Fish Castaic Lake!

Run by the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, Castaic Lake is a beautiful state water reservoir located just north of Santa Clarita on the Interstate 5 Freeway.
Along with providing fresh water to local communities, Castaic Lake has also remained dedicated to providing the public with a wonderful place to have fun! Whether you come to admire, relax and reflect upon the beauty, or pack in an extreme day of fun and excitement, there is something here for everybody! This website is dedicated to helping you get the most of your stay at the wonderful shores of Castaic Lake.

$13 to park your car and a fishing license.

For more information call:

Stock Dates:

(562) 594 - 7268

General Info:

(562) 342 - 7100

or visit:

Fishing Tips

Winds on the upper lake move nutrients towards the dam, where fish look for food. Fishing from the dam is allowed.
Lures that resemble trout catch Striped Bass.
Cast near shady areas on sunny days.
Cast in deeper waters on colder days in places with no shade.
Rock piles, docks, reeds and submerged trees are favorite “hang-out” locations for most fish.
“The drop-off” between shallow and deep water is often populated by fish.
The most popular lures are trout or shad imitations, and work well for both Striper and Large Mouth bass.
Bass prefer water that is 60 to 75 degrees. If it is warmer or colder, bass will move to deeper water.
Cut bait such as anchoivies, sardines, marcerel, and frozen chad also work well, when the fishing slows down.
Night Crawlers are a good go to bait for those who "bait and wait" as well.
Castaic Lake’s water temperature ranges from low 50’s in the winter to upper 70’s in the summer.
In the spring and fall, fish in the shallow coves.
During the summer and winter seasons, fish in deeper water.

Fishing Rules
Fishing from docks, launch ramps is NOT allowed.
Fishing from the dam is permitted, within the designated areas.
Additional Fishing Rules and Regulations

The California Department of Fish and Game seasonally stocks Castaic Lake with trout from autumn to spring (usually twice a month).

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  • Will

    Thanks for the info- I will be at the Carl's Jr. to the right when you exit the freeway. I don't remember the name of the exit but here is my number[masked] I'm going to try to be there by 6am to grab some breakfast.
    I'll see you guys there.

    December 14, 2012

  • 100th Anniversary R.

    Just a heads-up...gate won't open til 6:45am...

    Can't say I'll be is a little iffy for me. Good luck...

    2 · December 14, 2012

  • Lam T.

    I thought we were meeting at the main launch ramp? I'm down to meet wherever. I'll be there early.

    December 14, 2012

  • Will

    Where do you guys want to meet? What is everyone fishing for? Do you guys want to meet at the Lagoon? The smaller lake...We will take lots of pics! it's not to late to join in on the FUN!

    December 12, 2012

  • Abel

    Man I wish I could attend, but i'll be judging a bbq comp. Should be a great time and i've always wanted to fish this lake as I heard it holds some big fish. Good luck and take pics!

    December 10, 2012

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