Bass fishing continues to improve although like Elvis, the minnows have “left the building”. The surface water temp is 56 degrees with very good clarity and visibility. Dropshots rigged with a C3 Baits Shimmy or a 4-1/2″ Roboworm continue to be the go-to finesse rig fished deep around the rocky points in the Fish Arm. The jig bite is still developing as water temps continue to decline. Crankbaits are also getting a few quality bites here and there.
The trolling bite is slow but steady in 25′ to 50′ of water utilizing the Fly-coring technique with Producer flies. There are still big schools of fish down deeper staying with the Shad, but they are harder to target with most of the school-sized Stripers being found along the bottom at depths from 80′ to 100′
Quality Crappie and Bass are still being caught at a fair clip with ice jigs and spoons worked in deep water up to 60′. This bite is no longer a secret though and there is a small crowd on the weekends. Try to fish this small body of water mid-week if possible for better results. We are no longer fishing here as the Bass that are caught below 40′ are coming up with bulging eyes and air bladders and are difficult to release without deflating them first. If you are going to fish here please come equipped with a proper deflation needle and learn how to use it before catching any fish. Water temp is colder here, holding at 50° and super-clear.
Castaic Lake Conditions:
Water Temp Surface:
Water Temp at 25′:
20′ visibility. Clear
25′ down and holding
Jim – 661 Fishing