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.
Castaic Lake Fishing Guide Service – 09/11/2017 – It’s not all about striped bass at Castaic Lake in Castaic California here is John this morning fishing with RTF guide Michael Lander with a beautiful 5.95 pound largemouth. We’re going to focus much of our attention starting October 1 on fishing striped bass at Castaic Lake but wanted to share this great picture from this morning’s action. Anglers interested in booking a trip anywhere here in Southern California can call or text me at 818-439-1154 for more information.
Castaic Lake Fishing Guide Service – 09/08/2017 – RTF guided Jim Taibi with some pictures from this morning’s action. Most of these fish were taken on the troll and they were done fishing by noon. Jim has been dialed into the striped bass scene at Castaic Lake for over a month now and anglers interested in booking a fishing trip can call or text me at 818-439-1154. I will be joining Jim to fish striped bass starting October 1 and were excited as this could be one of the best striped bass seasons we’ve seen at Castaic Lake in 4-5 years.
Castaic Lake Bass Fishing Guide Service – 07/19/2017 – From our RTF fishing guide Jim Taibi … I had a great afternoon trip on Castaic Lake guiding RTF clients Don and Andy from Van Nuys. The Stripers were boiling for three hours straight and we whacked ’em and stacked ’em! They were all in the 4-6lb class and we had the spot all to ourselves. They caught over 25 and kept 12. Great job guys, lots of fun! I also got to test out my new MinnKota Ultrex motor. Better than I could have imagined!
Castaic Lake Bass Fishing Guide Service – 06/16/2017 – From our RTF fishing guide Jim Taibi … I had a great father/son trip on Castaic Lake today. Marlin and Dylan were visiting from the Bay Area and caught a bunch of bass and experienced a wide-open Bluegill bite. At one point we had them so worked up they were biting a bare hook!
Castaic Lake Bass Fishing Guide Service – 06/09/2017 – The Striper bite has turned on at Castaic Lake! I had a great day today with Ryan and Morgan from Valencia. We trolled shad-sized swimbaits in 20 to 30′ of water for these eleven Striped Bass. They were all 3-5 pounds apiece. Lots of fun on a beautiful day!
Castiac Lake Fishing Guide Report 01/08/2017 – Our guide service is pushing all of our attention toward Castaic Lake in Castaic California. We had a very very difficult week of fishing at Pyramid Lake. I personally took trips the last three days in a row and had little to no success. Today things started on an upward swing as we are now seeing good movement of large 5 to 7 pound striped bass at Castaic Lake. There’s a variety of techniques that work and we are very excited about what the coming week will bring. Anglers interested in booking a fishing trip and call or text me at 818-439-1154.
Castaic Lake Fishing Guide Report 12/18/2016 – With December beginning to wind down our Castaic Lake fishing guide and Pyramid Lake fishing guide best of the month goes to Theodore visiting from Sweden with his 8 1/2 pound striped bass at Pyramid Lake that attacked a big topwater bait. We only have a few openings left for Christmas through New Year’s feel free to text or email me at 818-439-1154 for more information.
Castaic Lake Fishing Guide Report 11/15/2016 – Good numbers of largemouth and smallmouth bass continue to be the hot deal at Castaic Lake in Castaic California for our fishing guide service. The numbers are good and most of the fish are on the small side but there’s good numbers of small bass in fairly shallow water in the newly flooded brush throughout Castaic Lake. Small plastic worms and shad invitations are without question the best technique and we highly recommend the split shot technique with these baits. A spinning rod with 6 or 8 pound test line and small shad invitations should provide you with the best success. The striper fishing remains tricky. One day they come up breaking and we have some excellent fishing and then it’s 4 or 5 days and we don’t see any type of surface activity at all. You have to remember this lake received a tremendous amount of water in a short period of time and all of that flooded brush and the gasses that come off of trees and bushes that are submerged in the water really messes with the pH level of the lake. The pH level is the controlling factor of how aggressive fish will be in the water. When pH levels are between 6.8 and 7.2 they offer the fish the greatest ability to absorb oxygen through the water and move and generate good fishing. When pH levels are below 6.8 or above 7.2 it’s difficult for fish to absorb oxygen through the water. The longer the brush stays under the water the less gases it will release and the better the fishing will be. As we spoke about last week there was a trout plant which is promising news and were expecting another one any day. People always ask do I know when trout plants will happen in reality no one knows any longer when they will happen. The Department of Fish and Wildlife really doesn’t want anyone to know even lake personnel on many occasions because they do not want people to be crowded on the ramp where they can hardly back there truck up to make the trout plant. Text messaging and Twitter really changed the world of fish planting and when it happens, It’s mostly done anonymously and very few people ever know when the actual day of a trout plant will happen. With a steady band of cool temperatures in front of us anglers interested in going fishing can call or text me directly at 818-439-1154 for more information or you can book your fishing trip online by clicking the book online button that you see on our page. Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.