled and there are surface boils most mornings. Also a few on blood worms in 40 to 70 feet of water. For the black bass, good action on reaction baits early and late, but some bigger fish showing on jigs in deeper water. Trout are slow, with no recent plants and none likely until winter. No Catfish reports. 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: Largemouth bass are pretty good with a lot of fish up chasing baitfish morning and evening, and them moving deeper during the day. The best bite has been on topwater baits early and then reaction baits, plastics and jigs. The striper bite is pretty fair with a lot of fish showing on topwater early and then trolled flies and swim baits later. Bait anglers fishing sardines or bloodworms are getting fish, too. Most are one to three pounds now with some bigger. 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 here (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.

Jul
13

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Heat has continued to impact, but overall the bite on catfish and bass has been fair with flurries of good action, and a few crappie also showing. The trout are very slow, but a few are still being caught by deep trollers fishing near the dam. Top spot for the bass and catfish has been the back end of Cachuma Bay and Harvey’s Cove near reeds. Garlic worms and mackerel have been the best for the cats, while plastics and reaction baits are best for the bass. Crappie are best on small jigs on the yellow-green end of the spectrum, mostly in Cachuma Bay. Lots of carp remain up in the shallows. 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 action is still fair to good, with the fish showing on topwater, plastics, nightcrawlers, reaction baits, and live shad, if you can dip them. Not many crappie, but the redear and bluegill bites are fair to good but getting light fishing pressure. Some to a pound in the past week. The trout action has been slow to fair for anglers targeting the rainbows trolling Needlefish near the dam or drifting with nightcrawlers in the same area. DFW trout plants went in this week, two weeks ago, and four weeks ago. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and the warm weather brought them up to the surface this week. Carp bowfisherman many only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. The final moonlight fishing night of summer will be Aug. 5 this year. Night bass tournaments, the RTF Bass Tour, will be held July 15, July 29, Aug. 12, Aug. 26, and 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. Casitas Lake level is 44 percent of capacity. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The bluegill bite remains very good in both the upper and lower lakes. Tons of small fish, but some bigger fish to a pound or better on red worms, nightcrawler pieces, crickets, meal worms, and wax worms fished under bobbers. Most are in the coves around structure. All the bass are fair to good now, with the stripers, largemouths, and smallmouths all up chasing shad. The stripers are best on shad-like swimbaits and cranks, either cast or trolled and there are surface boils most mornings. Also a few on blood worms in 40 to 70 feet of water. For the black bass, some action on reaction baits, but plastic worms and nightcrawlers are as good. Trout are slow, with no recent plants and none likely until winter. No Catfish reports. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass but the warm weather and dropping water levels has moved the fish into deeper water. The topwater bite has also been good 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: Largemouth bass are fair to good with a lot of fish up chasing baitfish morning and evening, and them moving deeper during the day. The best bite has been on topwater baits early and then reaction baits, plastics and jigs. The striper bite is pretty fair with a lot of fish showing on trolled flies and swim baits, but bait anglers fishing sardines or bloodworms are getting fish, too. Most are one to three pounds now with some bigger. 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 here (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.

Jun
29

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The bite on catfish and bass has been fair with a few crappie also showing. The trout are slow, but a few are still showing for deep trollers. Top spot for the bass and catfish has been the back end of Cachuma Bay and Harvey’s Cove near reeds. Garlic worms and mackerel have been the best for the cats, while plastics and reaction baits are best for the bass. Crappie are best on small jigs on the yellow-green end of the spectrum, mostly in Cachuma Bay. Lots of carp remain up in the shallows. 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 action is still good, with the fishing showing on topwater, plastics, nightcrawlers, reaction baits, and live shad, if you can dip them. Not many crappie or redear reports with lighter fishing pressure due to warm weather. The trout action has been pretty fair for anglers targeting the rainbows trolling Needlefish near the dam or drifting with nightcrawlers in the same area. DFW trout plants went in this week, two, and four weeks ago. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and the warm weather brought them up to the surface this week. Carp bowfisherman many only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. Moonlight fishing nights open to all anglers are July 8 and Aug. 5 this year. Night bass tournaments, the RTF Bass Tour, will be held July 15, July 29, Aug. 12, Aug. 26, and 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. Casitas Lake level is 44 percent of capacity. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The bluegill bite is good to excellent in both the upper and lower lakes. Tons of small fish, but some bigger fish to a pound or better on red worms, nightcrawler pieces, meal worms, and wax worms danced under bobbers. Most are in the coves around structure. All the bass are fair to good now, with the stripers, largemouths, and smallmouths all up chasing shad. The stripers are best on shad-like swimbaits and cranks, either cast or trolled. Also a few on blood worms in deeper water. Bob Caffey, TroutOnly Guide Service, has been consistently getting stripers. Hank Ichara, Camarillo, and Tom Ghan, Simi Valley, had 21 stripers on Wednesday fishing with Caffey. The four bigger fish were all between five and seven pounds and the rest were the 1 1/2- to two-pounders. For the black bass, some action on reaction baits, but plastic worms and nightcrawlers are as good. Trout are slow, with the most recent plant three weeks ago. No Catfish reports. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Water has been released over the last several weeks, ostensibly for downstream farmers, and the lake has dropped down to 20 percent of capacity. This has slowed the fish, but there is still a fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass but the warm weather and dropping water levels has moved the fish into deeper water. The topwater bite has also been good 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: Largemouth bass are fair to good with a lot of fish up chasing baitfish morning and evening, and them moving deeper during the day. The best bite has been on topwater baits early and then reaction baits, plastics and jigs. The striper bite is pretty fair with a lot of fish showing on trolled flies and swim baits, but bait anglers fishing sardines or bloodworms are getting fish, too. Most are one to three pounds now with some bigger. 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 and the most recent DFW trout plants was three weeks ago. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (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.

