Castaic’s Largemouth are mainly in the same 30′ depth zone as they have been for weeks with the exception of some fish going shallow at times during the warmer days. It’s still mostly a finesse plastics bite, but daily changes in weather conditions have presented some other opportunities. There have been small windows in the early afternoon, when the water is at it’s warmest, where the Bass come up into 10′ of water. Most likely attracted to the warmer surface layer, these fish can be caught on Senko style baits, A-Rigs and deep-diving jerkbaits. Ned rigs are also producing some nice fish lately although the numbers aren’t quite up to par with the splitshot and dropshot rigs. The water cleared up nicely from last weekend’s rain however there is quite a bit of rain forecasted for next week which will likely change things again.
Not much happening on the Striper front this week as most anglers are leaning towards Bass fishing instead. Trolling deep with Kastmasters, white bucktails and Alabama rigs are putting a few fish in the boat but nothing too exciting.
The Bass are starting to move out of the main basin and up onto the ledges and deeper drop-offs in 25′ of water on the warmer days. Ned rigs and splitshot rigs are accounting for most of the bites, but bigger fish can be caught on Yamamoto Fat Ika’s, jigs and creature baits in green pumpkin hues, fished in the same areas.
Castaic Lake Conditions:
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15′ visibility. Clear
Jim – 661 Fishing
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The Oxblood and Morning Dawn patterns are working better in the stained water or mud lines, and I switch to the more translucent colors like Neptune Shad, Watermelon Candy and Purple Smoke in the clearer areas. Netting Shad for bait remains difficult as the falling water is keeping them off the bank for now. Hopefully they will come shallow when the lake stabilizes in a month or two.