Castaic Lake Fishing Report 03/21/2021

Castaic Lake Fishing Report 03/21/2021

by Chad Curtis March 21, 2021

Bass fishing continues to gain momentum for both size and numbers. Although steady action can be had with the usual finesse plastics, Jigs and smaller glide baits have produced some bigger than average Bass lately. Crankbaits, jerkbaits and Alabama rigs have also been productive in the twenty to thirty foot depth zone. Rocky points and 45 degree banks are holding good numbers of fish as the Bass are thinking about moving up to spawn. Next week’s full moon should start the annual migration to the shallows when secondary points leading into spawning areas will come into play.

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report 03/14/2021

Castaic Lake Fishing Report 03/14/2021

by Chad Curtis March 15, 2021

High winds, rain showers and even snow all hit the area this past week making it tough to find a window to get out on the water. Bass fishing remains virtually unchanged though, as fishing is good for both size and numbers. Finesse plastics on Splitshot rigs, and Carolina rigs continue to dominate most days with any of the C3 Baits doing the trick. Crankbaits, jerkbaits and Alabama rigs are also productive in the ten to twenty foot depth zone. Look for East-facing rocky points and bluffs that warm up fast and hold heat resulting in a slightly warmer water temp.

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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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Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 11/15/2020

Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 11/15/2020

by Chad Curtis November 15, 2020

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.

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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 – 08/02/2020

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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