Light rain earlier in the week and the addition of cooler evenings kept water temps in the declining phase. Nonetheless, Senko’s, dropshots and Carolina rigs are still getting bites, although every day seems to have it’s prime bite window. The mornings have been fairly consistent throwing Senko’s at main lake points and bluffs, then the action seems to change in the afternoon to a deeper presentation of dropshot and Carolina rigs with small finesse plastics. Green Pumpkin and Black with blue flake for the Senko’s and Neptune Shad and Purple Reign for the C3 Baits Shimmy’s depending on water clarity. The Ski Arm has had the clearer water recently.
Not much of a change with the smaller Stripers still active in both ends of the lake. Trolling Alabama rigs and Yak Flies will get some of the bigger fish if you put in the time on the right days. We’ve had some jumbo’s following the River 2 Sea S-Waiver and the Baitsanity Antidote lately, but have yet to get one to commit.
The bite has slowed significantly here as the weeds are dying off. A float tube tournament with some really good anglers didn’t bring much to the scales with most only catching a single keeper. The biggest Bass was a four pounder. I will give you a secret. Tie on a 1/2oz. white spinnerbait and slow-roll it through the deepest grass you can find. Go on a day that you wouldn’t normally go. The best days I’ve had have been in November and December in cold North winds. The biggest fish will dominate the last of the green grass and can’t resist that bait flashing thru.
Castaic Lake Conditions:
Water Temp Surface:
5′ to 10′ visibility. Light algae bloom in the Ski Arm
Down approximately 140′
Jim – www.661Fishing.com