Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass

Rocky, clean shoreline on main-lake points and bluffs continue to hold the bulk of the Bass. The Senko bite has come back strong in the first two hours of the morning followed by the dropshot and Carolina rig once the sun gets high. Green pumpkin variations for the Senko, along with Neptune Shad, green pumpkin and watermelon hues for the dropshot and C-Rig are our go-to colors. Poppers and buzzbaits fished around the small Striper boils are getting some quality bites as well. 

Striped Bass:

Anglers fly-coring with Yak flies and Shad flies trolled slowly in the twenty to forty foot depth zone are getting quality bites. Main-lake points in the Fish Arm, Center Point, and the East side of the Ski Arm are all holding fish. A deep spoon bite with six to eight inch flutter spoons is there for those with good sonar skills. Big schools of 10″ Stripers continue to hammer small baitfish while the larger Stripers remain deep where they are feeding on the bigger Shad.

Castaic Afterbay:

C3 Baits Shimmy’s in Neptune Shad fished on the 6lb. Carolina Rig are getting bites when everything else fails. The outer weed edge in 20 to 25 feet of water along the Eastern shore continues to be one of the best zones along with South end along the rocks. A small window of topwater action can be had with buzzbaits and Flukes cast around the inside weed edge early, but the deep weeds are the main target during the day.

Castaic Lake Conditions:

Water Temp Surface:


Water Clarity:

5′ to 10′ visibility. clear to lightly stained.

Water Level:

Down 130′ and falling steadily

Jim –