Castaic Lake Fishing

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass:

 Summer Bass fishing remains steady with finesse techniques and light line accounting for the majority of bites. Carolina rigs with a long leader of 6lb test and any of the C3 Baits in Neptune Shad continues to dominate. The better concentrations of fish remain in the 15-30′ depth range on main lake points and bluffs in both arms of the lake. Water temps are hovering around the 80 degree mark and the lake’s algae bloom seems to be past us as the water has cleared significantly. There is a small window of topwater action at first light with tiny Zoom Flukes rigged on light line with a water filled bubble for casting distance being one of the few techniques getting bit. With all of the Striper action we’ve been spending less and less time chasing the Largemouth.

Striped Bass:

Striper fishing was strong again this week with 4 – 6 pound fish hitting topwater walking baits in different areas of the lake. The key to finding the better schools is staying mobile and hunting them down. The fish are moving fast in schools of 100 – 200 and never seem to be in the same area day to day. We have also had good action trolling our custom 661 Kastmasters on lead core line from 15 – 30′ deep while we search for surface boils. 

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° – 81°

Water Temp Bottom:


Water Clarity:

20′ visibility.

Light algae bloom.



Water Level:

5′ down and dropping