CACHUMA: Catfish are the top bet here with very good action one one-pound class fish and many anglers are reporting four to eight fish per trip. Top spot has been Cachuma Bay, but the fish are showing throughout the lake on garlic-soaked mackerel, chicken liver, or nightcrawlers. Fish to five pounds reported this past week. The smallmouth and largemouth bass action has been good with the best action early and late in the day on small minnow plastics, crankbaits, or nightcrawlers. All shoreline fishing areas have been good, along with the rock walls from Johnson Bay to Clark Canyon. Crappie and bluegill are fair on structure or in the east end. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 10-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.
CASITAS: The bass bite remains fair to good with a lot of one- to two-pound fish showing with some to four pounds. The best bite has been on nightcrawlers, plastics, reaction baits, and topwater baits. The best bite is early and late in the day. The fish are right up in the grass in 10 to 20 feet of water. Bluegill are pretty good for anglers fishing half to a third of a nightcrawler fly-lined or fished with a small weight to get them on the bottom. Some to two pounds or better, and some bigger redear are showing in this bite. A very few cats showing or being targeted. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. the water visibility has declined with the heat and algae growth, but carp to 10 pounds or more are being stuck each week. 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: Good striper action continues and there are still fish boiling on the surface throughout the day. While most of the stripers are under four pounds, the bite on one to three pounds has been very good on rip baits, shad-like cranks, and small shad plastics. The bait bite is fair on sardines, lug worms, or blood worms in 50 to 75 feet of water, when the fish aren’t showing on top. Bret Packard, Lake Hughes, had a 14.92-pound striper Sunday. The largemouth bass action is fair to good with a very good morning topwater bite. Good catfish with some cats into the double digit range, mostly on cut baits or nightcrawlers. Some panfish action, with a lot of small bluegill clustered around structure and being caught on meal worms, wax worms, or crickets. Trout slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.
PIRU: There is fair to good largemouth bass action. The bass are showing for shoreline and boat anglers on plastics and reaction baits, with most of the action is early and late in the day. Also a few smallmouth in this bite, especially on rocky structure. Some topwater. Catfish fair in 10 to 30 feet of water on cut baits, while the bluegill and redear are fair with small fish in most structure areas on small jigs, nightcrawlers, and meal worms. Water level is very low and launching is difficult and some boats may not be able to launch. Boaters should also be aware that lake hazards exist with the low water. Rental boats are available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.
PYRAMID: Fair to good striped bass action with a lot of stringers of two to four-pound fish showing at the dam for boat anglers or in the channel for shore anglers. Most of the fish are showing on anchovies, sardines, or lug worms, but there have also been boils most mornings with anglers getting the fish on spoons, jerk baits, and even some on topwater. Trollers also scoring fish on white flies and other shad-like lures. The catfish bite has been fair to good, too, also on cut baits and the cats are showing all around the lake. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action early and late in the day on plastics and reaction baits. Some are up chasing bait with stripers. Bluegill and redear getting little pressure, but the bite on small fish has been pretty decent. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. More information at this link: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.