Castaic Lake Fishing

Largemouth Bass:
The lake is currently three feet from full pool and holding despite the continued release of water from the afterbay into the Pacific Ocean. The weather has once again been a factor as high winds closed the lake today and the seven day forecast is for rain and below average temps. The bass fishing is slowly improving nonetheless. While the numbers of small fish continue to dominate the counts, the bigger fish are showing up more in the shallow water. Our best action is still in 10-20’ of water in the Fish Arm of the lake. The 5” Senko in green pumpkin / black flake continues to be our go-to bait. The mainstay dropshot and finesse Carolina rig with a C3 Baits Ice Pick in the Neptune Shad color is also getting it’s share of bites. Yamamoto Fat Ika’s and small spider jigs are a good choice when the shallow bite slows down during the day.

Striped Bass:
The Striper fishing has been excellent for our clients stripping Producer flies on our “fly-coring” rigs. Huge schools of pre-spawn five pound Stripers are all over the upper Ski Arm in deep water. Trolling the convential A-rigs, spoons, swimbaits and scroungers hasn’t been effective in the same area. This fly’s action calls the fish up from as deep as 100′ and the strikes are vicious. We are getting bites every five to ten minutes once we locate the schools. We are one of the few boats, if any, trolling right now and the only one employing this relatively scarce technique.

Jim Taibi – 661 Fishing

Castaic Lake Conditions

Water Temp Surface


Water Temp Bottom at 20’

57° – 62°

Water Clarity

15′ – 22′

Slight algae bloom

Water Level

3′ Below Full Pool