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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.

Nov
24

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The 4,000-pound plant of Mt. Lassen rainbows that went in two weeks ago continues to provide pretty good action for anglers drifting nightcrawlers or trolling a variety of lures. The rainbows are averaging from a pound to two pounds. The catfish also are fair to good for anglers fishing cut mackerel or sardines in most of the coves. The big news is the budding crappie bite with fish from one to two-plus pounds showing off E Point. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bite remains fair on the rock walls, at the point by the launch ramp, and the east end of Cachuma Point. 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: Very light fishing pressure, but the largemouth bass bite has been fair on reaction baits and plastics. Most bass are one to three pounds, some to five pounds or better. The bluegill and redear have slowed way down with only the odd fish on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. Catfish are slow. Carp are still slow to fair on dough baits. Crappie and trout very slow. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. The Santa Ana launch ramp remains closed due to low water, but the Coyote ramp is open. 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: There have been DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. The trout bite had been fair on PowerBait and small trout jigs and lures. The plant also brought up a few bigger stripers and they are showing on the trout-like swim baits. Most of the stripers are 1-8 to three pounds and showing in the Fish Arm, but boils are few and fair between. Most of the stripers on cut baits or smaller swim baits. The bait bite for stripers is very slow. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action is fair with most of the action on plastics in 15 to 30 feet of water. Light fishing pressure and only a few other reports of catfish in deeper water on cut baits or nightcrawlers. No panfish reports. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Light fishing pressure. There has been fair 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 six pounds reported, but most in the one- to two-pound range. The bluegill bite has slowed, but a few on red worms, wax worms and meal worms in 12 to 30 feet of water. 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: There were DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago, and there is a fair bite on the trout on small spinners, spoons, jigs, PowerMice, and PowerBait. Overall, the stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action on fish mostly from 1-8 to three pounds, with a few bigger. Topwater, jerk baits, and trolled flies are all getting fish. Few bait fish. There is a fair catfish bite on the cut baits. Largemouth bass have been fair with most of the action on plastics in 15 to 30 feet of water. Some fish on reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are slow to fair on small jigs topped with baits or half a nightcrawler fished around structure in six to 20 feet of water. Very little fishing pressure. 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 the web site at campone.com.

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: The urban trout season kicked off two weeks ago, and this week there are plants at whole list of Los Angeles and Orange county park lakes. See trout plants in this report or go to the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Nov
03

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Big news is the first trout plant of the season will be a 4,000-pound plant Nov. 8 of Mt. Lassen rainbows. Very light fishing pressure due to the rain this past weekend, but the largemouth and smallmouth bass bite remains fair on the rock walls, at the point by the launch ramp, and the east end of Cachuma Point. Best bite on live shad dip-netted, but cranks or plastics that resemble the shad are also pretty good. The catfish also remain pretty fair on cutbaits or nightcrawlers in the dam area or the area around the patrol boat docks, with fish to eight pounds reports. Few reports on other species this week, but a few holdover trout have been reported at the dam on live shad. 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: Very light fishing pressure, but the largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on reaction baits and plastics. Most bass are one to three pounds, some to five pounds or better. Liam Mccoy, Oakview, caught a seven-pound bass on a swimbait this week. The bluegill and redear have slowed way down with only the odd fish on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. Catfish are slow. Carp are still slow to fair on dough baits. Crappie and trout very slow. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. The Santa Ana launch ramp remains closed due to low water, but the Coyote ramp is open. 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. There continue to be some pretty good striper boils most mornings, but they have been diminishing. While there are a lot of dinks in the bite, many of the keeper stripers are from four to eight pounds and some bigger. Topwater, cranks, and other reaction baits that resemble shad are the best bet in the boils, but the trout plant could change that picture. The bait bite for stripers is very slow. The largemouth bass action is fair. Most of the action is on plastics in 15 to 30 feet of water, but also some fish on reaction baits. Light fishing pressure and only a few other reports of catfish in deeper water on cut baits or nightcrawlers. No panfish reports. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Fair 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 bluegill bite is fair on red worms, wax worms and meal worms in 12 to 30 feet of water. 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: Striper anglers take note: DFW trout were slated to be stocked this week. The stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on topwater lures on fish from two to five pounds, but some bigger fish in the mix. The surface bite has been mornings with some mid-day and evening flurries. A few fish on cut baits, slow-trolled lures and flies, or umbrella rigs. 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 in a slow to fair bite. Largemouth bass have been fair with most of the action on plastics in 15 to 30 feet of water. Some fish on reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are fair on small jigs topped with baits or half a nightcrawler fished around structure in six to 20 feet of water. 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 slated to kick of this week with plants at Alondra Park Lake, Cerritos Lake, and Downey Wilderness Park Lake. Anglers can check the plants list on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Oct
28

