Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass:

Hot Summer days with temps to 104° left anglers with two distinct windows of opportunity. Topwater and dropshot fish in the first two hours of the morning and again in the last two hours of the day. Shade pockets in coves can produce a few bites during the day as well. Most dropshot fish are being caught from 10′ to 30′ deep on main lake points. C3 Baits Ice Picks in Neptune Shad and Watermelon Candy are getting bit and remain the top dropshot bait on the lake. We are still fishing live Shad every day, as the big 3 to 4 inch baits are getting hammered almost instatntly and anglers are catching fifteen to twenty Bass apiece in a half-day session.

Striped Bass:

Fly-coring with a Producer Fly is getting it done on the trolling scene. Lots of bigger fish are starting to show in the net, especially in the afternoon. The East end of the fish arm in front of Utopia and along the upper East side of the fish arm around Hawk’s Nest are good places to start. In the ski arm, the area around Kong Island has been good as well. There has been some surface action, mainly in the last hour of the day, in both the Main and West ramp areas and below Eucalyptus Point. There has also been some sporadic action in the area outside of Utopia.

Castaic Afterbay:

Not much of a change here. Working the dropoffs and deeper water in the South end with the typical C3 Baits soft plastics will get you some quality bites. The North end weedbeds are at the surface and topwater baits are starting to get some attention in the morning. Bluegill are in the weeds as well and can be caught on mini jigs tipped with meal worms or red worms. 

Castaic Lake Conditions:

Water Temp Surface:

76° – 81°

Water Temp at 20′:


Water Clarity:

10′ – 20′ visibility.

Mainly clear

Water Level:

7′ down

Jim – 661 Fishing