Castaic Lake Report 10-09-2022

Largemouth Bass:

After a good start to the week, water conditions deteriorated by weeks end. Daytime temps in the upper 90’s brought the wake boats and skiers out in droves resulting in a brown ribbon of water around most shorelines. The Bass are transitioning from the backs of coves to main lake points, stopping along the way on rocky secondary points and bluffs. The Shad have left the muddy shallow water for the most part and are in the twenty foot zone. This is good news for anglers using conventional techniques like dropshot and Carolina rigs. There is also a good bite on 4″ Yamamoto Hula Grubs on 1/4 to 3/8 ounce jigheads. The West side of the Ski Arm is coming into play although there is still a bit of floating wood and debris in this area. Water levels remain down from pre-flood levels as the lake staff took the quick fix to leave the majority of the logs and wood high and dry on the shoreline. Green Pumpkin seems to be the best color for all plastic baits in the stained water. Keep moving from spot to spot and you will find the schools of Bass.

Striped Bass:

A few main lake boils popping up here and there around the lake but they are still relatively hard to target for now. There are some schools of Stripers in the two to six pound range chasing bigger Shad in the main lake if you are in the right place at the right time. There has also been some boils up by the buoy line at the end of the Ski Arm which seems to be better when they are letting water in. Lucky Craft Sammy’s and Gunfish in the smaller 95 and 100 sizes are getting the better bites. Any of the baitfish colors with a white belly will work. This bite along with trolling and vertically jigging should be good to excellent in the coming weeks if not days, as the water cools into the upper 60’s.

Water conditions:

Surface temp 73 degrees

Water clarity 3′ to 10′ in most areas

Jim –