Castaic Lake Report 07-29-2023

Largemouth Bass:

Small Bass on tap for anglers using the usual finesse plastics in the ten to twenty foot zone. The bigger models are still hard to come by. Small Shad are everywhere in the lake. Bluegills are showing in the backs of the major coves providing good action for youngsters fishing mini jigs and mealworms. Target green bushes that are in the water and provide shade.

Striped Bass:

Stripers continue to boil on Shad in the main lake and adjacent coves in the first two to three hours of the day and again in the late afternoon when its windy. Most anglers are fishing the water-filled bobber with a two to three foot leader of six pound test. Small hair jigs like the Spro Phat fly and Zoom Tiny Flukes will get bit along with the “Porter’s Magic” Shad imitation from Bait Merchant. Trolling with Yak flies on 3 to 4 colors lead core line is getting the attention of some bigger models. The small coves around Kong Island in the Ski Arm and Elizabeth Canyon are good areas to look.

Lake Conditions:

Water clarity – 5 to 10′ in most areas

Light algae bloom

Surface temp – 80 to 83 degrees  

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