Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass:

The Summer pattern is in full swing as fish are spread out from the shallows to deep water structure. Main lake points coming out of spawning areas are still holding fish. The 15′ to 35′ zone is producing the bigger fish as they are usually the first to spawn, recover and transition. Ned rigs, Carolina rigs and weighted Senko’s continue to produce during periods of inactivity while topwater lures, hard and soft jerkbaits and Alabama rigs are getting bit in the morning and early evening as the fish feed on Shad during the low light periods.We are primarily fishing live Shad every day, as the big 3-5″ baits are producing awesome surface strikes and consistent action regardless of time of day and weather.

Striped Bass:

We are seeing more and more signs of surface action with mostly smaller one to two pound fish. Trolling with the fly-coring/Producer Fly technique is getting some bites and the bigger Stripers are making random appearances, yet remain somewhat elusive. Either way, covering water will pay dividends as the schools are in different spots each day. Elizabeth Canyon is a good place to start as well as the East end of the fish arm before the entrance to Elizabeth Canyon.

Castaic Afterbay:

Bass fishing continues to be good here for anglers working the deeper water in the South end. The North end weedbeds are almost at the surface and should provide a good topwater bite as the summer progresses. The finesse Carolina rig  paired with C3 Baits Shimmys in Neptune Shad are the mainstay technique here. Bluegill are in the North end and can be caught on mini jigs, meal worms or red worms. 

Castaic Lake Conditions:

Water Temp Surface:

72° – 80°

Water Temp at 20′:


Water Clarity:

10′ – 20′ visibility.

Mainly clear

Water Level:

5′ down

Jim – 661 Fishing