CACHUMA: Good to excellent trout action over the past week after the 4,000-pound trout plant two weeks ago and the 6,000-pound plant four weeks ago. There were four trout topping eight pounds reported this past week. Trollers are having the best luck on CD5 to CD9 Rapala for bigger fish, but shore fishermen are getting fish around the marina on dough baits, Kastmasters, and inflated nightcrawlers. Nick Giese, Santa Ynez Valley, landed five trout topped off by an 8-8 rainbow. Bass have been good, especially pearl or pumpkin-colored plastics fishing in grassy areas in eight to 15 feet of water in the east end. That tactic has been working for both smallmouth and largemouth. Catfish have remained good with fewer limits but some nice stringer of fish, Mackerel, nightcrawlers, and dough baits fished in any shallow flat or cove. No crappie reports this past week. The fish had been showing on the flats and into Santa Cruz Bay on jigs or jigs tipped with meal worms. The bowfishing for carp has been excellent with the fish in the shallows on warm mornings. 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 trout bite has slowed since the last plant with most of the fish moving out to deeper water and a few showing for trollers working Needlefish-type lures in 30 to 40 feet of water. The bass bite has been fair on live shad, reaction baits, and plastics had all be getting fish. There have continued to be a fair number of crappie being caught, most on live shad or mini jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles. Most are three-quarter pound to 1-4, but a couple of three-pound class fish were landed this past week. The bluegill and redear also slowed with only a few showing on red worms and nightcrawlers for shore line anglers. Catfish remain very slow. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. Lake staff must approve bows. Bow fishermen have been sticking some carp to 20 pounds in the past week. 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 striped bass bite is finally picking up with fair to good action this past week. Most of the fish have been showing on lug worms and nightcrawlers, especially at the dam. The catfish bite has also improved with good action and a few double digit fish in the past week. Most of the cats are showing on nightcrawlers or mackerel. Largemouth bass remain fair to good on plastics, nightcralwers, and jerkbaits are best. Also a lot of smallmouth showing, especially in rockier areas. The trout bite has been slow around the launch on small spinners, trout plastics, jigs, and floating baits. DFW trout plant last week. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish on plastics, Senkos, cranks, and jigs, and a number of fish are running over the four-pound mark. Also quite a few smallmouth in this bite, especially on rocky structure. Channel catfish are still showing in spotty numbers in 30 feet of water on cut baits. The cats have been congregating in the bays. The bluegill and redear are starting to show in better numbers on small jigs, nightcrawlers, and meal worms. Other species are slow. Boat launch is open and rental boats are available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.
PYRAMID: DFW trout went in last week and three weeks ago. Few trout being landed. Stripers are fair to good, but mostly on small fish in deeper water on cut sardines, anchovies, or lug worms. The occasional bigger fish on a trout-like swimbait is still being caught. The largemouth bass are good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and some reaction baits. There is 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. 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.
QUAIL LAKE: No reports.
PUDDINGSTONE: Fair to good largemouth bass bite with a lot of fish on drop-shot plastics, reaction baits, and even some topwater. The bluegill and redear bites are fair to good, mostly on small baits like wax worms, red worms, or nightcrawler pieces. Few reports of crappie or carp. Park and lake fishing information: 909-599-8411 or www.bonellipark.org. For information on why there have been no DFW trout plants, go to this link: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/#!Puddingstone-and-Peck-Road-Park-trout-plants-need-to-be-restored/c18sh/54d94dd50cf2d691d1c3960c.
SANTA FE DAM: No recent DFW trout plants. Information: 626-334-1065.
ALONDRA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.
BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Carp fishing slow.
BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.
CERRITOS PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.
DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: No recent DFW trout plants.
ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.
EL DORADO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.
ELIZABETH LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
HANSEN DAM LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.
HOLLENBECK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants. Information: 213-261-0113.
JACKSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.
LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.
LEGG LAKES: No recent DFW trout plants.
LINCOLN PARK LAKE: Catfish plant three weeks ago for the kid’s derby.
MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No DFW plants this year. Anglers here need to be aware of health guidelines when eating fish from this lake. Go to this like for more information: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/magicjohnsonlake.html.
MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.
PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: No DFW plants this year. Information: 818-448-7317. For information on why there have been no DFW trout plants this year, go to this link: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/#!Puddingstone-and-Peck-Road-Park-trout-plants-need-to-be-restored/c18sh/54d94dd50cf2d691d1c3960c.
RESEDA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.