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Aug
09

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The bass and catfish are still pretty fair, and there continue to a few reports of crappie, but not as many as last week. The bluegill bite has remained pretty decent, but not as good as the week before. The bass are showing best in eight to 35 feet of water on plastics, with some reaction bait and topwater fish early in the mornings. The catfish are best at the dam and in most coves on dough baits or scented cut baits. The crappie have moved out to deeper water 10-plus feet, but they are still showing off the reeds on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. The bluegill are best on meal worms, red worms, or crickets fished under a bobber. A few trout have been landed by anglers trolling at the dam or in deep water in Johnson Bay. 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 bass bite has been good, especially on slow-trolled, shad-like crankbaits and plastics on the outside edges of the weed beds. Lots of fish to six pounds. The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good, mostly on small worms or nightcrawler pieces. The catfish are now showing in good numbers on fresh-dead shad or the usual array of frozen cut baits. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. 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: There has been good to excellent striper, largemouth, and smallmouth bass action, but most of it is before 9 a.m. All three species are boiling on shad early in the day, and the bait has been pretty easy to dip net. The shad have led to wide open fishing, but cranks and swimbaits have also been getting a lot of fish. Shore anglers have been getting limits of smaller stripers with some decent catfish mixed in. The best bite has been in the cove to the left of the West Ramp. Boat anglers are getting fish at the buoy line and in most of the canyons and coves for all three types of bass. Some fish are also showing on umbrella rigs. Chad Neel, Taft, had a 5-3 stripers on a reaction bait. There is also a very good bluegill bite that has taken off in both the main lake outside Dry Gulch and in the lower lake. Some real toad bluegill have come from the Dry Gulch area. The crappie are also showing in fair numbers for those targeting them. The carp bite is also good but getting light pressure. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. The best bite has been in 12 to 30 feet of water on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. Bluegill and catfish are improving, but crappie remain slow. 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: The striper bite has remained good on sardines, lug worms, nightcrawlers, and chicken liver, and some are even showing on topwater or jerk baits but not many boils again this week. Trolling umbrella rigs is also a good bet. Lots of small stripers under two pounds (many even under a pound). There is a good bite from shore from the cabanas to the swim beach and in the canal by the entrance booth. The catfish bite is also pretty good on sardines, chicken liver and nightcrawlers in deeper water in all coves and rip rap areas. Jaun Esparza, Arvin, had a 2-8 catfish on chicken liver right off the boat shop rocks. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bass have been good on plastics and reaction baits, especially cranks and jerk baits along most shorelines and along the edges of the vegetation. Lots of fish to three pounds. Bluegill are finally starting to improve with a pretty good bite on meal worms and small jigs. No crappie. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (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 county 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.

Aug
02

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The bass and catfish are still pretty fair, and there continue to improving reports of crappie. The bluegill bite broke wide open along most shorelines with cover. The bass are showing best in eight to 35 feet of water on plastics, with some reaction bait and topwater fish early in the mornings. The catfish are best at the dam and in most coves on dough baits or scented cut baits. The crappie have moved out to deeper water 10-plus feet, but they are still showing off the reeds on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. The bluegill are best on meal worms, red worms, or crickets fished under a bobber. A few trout have been landed by anglers trolling at the dam or in deep water in Johnson Bay. 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 bass bite remains fair to good. Plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits and swimbaits are the best bets in 12 to 30 feet of water. Preston Murphy, eight, Camarillo landed a 3-2 bass Tuesday this week. The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good, mostly on small worms or nightcrawler pieces. The catfish are now showing in good numbers on fresh-dead shad or the usual array of frozen cut baits. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. 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: There has been good to excellent striper, largemouth, and smallmouth bass action but most of it is before 9 a.m. Shore anglers have been getting limits of smaller stripers with some decent catfish mixed in. The best bite has been in the cove to the left of the West Ramp. Boat anglers are getting fish at the buoy line and Necktie Canyon for the stripers, and the bite has been best on fresh sardines. Some fish are also showing on umbrella rigs. The largemouth and smallmouth bites are also very good around much of the lake on nightcrawlers, plastics, frogs, and reaction baits, especially on the outside edges of the weeds. Wacky-rigged worms have been a good bet. Reaction baits like a Rat-L-Trap or Rebel Jumpin’ Minnow have been good for smallmouth early in the day or late in the evening. There is also a very good bluegill bite that has taken off in both the main lake outside Dry Gulch and in the lower lake. Some real toad bluegill have come from the Dry Gulch area. The carp bite is also good but getting light pressure. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. The best bite has been in 12 to 30 feet of water on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. Bluegill and catfish are improving, but crappie remain slow. 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: The striper bite has remained good on sardines, lug worms, nightcrawlers, and chicken liver, and some are even showing on topwater or jerk baits but no many boils this week. Trolling umbrella rigs is also a good bet. Lots of small stripers under two pounds (many even under a pound). There is a good bite from shore from the cabanas to the swim beach and in the canal by the entrance booth. The catfish bite is also pretty good on sardines, chicken liver and nightcrawlers in deeper water in all coves and rip rap areas The largemouth and smallmouth bass bass have been good on plastics and reaction baits, especially cranks and jerk baits along most shorelines and along the edges of the vegetation. Lots of fish to three pounds. Bluegill are finally starting to improve with a pretty good bite on meal worms and small jigs. No crappie. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (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 county 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
26

