Castaic Lake Report 09-23-2023

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass:

Another improved week in both size and quantity as the lake’s Bass population is reacting to the early Fall transition. Shad and Silverside minnows continue to get hammered early and late in the day and the Bass can be caught on most conventional topwater lures. Smallmouth continue to be more active than the Largemouth and can be caught throughout the day on dropshot rigs and wacky worms in the five to ten foot zone. Main-lake points and the mouths of the major coves are holding most of the baitfish and are a good place to start the search. There are some bigger Bass being caught by the Striper anglers on topwater lures early.

Striped Bass:

Striper boils continue most days but not all, with two to three pound schoolies hitting topwater lures in the mornings and afternoons. The occasional five pound class fish are starting to show in the counts. Topwater lures like the Lucky Craft Sammy 100 is as good as any and adding a feathered treble hook to the back will result in better hookups. Trolling and casting smaller Alabama Rigs with a swimbait like a 3.3 or 3.8 Keitech Fat Swing Impact in the Electric Shad pattern will do the job as well.

Lake Conditions:

Water Clarity – 5′ to 10′ in most areas – Light Algae Bloom

Surface Temp – 74 a.m. – 77 p.m. 

Lake Hours Starting this Sunday 9/24:  Open @ 6:45 – Close @ 6:45

Jim –