Tackle Express Castaic Fishing Reports
Good Bass fishing continues here with most fish running in the one to four pound class. There is an afternoon reaction bite when the wind moves the Shad schools around. Small swimbaits and flukes are getting bit by some quality fish to four pounds. Otherwise, drop shot and Carolina rigs are producing in the ten to twenty foot zone on the outside of the weed line with the usual finesse plastics.
The bigger females are still on the break lines and dropoffs in the ten to twenty foot zone, mostly on rocky flats and secondary points leading into the backs of coves. Green Pumpkin Senkos, drop shots and Carolina rigs with just about any small finesse plastics have been effective. The upcoming full moon and some stable weather should help the overall bite improve in the coming days and weeks.
Bass are in different stages of the spawn with a few fish seen on beds, though most of the bigger females are still on the break lines and dropoffs in the ten to twenty foot zone. Rocky secondary points and transition areas leading into the backs of coves are holding lots of fish. Ten to twenty fish days are possible. Green Pumpkin and Watermelon 5″ Senkos, Carolina rigs with any of the Neptune Shad C3 Baits and dropshots with just about any finesse plastics have been effective.
Fish continue to move shallow and the bite has been good early in the morning for an hour or two. Once the sun gets on the water some wind definitly helps the action. The drop shot has been the best technique with the the more natural green and brown straight tail worms doing the most damage. keep a short drop on your weight, about four to six inches and drag it around the dropoffs in the ten to fifteen foot zone.
Wacky-rigged 5″ Senkos in Green Pumpkin and Watermelon patterns fished around the bushes and reeds in the upper end continue to get some quality bites. Most fish caught here have been one to three pounds but there has been some giants caught by anglers putting in the extra time.
Bait fishing in ten to seventy feet of water with cut Sardines is still the technique being employed by most anglers right now as the Stripers are in various stages of spawning as well. Elizabeth Canyon and the forebay buoy line have been the hotspots again this week with fish of all sizes making up the counts. There are significant numbers of the smaller one pound fish and getting a bait past them can be frustrating at times.