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The bass and catfish are still pretty fair, and there continue to be sporadic reports on crappie. The bass are showing best in eight to 35 feet of water on plastics, with some reaction bait and topwater fish early in the mornings. The catfish are best at the dam and in most coves on dough baits or scented cut baits. The crappie have moved out to deeper water 10-plus feet, but they are still showing off the reeds on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. A few trout have been landed by anglers trolling at the dam or in deep water in Johnson Bay. 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 bass bite remains fair to good. Plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits and swimbaits are the best bets in 12 to 30 feet of water. Shila Silva, Simi Valley, had seven largemouth bass to five pounds fishing wacky-rigged plastics. The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good, mostly on small worms or nightcrawler pieces. The catfish are now showing in good numbers on fresh-dead shad or the usual array of frozen cut baits. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. 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: There has been good to excellent striper and largemouth bass action but most of it is before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. Shore anglers have been getting limits of smaller stripers with some decent catfish mixed in. The best bite has been in the cove to the left of the West Ramp. Boat anglers are getting fish at the buoy line and Necktie Canyon for the stripers, and the bite has been best on fresh sardines. Some fish are also showing on umbrella rigs. Bob Tran, Los Angeles, had five stripers to five pounds on sardines in Necktie Canyon. The largemouth bite is also very good around much of the lake on nightcrawlers, plastics, frogs, and reaction baits, especially on the outside edges of the weeds. Wacky-rigged worms have been a good bet. Reaction baits like a Rat-L-Trap or Rebel Jumpin’ Minnow have been good for smallmouth early in the day or late in the evening. Thomas Foster, Simi Valley, caught and released eight largemouth and smallmouth to five pounds. Timothy Mondhink, Los Angeles, had five largemouth to 4-12 on Robo worms at Hawk’s Nest. Also in the news is the very good bluegill action that has taken off in both the main lake outside Dry Gulch and in the lower lake. Some real toad bluegill have come from the Dry Gulch area. The carp bite is also good but getting light pressure. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. The best bite has been in 12 to 30 feet of water on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. Bluegill and catfish are improving, but crappie remain slow. 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: The striper bite has remained good on sardines, lug worms, nightcrawlers, and chicken liver, and some are even showing on topwater or jerk baits fished in boils, which have been happening more frequently. Trolling umbrella rigs is also a good bet. Lots of small stripers under two pounds (many even under a pound). There is a good bite from shore from the cabanas to the swim beach. The catfish bite is also pretty good on sardines, chicken liver and nightcrawlers in deeper water in all coves and rip rap areas The largemouth bass have been good on plastics and reaction baits, especially cranks and jerk baits along most shorelines and along the edges of the vegetation. Lots of fish to three pounds. Bluegill are finally starting to improve with a pretty good bite on meal worms and small jigs. No crappie. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (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 county 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
12

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The bass and catfish are still pretty fair, and there have been more reports of crappie again this past week. The bass are showing best in eight to 25 feet of water on plastics, with some reaction bait and topwater fish early in the mornings. The catfish are best at the dam and in most coves on dough baits or scented cut baits. The crappie have moved out to deeper water 10-plus feet, but they are still showing off the reeds on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. Few reports of trout, but a few are showing for trollers and anglers drifting nightcrawlers in 20 to 50 feet of water, especially at the dam. Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are stacked up in the shallows. 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: Not much change here. The bass bite remains still fair to good. Plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits and swimbaits are the best bets in 12 to 30 feet of water. The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good, mostly on small worms or nightcrawler pieces. The catfish are now showing in good numbers on fresh-dead shad or the usual array of frozen cut baits. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. 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: There has been good to excellent striper and catfish action over the past week. Shore anglers have been getting limits of smaller stripers and good numbers of bigger catfish in the cove to the left of the West Ramp. Boat anglers are getting fish at the buoy line, Necktie Canyon, and Kong Island. The best bite has been from lake opening to 10 or 11 a.m. Most of the action has been on cut bait in 40 to 60 feet of water. Trong Nguyen, El Monte, had a limit of 10 stripers to five pounds on sardines at the buoy line. The largemouth bite is also very good around much of the lake on nightcrawlers, plastics, and jigs. Reaction baits like a Rat-L-Trap or Rebel Jumpin’ Minnow have been good for smallmouth early in the day or late in the evening. Ron Vickery, San Fernando, landed six bass on jigs and his best was a nine pounder. Richard Lopez, Los Angeles, had a five-pound largemouth off C Point on a Senko. The bluegill bite has remained good, but the crappie have slowed. The bluegill are best on jigs and meal worms (or the two together) in 15 to 25 feet of water in most coves. Some are quality fish to a pound. In the lower lake, the bluegill bite has is also good on hand-sized fish on the usual array of small baits. The carp bite is also good but getting light pressure. Very few catfish reported, but very little pressure on the cats. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. The best bite has been in 12 to 30 feet of water on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. Bluegill and catfish are improving, but crappie remain slow. 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: The striper bite has remained good on sardines, lug worms, nightcrawlers, and chicken liver, and some are even showing on topwater or jerk baits fished in boils, which have been happening more frequently. Trolling umbrella rigs is also a good bet. Lots of small stripers under two pounds (many even under a pound). The catfish bite is also pretty good on sardines, chicken liver and nightcrawlers in deeper water in all coves. The largemoth bass have been good on plastics and reaction baits, especially cranks and jerk baits along most shorelines and along the edges of the vegetation. Lots of fish to three pounds. Bluegill are finally starting to improve with a pretty good bite on meal worms and small jigs. No crappie. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (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 county 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
05

