Fishing remains slow for the most part as the water gradually cools and the metabolism of the fish slows. Most anglers are reporting a tough bite as fish counts are around one to three fish per angler. Vertical jigging with small spoons and Rapala ice jigs are getting a few bites when the activity window is open, usually coinciding with the warmest part of the day. The usual finesse plastics on a dropshot or splitshot rig are still effective worked in the 20′ to 40′ zone. Any of the C3 Baits in the Neptune Shad color are our go-to baits, as they have been most of the year.
There have been a few big fish caught on swimbaits but this bite has yet to materialize to the point where we can get anything other than a random strike on our trolling rods. We have been on the water, constantly checking the movement of fish into the main basin of the lake. Despite double Trout plants this week the numbers of fish have yet to show. Rain is in the forecast for much of next week which should help this bite overall.
The schools of Stripers are still in deep water between 50′ and 100′. Rapala ice jigs, tailspinners and jigging spoons are getting a few bites but overall the fishing is slow. Deep-water trolling with umbrella rigs, Kastmasters and Producer flies has been effective during small windows of feeding activity. This bite should improve daily once the water temp bottoms out and gets steady.
Castaic Lake Conditions:
Water Temp Surface:
Water Temp at 25′:
20′ visibility. Clear
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