Jun
08

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Tough conditions continue with winds and temperature changes, but the catfish and crappie bites have been pretty fair. Top spot for both has been the back end of Cachuma Bay and Harvey’s Cove near reeds. Garlic worms and mackerel have been the best for the cats, while small jigs are best for the crappie. Trout are slow but a few are showing near the dam on slow-trolled lures or nightcrawlers drifted under a float in Clark’s Cove. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites have been slow to fair, mostly on plastics and reaction baits. Lots of carp remain up in the shallows. 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 action is still very good, with the fishing showing on topwater, plastics, nightcrawlers, reaction baits, and live shad, if you can dip them. Quite a few quality bass from four to seven pounds reported again. Local anglers Larry Elshere and Doug Hansen won Saturday’s night bass tournament. Elshire also had the event’s big bass at 9.36 pounds. A few bigger crappie are also showing on the live shad and some of these slabs run up to three pounds. The trout action has been pretty fair for anglers targeting the rainbows trolling Needlefish near the dam or drifting with nightcrawlers in the same area. There is a DFW plant last Friday and another plant is scheduled to go in next week. Some redear showing in six to 20 feet of water on nightcrawlers. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and the warm weather brought them up to the surface this week. Carp bowfisherman many only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. Moonlight fishing nights open to all anglers are June 10, July 8, and Aug. 5 this year. Night bass tournaments, the RTF Bass Tour, will be held June 3, June 17, July 15, July 29, Aug. 12, Aug. 26, and 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. Casitas Lake level is 44 percent of capacity. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: All the bass are good now, with the stripers, largemouths, and smallmouths all up chasing shad. The stripers are best on shad-like swimbaits and cranks, either cast or trolled and the quality has been better over the past week with a lot of fish from four to eight pounds. Mike Luna, Bakersfield, landed a 6-1 striper. Those same baits are also working for the black bass, but plastic worms and nightcrawlers are as good. The best largemouth action is in less than 20 feet of water and some fish are tight in the shallows chasing bait. The bluegill bite is good with a lot of nice catches of fish up to a pound or better on red worms, nightcrawler pieces, meal worms, and wax worms. Most are in the coves around structure. Trout are slow, even after the DFW plant last week and three weeks ago. Catfish slow. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Fair to good bass bite for both largemouth and smallmouth bass but the warm weather and warming water has more fish moving back down into deeper water. Still a lot of fish in less than 20 feet of water showing on plastics and reaction baits, at least early and late in the day. Surface baits are working now, too. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are perking up with a fair to good bluegill bite if you can find a school of fish. Best action is 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: Largemouth bass are fair to good with a majority of the fish in less than 20 feet of water and chasing baitfish morning and evening, some deeper during the day. The best bite has been on reaction baits, plastics and jigs. The striper bite is pretty fair with a lot of fish showing on trolled flies and swim baits, but bait anglers fishing sardines or bloodworms are getting fish, too. Most are one to three pounds now with some bigger. 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. DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (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.

SAN DIEGO AREA LAKES

NEWS/STOCKING UPDATES: Only Lake Cuyamaca is still being stocked with private trout, and its slated to get fish this week. It is also on the list for DFW trout, along with Doane Pond and Morena Reservoir.

FISHING UPDATE: While the bass action remains fair to good at most waters in the region, the bluegill and redear action is good to excellent at most lakes. Lower Otay Reservoir has been a hotspot with anglers posting 25-fish limits this past week. Many are topping a pound. Also good bluegill bites at Barrett, San Vicente, Murray, and Jennings. Barrett remains perhaps the top bet for bass, but Morena, Lower Otay, El Capitan, and San Vicente also remain pretty good on bass, mostly on plastics and reaction baits. Many fish are being reported on topwater now. Trout season is winding down, but there continues to be some good action at Cuyamaca and Morena (both received DFW trout plants this week). Jennings is also pretty fair. Most of the bites are in deeper water as the surface temperatures warm up. Catfish season is starting to kick off and Lake Jennings kicked off its Friday and Saturday night fishing this past weekend. The catfish stocking schedule is on the Jennings’ website (www.lakejennings.org), with fish slated to go in this week.

FISH COUNTS: The San Diego City Lakes staff usually conducts counts each week at its reservoirs, but it was not available this week.

NOTEABLE CATCHES: Top fish of the week was a 67-pound blue catfish landed by Song Sakhoeun, Escondido at Lake Hodges. Also at Hodges, Shawn Hicks, Esconcico, landed a 4.55-pound bass. At Lower Otay, John Taylor, El Cajon, landed an 18.24-pound channel catfish on a nightcrawler from Bushlow Cove. At El Capitan, Tim Means, Santee, landed five catfish with his stirnger topped with a 6.34-pounder, all on nightcrawlers. At Murray, Brian Potts, La Vesa, landed a three-pound redear on a nightcrawler in Padre Bay. At Wohlford Lake, a 5.65-pound trout was caught by Mike Kutz, Riverside, on a nightcrawler in Oakdale Cove, while Fausto Sanchez, Escondido, landed a 4.45-pounder.

