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SPORTS WEEKEND | FISH REPORT

Freshwater

March 16, 2001

Los Angeles County

CASTAIC LAKE--Largemouth bass action is very good for mostly smaller fish. Down-shot-rigged plastic worms are best, but crawdads, pig-n-jigs and swimbaits are getting fish too.

PYRAMID LAKE--Catfish are biting on night crawlers at 40-50 feet. Trout, largemouth bass and striped bass have gone deep and fishing is slow.

Ventura County

LAKE CASITAS--Largemouth bass are cooperating nicely. Tad Galey, Ventura, caught an 11-pounder and another weighing 10 pounds 1 ounce using swimbaits, and Bob Bassett, Ventura, caught a 10-8 on a swimbait. Spinnerbaits are doing well for smaller fish. Catfish action is fair. Ed Sasaki, Oxnard, four catfish totaling 45 pounds, on mackerel. Trout are in the mix too.

LAKE PIRU--Fishing is slow but an occasional trout is being caught on Power Bait or a trolled Needlefish lure, and an occasional bass is being lured from the depths by a crawdad.

Santa Barbara County

LAKE CACHUMA--Trout action has slowed considerably, but rainbow Power Bait is getting some in Cachuma Bay and Harvey's Cove. Bass action has improved and fish are biting mostly on crankbaits at 10-15 feet.

Orange County

IRVINE LAKE--A lake-record 22.55-pound rainbow trout was caught by Robert Becerra, Orange, on a Kastmaster near the dam. This lake has produced more than a dozen fish topping 10 pounds in the past week.

LAGUNA NIGUEL LAKE--Trout fishing is good on most baits and lures. Boaters and float tubers are doing best, but shore fishermen just south of the tackle shop are doing well also. Top trout, an 8-11 caught on a Power Worm. Bass are biting well on down-shot-rigged plastic worms, averaging two to five pounds.

SANTA ANA RIVER LAKES--Lightning and thunder trout, hatchery-bred offshoots of rainbows, have been added to the mix so this weekend ought to be one of variety. Big rainbows continue to show at the scales.

Riverside County

CORONA LAKE--Top trout was an 18-8 caught by Fred Well, Riverside, on a worm-marshmallow combo. Thunder and lightning trout were stocked this week.

LAKE PERRIS--A drawn-down lake still murky from the storms has slowed bass fishing considerably, and incoming cold water from Lake Silverwood won't help matters. It might be two weeks before conditions are good again. Trout fishermen have been doing well since Tuesday's plant.

LAKE SKINNER--Trout remain the best bet, biting at the east end and at Ramp 2 on Power Bait and night crawlers. Largemouth bass are fairly active, striking spinnerbaits and plastic worms. Striped bass are still biting only sporadically.

San Diego County

LAKE CUYAMACA--Trout fishing has improved and bait fishermen are doing better than lure fishermen, using mostly Sierra Gold and Power Bait. Power Bait-Power Worm combos are productive too. Filling a limit requires a lengthy effort.

DIXON LAKE--Big bass are the main attraction and a few have topped 10 pounds since the lake-record, 17-pound 15-ounce specimen was caught almost two weeks ago. Trout fishing is good too.

SAN DIEGO CITY LAKES--A 13-9 bass was caught on a plastic worm at Murray, but the fish are far more active at San Vicente, El Capitan, Sutherland and Lower Otay. El Capitan boasts a solid crappie bite and Miramar a fair trout bite.

LAKE WOHLFORD--Trout are biting on night crawlers and Power Bait, primarily at Boat Dock Cove and Senior Shoreline. Bass are moving up and still being caught mostly on crawdads.

Eastern Sierra

Warmer weather and slowly warming water has the trout stirring and fishing should be good for the Blake Jones Derby Saturday at Pleasant Valley Reservoir. A recent plant of Alpers rainbows should spark some interest. The Lower Owens is being fished primarily by fly-fishermen aboard drift boats. They're doing well with mostly streamers. Those on the Lower Owens wild-trout section are doing well fishing deep pools during the lunchtime mayfly hatch and nymphing with small olive rock-worm and midge-larvae patterns before and after.

SALT WATER

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)--15 anglers (1 boat): 11 whitefish, 24 rockfish, 9 sand bass, 43 sculpin, 3 sheephead.

OXNARD (Cisco's)--43 anglers (3 boats): 11 yellowtail, 4 halibut, 3 sole, 195 rockfish, 1 ling cod, 35 calico bass, 1 barracuda, 15 sculpin. (Captain Hook's/Gold Coast)--26 anglers (2 boats): 130 rockfish, 130 red snapper, 3 ling cod.

MARINA DEL REY--67 anglers (3 boats): 14 halibut, 190 rock cod, 1 sand bass, 5 sculpin.

REDONDO BEACH--87 anglers (3 boats): 10 halibut, 14 sand bass, 9 sculpin, 2 whitefish, 43 rockfish.

SAN PEDRO (L.A. Harbor Sportfishing)--45 anglers (2 boats): 58 red rock cod, 32 sand bass, 20 rockfish, 19 sheephead, 18 calico bass, 10 sculpin, 6 halibut, 5 blue perch, 2 barracuda. (22nd St. Landing)--23 anglers (1 boat): 2,609 sand dabs, 42 rockfish, 2 sole.

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