Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass:

Castaic Bass fishing is about as good as it gets for fish in all three stages of the spawn. Virtually any finesse technique in any popular bait color will get bites on most rocky points and shoals leading into spawning areas. Dropshot rigs, Ned rigs and light line Carolina rigs have all been productive with wacky-rigged Senkos getting the nod before the sun gets up. Good color choices for the worms continue to be Oxblood Red, Morning Dawn, Aaron’s Magic and Purple Smoke. Natural shad, Green Pumpkin and Watermelon colored Senkos with the tails dipped in chartreuse dye will get quality bites as well. More and more Smallmouth are showing lately as they are done spawning and are feeding heavily.

Striped Bass:

Honestly I have not been able to put the necessary time into dialing in this bite as we’ve been mostly concentrating on the Largemouth Bass. Not much has changed according to my intel sources, with Yak flies on fly-coring rigs the best way to cover water and find fish. The Shad continue to move out of deep water as we are seeing large schools as shallow as ten feet, spreading the Striper schools out all over the lake. We are being patient as this bite develops and every metric points to another great season of Striper fishing in the coming weeks and months.

Castaic Afterbay:

Excellent Bass fishing continues here despite loads of fishing pressure, with good numbers of two to five pound Largemouth on tap for anglers dragging the C3 Baits/Carolina Rig combo in the swim beach area and the North end dropoff. C3 Baits Shimmys and Jobus in Oxblood and Neptune Shad color patterns are clobbering quality LMB, with a low and slow presentation working best. Using the wind or your electric motor to drift the long stretches of sand and rock bottom will get you more bites than sitting still with a cast and retrieve presentation, as the bait stays in the strike zone 100% of the time.

Castaic Lake Conditions:

Water Temp Surface:


Water Clarity:

10′ to 20′ visibility. Light to medium algae bloom.

Water Level:

Down 35′

Jim –