Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass:

As the water level continues to fall at a steady clip, the Bass remain in good numbers on main-lake points, and bluffs. Dropshot rigs, Senkos, Ned rigs and Carolina rigs are all getting bit, as well as smaller football jigs. There is a developing topwater bite for those who get out early, as it stops once the sun gets on the water. Prop baits like the Deps Buzzjet Jr. and Rapala X-Prop are getting quality grabs cast tight to the shady walls and points. Netting Shad for bait remains difficult as the falling water is keeping them off the bank for now. 

Striped Bass:

Fly-coring with Yak flies and umbrella rigs in the twenty to fifty foot depth zone is catching Stripers anywhere from one to eight pounds. Main lake points in the Fish Arm and the area around the island in the Ski Arm are good places to start your search. You’ll have to weed thru smaller fish to get the bigger models. There is surface action on the 12″ Stripers as they hammer the micro baitfish, but nothing of any size as of this report.

Castaic Afterbay:

Great Bass fishing on tap early and late in the day. C3 Baits Jobu’s and Shimmy’s dragged around the outside weed edges remain a hard presentation to beat. Flukes and Senkos are also getting some play fished along the weed edges or thrown into the holes in the weeds. Topwater action is available but it doesn’t last long as the sun gets on the water early here. Buzzbaits, frogs and flukes are all worth throwing. They are letting some water in so launching is no longer an issue, for now.

Castaic Lake Conditions:

Water Temp Surface:


Water Clarity:

10′ visibility. Lightly stained.

Water Level:

Down 80′ and falling steadily

Jim –