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The bass and catfish are still pretty fair, and there have been more reports of crappie again this past week. The bass are showing best in eight to 25 feet of water on plastics, with some reaction bait and topwater fish early in the mornings. The catfish are best at the dam and in most coves on dough baits or scented cut baits. The crappie have moved out to deeper water 10-plus feet, but they are still showing off the reeds on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. Few reports of trout, but a few are showing for trollers and anglers drifting nightcrawlers in 20 to 50 feet of water, especially at the dam. Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are stacked up in the shallows. 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 bass bite is still fair to good. Plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits and swimbaits are the best bets in 12 to 30 feet of water. The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good, mostly on small worms or nightcrawler pieces. The catfish are now showing in good numbers on fresh-dead shad or the usual array of frozen cut baits. Attention bowfishermen, the carp still shallow in a post spawn mode, and showing pretty well for anglers and bowfishermen. Fish up into the 20-pound class have been caught and arrowed. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. 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 striper bite has continued good to excellent, and there have been more and more quality fish topping five pounds. The weekend boat and jet ski traffic makes fishing tough, but the early morning weekend bite and the weekday bite has been excellent. Most of the action is on drifted bait for both shore and boat anglers, and some fish are showing on jerk baits and trolled umbrella rigs. Shore anglers are seeing the best bite off the west ramp on fresh sardines and ghost shrimp. While most of the stripers are two to four pounds, there have been a number of bigger fish reported. Kimstrong Leing, Long Beach, had a limit of 10 stripers with fish to nine pounds fishing Whopper Ploppers off Kong Island. The largemouth bite has been nearly as good with a lot of nice fish showing on nightcrawlers, reaction baits, and plastics. Danny King, Los Angeles, landed four largemouth to five pounds on plastics at the dam, while Sean Nahm, also Los Angeles, landed three bass to four pounds on jigs in the Ski Arm. Both the crappie and bluegill bites have been pretty good for two weeks now, mostly on jigs and meal worms (or the two together) in 15 to 25 feet of water in Coash and Cutler coves. Some are quality fish to a pound. In the lower lake, the bluegill bite has is also good on hand-sized fish on the usual array of small baits. The carp bite is also good but getting light pressure. Very few catfish reported, but very little pressure on the cats. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. The best bite has been in 12 to 30 feet of water on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. Bluegill and catfish are improving, but crappie remain slow. 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: The striper bite has remained good on sardines, lug worms, nightcrawlers, and chicken liver, and some are even showing on topwater or jerk baits fished in boils. The boils have been popping up in the marina and off points all around the lake in the past week. Most of the fish are still under two pounds. Milton Bonilla, Van Nuys, had five stripers to 1-8 on sardines fishing in 30 to 60 feet of water. The catfish bite is also pretty good on sardines, chicken liver and nightcrawlers in deeper water in all coves. The largemoth bass have been good on plastics and reaction baits, especially cranks and jerk baits along most shorelines and along the edges of the vegetation. Lots of fish to three pounds. Robert Gerace, Saugus, landed a two-pound largemouth on a nightcrawler. Bluegill are finally starting to improve with a pretty good bite on meal worms and small jigs. No crappie. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (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 county 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
28

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The bass and catfish are still pretty fair, and there have been more reports of crappie again this past week. The bass are showing best in eight to 25 feet of water on plastics, with some reaction bait and topwater fish early in the mornings. The catfish are best at the dam and in most coves on dough baits or scented cut baits. The crappie have moved out to deeper water 10-plus feet, but they are still showing off the reeds on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. Few reports of trout, but a few are showing for trollers and anglers drifting nightcrawlers in 20 to 50 feet of water, especially at the dam. Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are stacked up in the shallows. 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 bass bite is still fair to good. Plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits and swimbaits are the best bets in 12 to 30 feet of water. Sheila Silva, Simi Valley, caught bass to 5-8 this past Sunday. The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good, mostly on small worms or nightcrawler pieces. The catfish are now showing in good numbers on fresh-dead shad or the usual array of frozen cut baits. Attention bowfishermen, the carp still shallow in a post spawn mode, and showing pretty well for anglers and bowfishermen. Fish up into the 20-pound class have been caught and arrowed. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. The last ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas is July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. 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 striper bite also continues to be very good for both shore anglers and trollers working umbrella rigs or drifting with nightcrawlers. Shore anglers are seeing the best bite off the west ramp on fresh sardines and ghost shrimp. While most of the stripers are two to four pounds, there have been a number of bigger fish reported. Fi Shen, Long Beach, had a 40-pound, 10-fish limit and his top fish was a seven pounder, all caught on sardines at the buoy line. Both the crappie and bluegill bites have really started to turn on. Both are showing in 12 to 40 feet of water, especially Utopia, Elizabeth Canyon, Dry Gulch and Firebreak. Some are quality fish to a pound. The morning bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass remains good on plastic worms and nightcrawlers fished in 10 to 30 feet of water around much of the lake on structure. Peter Havenbrook, Van Nuys, landed a six-pound bass on a Roboworm in Elizabeth Canyon. In the lower lake, the bluegill bite has broken wide open with a lot of hand-sized fish on the usual array of small baits. The carp bite is also good but getting light pressure. Adam Gretchen, West Covina, landed a 10-pound carp at the dam on dough bait. Very few catfish reported, but very little pressure on the cats. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. The best bite has been in 12 to 30 feet of water on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. Bluegill and catfish are improving, but crappie remain slow. 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: The striper bite has remained very good on sardines, lug worms, and chicken liver, and some are even showing on nightcrawlers for both shore and boat anglers all around the lake. There has also been a lot more boiling fish in the past week. The shore hotspot has been at the canal by the entrance booth and the rip-rap in front of the boat shop. Most of the fish are one to three pounds with an occasional bigger fish to five or six pounds. Artak Kazikhanyan, Granada Hills, had six stripers to two pounds on chicken liver and lug worms. The catfish bite is also pretty good on sardines, chicken liver and nightcrawlers in deeper water in all coves. The largemoth bass have been good on plastics and reaction baits, especially cranks and jerk baits along most shorelines and along the edges of the vegetation. Lots of fish to three pounds. Wilburt Salbalburo, Baldwin Park, landed a three-pound bass on a nightcrawler. Bluegill are finally starting to improve with a pretty good bite on meal worms and small jigs. No crappie. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (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 county 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
14

