Ventura County, Southern California

Lake Casitas Fishing

Fishing at Lake Casitas

Lake Casitas is primarily a largemouth bass fishing ground. Other fish include smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, redear sunfish, bluegill, catfish, and crappie. Night fishing is offered on some weekends from the shore and from boats ($30 extra fee for boats). Lake Casitas is known for its clear water in summer, making low-visibility lines popular. Several coves are closed during bass spawning season, usually from February 15 to May 31.

Where to Fish on Lake Casitas

Bass fishermen work the areas of the lake where there are sharp drop-offs. Especially good places are around Main Island and around the numerous points. They also do well along the eastern shore. The Coyote Creek area is known for its good bass fishing too.

From the shore, anglers do well catching trout near campgrounds, especially by Mallard and Grebe Campgrounds. Trolling for trout can be rewarding in the deep water between Main Island and the western shore all the way down to the dam. When they open in June, Grindstone Canyon Cove and Indian Mesa Cove are always good fishing spots.

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Best Baits and Lures   Fishing Guide Services
Lake Casitas Fishing Supplies

Map of Lake Casitas

Lake Casitas Boat Rentals
Boat Seats 1 Hr. 2-5 Hrs. Hours Day
Fishing boat
8 HP
4 $50 $75 $85
Fishing boat
8 HP
6 $60 $85 $95

Lake Water Level

Casitas Municipal Water District:
Lake Casitas Water Level

Lake Casitas HD Fishing Map (shown right)

Trophy Fish from Lake Casitas

  • Largemouth Bass: 21.9 pounds, caught by Ray Easley, March 1890; 19 pounds 8 ounces, caught by Randy Crabtree in 2002
  • Rainbow Trout: ;
    • 11 pounds, 13 ounces, caught by Mike Jones, December 2010
    • 11 pounds, 12 ounces, caught by Rory Cornell
    • 11 pounds 5 ounces, caught by Ray Rodriguez
    • 9 pounds 4 ounces, 1985
  • Channel Catfish: 25+ pounds
  • Redear Sunfish: 3 pounds, 7 ounces

Which Baits and Lures Are Catching Fish on Lake Casitas?

Bass : Rainbow trout imitation swimbaits such as Huddleston, Castair Soft Trout or AC Plug; Live Shad netted from the lake, Zara Spooks, Crawdads, plastic grubs or worms, Robo Worms, jigs, crankbaits, Berkley realistic minnows, shad imitations
Trout: Nightcrawlers, Spinners, Kastmasers, PowerBait
Catfish: PowerBait , Mackerel, Nightcrawlers
Bluegill: Crickets, Meal Worms
Redear Sunfish: Nightcrawlers

Lake Casitas Guide Services

So Cal Bass Fishing
(888) 814-8433
Mark Taylor has 25 years of tournament fishing experience. He says that the ultimate satisfaction for any guide that truly loves their job is to see their clients have a great fishing experience and maybe catches the fish of a lifetime.

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.

Ojai Angler Fishing Guide Services
(800) 572-6230
Website: Ojai Angler
Guide Marc Mitrany has been fishing Lake Casitas for 17 consecutive years and spends more than 200 days per year on the water. Experience world class trophy bass fishing at beautiful Lake Casitas Recreation Area, the Jewel of the Ojai Valley, where luxury and relaxation rule and legendary bass fishing reigns. High performance tournament rigged bass boats and deluxe pontoon boats, specializing in individuals, families and corporate groups. Ojai Angler preserves and protects the lake, and practices catch and release.

Lake Casitas Recreation Area's Annual Kids Fishing Day

On Lake Casitas Recreation Area's Annual Kids Fishing Day about 2,500 fish are planted in an area cordoned off on the Santa Ana Launch Ramp. Children under the age of 15 fish for free without a fishing license. Those 16 and 17 must have a license. Rods, reels and bait are supplied. Each young angler is allowed to catch one fish.

Lake Casitas Area
Fishing Tackle and Bait

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