Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass:
Bass fishing was good during the week until the “Lake” fire closed the lake for four days and counting. Big schools of Bass continue to chase Shad early and late in the day. Zoom Flukes and walking baits like the Luckycraft Sammy or IMA Skimmer are as good as any in tempting Largemouth averaging two to five pounds. We are still fishing live Shad every day and the bite continues to be excellent as well as exciting.
The bite slowed a bit this week as calm and hot conditions drove the fish down again. There were boils to be had for the patient few around Center Point and up to Kong Island. The trolling bite was steady in these areas as well, especially in the late afternoon in choppy seas. Green over white Producer flies continue to put Stripers from five to seven pounds in the net. Most of the trolling action remains in 20 – 30 feet of water.
The deep edge of the grass beds and swim beach are holding some quality fish in the mornings and again when the wind is blowing. Any of the common C3 Baits will get hammered on a Carolina Rig with 6lb line. Bluegill can be caught on mini jigs and meal worms in the deeper weeds.
Castaic Lake Conditions:
Water Temp Surface:
78° – 80°
Water Temp at 20′:
Mainly clear. Light Algae bloom
Full and steady
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.