Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 10/25/2020

Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 10/25/2020

by Chad Curtis October 25, 2020

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.

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 10/18/2020

Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 10/18/2020

by Chad Curtis October 18, 2020

Bass fishing is trending towards the fall transition as the schools of open water fish are starting to move into the bigger coves  and creek arms. There continues to be good action on surface poppers and fly-lined Flukes early and late but “matching the hatch” on the small Shad and Silverside Minnows is proving frustrating for most anglers. A better pattern seems to be the dropshot and Ned rig in deeper water off main lake points and bluff walls. We have started fishing live Shad again and the bite is instant and continuous throughout the day.

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 09/27/2020

Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 09/27/2020

by Chad Curtis October 01, 2020

Quality sized Stripers have been boiling on Shad and Silversides throughout the day. They are only popping up for about 30 seconds making luck a prime resource. Producer flies, KastMasters and small swimbaits are putting fish to 7 pounds on the deck trolling at 15′ to 30′ when the fish aren’t busting the surface. The Stripers are pretty much spread out all over the main lake from the forebay buoy line all the way around to Old S.S. cove in the fish arm. Look for birds and boats in the middle of the lake and you’ll find the schools.

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 09/20/2020

Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 09/20/2020

by Chad Curtis September 22, 2020

Stripers were hit and miss this week, with some days better than others. Glassy conditions mid-week saw the bite slow significantly. Windy days are better as the fish feed actively in these conditions, sometimes throughout the day. Producer flies, KastMasters and the Fluke/Scrounger head combo are getting grabs trolling at 15′ to 25′ when the fish aren’t busting the surface. The best  area continues to be the deeper water from Kong Island to Necktie Canyon, with the fish pretty much spread out all over the middle of the Ski Arm and up to the forebay buoy line on certain days. There has also been some surface action in the West end of the Fish Arm during the first hour or so of the morning.

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 09/13/2020

Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 09/13/2020

by Chad Curtis September 13, 2020

Bass fishing was strong again this week despite smoky skies making it hard to stay on the water for very long. Bass continue to chase Shad early and late in the day in deeper water near the main lake. Topwaters, Flukes and small swimbaits are good choices around the shade lines. The middle Ski Arm and Elizabeth Canyon are good areas to try. Once the sun gets on the water the Bass go deeper and finesse plastics are pretty much the only option. We are one of the only boats still fishing live Shad every day and the bite is fast and furious.

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 09/05/2020

Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 09/05/2020

by Chad Curtis September 05, 2020

The bite was decent this week as calm and hot conditions along with a full moon saw the fish boiling right up until the time everyone got launched and out on the water. Good areas are Center Point up to Kong Island with the fish spread out all over the middle Ski Arm. There are schools of Stripers boiling in the jet ski zone further adding to the frustrating bite. Fly-core trolling with olive over white Producer flies and white KastMasters put quality Stripers from five to seven pounds in the net. Most of the trolling action remains in 15 – 30 feet of water.

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 08/23/2020

Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 08/23/2020

by Chad Curtis August 25, 2020

Both the upper and lower lakes remains closed as the numerous fire crews are using the swim beaches and parking lots as a base camp.

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 08/16/2020

Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 08/16/2020

by Chad Curtis August 17, 2020

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.

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 08/09/2020

Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 08/09/2020

by Chad Curtis August 11, 2020

Bass fishing continues it’s Summer pattern, with big wolf packs of fish chasing Shad early and late in the day. Pearl white Flukes and walking baits like the Luckycraft Sammy 100 are getting lots of love from mostly Largemouth up to five pounds. We are still able to get as many live Shad as we need every day and the bite is quick and exciting with surface blow-ups on almost every cast. 

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 08/02/2020

Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 08/02/2020

by Chad Curtis August 05, 2020

Bass fishing is consistent in the Summer pattern, with fish busting Shad early and late in the day. During the day the bite is tough as the fish go deep on main lake points or suspend over deeper water to avoid the sun. Flukes and topwater lures like the Luckycraft Gunfish are getting the attention of fish to five pounds. Live Shad fishing on light gear is putting fish in the net throughout the day for my clients.

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 07/25/2020

Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 07/25/2020

by Chad Curtis July 29, 2020

The boils are diminishing rapidly making it hard to get a cast into them. We are picking up fish on the trolling fly, staying in the areas we find the quick boils. All signs point to an epic Fall bite on these saltwater transplants.

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 07/19/2020

Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 07/19/2020

by Chad Curtis July 20, 2020

The dropshot is working a little better than the Carolina Rig as the bottom is covered in green moss in most areas making it difficult to drag the bottom. Bass are being caught anywhere from 10′ to 30′ deep on main lake points and coves with shade pockets. C3 Baits Ice Picks in Neptune Shad and Watermelon Candy are the mainstay dropshot baits on the lake.

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