Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass:

High winds kept most anglers at home once again with the lake being closed on the majority of days. Bass fishing was relatively good as we saw an increase in both size and numbers. Ned rigs, Splitshot rigs, and Carolina rigs continue to excel with reaction baits getting some play during the early afternoon activity periods. Small jerkbaits, crankbaits and Alabama rigs thrown on windy main lake and secondary points will also get bites in the fifteen to thirty foot zone. There are also some Crappie biting underspins along bluff walls for those few anglers putting in the time. 

Striped Bass:

Schoolie size Stripers were active once again in the thirty to fifty foot zone.  Most of the fish are in the two to four pound range while the bigger fish remained elusive. Yak flies and KastMasters trolled on fly-coring rigs are getting grabs when we locate the schools. We have been concentrating our efforts in the Ski Arm around Kong Island and in the Fish Arm in Elizabeth Bay and Elizabeth Canyon.

Castaic Afterbay:

Finesse is still the name of the game here as the Carolina rig/C3 Baits Shimmy and green pumpkin Ned rigs remain solid techniques. The twenty to thirty foot zone is a good depth to focus on. There are still some Crappie biting vertically jigged spoons when you can locate the schools of baitfish. Some days they are hard to find 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:

20′ visibility.


Water Level:

Down 35+ feet

Jim –