BARRETT: Closed. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

HODGES: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 760-432-2023.

EL CAPITAN: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Rental boat and concession information: 619-443-4110.

LOWER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat and concession information: 619-397-5212.

UPPER OTAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-465-3474. Concession: 619-397-5212.

MURRAY: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Lake information: 619-466-4847 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Concession: 619-466-4847.

MIRAMAR: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Marina concession: 858-527-1722. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

SAN VICENTE: Weekly fish counts: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/fish.shtml. Marina concession: 619-390-1918. General information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/.

SUTHERLAND: Closed until spring. Lake information: 619-465-3474 or www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/. Rental boat reservations: 619-668-2050 or ssmith@sandiego.gov.

WOHLFORD: Lake information: 760-839-4346 or www.wohlfordlake.com.

DIXON: Lake information: 760-839-4680 or www.dixonlake.com.

POWAY: Lake information: 858-668-4772, tackle shop recording 858-486-1234, or www.poway.org.

JENNINGS: Information: 619-390-1300 or www.lakejennings.org.

MORENA: Information: 24-hour fishing update line 619-478-5473, ranger station 619-579-4101, or lakemorena.com.

CUYAMACA: Information: 760-765-0515 or www.lakecuyamaca.org.

HENSHAW: Information: 760-782-3501.

Jun
01

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The wind and temperature changes continues to plague fishing here, but the catfish and crappie bites have been pretty fair. Top spot for both has been the back end of Cachuma Bay and Harvey’s Cove near reeds. Garlic worms and mackerel have been the best for the cats, while small jigs are best for the crappie. Trout are slow but a few are showing near the dam on slow-trolled lures or nightcrawlers drifted under a float in Clark’s Cove. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites have been slow to fair, mostly on plastics and reaction baits. Lots of carp remain up in the shallows. 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 action is still very good, with the fishing showing on topwater, plastics, nightcrawlers, reaction baits, and live shad, if you can dip ëem. Quite a few quality bass from four to seven pounds reported again. A few bigger crappie are also showing on the live shad and some of these slabs run up to three pounds. The trout action has been pretty fair for anglers targeting the rainbows trolling Needlefish near the dam or drifting with nightcrawlers in the same area. There is a DFW plant slated for this week and one went in two weeks ago. Some redear showing in six to 20 feet of water on nightcrawlers. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and the warm weather brought them up to the surface this week. Carp bowfisherman many only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. Moonlight fishing nights open to all anglers are June 10, July 8, and Aug. 5 this year. Night bass tournaments, the RTF Bass Tour, will be held June 3, June 17, July 15, July 29, Aug. 12, Aug. 26, and 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. Casitas Lake level is 44 percent of capacity. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: All the bass are good now, with the stripers, largemouths, and smallmouths all up chasing shad. The stripers are best on shad-like swimbaits and cranks, either cast or trolled and the quality has been better over the past week with a lot of fish from four to eight pounds. Those baits are also working for the black bass, but plastic worms and nightcrawlers are as good. The best largemouth action is in less than 20 feet of water and some fish are tight in the shallows chasing bait. The bluegill bite is good with a lot of nice catches of fish up to a pound or better on red worms, nightcrawler pieces, meal worms, and wax worms. Most are in the coves around structure. Trout are slow, but another DFW plant was slated for this week and they were planted two weeks ago. Catfish slow. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Fair to good bass bite for both largemouth and smallmouth bass this past week, and the fish remain mostly shallow — less than 20 feet of water — and are showing on plastics and reaction baits. Lot of fish are chasing baitfish now, and some are showing on surface baits. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are perking up with a fair to good bluegill bite if you can find a school of fish as they move into full-spawn mode. Best action is 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: Largemouth bass are fair to good with a majority of the fish in less than 20 feet of water and chasing baitfish. The best bite has been on reaction baits, plastics and jigs. The striper bite is pretty fair with a lot of fish showing on trolled flies and swim baits, but bait anglers fishing sardines or bloodworms are getting fish, too. Most are one to three pounds now with some bigger. 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. DFW trout plants are slated for this week and they went in two weeks ago. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (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.

