CACHUMA: Pretty fair catfish action on one- to 1 1/2-pound fish. The best bite has been on nightcrawlers, mackerel, or small pieces of garlic-soaked cut baits in the mud lines in the backs of most coves. The largemouth and smallmouth have also been slow to fair, with smallmouth around Drake Cove or E-Point the best bet on spinners and shad imitations. Other species have been very slow, but the occasional crappie to two pounds have been reported by trout trollers. 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: DFW trout plants last week and three weeks ago. The action on the rainbows has remained pretty fair and a few bigger fish from the Tailwalker plant in December continue to show. The best action has been in the marina area, across from the marina, and for trollers working off the mouth of the marina. Matt Purnell, Ventura, landed a three-pound rainbow. The bass bite has remained slow to fair with most of the fish on jigging spoons or ice jigs, but some are showing on plastics or nightcrawlers. Buddy Morton, Meiners Oaks, caught a six-pound bass on a Carolina-rigged plastic. The odd crappie to 2-8 is still showing on small jigs or slow-trolled trolled shad-like baits. Other species 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: Very little fishing pressure. DFW trout plants two and four weeks ago. A few trout are showing around the launch ramp after plants, but the fish are dispersing quickly and the action only last a few days near the ramp. Best action on PowerBait, Power Mice, or inflated nightcrawlers with garlic scent. The trout are bringing up some bigger stripers that are showing on trout-like swimbaits. There has also been a slow to fair bite on three to five pounders on small, shad-life swimbaits, spoons, and some on cut baits, especially on sardines in 60 feet of water. The largemouth bass action is slow with most of the action in 15 to 50 feet of water on plastics and jigging spoons. A few catfish are showing on cut baits or nightcrawlers. Other species are slow. For information call 661-775-6232 or www.CastaicLake.com.
PIRU: Cold, stormy weekend cut the already light fishing pressure and slowed the action even more over the past week. There is a slow bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass. Both shoreline and boat anglers are using plastics in deeper water, and boat anglers are also using jigging spoons as the fish suspend in 25 to 60 feet of water. Catfish are slow in 20 to 60 feet of water on cut baits, and there continues to be the odd crappie showing, with most in the one to two-pound range. Other species are very slow. The launch ramp is open. Water level is very low and boater should be aware that lake hazards exist with the low lake levels. Rental boats are also available. Information: gatehouse at 805-521-1500 or at www.camplakepiru.com.
PYRAMID: DFW trout plant two and four weeks ago. The trout bite has been slow to fair near the launch ramp, especially along the best to the southwest of the ramp. Best action on small spinners or spoons, with PowerBait or PowerMice also getting some fish. Stripers are fair with most fish from one to four pounds. Best action has been for anglers slow-trolling or fishing cut baits at the dam or channel, but some bigger fish have been showing on swimbaits, especially right after the plants. A few catfish are showing on cut baits but this bite is slow. Largemouth bass have been fair with the best action on plastics and reaction baits, but most of the fish are in deep water now on jigging spoons. Bluegill and redear slow. 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.
LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTY PARK NEWS: Most of the city and county parks are being planted with trout every two to three weeks by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. However, no plants are scheduled in Los Angeles or Orange counties this week. This could change. Anglers can check the trout plants on the DFW website (https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FishPlants/) for any updates and future plants.