CACHUMA: The bass bite has broken wide open over the past two weeks with a lot of limits of both smallmouth and largemouth bass showing for anglers fishing the rock walls with plastics, spinnerbaits, shad-like cranks, and even some topwater. The best action has been early morning with a lot of 1-8 to 2-8 class fish. Catfish continue to show in fair numbers from the back of Cachuma Bay, off E Point, Drake Cove, and the Mohawk areas on cut mackerel. Some limits of cats to six pounds. Trout are slow, but the odd fish is still showing in 30 to 50 feet at the mouth of Johnson Bay and along the dam buoy line. No plants scheduled this season. The carp bowfishing was better again this past week with the fish showing along the rocky banks mid-day. Carp bowfishing permits are available at the entrance gate. Private boats must be inspected for quagga mussels and face a 10-day dry dock requirement before being allowed to launch. For quagga mussel and the boat launching information, log on at http://www.sbparks.org/DOCS/Cachuma.html. The marina is open with rental boats available. The boat launch remains open, but boats must get a quagga mussel inspection. Information: 805-688-4040.
CASITAS: The crappie bite has continued fair to good over the past week, and while the bite is still perking along, the average size of the fish seems to have dropped a little Most of the slabs are in the one to two-pound class, but few in the 2-8 to three-pound class this past week. The action has all been on bright-colored jigs off the deep-water fishing pier, with white, white and red, and chartreuse jigs the best bet. Bass remain fair to good and the storm front seemed to move them back to deeper water for a couple of days, but they are again showing from six feet to 35 feet. Lots of two-pound class fish on plastics, jigs, cranks, jerkbaits, and nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite is also fair off the fishing dock on nightcrawlers with some fish to a pound or better. Surprisingly no redear reported in this action. Still no word yet on when trout plants will resume, and catfish are very slow. Bowfishing is allowed here for carp, but only from a boat after 8 a.m. 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. Information: 805-649-2043 or www.casitasboatrentals.com.
CASTAIC: DFW trout plants this week and two weeks ago. They should be good around the launch on small spinners, trout plastics, jigs, and floating baits. The trout bite slows quickly after the plant as the fish disperse and get caught. Largemouth bass remain the best bet right now with fair to good action off the old SS and the shoreline adjacent to the marina. Plastics, nightcralwers, and jerkbaits are best. Steve Banks, Venice, landed a two-pound bass from shore. The stripers are fair in the marina, at the old SS, and the upper end of the Ski Arm in 50 to 60 feet of water on lug worms, cut baits, and Kastmasters. Mike Tenguier, Arcadia, had a pair of stripers at 2-8 on lug worms. The catfish action has been slow on cut baits or mackerel in deeper water at the backs of the canyons. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.
PIRU: The largemouth bass bite has stayed good this past week. A lot of fish on plastics, Senkos, cranks, and jigs. Many of the fish are moving up into less than 15 feet of water, and some real quality fish to five pounds have been landed. Jess Stettem and Juan Barron, both Moorpark, had full limits of bass to five pounds fishing plastics. Mike Hinojosa, Moorpark, had three bass to five pounds fishing swim baits in shallow water. 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. 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: Some bigger stripers have been showing on trout-like swimbaits right after the DFW trout plants. Fish at 14 and 15 pounds were caught right after the plant two weeks ago, and a plant is slated to go in this week. There is also a fair bite on smaller fish in deeper water, with most running one to two pounds and showing on cut sardines, lug worms, and blood worms. The largemouth bass are fair to good on nightcrawlers, plastics, and some reaction bait fish when they are up chasing bait. Lots of bass moving up on warm days in a pre-spawn movement of fish. 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 o good largemouth bass bite with a lot of fish moving shallow in an early pre-spawn movement of fish. Plastics have been best, but some on reaction baits. The bluegill and redear bites are also starting to improve, but the bite is still just fair. 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: DFW trout plant last week. Information: 626-334-1065.
ALONDRA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant last week.
BALBOA PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Carp fishing slow.
BELVEDERE PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago.
CERRITOS PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago.
DOWNEY WILDERNESS PARK: DFW trout plant three weeks ago.
ECHO PARK LAKE: No recent DFW trout plants.
EL DORADO PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant last week.
ELIZABETH LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
HANSEN DAM LAKE: DFW trout plant last week. Information: 888-527-2757 or 818-899-3779.
HOLLENBECK LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago. Information: 213-261-0113.
JACKSON LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
JOHN FORD PARK LAKE: No recent DFW plants.
KENNETH HAHN PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant last week.
LA MIRADA PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant last week.
LEGG LAKES: DFW trout plant last week.
LINCOLN PARK LAKE: DFW trout plant three weeks ago.
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: DFW trout plant last week.
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: DFW trout plant two weeks ago.