CACHUMA: The catfish action picked back up this past week with a lot of three to five-pound cats showing in Cachuma Bay, Johnson Bay, and Clark Canyon for boat anglers and Drake Cove for shore anglers. Mackerel and nightcrawlers were the top baits. The fish are still showing in less than 15 feet of water. The smallmouth bass action has been fair on spinnerbaits, shad-like jerk baits, and live shad (if you can dip it). David Martinez, Santa Ynez, had six bass, both smallies and largemouth, to three pounds. Crappie, bluegill, and trout all very slow. Bad news: It is also unlikely any trout will be planted this year, according to the DFW. The carp bowfishing remains fair in the backs of most coves in the middle of the day. 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 has remained fair to good over the holiday with the best bite in 15 to 40 feet of water. There have been a lot of shad from the surface down to 30 feet, and a lot of fish are showing on shad-like baits and presentations. Also pretty good action on slower presentations right on the bottom. A few catfish showing on cut baits, mostly mackerel, in 12 to 20 feet with fish topping 10 pounds possible. A few redear and bluegill continue to show in 12 to 20 feet, mostly on nightcrawler pieces fished on the bottom. While the DFW announced last week it will be resuming trout plants here, there is no word yet on when those plants will begin. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 35-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com
CASTAIC: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago, and there has been good action around the marina on jigs, small spinners, and floating baits. The striped bass are just fair with the best bite on swimbaits in recent days. Not a lot of boiling fish in recent days. The largemouth bass bite remains pretty good in the mornings with still a few topwater fish. The bass are up chasing baitfish, so reaction baits are best. J.C. Fox, San Fernando, landed a 4-8 bass to top off his eight-fish catch. Jay Poore, Valencia, caught a four-pound smallmouth. The catfish bite has been fair on cut baits or nightcrawlers. Most of the fish are dropping out of the shallower water and are showing in 20 feet or more. Other species are pretty slow. The west ramp remains closed. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits with most fish in 12 to 30 feet of water, but there is some topwater action early and late in the day. The average fish is from one to two pounds. Also a pretty decent catfish bite on cut baits in most of the coves and off the main lake points. The bluegill action is slow to fair on hand-sized panfish. The dropping water level has forced the shutdown of the boat launch, but rental boats remain available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.
PYRAMID: The striper bite has been fair to good with a decent number of small fish from one to three pounds, but some bigger fish up are being reported. The best bait action has been on nightcrawlers, cut sardines, lug worms, and blood worms, but there has also been some fish on jigging spoons. The first DFW trout plant of the season went in two weeks ago, but the lake is not on the stocking list for this week or next week at the present time. Fair catfish action in the main channel by the gate house and in most of the deeper coves and bays. The best catfish bite has been on nightcrawlers, blood worms, lug worms, and cut baits. The largemouth bass bite is fair on plastics and nightcrawlers, but there continues to be some topwater action most mornings. Most are one to two pounds with a few bigger fish. No reports on other species. There is a health warning about eating fish from here. More information at this link: http://oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/pyramidlake2013.html. Information: Emigrant Landing entrance booth at 661-295-7155 or the web site at campone.com.
QUAIL LAKE: No reports.
PUDDINGSTONE: Still no trout plants yet. Fair largemouth bass bite mornings and evening with some fish showing on plastics and reaction baits. The bluegill and redear bites are slow to fair with most of the action moving into deeper water at the water cools. Few reports of crappie or carp. Park and lake fishing information: 909-599-8411 or www.bonellipark.org.
SANTA FE DAM: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago. No others reported this week or next week. Information: 626-334-1065.
ALONDRA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant four weeks ago.
BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Carp fishing slow.
BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants this week and four weeks ago.
CERRITOS PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant this week and four weeks ago.
DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: DFW trout plant four weeks ago.
ECHO PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant four weeks ago.
EL DORADO PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant last week and four weeks ago.
ELIZABETH LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
HANSEN DAM LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.
HOLLENBECK LAKE: DFW trout plant four weeks ago. No others reported this week or next week. Information: 213-261-0113.
JACKSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant four weeks ago.
LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago.
LEGG LAKES: DFW trout plants last week and two weeks ago.
LINCOLN PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant four weeks ago.
MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant four weeks ago.
PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 818-448-7317.