I still remember going bass fishing at Castaic Lake the first day it was open to the public. It was the mid-seventies, I left straight from high school football practice to sample this much talked about bass fishery. The big talk when it first opened was about the size of the launch ramp. It was the largest ever constructed in the west at that time. Well now the talk is about the tremendous bass population. Castaic Lake for the most part has always been a very good bass lake. It has also always been a bit querky. What I mean is the lake is famous for some really strange and off the wall bass paterns. Mud lines, barrel booms, under spins, and scroungers, just to name a few. This is what makes Castaic Lake so much fun. It is always a challenge. The winter is time for the big swim bait, and scooping live shad to use for bait.
The lake has little or no boat traffic and these two techniques dominate. The spring allows a variety of lures to be super productive. The jig in a brown/purple color and a drop shot are tough to beat. The swim bait is still a major player also. Fish will be up-and-in. Try to focus your efforts in less than 20 feet of water. Summer means “suspend” at Castaic Lake. Keep your eye open for schooling fish in the coves, canyons, and pockets. These bass love to suspend and chase bait(threadfin shad) throughout the summer season. The under spins, and scroungers do the real damage.
Fall can produce lots of fish on the drop shot worm. The best color year round is ” Arron’s magic”. Fish it on 8lb. test line, with a 3/16 oz. Bakudan drop shot weight. I hope these few tips will help. Let me know if you have any questions about fishing Castaic, or would like to book a guided fishing trip.
Recent Catches at Lake Casitas
Castaic Lake Fishing Guide – 04/23/2018 – Castaic Lake Fish Report by Jim Taibi for Rich Tauber Southern California Fishing Guide Service
The cold water influx that has been filling Castaic Lake has finally stopped and the lake is currently close to full pool. Water temps have been hovering around 62 to 66 degrees all week and the bass have definitely been en route to the spawning flats and coves. There are lots of small males in the shallows with the bigger females staged on the secondary points and deep bushes in the coves. 4 and 5 inch Senkos in watermelon, green pumpkin and all of the variations of both are catching the shallow cruisers and some of the deeper fish as well. The most consistent way to catch the bigger fish is with the C3 Baits Ice Pick in the Neptune Shad color on a dropshot. The key to getting bites has been light line. 5lb test for the dropshot and 6 to 8lb for the wacky-rigged Senko.
Water clarity is over 20’ in most areas so downsizing your offerings is the way to go. Look for this fishery to bust wide open with the approaching full moon and stable warm weather forecast.
Castaic Lake Fishing Guide – 04/03/2018 – I know a lot of the attention at Rich Tauber Fishing has been directed at Lake Casitas but we want our clients to know that we have daily trips available at Castaic Lake in Castaic California. Here is RTF guide Jim Taibi yesterday with a small sampling of the action that’s available at Castiac Lake right now. A nice mix of striped bass and largemouth bass and we have trips available seven days a week. As always we provide all of the rods reels and tackle you will need for the day and there is bottled water ice and package snacks on board at no extra charge. Anglers can book a full day fishing trip at Castiac Lake or a half-day fishing trip whichever works best for your situation. Interested in fishing Castaic lake in Castaic California call or text me at 818-439-1154.
Castaic Lake Bass Fishing Guide Service – 11/20/2017 – A really nice picture of John who has fished with me several times with a beautiful 6 pound striped bass from Castaic Lake in Castaic California. We have a big heat wave sitting right in front of us. We could be fishing in 90° temperatures on Thanksgiving! I have almost all of my guides out working the holiday week we still have some openings call or text me at 818-439-1154 for more information.
Castaic Lake Bass Fishing Guide Service – 11/19/2017 – Beautiful cool conditions this morning with a light breeze throughout much of the day. Here is Dwight who fished with me last weekend and is back on his guided fishing trip this morning with Rich Tauber Fishing at Castaic Lake in Castaic California. Mixed bag of largemouth and striped bass… anglers interested in getting in on the holiday action can call or text me at 818-439-1154.
Castaic Lake Bass Fishing Guide Service – 11/16/2017 – It’s not easy by any stretch of the imagination but the payoff is big time! Here is Alex Bollinger with just two of his best fish from his trip on 11/15/2017. There are small windows of time where these nice 3 to 7 pound striped bass get to work. It’s knowing those little windows and making the most of that time. We are open seven days a week through the holiday season and anglers interested in booking their trip a fishing trip at world famous Castaic Lake in Castaic California can call or text me at 818-439-1154.
Castaic Lake Bass Fishing Guide Service – 11/12/2017 – An absolutely beautiful Sunday morning and here is Dwight with one of over a half dozen striped bass we caught up to 6 pounds. Really fun fishing… had the lake to ourselves.. one of the best kept secrets in Southern California. Anglers interested in getting involved in the holiday fishing at Castaic Lake in Castaic California can call or text me at 818-439-1154.
Castaic Lake Bass Fishing Guide Service – 11/09/2017 – Boy it’s been steady and it’s been fun! Incredible how much these fish love this cool weather pattern. Fish that are great to eat and fishing’s excellent. Anglers interested in booking a fishing trip for next week can call or text me at 818-439-1154. We are sold out this weekend but we do have openings next week. All of these fish are in 3 to 4 pound range…the numbers game will slow down come January 1. Interested in booking a fishing trip call me directly at 818-439-1154.
Castaic Lake Bass Fishing Guide Service – 11/07/2017 – Here is Bill who is visiting from Vermont he and his wife joined me this morning at Castaic Lake in Castaic California. Once again very steady striped bass action as we had lots of hook ups, lost a few even had a double hook up one largemouth and one striped bass on the same umbrella rig. Virtually no one on the lake beautiful temperatures and once again we recommend you keep these fish to eat as they are wonderful table fair. This fishing will last till New Year’s Day so we want to let all of our clients know so they can book their trip as soon as possible and get in on the good striped bass action as November and December have always been the best months. Anglers interested in booking a trip can you call or text me at 818-439-1154.
Castaic Lake Bass Fishing Guide Service – 11/05/2017 – Well we got the striper season started on the right foot this morning. Here is Chen and he is fishing with me for his first time and was excited because this was the first day that we had moved the Ranger center console from saltwater fishing over to Castaic Lake for the striper season. Started fishing around 9 AM and had solid action throughout the day until we wrapped it up around 4 PM. Wound up with a half dozen 3 pound striped bass and of course got everything filleted for our client and sent him home with a beautiful bag of fillets and some great memories. These fish love cold water and we are here to take you fishing. Every year we have really good striper fishing in November and December so anglers interested in getting involved in the action can call or text me at 818-439-1154.