Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass:

Bass are biting at a good clip, but the size hasn’t shown up yet. Smaller Bass can be had on any of the usual Castaic finesse baits such as Flukes, drop shot rigs and small swimbaits, in the five to ten foot zone. Topwater action has been limited to the first hour or so as the Shad are still spread out in the major coves. The dominant baits have been the C3 Baits Flukensteins in the natural shad color and the C3 Shimmy in watermelon candy or neptune shad. Those scooping live shad are getting into the better fish that are chasing the baitfish in wolf packs of five to ten Bass.

Striped Bass:

The fish are still spread out as the lake reached full capacity recently. We have yet to have a heat wave that usually supercharges the metabolism of these saltwater transplants. In the meantime, weightless white Flukes and small Keitech swimbaits are getting a few grabs, mostly by Bass fishermen. 


Bluegills are biting well in the shallow ends of the weedy coves and overhanging trees. A bobber and a red worm or meal worm will catch them all day long. 


Lake Conditions:

Surface Temp a.m. 70-73

Water Clarity – 10 to 20′

Lake Level: Full and stable

Lake Hours – as of June 9th:

Open @ 6:00 am

Off Water @ 7:30 pm

Park Closes @ 8:00 pm

There is now a mandatory possesion of a CA Boater Card upon entry for anyone 60, 40, 35 or younger depending on who you ask.

Jim –