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.
Much More Below
Best Baits and Lures
Fishing Guide Services
Lake Casitas Fishing Supplies
Lake Casitas Boat Rentals
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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
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
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
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.
1810 Ventura Blvd.
J & T Tackle Shop
1750 E. Los Angeles Ave.,
Simi Valley, CA
Gallion's Corner Market
31515 Ridge Route Rd.
Fishing Tackle, Live Bait, Deli, Grocery
30811 The Old Road
Bob Sands Fishing Tackle
6743 Sepulveda Blvd.
Van Nuys, CA
Website: Bob Sands Fishing Tackle
The Fish'n Fools
17822 Chatsworth St.,
Granada Hills, CA
Dick's Sporting Goods
26591 Carl Boyer Dr.
Santa Clarita, CA
Website: Dick's Sporting Goods
Martin's Fishing Tackle
2821 1/2 S. Western Ave.,
Los Angeles, CA