Largemouth Bass: Not a lot of days on the water this week as once again high winds hampered most outings. The finesse plastics bite utilizing dropshot and splitshot rigs remains the steadiest pattern. Small C3 Baits and straight-tail RoboWorms are as good as any. Oxblood/Red Flake and Cinnamon hues are good choices. Look for fish on main lake points and bluffs in the Fish Arm and the few coves on the West side of the Ski Arm. 

Striped Bass:

Trolling with Fly-coring rigs and Producer flies is getting some grabs from the active fish. These “biters” are being caught in 25′ to 50′ of water and are not in any great numbers. Most of the fish remain in 100’of water and are staying deep on the huge Shad schools. Cover water and stay focused, the bites will come.

Castaic Afterbay:

Crappie and Bass continue to be caught with ice jigs and spoons worked in the main basin. Look for bait schools on your sonar and fish vertically. Crappie marks tend to stack vertically and Bass marks tend to be horizontal lines, if the boat isn’t moving. Adjust your sensitivity until you see your jig on the screen making a wavy line. Try to keep your jig a foot or two ABOVE the fish you see on your screen. Bring your fish up slowly to minimize the effects of the water pressure change.

Castaic Lake Conditions:

Water Temp Surface:


Water Temp at 25′:


Water Clarity:

20′ visibility. Clear 

Water Level:

30’+ down 

Jim – 661 Fishing