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Castaic: Bass numbers still up at Castaic Lake

Quality finally improving

BY BLAKE WARREN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jun 12, 2019

CASTAIC — It’s been a good back half of the spring for Castaic Lake bassers, at least in terms of finding plenty of biters. There has been no shortage of willing largemouth for the better part of the past month — the difficulty primarily being finding quality models while weeding through lots of barely-keeper bass in big numbers. Finally there seems to be better-size largemouth starting to show up at the lake at long last with a few more chunky footballs making more frequent appearances.

castaiclagoonCASTAIC LAGOON CHUNK — With the main lake producing good numbers but tough on quality, lake regular John Petroski hit the Lagoon and picked off this chunky bucketmouth while dragging a C3 Baits Shimmy in Neptune Shad on the Carolina rig in 20 feet of water.

“The overall bite has ramped up with the smaller largemouth still dominating the counts, but there is a new wave of bass in the shallower areas and we’ve had some clients connecting with bass pushing 7 pounds as a result,” said Castaic guide Jim Taibi of 661 Fishing. The biggest of the week for Taibi’s clients was the 7-pound, personal best largemouth for Chuck Kovach as he and daughter Ashlynn fell just short of the Castaic grand slam, connecting with largemouth, stripers and even a chunky rainbow — just a smallie short of the feat. “Smallmouth are showing in pretty good numbers but continue to be mostly incidental catches and are hard to target right now,” Taibi added.


By most accounts the best bassin’ continues to be in the 5- to 15-foot zone in the Fish Arm. “Daiwa Neko Fat worms rigged weightless or wacky style are getting bit on a regular basis and are outfishing the Senko on the same rig,” Taibi shared. “Drop-shots with 4½- to 7-inch Roboworms fished a little deeper off main and secondary points will also score numbers of bass right now, along with Carolina-rigged C3 Baits Ice Picks and Shimmies in Neptune Shad and Red Smoke.” Guide Rusty Brown essentially echoed Taibi’s report, saying that working primarily secondary points with 4½-inch Aaron’s Magic and Hologram Shad worms in the same depths has been producing, and that there have been a few solid fish showing on squarebill cranks early in Sharon’s Rest and the Hawk’s Nest area.


Castaic Lagoon is also starting to give up some better quality largemouth recently. After a recent float tube tourney last week turned up a couple 5-plus pounders and a big fish of 6½, lake regular John Petroski topped those with a 7-plus from the lower lake while dragging a Shimmy in Neptune Shad about 20 feet down.


“With the warmer weather and some wind, the largemouth quality is starting to turn on,” Petroski said. “After weeks of 30- to 50-fish days on a smaller grade of fish the bite seems like it’s transitioning a little bit from numbers to better dividends on the size side, but there are still good numbers to be had out there. The upper lake is still holding near full pool and that should hold steady for the time being. They’ve stopped the flow of water to the Lagoon after months of constant flow from our incredible winter, and now the temps at both lakes are on the rise.” Water temps are ranging anywhere from 64 to 72 degrees in recent days.


Another bit of good news was the 3,000 pounds of Calaveras rainbows that was delivered early last week, with another two plants expected in the days ahead. The fish have been good size, 1 to 3 pounds, and the top trout baits have been green and garlic PowerBait and silver Kastmasters along with minijigs. The swimbait bite hadn’t kicked into gear yet as of press time, but that should all likely change in the days ahead with a pair more helpings of Vitamin T. Stripers have been best on fly-core rigs or sardines and anchovies soaked in 30 feet of water.


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castaiclocals1cCASTAIC LOCALS Chuck and Ashlynn Kovach feasted on variety late last week during an outing with guide Jim Taibi, scoring a personal best 7-pound largemouth, plenty of stripers and even a fat rainbow trout – just a smallie away from the Castaic grand slam.


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