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Castaic Lake Fishing

Castaic Lake is well known as a trophy largemouth bass fishing destination. March seems to be the best month to land a trophy fish. The lake is also home to striped bass, rainbow trout, catfish, and crappie. The Lagoon has good populations of trout and largemouth bass. Shore fishing at the Lagoon is only permitted on the east side. Night fishing is permitted at the Lagoon, a good time to go after catfish.

Where to Fish on Castaic Lake

The state record largemouth bass was caught near the main boat launch ramp. Bass anglers have a number of favorite haunts on the lake, including Government Cove, the waters off Sharon's Rest, Suicide Point, and around C-Point. Bass anglers also mention the area around the west boat ramp. Stripers are often caught near Kong Island, C-Point, and up Elizabeth Canyon.

Rainbow trout prefer the deep water near the dam. Catfish enjoy the shallows of the coves and areas around the dam. The cove around Hawk's Nest is a good place for pan fish. At the Castaic Lagoon fish along the rocks on the south shore and near the east ramp. Other good places include the south shore by the bridge.

Map of Castaic Lake

Castaic Lake Record Fish


Best Baits and Lures

Bass : Crawdads, Robo Worms, jigs, crankbaits, Berkley realistic minnows, shad imitations, plastic grubs or worms, spinnerbaits, trout imitation plugs
Trout: Spinners, Kastmasers, PowerBait, Nightcrawlers, Panther Martins
Catfish: Mackerel, Nightcrawlers, PowerBait
Bluegill: Crickets, Meal Worms

Fishing Guides

Don Spencer's Fishing Guide Service
(909) 374-3962
Website: Don Spencer's Fishing Guide Service
Don Spencer guides fishing trips at Castaic Lake and well as all the other major lakes in the area. He will take you out in his 20-foot Ranger Bass Boat. The boat is equipped with a Mercury 225 Opt Max Motor, Lowrance Fish Finder, and Daiwa rods, reels and tackle.

Ojai Angler Fishing Guide Services
(800) 572-6230
Website: Ojai Angler
Guide Marc Mitrany has been fishing Castaic Lake and Lake Casitas for 17 consecutive years and spends more than 200 days per year on the water. High performance tournament rigged bass boats and deluxe pontoon boats, specializing in individuals, families and corporate groups.

Rusty Bass Hook
(714) 273-0036
Website: Rusty Bass Hook
Rusty Brown offers year round pro bass fishing guide trips at Castaic Lake out of a fully tournament rigged Ranger bass boat.

Rich Tauber Fishing
(818) 439-1154
Website: Rich Tauber Fishing
Rich Tauber is a 2-time qualifier for ESPN's Bassmaster Classic and a U.S. Open Champion. Rich will be there to instruct, tutor, and teach. He has all the necessary equipment and a top quality bass boat.

Dave Horst Fishing Guide
(661) 645-2554
Website: Fishing Guide Services by Dave Horst
Dave Horst is a California licensed fishing guide who specializes in Castaic Lake, Castaic Lagoon, and Pyramid Lake. With 25 years of experience he knows the waters well. He'll take you out in his Champion 202 boat and provide all the gear you need for a successful outing. Dave is a guide for the seasoned fisherman or for a young guy or girl who want to hone their skills. Many of Dave's clients are seniors and disabled individuals who otherwise might not be able to fish without the type of service he provides.


Bait and Tackle Shops

Gallion's Corner Market
31515 Ridge Route Rd.
Castaic, CA
(661) 257-3523

Fishing Tackle, Live Bait, Deli, Grocery

Castaic Tackle
30811 The Old Road,
Castaic, CA
(661) 295-1960

Live Bait Larry
Online shopping from a Simi Valley company
(805) 583-0373
Website: Live Bait Larry

J & T Tackle Shop
1750 E. Los Angeles Ave.,
Simi Valley, CA
(805) 527-7653

Sport Chalet
6701 Fallbrook Ave.,
West Hills, CA
(818) 710-0999

Bob Sands Fishing Tackle
6743 Sepulveda Blvd., Van Nuys, CA
(818) 994-1822

Website: Bob Sands Fishing Tackle

The Fish'n Fools
17822 Chatsworth St.,
Granada Hills, CA
(818) 360-3371

Dick's Sporting Goods
26591 Carl Boyer Dr.
Santa Clarita, CA
(661) 253-9231

Website: Dick's Sporting Goods

Martin's Fishing Tackle
2821 1/2 S. Western Ave.,
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 731-5549

Jeff's Sporting Goods
303 E. Valley Blvd.,
San Gabriel, CA
(626) 288-6141

Richard's Fishing Tackle
3365 Walnut Grove Ave. #A
Rosemead, CA
(626) 288-7822

Turner's Outdoorsman
19329 Vanowen Street
Reseda, CA
(818) 996-5033

Website: Turner's Outdoorsman


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