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Lake: Casitas Lake

Visiting Lake Casitas

Post By: spinn3r      Posted: 4/22/2013 9:23:59 PM     Points: 6650    
I'll be visiting some relatives who live near Lake Casitas sometime in the second half of June, and I'm planning to give it a go for bass. Anyone have any pointers for general locations (not honeyholes) or techniques? I've been fishing for bass for several years in Colorado, but I will only have one day out there and am hoping for a bit of a head start. Thanks for your help.
 Reply by: spinn3r      Posted: 4/30/2013 8:25:57 PM     Points: 6650    
Bump... There doesn't seem to be much activity on the California forum.
 Reply by: Bassnfly      Posted: 6/9/2013 11:31:13 AM     Points: 5682    
We are working on that as we speak. This is Jeff Jones and I started out with FE in CO. I am now in CA, near Casitas, so let me know if I can help out.

Be aware that, if using a boat, Casitas has the most stringent inspection process I have ever encountered, so you can not just show up with a boat and launch. A boat has to pass inspection, and await a 10 day quarantine, before allowed on Casitas. As such, many of the local bass fishermen I have met here no longer visit Casitas. Hiring a local guide on the lake may be worth your while, if possible, as he will have a Casitas inspected boat and local knowledge.

If you would like another option, I can recommend visiting Lake Cachuma, north of Santa Barbera and not too far away. The fishing is good and access is much easier.

Good luck!

 Reply by: spinn3r      Posted: 6/9/2013 2:36:55 PM     Points: 6650    
Thanks for the reply, Jeff. Actually, just going to be shore-fishing. I'll be out that way for a family event, so the fishing is on the side. I'm hoping to sneak in a half-day or a bit more.

If you have any suggestion for what part of the lake to try, I would appreciate it. In any event, I'm looking forward to catching some bass with year-round warm water!
 Reply by: Bassnfly      Posted: 6/9/2013 3:56:31 PM     Points: 5682    
Where are you going to be at? I have driven around Casitas, but the only entrance is a state park, so have not been to the water. I'm told there are still plenty of nice bass, but not the double digit ones there used to be. Depending on where you are at, it may be worth driving over to Castaic lagoon, below Castaic Lake, where the big ones are caught.

About 1/2 of Casitas is in the park gates, and the rest is a steep hillside to the water line and I don't know if it is accessible from the road by foot.
 Reply by: spinn3r      Posted: 6/10/2013 1:22:24 PM     Points: 6650    
I'll be visiting relatives who will be staying at the campsites, so I'll be in the state park area. I may end up just shore-fishing whatever I can access, but if I have time, I'll see if I can make it over to Castaic Lagoon. Thanks for the suggestion.