Castaic Lake Fishing Report 09/12/2021

Castaic Lake Fishing Report 09/12/2021

by Chad Curtis September 13, 2021

The overall bite slowed considerably this week with most of the fish concentrated in a small area of the ski arm and getting hammered with every presentation possible. Small Stripers and Largemouth Bass returned to chasing baitfish on the surface and can be caught on umbrella rigs, small swimbaits and Kastmasters.

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report 09/05/2021

Castaic Lake Fishing Report 09/05/2021

by Chad Curtis September 06, 2021

C3 Baits Shimmy’s in the Neptune Shad color pattern fished on the 6lb. Carolina Rig continue their dominance. This is a hard presentation to beat, as the Bass tend to slow their activity level once the sun gets up. The outer weed edge in 20 to 25 feet of water along the Eastern shore continues to hold quality Bass to seven pounds, along with South end along the rocks. 

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report 08/15/2021

Castaic Lake Fishing Report 08/15/2021

by Chad Curtis August 15, 2021

With the lake continuing it’s drawdown to 150 feet, we’re at the old drought line around 120′ which means the sticks and bushes are high and dry. While this is good news for our terminal tackle it also means we are seeing the lake at a level not witnessed since it was filling up in the early 70’s. The once rocky, clean shoreline has given way to 50 years of mud and silt buildup.

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report 07/25/2021

Castaic Lake Fishing Report 07/25/2021

by Chad Curtis July 28, 2021

Great Bass fishing on tap for both numbers and size despite high fishing pressure and falling water levels. The fish are holding on rocky points and bluffs closest to the main lake and the bite seems to get stronger when the wind is blowing into these areas. 5″ wacky-rigged Senkos in green pumpkin hues and dropshot rigs are hard to beat.

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report 06/19/2021

Castaic Lake Fishing Report 06/19/2021

by Chad Curtis June 23, 2021

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.

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report 06/13/2021

Castaic Lake Fishing Report 06/13/2021

by Chad Curtis June 13, 2021

Not much change this week as water levels continue to fall. The quality Bass are holding a little deeper now, mostly on rocky main-lake points and bluffs in the fifteen to twenty foot depth zone. Dropshot rigs, Ned rigs and finesse Carolina rigs are all working with the C-rig appealing to the bigger fish. We are focused on areas that have a little wind blowing into them. Stay away from areas that have wake boat waves crashing into them. The Bass have a hard time adjusting their swim bladders to the rebounding waves and will suspend or leave the area completely. Netting Shad for bait remains difficult as the falling water is keeping them off the bank for now.

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report 06/05/2021

Castaic Lake Fishing Report 06/05/2021

by Chad Curtis June 05, 2021

The C3 Baits/Carolina Rig combo is tough to beat as the weeds start to grow in around the swim beach area and Eastern shoreline. C3 Baits Shimmys and Jobus in Oxblood and Neptune Shad continue to get hammered on the inside and outside weed edges by quality Largemouth of all sizes, with the average fish being around two pounds.

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report 05/16/2021

Castaic Lake Fishing Report 05/16/2021

by Chad Curtis May 19, 2021

Bass fishing remains solid for fish that are mostly in the pre-spawn stage. Fat and strong, willing to bite on virtually any finesse technique and any popular color. Rocky points and shoals leading into spawning areas continue to be our focus. We are mainly fishing wacky-rigged Senkos early and dropshot rigs once the sun gets high.

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report 05/09/2021

Castaic Lake Fishing Report 05/09/2021

by Chad Curtis May 19, 2021

Castaic Bass fishing is about as good as it gets for fish in all three stages of the spawn. Virtually any finesse technique in any popular bait color will get bites on most rocky points and shoals leading into spawning areas. Dropshot rigs, Ned rigs and light line Carolina rigs have all been productive with wacky-rigged Senkos getting the nod before the sun gets up

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report 05/02/2021

Castaic Lake Fishing Report 05/02/2021

by Chad Curtis May 19, 2021

Good numbers of quality two to five pound Largemouth are available to anglers dragging the C3 Baits/Carolina Rig combo in the swim beach area. There are lots of small males on beds in this zone with the larger females out in slightly deeper water. Shimmys and Jobus in Oxblood/Red Flake and Neptune Shad color patterns continue to dominate this bite. A low and slow presentation with 6lb. test line will definitly get you bites. Very crowded on weekends.

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report 02/07/2021

Castaic Lake Fishing Report 02/07/2021

by Chad Curtis February 08, 2021

Better weather resulted in an uptick in fishing success this week. The Bass are still spread out around main lake bluff walls, 45 degree banks and rocky points. The key has been to focus on East facing rock that gets the sun early. These areas tend to warm up first and attract Bass looking to move up into warmer water. The ten to twenty five foot depth has been a good zone to target these active fish. Finesse plastics, Alabama rigs and jigs continue to get bit by Bass averaging two pounds.

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Should I Use Scents on My Lures?

Should I Use Scents on My Lures?

by Chad Curtis April 16, 2020

Fish smell in parts per million and who's to say how much scent we should put on.  If we load the lure with a gel, and the water is cold, not much of the scent will come off since it is thick and coagulated on the bait.  When the water is warmer and the gel scent is more viscous, it will come off easier presumably giving off more scent.  Should we put less on in the summer and more on in the winter.  Fishing has always been about the little things and taking into consideration these and other factors may make a huge difference.

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