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The bass and catfish are still pretty fair. The bass are showing best in eight to 25 feet of water on plastics, with some reaction bait and topwater fish early in the mornings. The crappie have moved out to deeper water 10-plus feet, but they are still showing off the reeds on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. A few trout are showing for trollers and anglers drifting nightcrawlers in 15 to 30 feet of water, especially at the dam. Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are stacked up in the shallows. 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 bass bite is still fair to good — very good if you can dip shad. Otherwise, plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits and swimbaits are the best bets in six to 18 feet of water. The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good, mostly on small worms or nightcrawler pieces. A few crappie to two-plus pounds have been landed, mostly on the live shad. The catfish are also starting to show, on live or fresh-dead shad. Attention bowfishermen, the carp still shallow in a post spawn mode, and showing pretty well for anglers and bowfishermen. Richard Lopez, Oxnard, landed a 10-pound carp on three-pound test line. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are June 16 and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. 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 stripers and largemouth bass have both been a little less consistent this past week, but both are still pretty fair. A lot of largemouth and smallmouth have been showing from Dry Gulch, Cutler Cove, and Henrickson Cove in 10 to 20 feet of water on plastics and nightcrawlers. The stripers are best in 60 to 100 feet of water along the west walls, at the buoy line, or in Necktie Canyon. The bite has been bets on sardines. Chun Woo Lee, Long Beach, had a 20-pound, seven-fish stringer of stripers and the best fish was five pounds. All were caught on sardines in Necktie Canyon. Randy Hudnall, Bakersfield, landed a 4-3 striper. The bluegill bite has continued good on small crappie jigs or meal worms in the Fish Arm, Henrickson Cove, and at the firebreak. A few crappie were reported in the Fish Arm in 30 feet of water. Ron Vickrey, Los Angeles, had five crappie, each around a pounds. Very few catfish reported, but very little pressure on the cats. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. Most of the fish showing on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. Bluegill and catfish are improving but crappie remain slow. 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: The striper bite has remained very good, and the bite ñ across the board ñ just gets better with each warm day. Stripers have been best on sardines, lug worms, and chicken liver, and some are even showing on nightcrawlers for both shore and boat anglers all around the lake. The shore hotspot has been at the canal by the entrance booth and the rip-rap in front of the boat shop. Most of the fish are one to three pounds with an occasional bigger fish to five or six pounds. The catfish bite is also pretty good on the same baits along with chicken liver and nightcrawlers in all coves. The largemoth bass have been good on plastics and reaction baits, especially cranks and jerk baits along most shorelines and along the edges of the vegetation. Lots of fish to three pounds. Bluegill are finally starting to improve with a pretty good bite on meal worms and small jigs. No crappie. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (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 county 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
07

