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April 24, 1998

CASTAIC LAKE--Largemouth bass fishing is excellent for mostly smallish fish. Andreas Anastasion, North Hills, and Randy Allstead, Los Angeles, with guide Bob Morris, caught 45 in one day while using oxblood-colored plastic worms. Gary Harrison and Pat Buckley, on separate trips with clients, each reported catches of 25 bass to six pounds on crawdads and plastic worms. A 16-pounder was rumored to have been caught Wednesday on the lower lake, where trout remain fairly active.

LAKE PIRU--Largemouth bass remain the best bet, with spinnerbaits and plastics the top catchers. The fish are still in shallow, brushy areas. Trout have moved into deeper water and are being caught primarily by those using lead-core line at 8-9 colors and Needlefish lures. Crappie activity on the rise. Some trout.

PYRAMID LAKE--Most species fairly active. Striped bass are getting most attention (a 14-pounder was caught on an anchovy), but largemouth bass are being targeted as well. A 12-2 was caught by Tim Hoffman, Frazier Park, on a night crawler at Serrano Cove. Some smallmouth, bluegill and crappie.

LAKE CACHUMA--Trout remain the primary catch, with limits being caught by trollers using Needlefish. Largemouth bass action is fair to good for mostly smallish fish, which are biting on dark-colored plastics and spinnerbaits.

LAKE CASITAS--The early-week heat put a damper on the bass bite, but the bigger fish are beginning to stir again, according to guide John Shull of Oak View, who said they often can be seen chasing trout across the surface. Shull's wife, Kym, caught a 9-5, 8-2 and 7-0 on swim baits. Marlin Spencer, Santa Barbara, caught a 14-pounder on a homemade lure. Limits of trout are still common, with Needlefish lures getting most.

CORONA LAKE--Trout are still fairly active. Cornell Jackson, Fontana, caught a 15-pounder on cheese at the east shore. Top catfish, a nine-pounder by Mark Tavarez, Riverside, on mackerel at the south end.

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES--A half-dozen or so rainbow trout topping 15 pounds were landed in the last week, and twice that number came in at 10 pounds or more. Biggest, a 17-pounder by Simon Abasta, Pomona, on blue Power Bait. The $100,000 Tagged Fish Extravaganza will be held Thursday through May 3.

IRVINE LAKE--Another week of excellent trout fishing, with fish at or more than 10 pounds coming almost daily. Michael Yamashita, Diamond Bar, caught a 16-3 on a crappie jig. Radio personality and fishing instructor Ronnie Kovach caught a 13-12, which was stored in an office freezer and removed by a lake employee, who ate the lunker.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE--Trout fishing is fair to good. A nine-pounder by Jeremy Powers, Newport Beach, tops the week's report. He was using a night crawler-Power Bait combo. There is no limit on the number of trout you can keep, as the lake staff wants to remove as many as possible before the warming weather does them in. Largemouth bass remain active, and double-digit catches of one- to five-pound fish are common. Catfish bite fair.

OSO RESERVOIR--Top bass, a nine-pounder caught and released by Brian Miller, Rancho Santa Margarita, on a purple plastic worm at 10 feet. Double-digit catches not uncommon.

SILVERWOOD LAKE--Largemouth bass are biting more readily. A 10-pounder was caught by an angler fishing for trout with Power Bait. Crappie catches are also on the rise, with mini-jigs the primary catchers. Trout limits are still fairly common.

LAKE PERRIS--Largemouth bass fishing couldn't be better, but most of the fish are tiny. Exception: a 15-pounder by Mike Gillibridge, Riverside, who used a plastic worm. The bluegill bite has turned on as well, with night crawlers fished at the east end accounting for double-digit catches.

LAKE SKINNER--Largemouth bass are increasingly active, biting mostly on plastic worms and night crawlers. Several fish from three to eight pounds were caught in the last week. The striped bass bite has tapered off. Some trout and catfish.

BIG BEAR LAKE--Trout fishing is "the best in years," according to the local fishing association. Rapalas, Power Bait, Sierra Gold, Needlefish and small spinners are all accounting for limits of mostly pan-sized rainbows. Other species slow.

SAN DIEGO CITY LAKES--Sutherland is producing the best bass catches, in terms of both quality and quantity. A 10-7 tops the list. A 10-pounder also was caught at Hodges. San Vicente and Otay are fair for bass. Trout remain active at Miramar and Murray.


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)--25 anglers (3 boats): 44 red rockcod, 100 rockcod, 26 salmon.

SANTA BARBARA (Sea Landing)--33 anglers (2 boats): 19 salmon.

VENTURA--(Captain Hook Sportlanding)--12 anglers (1 boat): 17 salmon.

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