CACHUMA: The bass have been good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and a wide variety of shad-like baits from cranks to spinnerbaits to spoons, especially in brown and copper tones, and topwater. Fish to five pounds reported. The catfish action is also good with a lot of fish in the backs of coves and along banks muddied up by wave action. Cut baits and dough baits the best bet, and most are three to five pounds. The few trout reported have to come to trollers working Needlefish-type lures at the dam or drifting bait in deep water in the same area, but a 10-pounder was caught off the mouth of Johnson’s Cove this past weekend. The crappie are slowly starting to show again with fish to two pounds, but overall pretty tough action on the crappie. The carp bite is good on dough baits along most shorelines. Bow-fishing opportunities are good again in the mornings. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 30-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.
CASITAS: The largemouth bass bite has been good, especially on live shad and topwater lures in the mornings. The topwater action has been pretty decent but the window is short. The shad bite will last longer, but the window to dip-net some bait is a small one early in the morning. There also continue to be a few bass on drop-shot plastics. The bluegill and redear continue to show in fair to good numbers on red worms or nightcrawler pieces. A few crappie also continue to show, but mostly on shad. Catfish are also fair on live shad or cut mackerel. While getting little fishing pressure, a few trout continue to show for anglers targeting them trolling shad-like baits in deep water, especially near the dam. Most of these fish are now topping two pounds. Carp are still fair, but slowed even more from the past couple of weeks. 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 striper bite has been picking up on better weather days with more fish moving up to chase baitfish, with boils most mornings now. Most stripers are now showing up on or near the top on cranks or other reaction baits that resemble shad, but there is still a decent deeper water bite in Elizabeth Canyon and the Elderberry area on cut baits, mostly sardines and blood worms, in 40 to 50 feet of water. The largemouth bass is fair to good. Best action has been on Senkos or Roboworms, some on reaction baits. The bass seem to be tight to brushy structure. No trout reports. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers in six to 25 feet of water. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.
PIRU: Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass bites for both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics on structure with some fish on reaction baits that imitate shad. Fish to four pounds reported. The crappie bite is off with no fish reported recently. Catfish still slow with only the odd fish reported on cut bait in 20 to 60 feet of water. The bluegill bite is good on red worms, wax worms and meal worms in less than 15 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: Stripers continue to be the best bet with fair to good action, mostly on cut baits, but also some fish on slow-trolled lures and flies. The dam and main lake points have been the best spots with most fish in the two-pound class but some to six or seven pounds. A few catfish are showing on cut baits and this bite has improved in the past week with fair action. Largemouth bass have been fair to good with the topwater bite kicking into gear most mornings and evenings now. 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. DFG trout plant two weeks ago. A few trout reported around the marina. 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.