Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass:

As water levels continue to fall, the Bass are holding on rocky main-lake points,shorelines and bluffs anywhere from one to twenty feet deep. As the coves recede, the fish are pulling out and holding on secondary points and rocks closer to the main lake. Dropshot rigs, Ned rigs and finesse Carolina rigs continue to put all sizes of fish in the boat. There are wolfpacks of Bass pushing the Shad out of deeper water and towards the bank in the first hour or two of the morning until the sun gets on the water. This is exciting fishing if you are in the right place at the right time, as the fish are averaging three to four pounds and will hit just about anything thrown into the feeding frenzy. We are opting for wacky rigged Senko’s and small topwater poppers and walking baits. The same scenario is the only chance for netting the Shad for bait as the falling water is keeping them off the bank for now.

Striped Bass:

Stripers anywhere from eight inches to eight pounds are biting for anglers trolling Yak flies on fly-coring rigs in the ten to thirty foot depth zone. Main lake points in the Fish Arm and the area around the island in the Ski Arm are holding good schools of Stripers with the mornings providing the best action as of late. Increased wake boat traffic is making it difficult to troll properly in the main lake basin, but this is where most of the action has been.

Castaic Afterbay:

Stable conditions and biting fish make this a popular alternative to the upper lake. The C3 Baits/Carolina Rig combo is tough to beat as the weeds start to grow in around the swim beach area and Eastern shoreline. C3 Baits Shimmys and Jobus in Oxblood and Neptune Shad continue to get hammered on the inside and outside weed edges by quality Largemouth of all sizes, with the average fish being around two pounds. A great topwater bite should be right around the corner but so will the swim beach and park crowds. Early mornings and late afternoons are the best time to target this popular fishery. 

Castaic Lake Conditions:

Water Temp Surface:


Water Clarity:

15′ to 20′ visibility. Mostly clear.

Water Level:

Down 60′ and falling steadily

Jim –