OAK VIEW — It appears as though it’s almost time for the bass to begin spawning at Lake Casitas, as the fish have been moving shallower over the past couple of weeks.
“The warm weather has the fish moving up shallower,” said Adam Casey at Casitas Boat Rentals. “They’re at 5 to 10 feet in the morning, and 15 to 25 throughout the middle of the day. Plastic worms, nightcrawlers, Senkos and jigs have all been working. If this weather holds up, we oughta start seeing them hitting the shallows.”
Brittany Chisum of Camarillo used a nightcrawler for a 7½-pound largemouth. Parker Irvine of Ojai bagged a 7 pounder on a plastic worm, and Juan Perez of Miners Oaks managed a 5-fish limit — capped by a 6-pound, 12 ouncer — using plastic worms, although the big fish came on a jig.
The warm weather has slowed the trout bite, but a few rainbows remain on tap. A.C. Barnett of Ojai had a limit of rainbows to 5½ pounds using nightcrawlers. Sean Flaherty of Oak View also used ‘crawlers for a 5-pound rainbow, in addition to a 2-pound redear.
New lake hours are 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
TAILWALKIN’ AT CASITAS — Don McKay reeled in this 4.3-pound Tailwalker trout while fishing from his boat at Lake Casitas.