Castaic Lake Report 08-12-2023

Largemouth Bass:

The better sized Bass remain difficult to fool as they are keyed in on the millions, (possibly trillions) of small Shad and Silverside minnows throughout the lake. Otherwise, the usual finesse plastics like C3 Baits Ice Picks and 4-1/2″ RoboWorms fished in the ten to twenty foot zone will get a few bites on the smaller fish.


Decent sized Bluegills are biting on mini jigs and mealworms in the backs of coves and can be found around green bushes that overhang the water and in some submerged bushes, providing a good alternative experience for younger anglers.

Striped Bass:

Stripers continue to boil on Shad in the mouths of coves and around Elizabeth Canyon in the first three hours of the day and again in the late afternoon when its windy. The water-filled bobber with a two to three foot leader and a Spro Phat fly or Zoom Tiny Fluke continues to be the best technique. Trolling with Yak flies on 3 to 4 colors of lead core line is getting the attention of some bigger fish in the five pound range. As the Shad get bigger, traditional topwater baits like the smaller Lucky Craft Gunfish 100 and the Zoom Super Fluke Jr’s are coming into play. Use a white feathered treble hook on the hardbaits to “match the hatch” of the small baitfish.

Lake Conditions:

Water clarity – 5′ to 10′ in most areas

Light algae bloom

Surface temp – 77 to 80 degrees  

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