Castaic Lake Fishing

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass:

 Bass fishing is holding steady with finesse presentations and light line putting the most fish in the boat. Carolina rigs with a long leader and a C3 Baits Shimmy in Neptune Shad has been our go-to presentation. Dropshot rigs with a C3 Baits Ice Pick also in Neptune Shad has accounted for a few nicer Smallmouth this week. Smaller baits in the 2″ – 3″ sizes are “matching the hatch” as small glass minnows are still on the menu. We are focusing our attention in the 15-30′ depth range on main lake points and bluffs in both arms of the lake. Water temps are 77 in the morning rising to 80 during the afternoon. There are lots of small bass offering a chance of topwater action at first light, but anglers are emptying their tackle boxes trying to match the small glass minnows. 

Striped Bass:

Striper fishing was strong this week with 3 – 6 pound linesides available in the first few hours of the morning and the last few hours of the day. We have been trolling our custom 661 Kastmasters on lead core line while we search for surface boils. When we find the surface activity we are casting small walking baits and 3″ swimbaits. This bite continues to improve and we are looking forward with great anticipation to the inevitable forage switch from glass minnows to threadfin shad.

Castaic Afterbay:

No Report. We are no longer fishing the lagoon as most of our time has been focused on the Striped Bass upstairs. There is lots of water activity right now so we will be back to fishing here in the late fall.

Jim – 661 Fishing

Castaic Lake Conditions

Water Temp Surface

77° – 80°

Water Temp Bottom at 20’


Water Clarity

20′ visibility.

Light algae bloom.



Water Level

Near Full Pool