When the bass rise from the depths, as they have been at most Southland reservoirs in the past week, it means the season has unofficially begun.
And it began with a bang at Lake Casitas.
The Ventura County reservoir has been pumping out trophy-sized fish all week. "They're definitely on the chew," said Ojai's John Shull, who caught several in the 10-pound class.
The largest of the week, a 14 3/4-pound lunker, was caught by Jim Mason of Oak View.