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The bass and catfish are still pretty fair. The bass are showing best in eight to 25 feet of water on plastics, with some reaction bait and topwater fish early in the mornings. The crappie have moved out to deeper water 10-plus feet, but they are still showing off the reeds on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. A few trout are showing for trollers and anglers drifting nightcrawlers in 15 to 30 feet of water, especially at the dam. Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are stacking up in the shallows. 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 bass bite is still fair to good — very good if you can dip shad. Otherwise, plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits and swimbaits are the best bets in six to 18 feet of water. The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good, mostly on small worms or nightcrawler pieces. A few crappie to two-plus pounds have been landed, mostly on the live shad. The catfish are also starting to show, on live or fresh-dead shad. Attention bowfishermen, the carp are moving into the shallows for the spawn. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are June 16 and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. 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 stripers and largemouth bass have both been good this week, with the largemouth bite especially hot. A lot of largemouth and smallmouth have been showing from Dry Gulch, Elizabeth Canyon, and Utopia Cove on swimbaits and plastics, but the best bite is early to mid-morning. Dave Sloane, Simi Valley, had nine bass to three pounds on plastics. The stripers are best in 30 to 50 feet of water throughout the Ski Arm and dam areas on cut baits and ice jigs, with some on swimbaits trolled at that same depth. Bao Pham, Long Beach, had 10 stripers with a total weight of 38 pounds and his best fish was a six-pounder, all on sardines at the west walls. There is also some good action near the launch ramp for shore anglers drifting wads of two or three nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite has continued good on small crappie jigs or meal worms in the Fish Arm, Henrickson Cove, and at the firebreak. Very few catfish reported, but very little pressure on the cats. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. Most of the fish showing on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. Bluegill and catfish are improving but crappie remain slow. 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: The striper bite has been very good, and the bite ñ across the board ñ just gets better with each warm day. Stripers have been best on sardines, lug worms, and chicken liver, and some are even showing on nightcrawlers for both shore and boat anglers all around the lake. The shore hotspot has been at the canal by the entrance booth and the rip-rap in front of the boat shop. Most of the fish are one to three pounds with an occasional bigger fish to five or six pounds. Artak Kazizhanyan, Granada Hills, had 10 stripers to three pounds on sardines fished in 30 to 50 feet of water. Haik Vardanyan, North Hollywood, had nine stripers to two pounds on the same bait. The catfish bite is also pretty good on the same baits along with chicken liver and nightcrawlers in all coves. The largemoth bass have been good on plastics and reaction baits, especially cranks and jerk baits along most shorelines and along the edges of the vegetation. Lots of fish to three pounds. Gary Lee West, Harrison City, had seven bass to four pounds on jerkbaits. Bluegill are finally starting to improve with a pretty good bite on meal worms and small jigs. No crappie. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (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 county 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
31

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The bass and catfish are still pretty fair. The bass are showing best in eight to 25 feet of water on plastics, with some reaction bait and topwater fish early in the mornings. The crappie have moved out to deeper water 10-plus feet, but they are still showing off the reeds on small jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. A few trout are showing for trollers and anglers drifting nightcrawlers in 15 to 30 feet of water, especially at the dam. Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are stacking up in the shallows. 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 bass bite is still fair to good — very good if you can dip shad. Otherwise, plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits and swimbaits are the best bets in six to 18 feet of water. Sheila Silva, Simi Valley, had a seven-pound class bass and William Segovia, Oxnard, landed a 6-3 bass on a plastic. The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good, mostly on small worms or nightcrawler pieces. A few crappie to two-plus pounds have been landed, mostly on the live shad. The catfish are also starting to show, on live or fresh-dead shad. Attention bowfishermen, the carp are moving into the shallows for the spawn. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. The final date for the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas is June 2. For information on this events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or richtauber@gmail.com. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are June 16 and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. 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 stripers and largemouth bass have both been good this week, with the largemouth bite especially hot. A lot of largemouth and smallmouth have been showing from Trout Point, Elizabeth Canyon, and Utopia Cove on swimbaits and plastics, but the best bite is early to mid-morning. Steven Nguyen, Burbank, had four bass to five pounds on Lunker Plunkers in Utopia Cove. Paul Bruins, Acton, had a pair of smallmouth to four pounds on cranks at the west ramp. The stripers are best in 30 to 50 feet of water throughout the Ski Arm and dam areas on cut baits and ice jigs, with some on swimbaits trolled at that same depth. Tao Quong, Long Beach, had a limit of 10 stripers to seven pounds on sardines at the buoy line. There is also some good action near the launch ramp for shore anglers drifting wads of two or three nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite has continued good on small crappie jigs or meal worms in the Fish Arm, Henrickson Cove, and at the firebreak. Very few catfish reported, but very little pressure on the cats. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. Most of the fish showing on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. Bluegill and catfish are improving but crappie remain slow. 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: The striper bite has been very good. The best bite has been on sardines, lug worms, and even nightcrawlers for both shore and boat anglers all around the lake. The shore hotspot has been at the canal by the entrance booth and the rip-rap in front of the boat shop. Ryan McBrde, Valencia, had a limit of stripers to six pounds. The catfish bite is also pretty good on the same baits along with chicken liver and nightcrawlers in all coves. The largemoth bass have been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits, especially cranks and jerk baits along most shorelines and along the edges of the vegetation. Lots of fish to three pounds. Bluegill are finally starting to improve with a pretty good bite on meal worms and small jigs. No crappie. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (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 county 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
17

