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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Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 07/05/2020

Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 07/05/2020

by Chad Curtis July 10, 2020

Castaic Afterbay:

Working the dropoffs and deeper water in the South end with the typical C3 Baits soft plastics will get you some quality bites. The North end weedbeds are coming to the surface and a steady topwater bite should emerge as the summer pattern continues. Bluegill are in the weeds as

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 06/21/2020

Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 06/21/2020

by Chad Curtis June 21, 2020

Timing is the key here as the feeding windows tend to rely upon wind and current to condense the baitfish schools and subsequently the Stripers. Trolling with the fly-coring/Producer Fly technique is the best way to cover water and find the schools of biters.

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 06/14/2020

Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 06/14/2020

by Chad Curtis June 19, 2020

Bass fishing is still good here as most of the fish are heading to deeper water. The finesse Carolina rig and Ned rig are getting most of the bites. C3 Baits Shimmys and Warthogs are great soft plastics to use in these conditions. Lighter line is the rule here as the water is clear. Bluegill are still shallow and can be caught on meal worms or red worms. 

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 06/06/2020

Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 06/06/2020

by Chad Curtis June 06, 2020

The smaller schools of fish are around yet sometimes hard to locate as they follow the Shad in and out of the bigger creek arms and coves. A few bigger fish are being caught on live Shad but remain elusive to most other techniques. Trolling with the fly-coring/Producer Fly technique is the best way to cover water and find the smaller one to two pound fish with the occasional bigger Striper showing up for those putting in the time. 

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 05/31/2020

Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 05/31/2020

by Chad Curtis June 01, 2020

Good Bass and Bluegill fishing continues here with the tried and true finesse Carolina rig catching the most fish. C3 Baits and Senko’s will get consistent grabs. Use lighter line here as the water is clear, 5 pound mono or 6 pound flourocarbon. Bluegill are shallow and can be caught on mini jigs tipped with a meal worm or red worm.

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 05/24/2020

Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 05/24/2020

by Chad Curtis May 25, 2020

A 3000lb plant of Trout slated for Lake Casitas was re-routed to Castaic for the holiday weekend. This included some bigger fish to four pounds and over. The marina area has been best despite the big crowds. Typical Trout baits and lures are working but the hot setup has been big red worms or baby nightcrawlers on a light line dropshot rig.

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 05/16/2020

Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 05/16/2020

by Chad Curtis May 16, 2020

We are starting to see mainly smaller fish showing up as the Shad have continued their migration shallow bringing the Stripers with them. Trolling with the fly-coring/Producer Fly technique is getting a few fish early. Big KastMasters and 3″ swimbaits have also been effective on the troll. Look for this bite to improve as we approach the new moon next week.

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Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 05/09/2020

Castaic Lake Fishing Report – 05/09/2020

by Chad Curtis May 11, 2020

Striper fishing was slow again this week but we are starting to see the smaller “Schoolie” size fish showing up on our Largemouth baits. The bulk of the Shad have continued their migration shallow bringing the smaller Stripers with them. 

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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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