Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass:

A good week of Bass fishing as stable weather finally hit the region. C3 Baits Shimmy’s in the Watermelon candy color and 4” straight tail Roboworms in Morning Dawn accounted for most catches by the Castaic faithful. Drop shot rigs with light line has been the best technique overall, but fish are being caught on multiple techniques as the fish wrap up their spawning ritual and start looking to eat the abundant bait fish. Small ball head or darter head jigs with a 2 to 3″ Keitech swimbait is producing some good fish, as well as wacky rigged C3 Kicker Sticks and Yamamoto Senkos in the Natural Shad patterns.


Striped Bass:

The fish continue to be spread out all over the lake but are starting to chase Shad back in Elizabeth Canyon and a few other areas. Trolling with umbrella rigs and a small swimbait, as well as trolling flies on three to four colors of lead core line will get some bites, along with casting small swimbaits and Flukes in white. 

Rainbow Trout:

After three plants of quality fish in the one to three pound class, the good Trout fishing continues. The usual dough baits and worms will work along with small chrome or gold lures like the Kastmaster, Thomas Buoyant and Super Duper. A lot of Trout are being caught incidentally by Bass anglers utilizing dropshot plastic worms.

Lake Conditions:

Surface Temp a.m. 69-71

Water Clarity – 10 to 20′

Lake Level: Down about 25′

Lake Hours – Sunday April 28th to Saturday May 18th:

Open @ 6:00 am

Off Water @ 7:00 pm

Park Closes @ 7:30 pm

Jim –