Fishing Picks of the Week

1. Castaic Lake’s bass bite — stripers, largemouth, and smallmouth — stays the top pick again this week but the overall action is a little slower than it has been the past couple of weeks — still good, but not as good. This is surface or near-surface action as all three species chase baitfish. The better stripers are five to 10 pounds, while most of the black bass are in the two to three-pound range. For an update on this bite, check with the marina staff at Castaic by calling 661-775-6232 or call Tackle Express at 661-251-8700.

2. There are generally very good fall catfish bites at most Southern California reservoirs that get little attention from only a handful of local anglers. Lake Skinner continues to shine with more fish topping the 10-pound mark again this week. These bites are best on big hunks of cut baits. For an update on the Skinner bite, check with the marina at 951-926-8515.

3. Diamond Valley Lake’s trout bite moves into the top picks this week after a plant on Thursday of 4,000 pounds. There are always some big Mt. Lassen rainbows in the DVL plants, and the action on small trout plastics and jigs, inflated nightcrawlers (with garlic), and PowerBait has been pretty good for boat and shore anglers. For an update on the action, call the marina at at 951-926-7201.

Castaic Lake photo

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