Castaic Lake Report 11-11-2023

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass:

Once again, high winds kept the lake closed most of the week. When it finally settled down going into the weekend, fish were chasing baitfish near what’s left of the shoreline weeds. Some big Largemouth were caught relatively shallow on Alabama rigs, Flukes and jerkbaits around main-lake points in the Fish Arm. Other than that, dropshot and Texas rigged finesse plastics in the darker Oxblood hues are getting a few fish, with the quality starting to go up as the Fall transition continues. The coves are not fishing well as most of the baitfish have followed the main algae bloom out into the main lake. Smallmouth remain active on rocky points and shorelines, especially on the warmer, windy afternoons. The water level continues to drop as water storage will be a big issue for the water gods as another wet Winter is in the forecast.

Striped Bass:

Going into the weekend there was a small window of surface action to the right of Center Point in the first hour of the morning as Stripers pushed schools of Shad up onto the shallow points that form Lifegaurd Cove. There was also some mid-morning action on the main lake, on the outskirts of Hawk’s Nest cove and the shallow peninsula of Trout Point. Anglers casting Alabama rigs with pearl white shad imitations and surface lures near these fish connected with Stripers averaging three pounds. Keep an eye out for Seagulls as they are on the boils right away and can be spotted from a distance. Some bigger fish are starting to show and Trout plants should be in the forecast as water temps are now in the suitable range.

Lake Conditions:

Water Clarity – 5′ to 10′ in most areas – Minor Algae Bloom, mostly main lake

Surface Temp – 59 a.m. – 64 p.m. 

Park Hours Starting this Sunday 11/12:  Open @ 6:15 – Close @ 5:00 (Daylight Savings Time)

Off The Water is 4:30

Jim –