The Lake has Risen a Considerable Amount Since the Storm

Cachuma Lake - Santa Barbara, CA (Santa Barbara County)

by Cachuma Lake Staff

The lake has risen a considerable amount since the storm.  It’s affected fishing due to mud/debris, it should be settling back to the bottom so it should be back to normal soon.  Trout have been deep for the past week,  so trolling w/o lead core hasn’t had much luck.  They should be coming back up to shallower waters soon.  It’s recommended to use lures/bait that can sink deep.  Large and Smallmouth Bass are deep as well, using slow moving baits/lures is how most are being caught.  Crappie/Bluegill love structure, so jig near docks/reeds using jigs/mealworms dipped in panfish attractant.  Try using our new baitpro baithaze which gives your lure scent appealing to crappie/bluegill.  Catfish can be caught using nightcrawler, mackerel, or dough.  The bait shop sells Baitpro catfish nuggets which work well, it’s recommended to try over by the dam or to the east.  Carp can be caught using Baitpro carp nuggets, nightvrawlers or by bow, They can be found along the bottom of the lake.

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