CACHUMA: The catfish action slowed with the fish moving to deeper water, where they have become harder to find. The few landed were caught on nightcrawlers or mackerel. The bass bite has been tough unless you can dip some live shad. With this candy bait, the bite has been very good for both largemouth and smallmouth. Crappie, bluegill, and trout all very slow with only a few bluegill showing from under the courtesy docks. 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: Very light fishing pressure and little change in the action. The bass and catfish bite remains fair to good. The bass are moving deeper during the day (25 to 40 feet), but there is still some fish up early and late in the day chasing shad. Topwater and reaction baits still working then. Later in the day, spooning around the schools of bait or fishing plastics on structure are the best bets. The catfish are pretty good 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. 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: First trout plant of the season went in last week, but it didn’t set off massive striper boils. In fact, the striper action has mostly moved to deeper water (30 to 60 feet)on lug worms, sardines, jigging spoons or ice jigs. Top spots this past week have been the been the end of the Fish Arm, Utopia, Dry Gulch, and the back side of C-point. Tony Bennet, La Mirada, had an eight-pound striper on a Huddleston swimbait at Hawk’s Nest, while Ronnie Vickerey, Sylmar, landed a three-pound stripers on a Spro BBZ at the dam. The largemouth bite is still good with jerkbaits early in the day and then plastics and nightcrawlers. Best action around the main launch and C-Point. Steve Banks, Long Beach, had a pair of bass to four pounds on worms. Few reports on catfish or panfish. The west ramp remains closed. The first trout plant of the season is tentatively set for next week. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.
PIRU: The dropping water level has forced the shutdown of the boat launch, but rental boats remain available. 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. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.
PYRAMID: The striper bite has been fair to good. Lots of small fish from one to three pounds, but some bigger fish up are being reported. One angler had stripers are 21 and 27 pounds fishing an Alabama rig. 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 last week. 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: No trout plants yet. Fair largemouth bass bite mornings and evening with some fish showing on plastics and topwater. The bluegill and redear bites are improving with the cooler evenings and most of the action has been in six to 20 feet of water. Few reports of crappie or carp. Park and lake fishing information: 909-599-8411 or www.bonellipark.org.
SANTA FE DAM: First DFW trout plant of the season last week. Information: 626-334-1065.
ALONDRA PARK LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season lasts week.
BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Carp fishing slow.
BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season last week.
CERRITOS PARK LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season last week.
DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: First DFW trout plant of the season last week.
ECHO PARK LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season last week.
EL DORADO PARK LAKE: There will be a free youth fishing event here from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 22, for children from five to 15. The event is designed to give boys and girls who live in urban areas an opportunity to enjoy a fishing experience in or close to their own neighborhood, with poles, reels, tackle, bait, and assistance provided. Registration is on site the day of the event beginning 8 a.m. Anglers age 16 or older can fish at the end of the event, but they must have a California State Fishing License. The City of Long Beach Department of Parks and Recreation is co-sponsoring the derby with the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation and The California Department of Fish and Wildlife. For more information about the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation and all of its upcoming free kids fishing events, visit www.danskids.org, or call (562) 865-3764. First DFW trout plant of the season went in last week, and another plant is slated this week for the derby.
ELIZABETH LAKE: Lake is currently dry. No recent DFW plants.
HANSEN DAM LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season last week. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.
HOLLENBECK LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season last week. Information: 213-261-0113.
JACKSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season last week.
LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season last week.
LEGG LAKES: First DFW trout plant of the season last week.
LINCOLN PARK LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season last week.
MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: First DFW trout plant of the season last week.
PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 818-448-7317.