Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass:
High winds, rain showers and even snow all hit the area this past week making it tough to find a window to get out on the water. Bass fishing remains virtually unchanged though, as fishing is good for both size and numbers. Finesse plastics on Splitshot rigs, and Carolina rigs continue to dominate most days with any of the C3 Baits doing the trick. Crankbaits, jerkbaits and Alabama rigs are also productive in the ten to twenty foot depth zone. Look for East-facing rocky points and bluffs that warm up fast and hold heat resulting in a slightly warmer water temp.
Stripers are active in the thirty to fifty foot zone with most of the biters falling into the two to four pound range. The bigger fish have been a little tougher to come by but anglers putting in their time will run across them. Yak flies and 1oz. KastMasters trolled slowly on fly-coring rigs are still the go-to techniques. The Ski Arm around Kong Island up into the mouth of Necktie Canyon and the Fish Arm in Elizabeth Bay are good places to start the search.
Castaic Lake Conditions:
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Down 30+ feet
Jim – www.661Fishing.com
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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.