Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass:
The Fall transition is in full swing as “wolf packs” of Bass are moving from open water to the bigger coves and creek arms in search of Shad and Silverside minnows. They are not sitting on structure spots like in the Spring, but instead are roaming the area following the bait schools. When they find the bait they feed heavily, often causing dramatic surface boils. We are fishing live Shad every day as it is very difficult to get these fish to bite otherwise. The bait fish are small, in the one to two inch range and are plentiful in almost every cove.
The Striped Bass are on the move and were hard to locate this week with the bait schools spread out in different depths throughout the lake. High pressure and temps in the high 80’s this coming week will hopefully straighten out what was essentially a lost week for trollers and boil chasers alike. We marked fish in deep water up to 80′ but the bigger schools were non-existent for the most part. There were a few fish caught on ice jigs and spoons by the few anglers willing to put in the time to find them.
The Bass here are in transition as well and can be found anywhere from five to twenty five feet deep. The bites are fewer but the size is up. Dragging a C3 Baits Shimmy in the Neptune Shad or Watermelon Candy patterns on a light-line Carolina rig proved once again to be one of the few ways to get quality bites on two to five pound fish.
Castaic Lake Conditions:
Water Temp Surface:
Water Temp at 20′:
15 – 20′ visibility.
Mainly clear. Light algae.
Down 15 feet
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.