Cachuma Lake Recreation Area is a beautiful outdoor destination set amidst oak woodlands in the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley. You will find practically everything you need for a relaxing lakeside getaway in the great outdoors. Although no body-to-water contact is allowed, there are still ample recreation opportunities available around the lake. Visitors enjoy camping, boating, boat and kayak rentals, fishing, wildlife cruises on the lake, bird watching, hiking, disc golf, photography, picnics, a general store and more.
Fishing at Cachuma Lake
Anglers at Cachuma Lake go after largemouth and smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, catfish, crappie, bluegills, and redear sunfish. Recently the lake has been opened to bowfishing for carp. Cachuma Lake is stocked with 150,000 trout annually from October through April. Plenty of aquatic vegetation provides a good habitat for fish.
Where to Fish on Cachuma Lake
Trout fishing is usually good in the deep water by the dam or in Cachuma Bay, while for shore anglers the fishing is rewarding around Harvey Cove, the marina area, and E Point. If you are after bass, among the best spots are around Arrowhead Island, Cachuma Bay, the Narrows, and at Jack Rabbit Flats. Smallmouth bass seem to gather at either end of the dam.
Fishermen looking for crappie will find good fishing in the Narrows. Catfish anglers do well in Santa Cruz Bay and off the Loop Trail. Bow fishing for carp can be good around the Arrowhead Island.
Bow Fishing for Carp at Cachuma Lake
Bowfishing for carp is allowed by a no-fee permit at Cachuma Lake County Park.. Permits are obtained at the park entrance. Carp are considered a nuisance fish and the county sees bowfishing as a way to diminish their numbers. The season begins in late October.
- Arrow must be securely attached by a line to the bow or reel.
- Only allowed from a boat on the surface of the lake.
- Prohibited within 100 feet of a person outside the boat.
- Prohibited in water bird nesting areas.
- Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
- Carp must be eaten, taken out of the park, or disposed of in the fish grinder (limit 2 fish per day in grinder). Fish may not be discarded in lake, on land or in trash cans.
- California fishing license required.
MOST CURRENT LAKE REPORT
Lake Cachuma Bass Fishing Guide’s Report 03/29/2020 –
Just wrapped up our day today Lake Cachuma Santa Barbara California. I thought it would be best if I just gave you the direct text message from our client. “Here is a picture from today had a great time with Steve. Glad you had me fish Cachuma, it fishes more like the lakes in the Midwest caught and released 15 to 20 bass!” Thanks John we appreciate your friendship and support!! Want to fish Castaic Lake or Lake Cachuma Santa Barbara? Call or text me at 818-439-1154 or go to www.richtauberfishing.com click the book online button and purchase your trip today.
Lake Cachuma Bass Fishing Guide’s Report 03/25/2020 –
Rich Tauber Fishing hard at work today Lake Cachuma Santa Barbara California. RTF guide Steve Morris piloted his clients to big smiles and hands full of largemouth and smallmouth bass. Steve reported catching and releasing close to 20 fish today. ￼Lake level rose to almost 74% today! Water continues to pour in through all the creeks. We will be back at work tomorrow morning 7 AM Castaic Lake in Castaic California and Lake Cachuma Santa Barbara California. Anglers interested In getting outdoors and enjoying the fresh air can call or text me at 818-439-1154 or go to www.richtauberfishing.com.
Lake Cachuma Bass Fishing Guide’s Report 03/23/2020 –
Rich Tauber Fishing guide service working full steam ahead! Here is RTF guide Steve Morris with his clients Joe and his son Evan today Lake Cachuma Santa Barbara California with their hands full of smallmouth bass! Steve just got off the water and reported catching and releasing over 20 fish today! We will be back to work tomorrow morning 7 AM. Anglers interested in booking a fishing trip freshwater or salt water and call or text me at 818-439-1154 or go to www.richtauberfishing.com click the book online button and purchase your trip today.
Lake Cachuma Bass Fishing Guide’s Report 03/08/2020 –
What a day at Rich Tauber Fishing as our superstar Guide Steve Morris absolutely knocked it out of the park Lake Cachuma Santa Barbara California. Reported catching and releasing over 20 bass topped by this beautiful eight pounder! Congratulations Ethan Schuchmacher Avia Jacobs on a day that I’m sure you will remember forever. We will be back to work tomorrow morning 7 AM anglers interested in booking a trip with Steve at Lake Cachuma or fishing with me Lake Casitas Ventura California can call or text me at 818-439-1154 or go to www.richtauberfishing.com
Lake Cachuma Bass Fishing Guide’s Report 03/07/2020 –
While we are still hard at work here at the Long Beach fishing tackle show with our booth “Rich Tauber Fishing” located in the 400 isle I had my guides out fishing hard today. Below is Wayne South visiting from Missouri fishing with RTF guide Steve Morris ￼Lake Cachuma Santa Barbara California. The steady fishing continues anglers can call or text me at 818-439-1154 for more information or go to www.richtauberfishing.com click the book online button and purchase a trip today.
Lake Cachuma Fishing Guide’s Report 03/05/2020 –
While I’m here working our booth “Rich Tauber Fishing” at the Long Beach fishing tackle show RTF guide Steve Morris id taking care of our clients Lake Cachuma Santa Barbara California. Here’s Steve’s picture from yesterday with a beautiful mix of largemouth and smallmouth bass and Steve is reporting big numbers on his guided trips. Anglers interested in booking a fishing trip Lake Cachuma Santa Barbara California can call or text me at 818-439-1154 or go to www.richtauberfishing.com click the book online button and purchase your fishing trip today.
Lake Cachuma Fishing Guide’s Report 02/10/2020 –
Here is Dan and Vino with Lake Cachuma RTF superstar guide Steve Morris this evening. Caught and released over 15 fish in four hours. Started the day at 12 noon and were on the trailer at 4 PM. All these fish were caught on Texas rig plastic worm. Interested in fishing the hottest bass lake in Southern California? Call or text me at 818-439-1154. Anglers can also go to www.richtauberfishing.com and click the book online button to purchase there Lake Cachuma fishing trip right away.
Lake Cachuma Fishing Guide Service 1/27/2020 –
Could the best bass fishing in Southern California be Lake Cachuma Santa Barbara California? Lots of reports of 20-30 fish days and there up and in the bushes…. after years of low water we have a good feeling this will be the hottest lake in SoCal this season. We are going to share with you all of the new improvements at the lake and it’s 17 vertical feet from going over the spillway. Interested in fishing Lake Cachuma call or text me at 818-439-1154.
Lake Cachuma Fishing Guide Service 7/10/2019 –
Our Lake Cachuma fishing guide service is heating up! RTF superstar guide Christian Geisler out with Joel and his son this morning. Caught a dozen bass and a few crappie to add to the mix. Got all this done in just four hours of fishing. Swimbaits did the trick. Anglers interested in fishing Lake Cachuma with our service can call or text me at 818-439-1154. Anglers who would like to book a fishing trip Lake Cachuma Santa Barbara California can go to www.richtauberfishing.com Click the book online button and you can purchase your trip right away.