“What a whopper,” exclaims the young angler as he hoists a 17-pound
catfish from the lake. Although he’s overjoyed with his catch, it does
not come close to the lake’s record 32 3/4-pound whiskered bottom fish!
Indeed, the fertile waters of Lake Cachuma in Southern California almost
guarantee fishermen a hefty meal or three year-round.
Not only catfish earn a place on the roster at Cachuma, but also large
and smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill, red ear perch, sunfish and
trout. When going after trout, anglers are advised to use salmon eggs, a
cheese-and-egg combination or floating night crawlers. Winter fishing
for largemouth bass requires Pigs, Jigs or lead-headed plastic worms.
The marina is open year-round and offers boat rentals and a 2-hour
cruise on the 45-passenger Osprey. A variety of fishing derbies
invite fishermen to try their luck (one scheduled for April tempts with a
$5,000 pot). Several fishing classes for both children and adults are
offered throughout the year; the Annual Seniors’ Fishing Workshop is
tentatively penciled in for Saturday, March 15, from 9 am to 12:30 pm.
The workshop is free with the $8 park admission.
For more information,
contact [email protected]
Lake Cachuma covers a portion of the 9,000-acre Cachuma Lake
Recreation Area; other amenities on the expansive property include a
420-site campground (RVs, tents, yurts and cabins), a general store, a
gas station, a playground and a laundry room. The wonderful hands-on
Cachuma Lake Nature Center invites visitors of all ages to familiarize
themselves with the local flora and fauna. Hiking trails abound and the
family-fun center attracts campers to take a dip in the pool or swing a
club on the miniature-golf course. Lake Cachuma is located in Santa
Barbara County on Highway 154 east of Highway 101. Nearby towns include
Solvang and Los Olivos.
For more information: http://www.cachuma.com