Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass:
Water fluctuations and high winds this past week have the baitfish on the move from shallow to deep and back again. Fishing live Shad and Silverside minnows has helped bridge the gap on the ever-changing Bass movements for my clients. The baitfish are either on the bank or out in the sticks and bushes in the middle of the coves and some main lake shorelines. The “Wolf packs” of a few to many quality Castaic Largemouth continue to roam these areas and can be found from two to thirty feet deep on any given day. Casting flutter spoons and Kastmasters thru the suspended bait schools is a good technique to employ to find the groups of bait chasers. Otherwise the usual finesse plastics will get grabs when the biters come thru.
Trolling for Striped Bass in the twenty to thirty feet zone with Producer Flies and 661 KastMasters continue to put quality fish to eight pounds in the net, especially during the first hour of the morning and when the wind is blowing. There has been a smattering of surface activity around Kong Island as the big school of Stripers move in and out of Necktie Canyon on any given day. This is one of our main trolling zones as well as the bay before the entrance to Elizabeth Canyon. Not much of a swimbait bite yet but there have been some huge Stripers spotted in the marina area, no doubt waiting for the back-up signal from the Trout truck.
Castaic Lake Conditions:
Water Temp Surface:
Water Temp at 20′:
15 – 20′ visibility.
Down 20 to 25 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.