Castaic Lake Report 11-13-2022

Largemouth Bass:

Substantial rain followed by high Northwest winds kept anglers off the water for most of the week. The good news is the Bass are biting during the stable weather windows and bottom-contact baits are getting more play from both Largemouth and Smallmouth. Dropshot, free rigs and Carolina rigs are getting good results in the ten to thirty foot range along with Yamamoto Hula Grubs, Fat Ika’s and finesse sized jigs. Green Pumpkin and Morning Dawn color patterns have been effective, but the fish aren’t picky. The Bass are not as scattered as they have been but you’ll still have to cover some water to find any concentrations of more than a few. Main lake and secondary points, gravel banks and transition areas between bluff walls are good places to start the search. The Ski Arm still has the cleaner water but there is a lot of baitfish in the Fish Arm and bigger schools of Bass.

Striped Bass:

Surface boils are still scarce but two recent Trout plants have the bigger fish active and willing to bite topwater baits like Lunker Punkers and Lucky Craft Sammy 128’s. 8″ Huddleston Trout and Deps glidebaits have been best for the sub-surface approach. The bait bite at the forebay buoy line has been hit and miss but should only get better in the coming weeks as the water continues to cool.

Water conditions:

Surface temp 64 degrees

Water clarity 5′ to 15′ in most areas

Jim –