Castaic Lake Fishing

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass:

 Bass fishing has improved dramatically with the arrival of live shad in our livewells. All 3 species of Bass have been aggressively biting on seemingly any main lake point. We are fishing light line and medium action spinning rods and the fight these fish are putting up is incredible. The usual finesse tactics are also producing bites when the shad are elusive. Dropshots and Carolina rigs with any of the C3 Baits in Neptune Shad have been mainstays for months now. We are fishing these baits from 10 – 25′ on main lake points and cuts. Water temps are 78° in the morning and warming to 82° in the afternoon. There is a developing topwater bite at first light with some better fish showing on poppers and small walking baits.

Striped Bass:

Striper fishing was a little hit & miss this week with the action spread out between the morning and afternoon time frames. We have been targeting the afternoons from 3:00 to closing to get a better shot at the boils and for the minimized boat traffic. The last two hours in the day have been fairly consistent with the last 1/2 hour or so being best. Topwater walking baits have been getting solid hookups from fish in the 3 to 7 pound range. Trolling around while looking for surface action has also put fish in the boat. KastMasters, small shad swimbaits and Producer Flies are all getting bit on our lead core rods.

Castaic Afterbay:

No Report. We are not 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:

78° – 82°

Water Temp Bottom:


Water Clarity:

20′ visibility.

Light algae bloom.



Water Level:

6′ down and steady