May
25

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The wind continues to plague fishing here. Only a few of anything and a little of everything was reported. The crappie bite is still very spotty with the fish scattered and schools difficult to locate in the east end, but if you find them a limit of slabs to two pounds is possible. Trout are still showing in spotty numbers near the dam on slow-trolled lures or nightcrawlers drifted under a float. A seven-pound rainbows was landed in Bobcat Canyon on a spinner. The rainbows are moving deeper. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites have been fair to good this week, mostly on plastics and reaction baits. The catfish bite also slowed down, but lots of carp remain up in the shallows. 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 action is still very good, with the bite mostly on live shad right now. The bite is just fair on plastics, nightcrawlers, cranks, spinnerbaits, and small swimbaits. Quite a few quality bass from four to seven pounds reported in the past week. A few bigger crappie are also showing on the live shad and slabs to nearly three pounds have been reported again over the past week. The trout action has been pretty fair for anglers targeting the rainbows trolling Needlefish near the dam or drifting with nightcrawlers in the same area. There were DFW plants last Friday and another is slated for next week. Some redear showing in six to 20 feet of water on nightcrawlers. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and the warm weather brought them up to the surface this week. Carp bowfisherman many only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. Moonlight fishing nights are June 10, July 8, and Aug. 5 this year. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Casitas Lake level is 44 percent of capacity. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: All the bass are good now, with the stripers, largemouths, and smallmouths all up chasing shad. The stripers are best on shad-like swimbaits and cranks, either cast or trolled and the quality has been better over the past week with a lot of fish from four to eight pounds and a 32-pounder was reported late last week. Those baits are also working for the black bass, but plastic worms and nightcrawlers are as good. The best largemouth action is in less than 20 feet of water and some fish are tight in the shallows chasing bait. Trout are slow, but another DFW plant went in last week and another is slated for next week. The bluegill are also picking up with some good catches of fish in less than 10 feet of water on meal worms and wax worms. Catfish slow. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Fair to good bass bite for both largemouth and smallmouth bass this past week, and the fish remain mostly shallow — less than 20 feet of water — and are showing on plastics and reaction baits. Lot of fish are chasing baitfish now, and some are showing on surface baits. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are perking up with a fair to good bluegill bite if you can find a school of fish as they move into full-spawn mode. Best action is 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: Largemouth bass are fair to good with a majority of the fish in less than 20 feet of water and chasing baitfish. The best bite has been on reaction baits, plastics and jigs. The striper bite is pretty fair with a lot of fish showing on trolled flies and swim baits, but bait anglers fishing sardines or bloodworms are getting fish, too. Most are under a pound, but enough two to four pounders to keep things interesting. There is a fair catfish bite with the fish moving shallow. Bluegill and redear are finally started to perk with a fair to good bite in 10 to 18 feet of water on wax worms and red worms. DFW trout plants went in last week and plants are slated for next week. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (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.

May
11

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The crappie bite is pretty fair with fish to three pounds showing, but finding fish is problematic with the high water. The slabs are mostly in less than eight feet of water. Trout are still showing in fair numbers, but the bite has slowed way down going into the full moon. The bite is still best on slow-trolled lures or nightcrawlers drifted under a float. The rainbows are moving deeper. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites have been slow to fair this week, mostly on plastics and reaction baits. The catfish bite kicked into gear with cut baits getting fish in most coves. Lot of carp up in the shallows. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, and quite a few carp are near the surface. Cachuma is 48 percent of capacity. 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 action is still very good, with the bite is mostly on live shad right now. The bite is just fair on plastics, nightcrawlers, cranks, spinnerbaits, and small swimbaits. Some quality fish. Bass to 12 pounds reported this week. The crappie are also showing on the shad and small jigs with fish to two pounds. Chuck and Chris Morris, Santa Barbara, had a stringer of crappie to two pounds and a 12-pound bass. The trout action has been pretty fair for anglers targeting the rainbows trolling Needlefish near the dam or drifting with nightcrawlers in the same area. There were DFW plants two and four weeks ago, and they are on the schedule for next week. Some redear are starting to show in four to 15 feet of water. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and the warm weather brought them up to the surface this week. Carp bowfisherman many only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. Moonlight fishing nights are May 13, June 10, July 8, and Aug. 5 this year. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Casitas Lake level is 44 percent of capacity. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The largemouth and smallmouth bass are both good with the fish up chasing shad and showing on reaction baits. The best bite is in less than 20 feet of water, with plastics, jerkbaits, and Flukes all good bets. The stripers are also good, also working the shad on or near the surface. Lots of fish to six pounds on trolled flies or shad patterned swimbaits. Also a lot of fish showing on on cutbaits, blood or lug worms. Most are two-pound class fish. Trout slow. The bluegill are also picking up with some fish in less than 10 feet of water on meal worms and wax worms as they move into their spawn. The lake is currently 94 percent of capacity. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Fair bass bite for both largemouth and smallmouth bass this past week, but the fish remain mostly shallow — less than 20 feet of water — and are showing on plastics and reaction baits. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are perking up with a fair to good bluegill bite if you can find a school of fish as they move into full-spawn mode. Best action is four to 12 feet on wax worms or crickets. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Lake level is 25 percent of capacity. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: Largemouth bass are fair to good with a majority of the fish in less than 20 feet of water. The best bite has been on plastics and jigs. The striper bite is pretty fair with a lot of fish showing on trolled flies and swim baits, but bait anglers fishing sardines or bloodworms are getting fish, too. Most are under a pound, but enough two to four pounders to keep things interesting. DFW trout plants went in three weeks ago and another is slated for next week. Trout are slow. There is a fair catfish bite with the fish moving shallow. Bluegill and redear are finally started to perk with a fair to good bite in 10 to 18 feet of water on wax worms and red worms. Water level is at 93 percent of capacity. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (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.