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Big news is the first trout plant of the season will be a 4,000-pound plant Nov. 8 of Mt. Lassen rainbows. Very light fishing pressure. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair on the rock walls on the mail lake, at the point by the launch ramp, and the east end of Cachuma Point. Best bite on cranks or plastics that resemble the shad in the lake. The catfish also remain pretty fair on cutbaits or nightcrawlers in the dam area or the area around the patrol boat docks, with fish to eight pounds reports. Few reports on other species this week. 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: Very light fishing pressure, but the largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on reaction baits and plasticsMost bass are one to three pounds, some to five pounds or better. The bluegill and redear have slowed way down with only the odd fish on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. Catfish are slow. Carp are still slow to fair on dough baits. Crappie and trout very slow. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. The Santa Ana launch ramp remains closed due to low water, but the Coyote ramp is open. 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: There continue to be some pretty good striper boils most mornings, but they are diminishing. While there are a lot of dinks in the bite, many of the keeper stripers are from four to eight pounds and some bigger. Topwater, cranks, and other reaction baits that resemble shad are the best bet in the boils. The bait bite for stripers is very slow. The largemouth bass action is fair. Most of the action is on plastics in 15 to 30 feet of water, but also some fish on reaction baits. Light fishing pressure and only a few other reports of catfish in deeper water on cut baits or nightcrawlers. No panfish reports. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Fair 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 bluegill bite is fair on red worms, wax worms and meal worms in 12 to 30 feet of water. 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: The stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on topwater lures on fish from two to five pounds, but some bigger fish in the mix. The surface bite has been mornings with some mid-day and evening flurries. A few fish on cut baits, slow-trolled lures and flies, or umbrella rigs. 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 in a slow to fair bite. Largemouth bass have been fair with most of the action on plastics in 15 to 30 feet of water. Some fish on reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are fair on small jigs topped with baits or half a nightcrawler fished around structure in six to 20 feet of water. 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 will be kicking off soon with the DFW’s fall-winter plants. None scheduled for this week, but anglers can check the plants list on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Oct
13

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Very light fishing pressure. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair on the rock walls on the mail lake, at the point by the launch ramp, and the east end of Cachuma Point. Best bite on cranks or plastics. The catfish also remain pretty fair on cutbaits or nightcrawlers in the dam area or the area around the patrol boat docks. Few reports on other species this week. 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: Very light fishing pressure, but the largemouth bass bite has been fair to good, with topwater, reaction baits and plastics all getting the fish, especially early and late in the day. If you can get live shad, this bait it hot. Most bass are one to three pounds, some to five pounds. The bluegill and redear have slowed way down with only the odd fish on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. Catfish are slow to fair on live shad or cut mackerel. Carp are still slow to fair on dough baits. Crappie and trout very slow. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. The Santa Ana launch ramp remains closed due to low water, but the Coyote ramp is open. 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: There continue to be some pretty good striper boils most mornings with the cooler weather. While there are a lot of dinks in the bite, many of the keeper stripers are from four to eight pounds and some bigger. Topwater, cranks, and other reaction baits that resemble shad are the best bet in the boils. The bait bite for stripers is very slow. The largemouth bass action is fair but improving over the past week. Most of the action is on plastics in 15 to 30 feet of water, but also some topwater action. Light fishing pressure and only a few other reports of catfish in deeper water on cut baits or nightcrawlers. No panfish reports. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Fair 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. Topwater action most mornings and evenings. The bluegill bite is fair on red worms, wax worms and meal worms in 12 to 30 feet of water. 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: The stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on topwater lures on fish from two to five pounds, but some bigger fish in the mix. The surface bite has been mornings with some mid-day and evening flurries. A few fish on cut baits, slow-trolled lures and flies, or umbrella rigs. 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 with the topwater bite most mornings and evenings now. Mid-day action is best on plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are fair to good on small jigs topped with baits or half a nightcrawler fished around structure in six to 20 feet of water. 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 over until winter plants, and the DFW has not been planting catfish due to cutbacks in its hatchery budget. Anglers can check the plants list on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.

Oct
06

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Very light fishing pressure. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are in the middle of good fall bite with a lot of fish showing on the rock walls on the mail lake, at the point by the launch ramp, and the east end of Cachuma Point. Most of the smallmouth are running 1-8 to 2-8 while some of the largemouth have been a little bigger to three pounds. The action has been good on everything from topwater early and late, to plastic worms, to spinnerbaits, jerk baits, and cranks. The catfish also remain pretty fair on cutbaits with some limits of one to three pounders reported. Few reports on other species this week, but the odd trout has still be showing near the dam, and a few panfish all over the lake. 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: Very light fishing pressure, but the largemouth bass bite has been fair to good, with topwater, reaction baits and plastics all getting the fish, especially early and late in the day. Most one to three pounds, some to five pounds. Kelly Reid, Ojai, landed a five-pound bass. The bluegill and redear continue to show in fair to good numbers on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. Catfish are also fair on live shad or cut mackerel. Carp are still slow to fair on dough baits. Crappie and trout very slow. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. The Santa Ana launch ramp remains closed due to low water, but the Coyote ramp is open. 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: There continue to be some pretty good striper boils most mornings with the cooler weather. While there are a lot of dinks in the bite, many of the keeper stripers are from three to five pounds and some bigger. Topwater, cranks, and other reaction baits that resemble shad are the best bet in the boils. Top spots have been the buoy line and Necktie Canyon. The bait bite is very slow. The largemouth bass action is fair to with most of the action on plastics in 15 to 30 feet of water. Light fishing pressure and only a few other reports of catfish in deeper water on cut baits or nightcrawlers. No panfish reports. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.

PIRU: Fair 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. Topwater action most mornings and evenings. The bluegill bite is fair on red worms, wax worms and meal worms in 12 to 30 feet of water. 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: The stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on topwater lures on fish from two to five pounds, but some bigger fish in the mix. The surface bite has been mornings with some evening flurries. A few fish on cut baits, slow-trolled lures and flies, or umbrella rigs. 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 with the topwater bite most mornings and evenings now. Mid-day action is best on plastics, and reaction baits. Bluegill and redear are fair to good on small jigs topped with baits or half a nightcrawler fished around structure in six to 20 feet of water. 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 over until winter plants, and the DFW has not been planting catfish due to cutbacks in its hatchery budget. Anglers can check the plants list on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.