CACHUMA: Catfish continue to be the top bet here with other bites slow to fair. The catfish action has been on cut baits and dough baits in most of the bays and coves in less than 10 feet of water. Some of the fish are topping six pounds and some limits or near-limits reported. The smallmouth bass have gone on a tear chasing the shad. Cranks and small spinnerbaits are getting a lot of fish. The largemouth, while fair, are not as good as the smallies. A few crappie are showing from under docks and floating platforms around the lake, but they are tough. Bluegill spotty and trout slow. The carp have also slowed way down with only a few showing for bow-fishermen at midday. 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: There bass bite remains fair to good with the fish in deeper water most of the day and showing on plastics and jigs fishing in 20 to 40 feet of water, but the topwater action at first and last light has also been good on frogs, buzz baits, and poppers. Also some spinnerbait and jerk bait fish in the mornings when schools of shad are near-surface. No big fish reported, but pretty good numbers of 1-8 to three-pound fish and some to five pounds. A few redear and bluegill continue to show in 12 to 30 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: The striper bite remains good and the topwater activity remains very good with boils throughout the day all around the lake, but the best action has been in the mornings. Hot spots have been the dam area, Kong Island, The Cliffs, Dry Gulch, and Firebreak. Flukes, Spooks, Kastmasters and cranks have been the top lures for the boils. Jocob Hedberg, Sylmar, had 10 stripers totaling 40 pounds topped by a five-pounder fishing a Lucky Craft at the Jet Ski Buoys, while Huong Hua, Long Beach, had 10 for 34 pounds total, and his best was a seven-pounder, all on Super Spook Juniors off Kong Island. There has also been a fair topwater or jerkbait bite for largemouth and smallmouth bass in the early mornings and then a fair bite late in the afternoons and into the evening on plastics and nightcrawlers. Sarah Crawford, Agua Dulce, had four largemouth to five pounds fishing crankbaits at Hawk’s Nest. The catfish are fair to good in 12 to 40 feet of water in most of the coves and off Kong Island. Bluegill are fair in eight to 20 feet of water on small nightcrawlers, meal worms, crickets, or wax worms. Most are 1/4-pounders. Armen Yasheslaf, Los Angeles, had three bluegill to a pounds on meal worms. The west ramp remains closed. The water will continue to fall this summer and the boat capacity has been reduced from 500 to 300 boats per day. Other species slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has been fair 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. A few catfish reports on cut baits. The bluegill action is slow to fair on hand-sized panfish. Information: store and bait shop at 805-521-1500, x207 (open Thursday through Monday), the gatehouse at x201, or at www.camplakepiru.com.
PYRAMID: The striper bite remains fair to good with a lot of small fish from one to three pounds, but some bigger fish up to five or six pounds. The best bait action has been on nightcrawlers, cut sardines, lug worms, and bloodworms. 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 with fish to six pounds reported this past week. The largemouth bass bite is fair on plastics and nightcrawlers, but there has also been some early topwater action. 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: Slow to fair bass action on plastics and topwater baits early and late in the day. Tough mid-day bite with the heat. The bluegill are showing in pretty good numbers with some fish pushing a half-pound. Redear and crappie still spotty. Park and lake fishing information: 909-599-8411 or www.bonellipark.org.
SANTA FE DAM: No recent DFW plants. Information: 626-334-1065.
ALONDRA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Carp fishing slow.
BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
CERRITOS PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: No recent DFW plants.
ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
EL DORADO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
ELIZABETH LAKE: Lake is currently dry. No recent DFW plants.
HANSEN DAM LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.
HOLLENBECK LAKE: No recent DFW 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 plants.
LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
LEGG LAKES: No recent DFW plants.
LINCOLN PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
MAGIC JOHNSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
MACARTHUR PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
PECK ROAD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 818-448-7317.