Apr
20

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The 22nd Annual Cachuma Lake Fishing Derby will be this coming Saturday and Sunday (April 22-23). Registration is $40 per anglers (ages 4-15 is just $10), and cash prizes of $599 and $300 will be awarded for the biggest and second biggest catch for trout, bass, crappie, and catfish. The two largest carp will win $100 and $50. There will also be tagged trout with the two highest numbered tag awarded $599 and $300. For more information, call the derby hotline at 805-696-8381 or go to www.troutderby.org. A 2,000-pound trout plant went in this week, and the trout are still showing from the previous two plants in the dam and Cachuma Bay areas, especially on trolled lures or nightcrawlers drifted under a float. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites have been fair to good with the fish still in the shallows for the spawn. The best bite has been on plastics, jigs, and small reaction baits with a lot of two- to three-pounders showing. Catfish are fair to good, mostly on cut mackerel in the coves. The crappie bite perked this week with a few crappie to two pounds reported. Bluegill, and carp bites are fair with a lot of carp up in the shallows. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, and quite a few carp are near the surface. Cachuma is 48 percent of capacity. 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 action is wide open with fish all over the shallows on beds for the spawn. Most of the action is in less than 10 feet of water. Ten to 20 fish days are common. The bite is good on plastics, nightcrawlers, and small swimbaits. Fish to eight pounds again reported this past week. The trout action was slow, but a DFW trout plant went in last week and more are slated for this week and next week. Some redear are starting to show in four to 15 feet of water. No recent crappie reports, but a few catfish are starting to show on cut baits. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and the warm weather brought them up to the surface this week. Carp bowfisherman many 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. Casitas Lake level is 44 percent of capacity. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The largemouth and smallmouth bass are both good with the fish up in the shallows for the spawn. Most of the action is in less than 15 feet of water, with plastics, jerkbaits, and Flukes all good bets. The stripers are fair and improving on cutbaits, blood or lug worms, jigging spoons, and ice jigs in 30 to 60 feet of water. Most are two-pound class fish. DFW trout plant four weeks ago and some trout are showing in the backs of coves all around the lake. The bluegill are also picking up with some fish in less than 10 feet of water on meal worms and wax worms. The lake is currently 92 percent of capacity. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: There continues to be a pretty good bass bite for both largemouth and smallmouth bass on plastics with a major movement of fish up into shallower water for the spawn. Most are in less than 15 feet of water. Best bite has been on plastics and most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range, but a couple of six-pound class fish were reported again this week. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow but a few bluegill are starting to show in 12 to 18 feet of water on small jigs tipped with bait. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Lake level is 25 percent of capacity. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: Largemouth bass are fair to good with a majority of the fish in less than 15 feet of water for the spawn. The best bite has been on plastics and jigs. The striper bite is pretty fair with a lot of fish showing on trolled flies and swim baits, but bait anglers fishing sardines or bloodworms are getting fish, too. Most are 1-8 to four pounds. A DFW trout plant went in this week, two weeks ago, and four weeks ago. Fair trout action, with a few showing on small spinners, spoons, jigs, PowerMice, and PowerBait. There is a slow catfish bite on the cut baits. Bluegill and redear are finally started to perk with a fair bite in 10 to 18 feet of water on wax worms and red worms. Water level is at 93 percent of capacity. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (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.

Apr
06

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites are surging as the fish move shallow for the spawn. The best bite has been on plastics, jigs, and small reaction baits with a lot of two- to three-pound largemouths and smallmouths showing. The trout bite also picked back up with trollers getting the most fish near the dam, but still some being landed on nightcrawlers suspended under a bobber. A few crappie reported, but the bluegill and carp bites are still slow, but lots of carp are up in the shallows. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, and quite a few carp are near the surface now. Cachuma is 47 percent of capacity. The level was seven percent before this storm season. 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 action is wide open with fish all over the shallows making beds for the spawn. Most of the action is in less than 10 feet of water. Ten to 20 fish days are common. The bite is good on plastics, nightcrawlers, and small swimbaits. Fish to eight pounds reported this past week. The trout action is slow even after the DFW plant three weeks ago, but another plant will go in next week. There continue to be a few reports on crappie to nearly two pounds. No recent bluegill, redear, or catfish reports. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and the warm weather brought them up to the surface this week. Carp bowfisherman many 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. Casitas Lake level is 44 percent of capacity. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The largemouth and smallmouth bass are both good to excellent with the fish up in the shallows for the spawn. Most of the action is in less than 15 feet of water, with plastics, jerkbaits, and Flukes all good bets. The stripers are slow to fair on cutbaits, blood or lug worms, jigging spoons, and ice jigs in 30 to 60 feet of water. Most are two-pound class fish. There is also a pretty good bait bite on cut baits and lugworms in the same depths. DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago. No other reports. The lake is currently 92 percent of capacity. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: There continues to be a pretty good bass bite for both largemouth and smallmouth bass on plastics with a major movement of fish up into shallower water for the spawn. Most are in less than 15 feet of water. Best bite has been on plastics and most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range, but a couple of six-pound class fish were reported again this week. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow but a few bluegill are starting to show. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Lake level is 25 percent of capacity. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: Largemouth bass are fair to good with a majority of the fish in less than 15 feet of water for the spawn. The best bite has been on plastics and jigs. The striper bite is pretty fair with a lot of fish showing on trolled flies and swim baits, but bait anglers fishing sardines or bloodworms are getting fish, too. Most are 1-8 to four pounds. A DFW trout plant went in this week and two weeks ago. Slow to fair trout action, with only a few showing on small spinners, spoons, jigs, PowerMice, and PowerBait. There is a slow catfish bite on the cut baits. Bluegill and redear are slow with no reports. Water level is still at 93 percent of capacity. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (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.

