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SPORTS WEEKEND | FISH REPORT

Freshwater

April 10, 1998

CASTAIC LAKE--Top largemouth bass an 11-4 by Wiley Nelson, South Gate, on a crawdad in the upper lake. Brody Lakatos, Nevada, 10-1 bass on a crawdad. Smaller bass are staging in shallows, biting on most baits and lures. Striped bass active as well. Erik Stepanek, Castaic, 18-pound striper, on Castaic Hard Trout. His father Bill caught a 15-pounder.

LAKE PIRU--Trollers using chartreuse Needlefish lures are accounting for lots of limits of trout. The face of the dam might be the best bet, but fish are being caught throughout the lake. Largemouth bass activity has slowed some, but plastic worms are producing sporadic catches.

PYRAMID LAKE--Largemouth and smallmouth bass are biting on crankbaits and plastic worms, with red the color of choice. An 11-pounder was reportedly caught. Striped bass active as well, biting on sardines and anchovies at 50-60 feet, averaging 3-6 pounds. Panfish and catfish slow.

LAKE CACHUMA--Trollers are still scoring limits of trout using Needlefish and Kastmasters near the surface. Ed Lebeck, Goleta, two limits of trout totaling 24 pounds, on bikini Needlefish. Largemouth bass are biting sporadically at the east end. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits are getting most.

LAKE CASITAS--Top catch a 12-8 largemouth bass by Jeff Perry, Goleta, on a Deadly Duo lure. Erin Powers, Ventura, caught three bass from 9-2 to 12-2, on Stocker Trout lures. The larger fish are at about 15 feet; the smaller fish are at five feet, biting mostly on plastics and crawdads. Trout are active as well, most coming on trolled Needlefish.

CORONA LAKE--Largest trout was a 20-pound 2-ounce rainbow that swallowed a hunk of Captain America Power Bait at the dam. Best name, Zane Graze, a Mira Loma angler who caught a 13-3 trout to top a five-fish stringer totaling 17-2, on rainbow Power Bait.

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES--The lakes are scheduled to reopen today, after being closed for two weeks because of depleted oxygen levels caused by the lake's "turning over." Trout plants this week should rejuvenate the fishery some.

IRVINE LAKE--The best bet locally--or anywhere else for that matter--for lunker trout. An 18-pounder tops the list, but several others came close. Trollers using Kastmasters or orange Rapalas are nailing the bigger fish. Some bass.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE--Jason Gruner, Newport Beach, caught a 12 1/2-pound trout on a Thomas Buoyant lure by the ramp. Lots of limits of smaller fish, with Power Bait and night crawlers the top catchers. Trout fishermen have nothing on bass fishermen though. A 9-11 caught by Mark Thomas, San Diego, highlights a week during which one angler caught 68 bass and another caught 48, in one day. Crankbaits and trout-like lures are the best bets.

OSO RESERVOIR--Boaters and float-tubers doing well for bass, with some catching as many as 30 fish per day. Deep-diving crankbaits and spinnerbaits are the top choices for fish averaging 2-4 pounds. Flooded tules and backs of coves best bets. Catfish numbers are on the rise at this semi-private lake in Trabuco.

SILVERWOOD LAKE--Largemouth bass remain active, biting off points on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Few fish over five pounds. Several limits of trout reported, with most coming on Power Bait.

LAKE PERRIS--Trout bite fair to good at Lot 7, with limits of pan-sized rainbows coming mostly on Power Bait. Largemouth bass are getting the most attention. Mike Gash, Silverado, 12-2 and 11-2 bass. Mike Fowler, Fountain Valley, 9-6 and 9-2 bass. They said they were using Bass Trix swimbaits. Joseph Mares, Fontana, 8-4 bass on a Rapala. Red ear perch picking up, biting primarily on crickets.

LAKE SKINNER--A stringer of striped bass totaling 27 pounds, topped by an 8-pounder, was weighed in by Mike Allen and Kenny Baldwin, San Bernardino. Things have been fairly slow otherwise, with the bite picking up toward week's end. Smallish largemouth bass have been biting in the shallows on dark-colored plastic worms and night crawlers.

LAKE CUYAMACA--Snow on the ground at this Alpine lake gives anglers a Sierra-like setting, but the trout are fickle. The midday bite is best, but don't count on limits or big fish. Both are scarce.

SALTWATER

The Times accepts and publishes the catch count as a public service. Any responsibility for accuracy is that of the landing operator.

MORRO BAY (Virg's Landing)--31 anglers (1 boat): 150 red rockcod, 100 rockcod, 200 rockfish.

AVILA BAY (Avila Beach)--20 anglers (1 boat): 40 red rockcod, 260 rockcod, 3 salmon. (Patriot Sportfishing)--9 anglers (1 boat): 18 red rockcod, 28 rockcod, 17 rockfish, 1 lingcod.

SANTA BARBARA (Sea Landing)--25 anglers (2 boats): 2 calico bass, 5 sculpin, 4 whitefish, 3 lingcod, 32 red snapper, 191 rockfish, 1 sheephead, 5 perch. (Hornet's Landing)--6 anglers (1 boat): 11 whitefish, 2 red snapper, 31 rockfish.

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