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: Wind was quite most of the week (except the afternoons), and the crappie, bass, and trout bites all have been fair to good. The crappie bite has been best in Cachuma Bay and most coves with reeds on slow-trolled or drifted jigs. The crappie have been between a half-pound and 2.5 pounds. Bass are good on plastics and reaction baits, especially in Cachuma and Johnson bays. Fair to good trout action continues since the big derby three weeks ago, and the cooler weather has the trout closer to the surface again. The best bite is still for trollers near the dam or for shore anglers fishing inflated nightcrawlers in Cachuma Bay Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are stacking up in the shallows. 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 bass bite is still fair to good — very good if you can dip shad. Otherwise, plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits are the best bets in six to 18 feet of water. Fish to six pounds reported. Roxanne Grodin, Santa Barbara, landed a 5-2 bass on live shad. The bluegill and redear bites are starting to take off, mostly on small worms or nightcrawler pieces. The catfish are also starting to show, on live or fresh-dead shad. Kevin Del Ermia, Port Hueneme, landed a 12-5 catfish on the live shad. No crappie reports. Attention bowfishermen, the carp are moving into the shallows for the spawn. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. The final date for the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas is June 2. For information on this events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or richtauber@gmail.com. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are June 16 and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. 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 stripers have been good, especially at the buoy line and in Necktie Canyon with cut baits in 40 to 50 feet of water. There is also a good swimbait bait at the dam and the west ramp, with the best action late in the afternoon and evening. Top striper reported was a 20-pounder landed by Jay Poore, Castaic, in the Fish Arm on a swimbait. Fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass action this week on small swim baits and plastics. Scott Scotto, Castaic, landed a four-pound largemouth on a nightcrawler. The bluegill bite broke open with good action on small crappie jigs or meal worms in the Fish Arm, Henrickson Cove, and at the firebreak. Robert Page, Los Angeles, landed 20 bluegill with fish up to 1-8, all on meal worms in the Fish Arm. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range. Most of the fish showing on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. Bluegill and catfish are improving but crappie remain slow. 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: The striper bite has been good. The best bite has been on sardines and lug worms for both shore and boat anglers all around the lake. The shore hotspot has been at the canal by the entrance booth for shore anglers, the rip-rap in front of the boat shop, and at the dam. Howard Yu, Arcadia, caught and release 24 stripers to three pounds on sardines, while Akop Khatichian, Palmdale, had 16 fish, also to three pounds, also on sardine. The catfish bite is also pretty good on the same baits along with chicken liver and nightcrawlers in all coves. The largemoth bass have been fair to good on plastics and reaction baits, especially cranks and jerk baits along most shorelines. Lots of fish to three pounds. Bluegill are finally starting to improve, but few redear reports. No crappie. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (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 county 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
03

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The crappie bite remains strong with good action in Cachuma Bay on slow-trolled or drifted jigs. The crappie have been between a half-pound and 2.5 pounds. Bass are still in the spawn with good action on plastics and reaction baits, especially in Cachuma and Johnson bays. Fair to good trout action continues since the big derby two weeks ago, but the fish are moving to deeper water near the dam, but shore anglers fishing inflated nightcrawlers are still getting a few. Best bite still for boat anglers trolling Rapalas or Needlefish. Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are starting to show near the surface. 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 bass bite is still pretty fair but has tailed off a little as the spawn winds down. The best bite has been in the morning before 10 a.m. and again late evening on plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits in six to 18 feet of water. Fish to 8-8 reported over the past week (before the weather system). The bluegill and redear bites are starting to take off, mostly on small worms or nightcrawler pieces. No crappie or catfish reports. Attention bowfishermen, the carp are moving into the shallows for the spawn. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. The final date for the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas is June 2. For information on this events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or richtauber@gmail.com. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are May 5, June 16, and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. 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: Fair to good largemouth bass action this week on small swim baits and plastics. The fish are mostly through the spawn and showing on in Utopia Cove and the firebreak, but Trout Point and Cuttler Cove also have produced quite a few fish. Rick Rodriguez, Los Angeles, landed a four-pound largemouth on a spinnerbait in Cuttler Cove. The stripers have been fair to good, with fish showing at the dam, west ramp, and SS Ski Cove. Kastmasters and lug worms in 30 to 60 feet of water have been the best bets. Vu Le, Monterey Park, had five stripers to seven pounds on swimbaits. The surprise report of the week was that some crappie were reported, which might indicate this bite is taking off. Jon Potts, Santa Clarita, landed a pair of two-pound crappie on a small jerk bait in the Fish Arm. The bluegill bite is slow. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range, but they have been moving shallower the past week or so in preparation for the spawn. Most of the fish showing now are being caught on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with little pressure. 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: The striper bite has been excellent with a lot of limits reported and many anglers catching and releasing dozens of fish. The best bite has been on cut baits and lug worms, and a lot of catfish are also showing in this action, producing nice mixed stringers of fish up to six pounds. Milton Borilla, Van Nuys, had a nice mixed stringer of 15 stripers and catfish with fish to six pounds. Akop Khatchikian, Palmdale, landed 13 stripers to three pounds on sardine, releasing most. The largemouth bass are also pretty good with the fish up shallow for the spawn and whacking plastics. Most fish are five to 20 feet of water or even shallower. The trout bite is slow, and there have been no DFW plants in a month. Bluegill and redear are slow. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (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 county 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
12