Mar
30

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites are surging as the fish move shallow for the spawn. The best bite has been on plastics, jigs, and small reaction baits with a lot of two- to three-pound largemouths and smallmouths showing. The trout bite also picked back up with trollers getting the most fish near the dam, but still some being landed on nightcrawlers suspended under a bobber. A few crappie reported, but the bluegill and carp bites are still slow, but lots of carp are up in the shallows. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, and quite a few carp are near the surface now. Cachuma is 47 percent of capacity. The level was seven percent before this storm season. 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 action is wide open with fish all over the shallows making beds for the spawn. Most of the action is in less than 10 feet of water. Ten to 20 fish days are common. The bite is good on plastics, nightcrawlers, and small swimbaits. The trout action is slow even after the DFW plant two weeks ago. There continue to be a few reports on crappie to nearly two pounds. No recent bluegill, redear, or catfish reports. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and the warm weather brought them up to the surface this week. Carp bowfisherman many 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. Casitas Lake level is 44 percent of capacity. The Santa Ana boat launch is open. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The largemouth and smallmouth bass are both good to excellent with the fish up in the shallows for the spawn. Most of the action is in less than 15 feet of water, with plastics, jerkbaits, and Flukes all good bets. The stripers are slow to fair on cutbaits, blood or lug worms, jigging spoons, and ice jigs in 30 to 60 feet of water. Most are two-pound class fish. There is also a pretty good bait bite on cut baits and lugworms in the same depths. DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. No other reports. The lake is currently 92 percent of capacity. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: There continues to be a pretty good bass bite for both largemouth and smallmouth bass on plastics with a major movement of fish up into shallower water for the spawn. Most are in less than 15 feet of water. Best bite has been on plastics and most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range, but a couple of six-pound class fish were reported again this week. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with no reports in the past week. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Lake level is 25 percent of capacity. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: Largemouth bass are fair to good with a majority of the fish moving up into less than 15 feet of water for the coming spawn. Many fish are already up in the shallows. The best bite has been on plastics and jigs. The striper bite is pretty fair with a lot of fish showing on trolled flies and swim baits, but bait anglers fishing sardines or bloodworms are getting fish, too. Most are 1-8 to four pounds. A DFW trout plant went in last week and three weeks ago. Slow to fair trout action, with only a few showing on small spinners, spoons, jigs, PowerMice, and PowerBait. There is a slow catfish bite on the cut baits. Bluegill and redear are slow with no reports. Water level is still at 93 percent of capacity. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (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.

Mar
09

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: While the weather has improved, the lake still has a lot of floating debris, off-color water, and only generally slow to fair fishing. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are the best bet. Anglers fishing plastics and small reaction baits are getting fish from two to three pounds. The trout bite is slow to fair, with a few fish showing on trolled Rapalas or similar lures, and the nightcrawler-suspended-under-a-bobber rig is also still producing rainbows. Also a few catfish being landed. Bluegill, crappie, and carp all remain slow, with only a few cats reported on cut mackerel and sardines. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, but few carp are near the surface now. Cachuma is 45 percent of capacity, down one percent from last week. The level was seven percent before this storm season. 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 action is breaking open with most fish moving up into less than 15 feet of water in a major movement of fish going into the spawn. Bass to six pounds have been reported in the past week, and 10-plus fish days have not been uncommon. The bite is good on plastics, nightcrawlers, and small swimbaits. The trout action is slow with no plant for over a month, and none on the DFW schedule. There continue to be a few reports on crappie to nearly two pounds. No recent bluegill, redear, carp, or catfish reports. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and the warm weather brought them up to the surface this week. Carp bowfisherman many 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. Casitas Lake level is 42 percent of capacity and the level is up 12.6 vertical feet since Jan. 1. The Santa Ana boat launch opened Wednesday last week. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The largemouth and smallmouth bass are starting to move up for the spawn and there is a pretty fair pre-spawn bite right now on plastics in 10 to 25 feet of water with some fish already shallower. The stripers are fair on jigging spoons and ice jigs in 40 to 70 feet of water. Most are two-pound class fish. There is also a pretty good bait bite on cut baits and lugworms in the same depths. DFW trout plants slated for this week, and plants went in three weeks ago. No other reports. The lake is currently 91 percent of capacity, down from last week’s 93 percent level. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: There continues to be a pretty good bass bite for both largemouth and smallmouth bass on plastics. While most fish remain in deeper water on structure and some are still suspended or chasing shad in mid-water, there has been a movement of fish inshore and up into less than 15 feet of water. Best bite has been on plastics and most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range, but a couple of six-pound class fish were reported this week. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with no reports in the past week. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Lake level is 25 percent of capacity. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: With better weather conditions, a few more stripers are showing on trolled flies and swim baits, with most of the fish running fromn 1-8 to four pounds. For bait anglers, bloodworms and sardines are best. Largemouth bass are fair and showing signs of improving. Most are being caught on plastics, jigs, and jigging spoons in 20 to 50 feet of water. A DFW trout plant is slated for this week, and the last plant was three weeks ago. Slow trout action before the plant, with only a few showing on small spinners, spoons, jigs, PowerMice, and PowerBait. There is a slow catfish bite on the cut baits. Bluegill and redear are slow with no reports. Water level is still at 92 percent of capacity. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (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.

