Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass:

The Bass continued their migration to the shallow spawning areas this week as stable air temps in the low to high 80’s increased the surface temp by a few degrees. The ten to twenty foot zone is a good place to focus, but the fish can be found anywhere from five to twenty five feet deep on most days. Main lake and secondary points that lead from deep water to spawning zones have been most productive. Finesse plastics rigged Carolina or Texas style and Ned rigs, 5″ green pumpkin or watermelon Senkos and smaller jerkbaits like the Luckycraft Pointer 78 are connecting with fish averaging one to four pounds. Anglers fishing dropshot rigs with 4″ curly tail worms in Purple or Green Weenie colors are getting their share of the bites as well. The Shad are moving up in some areas as we’ve seen large schools as shallow as fifteen feet this week.

Striped Bass:

Hit and miss this week as we’ve spent the bulk of our time Bass fishing. Trolling Yak flies on fly-coring rigs, along with 1oz. KastMasters in the thirty to fifty foot zone are producing Stripers from one to four pounds. There are some bigger fish offshore if you spend the time to find them. Both the Ski Arm  and the Fish Arm have their own schools of fish, so doing a little searching will pay off big. The schools tend to be a little more active in the morning hours.

Castaic Afterbay:

Nice Bass averaging two to four pounds are being caught in good numbers, along with a few larger fish hitting the scales. Finesse plastics like the very popular C3 Baits Shimmys and Jobus in Neptune Shad and Oxblood/Red Flake are good colors to start with right now. The fish are moving up to the North end flats and swim beach to spawn. Find the ledges and ridges that lead to these areas and you will get bit! Bluegill are starting to show in the North End flats as well. High winds on Saturday saw both lakes closed and the lagoon Float Tube Derby cancelled.

Castaic Lake Conditions:

Water Temp Surface:


Water Temp at 20′:


Water Clarity:

20′ visibility. Light algae bloom in some areas.


Water Level:

Down 35′

Jim –