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The 23rd Annual Trout Derby will be April 21-22, and there was a 4,000-pound plant slated for this week. The best trout action has been on inflated nightcrawlers for shore anglers or trolled Rapalas for boat anglers. The best area has been around the marina and points leading out to the main body of the lake. The dam area is also good for the trollers. The crappie bite remains strong with good action in Cachuma Bay on slow-trolled or drifted jigs. The crappie have been between one pounds and 2-8 this past week. Bass are in the spawn with good action on plastics and reaction baits, especially in Cachuma and Johnson bays. Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are starting to show near the surface. 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 bass bite is excellent, with the fishing all over the shallows in mid-spawn. The best action has been on plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits in six to 18 feet of water, but fish are showing on all kinds of baits, including topwater. Most recent DFW trout plant was three weeks ago. Very slow action. Attention bowfishermen, the carp are moving into the shallows for the spawn. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. The dates for the upcoming bass fishing events in the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are April 7 and 28, and June 2. For information on these events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or richtauber@gmail.com. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are April 14, May 5, June 16, and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. 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: Overall, good striper action. The best bite has been at the dam early and late on small swim baits and nightcrawlers. The stripers are also showing at C-Point, the west walls, and the buoy line, where the fish are mostly in deep water between 40 and 60 feet down. Michael Long, Van Nuys, landed a seven-pound striper on a swimbait off C Point. Rakan Qumseya, Canyon Country, had a pair of four-pound stripers on Kastmasters off Kong Island. The largemouth bass bite has been very good as the fish move shallow for the spawn. The best action has been in the morning on plastics, small jigs, and crawfish imitations. Thomas Foster, Simi Valley, had a four-bass stringer topped with a four-pounder, all on Senkos of Sharon’s Rest. No catfish reports and no reports of crappie. The bluegill bite is slow. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range, but they have been moving shallower the past week or so in preparation for the spawn. Most of the fish showing now are being caught on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with little pressure. 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: The striper and catfish bites have both been pretty good this past week, with the bite for both in most coves and the canal by the entrance booth. Sardines and lug worms have been best for the stripers, and the cats are best on chicken liver, anchovies, and cut mackerel. Both have been in deeper water. Top areas are the rip-rap around the marina and the back end of the lake. Shagen Mkrtchyan, Sun Valley, had a mixed stringer of catfish and stripers with fish to six pounds fishing sardines. Martin Rios, Arleta, had three catfish and striper to five pounds on chicken liver and sardines. The largemouth bass are also pretty good with the fish just now starting to move up shallow and whacking plastics. Most fish are in 12 to 20 feet of water or even shallower. The trout bite is slow, and there have been no DFW plants in a month. Bluegill and redear are slow. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (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.

Apr
05

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: The 23rd Annual Trout Derby will be April 21-22, and there is a 4,000-pound plant slated for this week. The best trout action has been fair on inflated nightcrawlers for shore anglers or trolled Rapalas for boat anglers. The best area has been around the marina and points leading out to the main body of the lake. The dam area is also good for the trollers. Richard Flores, Santa Barbara, landed the biggest trout of the season this past week when he caught a 9-5 rainbow. The crappie bite has taken off with a good bite adjacent to the marina and at the dam. Fish to 2-5 reported this week, most on small jigs. Bass are starting to take off with the spawn approaching. Good action on plastics and reaction baits, especially in Cachuma and Johnson bays. Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are starting to show near the surface. 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 bass bite is excellent, with the fishing all over the shallows in mid-spawn. The best action has been on plastics and small, slowly-fish reaction baits in six to 18 feet of water, but fish are showing on all kinds of baits, including topwater. Sheila Silva, Simi Valley, landed a seven-pound bass to top off her April Fool’s Day of bass catching. Melissa Anderson, Santa Barbara, landed a 4-8 bass on a Brush Hog. Several other fish from three to five pounds reported. DFW trout plants went in two and four weeks ago, but not many fish showing. More and more reader are starting to show, mostly on nightcrawler pieces and red worms. Attention bowfishermen, the carp are moving into the shallows for the spawn. Carp bowfisherman may only shoot from a boat after 8 a.m., and lake staff must approve bows. The dates for the upcoming bass fishing events in the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are April 7 and 28, and June 2. For information on these events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or richtauber@gmail.com. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are April 14, May 5, June 16, and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. 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: Overall, good striper action. The best bite has been in the marina area throughout the day on nightcrawlers, Senkos, and small swimbaits. The stripers are also showing at C-Point, the west walls, and the buoy line, where the fish are mostly in deep water between 40 and 60 feet down. Umbrella rigs in after and evening have been the best bet in those areas. Bao Pham, Long Beach, had three stripers on umbrella rigs off the west walls. His best fish was a four-pounder and the stringer weighed 11 pounds. The largemouth bass bite has been very good as the fish start to move shallow for the spawn. The best action has been in the morning on plastics, small jigs, and crawfish imitations. Jose Cortez, North Hills, had a six-pound largemouth on a plastic shad at the firebreak. Adam Portsmouth, Ventura, landed a pair of three-pound bass off Trout Point on Senkos. The most recent DFW trout plant was three weeks ago, and the bite has slowed way down. No catfish reports and no reports of crappie. The bluegill bite is slow. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range, but they have been moving shallower the past week or so in preparation for the spawn. Most of the fish showing now are being caught on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with little pressure. 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: The striper and catfish bites have both been pretty good this past week, with the bite for both in most coves and the canal by the entrance booth. Sardine and lug worms have been best for the stripers, and the cats are best on chicken liver, anchovies, and cut mackerel. Both have been in deeper water. Horun Muhammad, West Hollywood, landed tw2o cats to four pounds on nightcrawlers in deep water. The largemouth bass are also pretty good with the fish just now starting to move up shallow and whacking plastics. Most fish are in 12 to 20 feet of water or even shallower. The trout bite is slow, and there have been no DFW plants in a month. Bluegill and redear are slow. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (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 county 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
22