Mar
02

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Overall, slow action with the water level continuing to come up rapidly. The trout bite shut down, but a few catfish are still showing on cut baits. Bass, crappie, and carp also all dropped to zero. The catfish have been best on cut mackerel and sardines. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, but few carp are near the surface now. Cachuma is 46 percent of capacity, up four percent from last week. The level was seven percent before this storm season. 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: Last DFW trout was three ago at the Coyote Ramp. Slow trout action, with an occasional fish on a trolled Needlefish behind two colors of lead core. The largemouth bass bite has been up and down this past week. The bite was really starting to turn on and then another cold front moved through. Still fair action on nightcrawlers, plastics, jigs, and spoons, mostly in deeper water, but some fish are starting to move up and warmer weather could drive a lot of bass up. There continue to be a few reports on crappie to nearly two pounds. No recent bluegill, redear, carp, or catfish reports. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and the warm weather brought them up to the surface this week. Carp bowfisherman many 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. Casitas Lake level is 42 percent of capacity and the level is up 12.6 vertical feet since Jan. 1. The Santa Ana boat launch opened Wednesday this week. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: Overall slow fishing. The rising water levels have slowed the bite again this week. The best bite, and it is tough, has been for stripers for anglers fishing jigging spoons and ice jigs in 40 to 70 feet of water. Most are two-pound class fish. Some bigger stripers show after DFW trout plant on the big swimbaits, and the DFW plant went in two weeks ago. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action is slow to fair with most of the action on plastics, spoons, and ice jigs in 20 to 40 feet of water. No other reports with very light fishing pressure. The lake is currently 93 percent of capacity. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Light fishing pressure due to the weather this past week, but there continues to be a pretty good bass bite for both largemouth and smallmouth bass on plastics. Most of the fish are on structure, but some are suspended or chasing shad in mid-water. Those fish have been best on jigging spoons and ice jigs. Most bass are in the one- to two-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with no reports in the past week. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Lake level is 25 percent of capacity. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: Weather hampered weekend fishing yet again, so fishing pressure continues to be very light. A few stripers are showing on trolled flies and swim baits, with most of the fish running fromn 1-8 to four pounds. For bait anglers, bloodworms and sardines are best. Largemouth bass are slow to fair with most action on plastics, jigs, and jigging spoons in 20 to 50 feet of water. There hasn’t been a DFW trout plant for two weeks. Slow slow with only a few showing on small spinners, spoons, jigs, PowerMice, and PowerBait. There is a slow catfish bite on the cut baits. Bluegill and redear are slow with no reports. Water level is now 92 percent of capacity. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (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.

Feb
16

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The Santa Inez River has continued flowing into the lake turning the lake muddy and off-color, especially the upper end. The lake level has cove up 25 feet with recent storms, but it is still only 17.4 percent of capacity. This has made the fishing slow to fair overall. The trout bite is tough but a few fish are still showing on nightcrawlers fished beneath a bobber or trolling bright-colored, noisy lures. The lake received 4,000 pounds of rainbows six weeks ago. The catfish bite is fair and maybe the best bet here, but most of the fish are small and showing wherever water is/has run into the lake. Best action on cut mackerel and sardines. The crappie and bass action has lulled. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, but few carp are near the surface now. 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: DFW trout were planted last Friday and three weeks ago at the Coyote Ramp. Some fish from shore on PowerBait or small trout plastics, but the best bet has been trolling with Needlefish behind two colors of lead core. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with the warm weather. Nightcrawlers, plastics, jigs, and spoons in deeper water. Most bass are one to three pounds, some to five pounds or better. At a weekend tournament, it took 20.64 pounds (for five fish) to win and the big fish of the event was a 5.87-pounder, one of seven fish over four pounds. No recent bluegill, redear, crappie, carp, or catfish reports. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp and the warm weather brought them up to the surface this week. Carp bowfisherman many 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. Casitas Lake level is 37.6 percent of capacity. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: Rising water levels have slowed the bite (25 feet up in the past six weeks), but the striper action is still fair for anglers fishing jigging spoons and ice jigs in 40 to 70 feet of water. Most are two-pound class fish. Some bigger stripers show after DFW trout plant on the big swimbaits, and the DFW plant was slated for this week. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action is slow to fair with most of the action on plastics, spoons, and ice jigs in 20 to 40 feet of water. Light fishing pressure and only a few other reports of catfish in deeper water on cut baits or nightcrawlers. No reports of anglers getting many of these fish. No panfish reports. The lake is currently 93 percent of capacity. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Light fishing pressure, but there has been a pretty good bass bite for both largemouth and smallmouth bass for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish still on reaction baits that imitate shad. Most bass are in the one- to two-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with no reports in the past week. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Piru Creek flows coming into the lake peaked at 180 cfs Monday and were around 115 cfs Wednesday. Lake level is 25 percent of capacity. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: Light fishing pressure again over the past week. There are a few stripers still showing on trolled flies and swim baits. Most of the fish are two to three pounds. An occasional bigger fish on the trout-like swimbait. Best action for anglers fishing bait has been bloodworms and sardines. Largemouth bass are slow to fair with most action on plastics, jigs, and jigging spoons in 20 to 50 feet of water. A DFW trout plant was slated to go in this week and there was a plant four weeks ago. Trout were very slow prior to this week’s plant with only a few showing on small spinners, spoons, jigs, PowerMice, and PowerBait. There is a slow catfish bite on the cut baits. Bluegill and redear are slow with no reports. Water level is now 92 percent of capacity. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (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.

