Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass:

Falling water levels, lake closures and high winds proved daunting for the recreational fishermen, guide services and tournament fishermen alike. The steady drop in water level has pulled the baitfish off the bank and out of the cove pockets and the Bass have followed. We are still netting Silverside minnows which have proven to be excellent baits for Castaic’s Largemouth, Smallmouth, and the occasional Trout or Crappie. The key has been to belly hook the minnows to get them to dive down a little deeper. The Bass can be found anywhere from ten to forty feet on baitfish schools. For lure fishermen, dropping spoons and ice jigs on the bigger schools has resulted in some nice fish as well.

Striped Bass:

Trolling for Striped Bass in the twenty five to forty foot zone with Producer Flies and 661 KastMasters during the first hour of the morning has been our pattern before heading off to go Bass fishing. The bite in this area seems to wane once the sun gets on the water. The bay by the entrance to Elizabeth Canyon has been our best area but there are schools of Stripers near the jet ski zone, Center Point and up towards Kong Island as well. There have been a few swimbait fish lately for those putting in the time, and we look for that bite to improve as we head into Winter.

Castaic Afterbay:

No report.

Castaic Lake Conditions:

Water Temp Surface:


Water Temp at 20′:


Water Clarity:

15′ visibility.

Mainly clear. 

Water Level:

Down 30+ feet

Jim –