Castaic Lake Report 08-26-2023

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass:

The larger Bass are getting shallower by the day as the Shad and Silverside minnows get bigger and become a substantial food source. Walking baits like the Lucky Craft Sammy 100 are drawing the attention of these quality Bass in the early morning. Underspins, Flukes and finesse plastics fished in the 10 to 20′ zone continue to get bites throughout the day on mostly smaller fish. Smallmouth are a little more active than the Largemouth, especially when the wind blows into rocky shorelines in the afternoon.


The Bluegill are becoming harder to locate in any numbers, most likely due to over-harvesting by a few anglers that seem to target the easiest fish available.

Striped Bass:

Stripers boils were AWOL after the storm over the weekend but seemed to rebound once the lake settled with the return of high pressure days and 100 degree temps later in the week. The bigger coves in the Fish Arm are a good place to start the search with the first three hours of the day and the late afternoons being the most productive times. The water-filled bobber with a two to three foot leader of 8lb mono and a Spro Phat fly or Zoom Tiny Fluke continues to put quality sized “schoolies” in the net along with smaller topwater lures like the Lucky Craft Gunfish 100. The Lucky Craft Sammy 100 gets the nod when blind casting after the fish go sub-surface, as this bait “calls” fish up like no other. Fly trolling with smaller Deceiver patterns on 3 to 4 colors of lead core line are getting some bigger fish in the five pound range, as well as an Alabama Rig with a 2.8 or 3.3 Keitech swimbait on the business end.

Lake Conditions:

Water Clarity – 5′ to 10′ in most areas

Light to Medium Algae Bloom

Surface temp – 78 to 81 degrees  

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