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Conditions ripe at Casitas, bass bite 'on fire'

BY BLAKE WARREN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Apr 26, 2018

Panfish abundant, starting to come on too

OAK VIEW — While there are a quite a few Southland lakes experiencing some very good bass fishing right now, there may be no hotter bite and fast-paced bassin' going on than what's currently happening at Lake Casitas. What was already a very good bite has gotten only better as the planets have all seemingly aligned in terms of having prime conditions for some red hot largemouth action.


THIS PRE-SPAWN big girl was chock full of eggs when lady angler Sheila Silva got her to go on a Senko a week and a half back. She went 7 pounds on the scale before being released to have her babies.

“The shad just came up and that has the bass bite on fire,” said Scott Sanford at Lake Casitas Boat Rentals. “It's been almost stupid this weekend with everybody catching fish — even all our rental boat customers are getting ’em good. A buddy of mine was out on the water quite a bit this weekend and he told me, ‘it's a slayfest out there.’ With the shad up now and a string of some consistent weather, we've just got all the right conditions for some awesome fishing.”

With the lake's shad now active and shallow-water bass on the threadfin early and late it's opened up a solid reaction bite, with anglers connecting with largemouth to 5-plus pounds on variety of baits ranging from buzzbaits and jerkbaits to swimbaits, underspins and cranks. The soft plastics bite also remains excellent for bass numbers, with jigs and creature baits also scoring.

The panfish scene at the lake also looks poised to break wide open in the weeks ahead, as both crappie and redear appear to be in the early stages of their spawn.

“Adam [Casey, of Casitas Boat Rentals] was out this weekend and he saw a massive population of crappie hanging off some secondary points on the eastern shoreline,” Sanford said. “There are a lot more redear up shallow too and it looks like their spawn is on, and there have also been a few big bluegill caught over the last few days.” Crappie jigs, small Kastmasters and the occasional live worm have been the deal for the crappie, while the bluegill and sunfish are mostly on mealworms and nightcrawlers.

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