Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass:

High winds were an issue once again resulting in the lake being closed on some days. When the wind layed down the Bass were biting at a decent clip along with an increase in size and numbers. Ned rigs, dropshots, and Carolina rigs dominated the soft plastic scene with small jerkbaits, deep running crankbaits and Alabama rigs holding their own during the activity periods. Rocky main lake and secondary points throughout the lake are holding fish in the fifteen to thirty foot zone. There are also numbers of suspended fish during the high pressure periods out over deep water. Spy baits and KastMasters slowly reeled thru these zones can produce a big bite.

Striped Bass:

Stripers were somewhat active in the thirty to fifty foot zone on most days, especially where these areas transition into deep water. Most of the fish are in the three to four pound range with some of the bigger models mixed in. Yak flies and KastMasters trolled on fly-coring rigs are getting bites once the schools are located and a proper presentation is made. Some days are better than others, you’ll have to put some time into narrowing down this bite.

Castaic Afterbay:

Finesse techniques like the Carolina rig/C3 Baits Shimmy combo and Ned rigs continue to get the better bites. The twenty to thirty foot zone is a good depth to focus on. Bass and Crappie are biting vertically jigged spoons and ice jigs on some days when they have the baitfish balled up. On other days they are hard to locate as the bait spreads out along the bottom during high-pressure weather windows.

Castaic Lake Conditions:

Water Temp Surface:


Water Temp at 20′:


Water Clarity:

15′ visibility.


Water Level:

Down 30+ feet

Jim –