Santa Barbara County, Southern California

Cachuma Lake Fishing

Fishing at Cachuma Lake

Anglers at Cachuma Lake go after largemouth and smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, catfish, crappie, bluegills, and redear sunfish. Recently the lake has been opened to bowfishing for carp. Cachuma Lake is stocked with 150,000 trout annually from October through April. Plenty of aquatic vegetation provides a good habitat for fish.

Where to Fish on Cachuma Lake

Trout fishing is usually good in the deep water by the dam or in Cachuma Bay, while for shore anglers the fishing is rewarding around Harvey Cove, the marina area, and E Point. If you are after bass, among the best spots are around Arrowhead Island, Cachuma Bay, the Narrows, and at Jack Rabbit Flats. Smallmouth bass seem to gather at either end of the dam.

Fishermen looking for crappie will find good fishing in the Narrows. Catfish anglers do well in Santa Cruz Bay and off the Loop Trail. Bow fishing for carp can be good around the Arrowhead Island.

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Cachuma Lake Record Fish   Best Baits and Lures   Fishing Guide Services   Bowfishing for Carp
Fishing Supplies

Map of Cachuma Lake

Trout Fishing Derby

April 21 - 22, 2018
Every year the Cachuma Lake Nature Center sponsors a Trout Fishing Derby. Usually held in April, the derby attracts hundreds of anglers, all after a share of the $5,000 in cash prizes and thousands more in merchandise prizes.
Cachuma Lake Fishing Derby

Fishing Workshops

Cachuma Lake Nature Center offers an Adult Fishing Workshop every year, usually in March.
Topics include where to fish on Cachuma Lake. $10
A free Kids Fishing Workshop is held in July and August for ages 7 - 15
(805) 693-0691

Bowfishing Supplies

Bass Pro Shops sell bowfishing supplies, including retriever reels, fish arrows, bows, and line.

Trophy Fish from Cachuma Lake

  • Largemouth Bass: 16 pounds, 7 ounces; lake record
  • Rainbow Trout: 12.5 pounds, lake record
  • Catfish: 32.75 pounds, lake record

Which Baits and Lures Are Catching Fish on Cachuma Lake?

Bass: Senkos, Hula Poppers, Rapala Jigging Rap, shallow cranks and jigs, white SPRO Bronzeye Frog, Rainbow trout imitation swimbaits, Jitterbugs, Zara Spooks, XPS Jerkbait, Rebel Rattlers, plastic grubs or worms, Robo Worms, Diamond Shad, Crankbaits, Berkley Realistic Minnows, Shad Immitations
Trout: Inflated Nightcrawlers, Spinners, Kastmasers, PowerBait, Needlefish
Catfish: Mackerel, Doughbaits, Nightcrawlers
Bluegill: Crickets, Meal Worms
Crappie: Red Worms, Mini Jigs
Redear Sunfish: Nightcrawlers

Cachuma Lake Guide Services

Break Water Tours
Jason Grupp, owner. (805) 698-2879
Website: Break Water Tours
Professionally guided fishing trips year-round. Head out in a 2006 Triton ready to land the some trophy fish. Jason, an Orvis endorsed guide, has been fishing the area for years, everywhere from Cachuma Lake to Santa Barbara beaches.

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 caught his first bass at Cachuma Lake as a nine-year-old. He has all the necessary equipment and a top quality bass boat.

Ojai Angler
(800) 572-6230
Website: Ojai Angler
Marc Mitrany specializes on bass fishing. He supplies all the necessary gear. Although he specializes in Lake Casitas and Lake Castaic, you may be able to get him to make the run over to Cachuma Lake

Bow Fishing for Carp at Cachuma Lake

Bowfishing for carp is allowed by a no-fee permit at Cachuma Lake County Park.. Permits are obtained at the park entrance. Carp are considered a nuisance fish and the county sees bowfishing as a way to diminish their numbers. The season begins in late October.

Bowfishing Regulations

  1. Arrow must be securely attached by a line to the bow or reel.
  2. Only allowed from a boat on the surface of the lake.
  3. Prohibited within 100 feet of a person outside the boat.
  4. Prohibited in water bird nesting areas.
  5. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  6. Carp must be eaten, taken out of the park, or disposed of in the fish grinder (limit 2 fish per day in grinder). Fish may not be discarded in lake, on land or in trash cans.
  7. California fishing license required.


Cachuma Lake Area
Fishing Tackle and Bait

Dicks Sporting Goods
231 W. Esplande Dr.
Oxnard, CA
(805) 973-1260

Website: Dicks Sporting Goods

Big 5 Sporting Goods
3935 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 964-4749

Website: Big 5 Sporting Goods

Ojai Fly Fishing Co.
919 E. Alisao St.
Ojai, CA
(805) 646-6648

Angler's Den
1810 Ventura Blvd.
Camarillo, CA
(805) 388-1566

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

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

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