Feb
09

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The Santa Inez River has continued flowing into the lake turning the lake muddy and off-color, especially the upper end. The lake level has cove up 15 feet with recent storms, but it is still only 15 percent of capacity. This has made the fishing slow to fair overall. The trout bite is tough but a few fish are still showing on nightcrawlers fished beneath a bobber or trolling bright-colored, noisy lures. The lake received 4,000 pounds of rainbows five weeks ago. The catfish bite is fair and maybe the best bet here, but most of the fish are small and showing wherever water is/has run into the lake. Best action on cut mackerel and sardines. A few more crappie have been reported this week, but this bite is still fair at best. There also continues to be slow to fair smallmouth and largemouth bass action, mostly on jigs and plastics fished slowly on rocky structure. Adding scent helps with the off-color water. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, but few carp are near the surface now. 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: DFW trout were planted two weeks ago, and a few trout are showing around the Santa Ana Launch Ramp where they were planted. Most have dispersed. The best bet has been trolling with Needlefish behind two colors of lead core. The largemouth bass bite has been slow to fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, jigs, and spoons in deeper water. Most bass are one to three pounds, some to five pounds or better. No recent bluegill, redear, crappie, carp, or catfish reports. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: Rising water levels have slowed the bite (20 feet up in the past month), but the striper action is still fair for anglers fishing jigging spoons and ice jigs in 40 to 70 feet of water. Most are two-pound class fish. John Petrov, Venice, had a pair of stripers to 11-8 on homemade swimbaits. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action is slow to fair with most of the action on plastics, spoons, and ice jigs in 20 to 40 feet of water. Light fishing pressure and only a few other reports of catfish in deeper water on cut baits or nightcrawlers. DFW trout plants next week and three weeks ago. No reports of anglers getting many of these fish. No panfish reports. The lake is currently 87 percent of capacity. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Light fishing pressure, but there has been a pretty good bass bite for both largemouth and smallmouth bass for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish still on reaction baits that imitate shad. Most bass are in the one- to two-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with no reports in the past week. The launch ramp is open. Rental boats are also available. Piru Creek flows coming into the lake peaked at 180 cfs Monday and were around 115 cfs Wednesday. Lake level is 25 percent of capacity. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 (or at www.camplakepiru.com) or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PYRAMID: Light fishing pressure. There are a few stripers still showing on trolled flies and swim baits. Most of the fish are two to three pounds. An occasional bigger fish on the trout-like swimbait. Best action for anglers fishing bait has been bloodworms and sardines. Largemouth bass are slow to fair with most action on plastics, jigs, and jigging spoons in 20 to 50 feet of water. A DFW trout plant is scheduled for next week, and there was a DFW trout plant three weeks ago. There is a very slow bite on the trout on small spinners, spoons, jigs, PowerMice, and PowerBait. There is a slow catfish bite on the cut baits. Bluegill and redear are slow with no reports. Water level is now 92 percent of capacity. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (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.

Jan
26

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The Santa Inez River has continued flowing into the lake turning the lake muddy and off-color, especially the upper end. The rain and cold has kept most anglers away this week, but a few anglers are still getting trout fishing nightcrawlers beneath a bobber or trolling bright-colored lures. Top spots continue to be the ìbowl,î along the wall, and between E Point and Cachuma Bay. The lake received 4,000 pounds of rainbows three weeks ago. The catfish bite is fair but getting almost zero pressure. Best action on cut mackerel and sardines. There also continues to be slow to fair smallmouth and largemouth bass action, mostly on jigs and plastics fished slowly on rocky structure. Adding scent helps with the off-color water. No crappie or bluegill reports. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate, but few carp are near the surface now. 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 largemouth bass bite has been slow to fair on nightcrawlers, plastics, jigs, and spoons in deeper water. Most bass are one to three pounds, some to five pounds or better. There have been no DFW trout plants since mid-December. No trout reports. Also no bluegill, redear, crappie, carp, or catfish reports. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.

CASTAIC: The striper action has continued to be pretty fair with the fish showing on spoons and ice jigs in 40 to 60 feet of water. Trolling umbrella rigs, small swimbaits, or flies is also productive. Overall, lots of two-pound class fish with a few bigger fish showing on big, trout-like swimbaits. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action is fair with most of the action on plastics, spoons, and ice jigs in 20 to 40 feet of water. Light fishing pressure and only a few other reports of catfish in deeper water on cut baits or nightcrawlers. DFW trout plant last week and three weeks ago. No reports of anglers getting many of these fish. No panfish reports. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Light fishing pressure with the rain and cold, but there has been a pretty good bass bite for both largemouth and smallmouth bass for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish still on reaction baits that imitate shad. Most bass are in the one- to two-pound range. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with no reports in the past week. 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: Little fishing pressure this past week because of the rains and cold weather. There are a few stripers still showing on trolled flies and swim baits. Most of the fish are two to three pounds. An occasional bigger fish on the trout-like swimbait. Best action for anglers fishing bait has been bloodworms and sardines. There was DFW trout plant last week and three weeks ago. There is a slow bite on the trout on small spinners, spoons, jigs, PowerMice, and PowerBait. There is a slow catfish bite on the cut baits. Largemouth bass have slowed with the cooler weather with most action on plastics, jigs, and jigging spoons in 20 to 50 feet of water. Bluegill and redear are slow with no reports. There is a health warning about eating fish from here (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.