SCV Fishing Report October 23rd: Local Lakes And Saltwater Report
Here's this week's fishing report for KHTS AM-1220:
1) Castaic Lake...The fishing slowed down this week; although there were some bass being caught in the vicinity of Dry Gulch, Firebreak Cove, and Utopia Cove. Very few stripers are biting at this time.
2) Pyramid Lake...Stripers are showing, mostly in the morning, near the Buoy Line; try shad baits. Black bass are still biting, although less frequently. As mentioned in my last column, there will be a night time fishing event later this week, on Saturday (October 27th).
3) Lake Piru...The fish are still trying to get acclimated to the reduced water level in the lake. So, as a result, the fishing has been very slow...but in the next week or so, fishing should bounce back, especially for crappie and bluegill.
4) Lake Cachuma...Lots of catfish up to 4 pounds have been biting on fly-lined mackerel baits or nightcrawlers; try the Narrows and Little Cachuma Bay. Note: On November 1st, 4,000 pounds of trout will be planted in the lake. Something tells me the fishing will improve around that time!
As predicted last week, the area near Rocky Point did indeed produce some exotics; in the form of five white seabass and a yellowtail for the 1/2 day boat, "Redondo Special" on Monday! In addition, the 9 lucky anglers nabbed 13 calico bass, and 5 sheephead...now that's a nice half day trip!!
Landings from Long Beach to Marina Del Rey are still concentrating on rockfish with an assortment of other shallow water bottom dwellers such as attorneys (just a joke) sculpin, sheephead, perch, calico bass, cabezon, snaddabs. Note: Lots of squid are spawning in the Bay right now; so, there should be some more flurries of exotics in the next few days and even weeks ahead as the seabass, yellowtail and even halibut follow the candy bait.
Yesterday, the "Mirage" returned from an overnight trip with 180 rockfish, 92 ocean whitefish and 12 lingcod for 18 anglers. Not too many boats are going out of the landings right now because of the kids going back to school and anglers waiting for the exotics to make their annual showing during the fall. The mild Santa Ana winds make the channel lay down flat and will allow the overnight boats to fish San Miguel Island which is teaming with big red snappers, lingcod, huge ocean whitefish and the possibility of exotics that follow the squid spawn. This is the area to watch in the weeks ahead.
...so, until next week, this is Halibut Hal signing off for your Hometown Station, KHTS-1220AM.