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SPORTS WEEKEND

Fish Report

March 06, 1998

FRESHWATER

CASTAIC LAKE--Upper lake full of debris and lower lake is muddy, but there have been some good striped bass and largemouth bass catches on the upper lake. Bob Hanley, Westchester, 17- and 14-pound stripers, on blood worms. Several others caught on surface lure. Kevin Johnson, Saugus, six largemouth, largest 5 1/2 pounds, on RoboWorms. Bruce Sikora and Mike Maguire, La Crescenta, 6 1/2- and 4-pound largemouth bass, on crawdads.

LAKE PIRU--Piru Canyon Road remains closed because of a washed-out bridge, so the lake is closed until further notice.

PYRAMID LAKE--Fishing fair for striped bass, largemouth bass and catfish. Lots of multiple catches of stripers, with anchovies getting the job done. A 1 1/2-pound crappie was also caught.

LAKE CACHUMA--Some trout being caught by trollers in front of the marina, and bass anglers are scratching for an occasional small fish, but the going remains tough for all species.

LAKE CASITAS--Smaller bass are biting on plastic worms and night crawlers in shallows, while the larger fish are being targeted at about 20 feet. Top bass, an 8-4 by Terry Ballesteros, Whittier, on a plastic worm. Those fishing for catfish are having little trouble filling their stringers. A 16-pounder tops the list. Mackerel is the top bait.

CORONA LAKE--Water clarity still not up to par, so the fishing is tough, though slowly improving. Power Bait accounting for some limits.

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES--Trout action remains steady, with limits the rule, especially after another plant Thursday. Top catch, a 15 1/2-pounder by Tyrone Carpenter, Buena Park, on a Kastmaster at Kid's Lake.

IRVINE LAKE--Trout fishing remains tough because of murky water, but that should change for the better a little every day, barring rain, of course. Kim Harley, Laguna Beach, trolled a Rapala and caught a 12-pounder.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE--The trout bite has picked up dramatically, thanks to dry spell. Limits of fish from 16 to 20 inches are fairly common. Catfish action is better than trout action. Mackerel, anchovies and night crawlers are doing the trick.

LAKE SKINNER--Fishing is slowly improving and striper fishermen are having the most fun, picking up occasional catches to about 10 pounds. Some trout.

SILVERWOOD LAKE--Trout plants will resume for the first time in five years beginning next week, spicing things up at this embattled fishery. Meanwhile, the report from the marina is this: "No fish reported but it's great to see efforts being made!"

LAKE PERRIS--Bernie Erwig, Moreno Valley, 9-6 trout, on water dog at Lot 7. Several smaller bass being caught at the east end at 10 feet on plastic worms and crankbaits. Some trout being caught by trollers using Super Dupers and Needlefish. No limits, though.

SALTWATER

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

SANTA BARBARA (Sea Landing)--8 anglers (1 boat): 1 sculpin, 19 red snapper, 38 rockfish. (Hornet's Landing)--5 anglers (1 boat): 1 sand bass, 7 whitefish, 1 sculpin, 21 rockfish, 1 lingcod, 50 mackerel.

VENTURA (Captain Hook Sportlanding)--42 anglers (2 boats): 3 sand bass, 105 rockfish, 112 sculpin, 1 sheephead, 1 whitefish, 73 red snapper, 54 yellowtail.

PORT HUENEME--52 anglers (3 boats): 93 yellowtail, 57 rockfish, 82 sculpin, 21 sand bass, 2 sheephead, 1 whitefish, 1 calico bass.

MARINA DEL REY--39 anglers (4 boats): 5 yellowtail, 12 halibut, 64 sand bass, 1 black seabass (released).

REDONDO BEACH--55 anglers (3 boats): 20 sand bass, 23 halibut, 1 sole, 1 sculpin, 10 mackerel.

SAN PEDRO (L.A. Harbor Sportfishing)--17 anglers (1 boat): 35 whitefish, 3 red snapper, 3 sand bass, 5 sheephead, 1 calico bass, 11 perch.

LONG BEACH--18 anglers (2 boats): 7 yellowtail, 2 calico bass, 31 whitefish, 2 sheephead, 2 perch, 4 sculpin, 25 rockfish. (Marina Sportfishing)--19 anglers (1 boat): 1 sheephead, 84 sculpin, 210 rockfish.

SEAL BEACH (Big Fish)--7 anglers (1 boat): 1 sand bass, 1 sole, 5 sheephead, 5 sculpin, 101 rockfish, 30 whitefish, 6 perch.

NEWPORT BEACH (Newport Landing)--29 anglers (2 boats): 12 yellowtail, 2 calico bass, 42 sculpin, 2 rockfish, 2 blue perch, 26 mackerel. (Davey's Locker)--16 anglers (2 boats): 39 calico bass, 30 sand bass, 7 sculpin.

DANA WHARF--62 anglers (2 boats): 30 yellowtail, 41 sand bass, 24 calico bass, 1 bonito, 1 blue perch, 3 halibut, 9 rockfish, 5 sculpin, 3 sheephead, 2 whitefish, 2 mackerel.

OCEANSIDE--49 anglers (2 boats): 12 yellowtail, 1 bonito, 18 calico bass, 36 sand bass, 1 halibut, 3 sheephead, 21 whitefish, 19 rockfish.

SAN DIEGO (H&M Landing, Fisherman's, Point Loma)--36 anglers (2 boats): 34 yellowtail, 5 bonito, 2 sculpin. (Seaforth)--83 anglers (4 boats): 6 barracuda, 8 calico bass, 67 sand bass, 59 rockfish, 48 sculpin. (Islandia)--12 anglers (1 boat): 46 rockfish, 7 sculpin, 4 calico bass, 2 sand bass.

TROUT PLANTS

LOS ANGELES--Alondra Park Lake, Arroyo Seco Creek, Belvedere Park Lake, Upper and Lower Big Tujunga Creek, Downey Wilderness Park Lake, Echo Park Lake, El Dorado Park Lake, Hollenbeck Park Lake, Jackson Lake, Kenneth Hahn Park Lake, La Mirada Lake, Legg Lake, Lincoln Park Lake, Magic Johnson Park Lake, Peck Road Park Lake, Puddingstone Reservoir, San Dimas Reservoir, San Gabriel River (East, North and West forks), Santa Fe Reservoir.

ORANGE--Centennial Lake, Mile Square Park Lake, Ralph Clark Park Lake, Tri-City Park Lake.

RIVERSIDE--Cahuilla Lake, Evans Lake, Fullermill Creek, Fulmor Lake, Rancho Jurupa Park Lake.

SAN BERNARDINO--Glen Helen Park Lake, Mill Creek, Yucaipa Park Lake, Mojave Narrows Park Lake.

SAN DIEGO--Lake Cuyamaca.

INYO--Cottonwood Lake, Diaz Lake, Georges Creek, Independence Creek, Lone Pine Creek, Owens River (Laws Bridge to Steward Lane), Pleasant Valley Reservoir, Shepards Creek, Symms Creek, Tuttle Creek.

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