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: There will be a final 4,000-pound trout plant in early April right before the 23rd Annual Trout Derby April 21-22. The best trout action has been on inflated nightcrawlers for shore anglers or trolled Rapalas for boat anglers. The best area has been around the marina and points leading out to the main body of the lake. The dam area is also good for the trollers. The crappie bite has taken off with a good bite adjacent to the marina and at the dam. Fish to 1-8 reported on small jigs. Bass are starting to take off with the spawn approaching. Good action on plastics and reaction baits, especially in Cachuma and Johnson bays. Other species still mostly slow, but the carp are starting to show near the surface. 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 lake was closed Wednesday and is slated to be closed Thursday because of the storm. The bass bite has been breaking wide open as the fish move shallow for the spawn. Very good action on swimbaits, plastic worms, and nightcrawlers. Chase Plott, Oakview, landed an eight-pound bass Monday this week. DFW trout plant was slated for this week, and a plant went in two weeks ago. The rainbows have been showing on PowerBait, MiceTails, inflated nightcrawlers, and small jigs adjacent to the marina. A few redear and crappie have also been reported this week. The dates for the upcoming events in the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are this Saturday, April 7 and 28, and June 2. For information on these events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or richtauber@gmail.com. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are April 14, May 5, June 16, and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. 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. 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: Overall, good striper action at the dam and the main shoreline near the launch ramp. The best bite has been on bigger, trout like swimbaits or cut baits. John Petrov, Venice, had stripers at six and three pounds fishing BBZ Juniors off Kong Island. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bite has continued to improve with the fish moving rapidly toward the spawn and moving shallower with each warm day. Top spots have been Hawk’s Nest, Pete’s Point, and Dry Gulch in no more than 20 feet of water. Nightcrawlers, small plastics, and Senkos have been the best baits. DFW trout plant again last week, and there were plants two and three weeks ago. The marina area and dam shoreline have been the best spots with Kastmasters and yellow PowerBait getting the most fish. No catfish reports and no reports of crappie. The bluegill bite is slow. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range, but they have been moving shallower the past week or so in preparation for the spawn. Most of the fish showing now are being caught on nightcrawlers or plastic worms. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with little pressure. 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: The striper bite has been fair to good with most of the fish around two pounds and showing in deeper water on sardine and lug worms in the main channel and along the rip-rap in front of the store. Alcop Khatchilcian, Palmdale, had three stripers to two pounds on sardines. The catfish bite has also been pretty fair in the main channel and along the rip-rap, mostly on anchovies, sardines, and chicken liver. Fish to eight pounds report. Orion Zorich, had a four-pound catfish. The largemouth and smallmouth bite has been best in 12 to 20 feet of water or even shallower on small jigs and plastics worked on structure. The trout bite is slow, and there have been no DFW plants in a month. Bluegill and redear are slow. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (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 county 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
08

LOS ANGELES AREA LAKES

CACHUMA: There was a 4,000-pound trout plant three weeks ago (Feb. 15), and another 4,000-pound plant is scheduled for this month. the bite has been pretty good since with fish to nine pounds reported. The best action had been on inflated nightcrawlers fished from shore or trolled CD-3 Rapalas. No crappie reports this week, but the bass bite has been improving on plastics fished in less than 20 feet of water. 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 bass bite has really been picking up with a lot of fish moving up shallow and showing in five to 20 feet of water on swimbaits, plastic worms, and nightcrawlers. Fish to 6-plus pounds reported again this past week. The dates for the upcoming events in the 2018 RTF Bass Tour at Casitas are March 17, April 7 and 28, and June 2. For information on these events, contact Rich Tauber at 818-439-1154 or richtauber@gmail.com. The next ABA bass events for 2018 at Casitas are April 14, May 5, June 16, and July 28. For more information, contact Jason Hemminger at 805-479-1058. For a fishing update, check with the marina or the Lake Casitas Boat Rentals Facebook page. 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. 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 striper bite remains fair with a lot of fish showing on lugworms, spoons, or ice jigs in 40-feet plus of water between the SS Ski and Kong Island. There are some fish at the dam on and near the surface early in the morning, and they are being caught on Kastmasters. Also quite a few stripers showing for shore anglers fishing to the right on the main launch ramp. Dave Horste, Lancaster, had three stripers to three pounds fishing swimbaits off C Point. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bite may even be better than the striper action with the fish in five to 25 feet of water on nightcrawlers, small plastics, and Senkos, especially in the area around Sharon’s Rest, Hawk’s Nest, Firebreak, and Utopia coves. John Cohen, Los Angeles, had a four-pound largemouth on a nightcrawler, while Rick Nava, Van Nuys, landed a three-pounders on a jig. No reports of crappie this week, and the catfish and bluegill bites are slow. DFW trout plants last week and four weeks ago. A few trout are showing near the marina on yellow PowerBait. For information call the marina at 661-775-6232 (www.CastaicLake.com) or Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

PIRU: Few reports. Slow to fair bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are in the one to three-pound range and showing in deeper water on jigs and plastics. Bluegill, crappie, and catfish are slow with little pressure. 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: The striper bite has been fair to good with most of the fish around two pounds. The best bite has been on lug worms, anchovies or sardines in 20 to 50 feet of water along the canal and rip rap. Also a few fish on reaction baits, but not as many as bait. Jose Morano, Pasadena, had three stripers to three pounds on sardines at the canal. There is also a pretty fair catfish bite on chicken liver or anchovies fishing in most coves. Forrest Csulak, Bakersfield, landed two catfish to four pounds on chicken liver in Glory Hole Cove. The largemouth and smallmouth action is also pretty fair on plastics and small jigs in just 5 to 25 feet of water. The trout bite has slowed with no plants in more than two weeks. Bluegill and redear are slow. There is a health warning about eating fish from Pyramid Lake (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 county 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.