Castaic Lake Fishing

Largemouth Bass:
The lake is about five feet from the highest point ever and holding despite the on-going release of water from the afterbay into the Pacific Ocean. The weather has once again been a factor as high winds closed the lake off and on for several days. The post holiday forecast is looking great with temps in the 80’s and abundant sunshine. This will help warm the water up and should bring a new wave of bass into the shallower areas. Small fish continue to dominate the counts however we are seeing more two and three pound fish lately. Our best action is still in 10-20’ of water in the Fish Arm of the lake. The 5” Senko in watermelon or green pumpkin variations are hard to beat. Dropshots with 4-1/2″ RoboWorms in Aaron’s Magic or basic green weenie colors will also get grabs. Carolina rigged C3 Baits Ice Picks in Neptune Shad are also producing quality fish for our clients. Yamamoto Fat Ika’s and small football jigs are a good choice when the bite slows down during the day.

Striped Bass:
The excellent Striper fishing continues for our clients stripping Producer flies on our “fly-coring” rigs. Fish averaging  five pounds are in huge numbers with ten-fish limits being had in a few hours. We are one of the few boats, if any, trolling right now and the only one employing this relatively scarce technique. The fish are spawning in the current coming out of the forebay into the upper ski arm in deep water, forty to ninety feet deep. I look for them to start moving shallower once they are done spawning.

Jim Taibi – 661 Fishing

Castaic Lake Conditions

Water Temp Surface


Water Temp Bottom at 20’

55° – 60°

Water Clarity

10′ – 20′

Light algae bloom

Water Level

5′ Below Full Pool