Boating & Fishing
Lake Casitas is one of the premier fishing lakes in the region and is known for its "world class" bass fishing. Four of the 10 largest bass have been caught at Lake Casitas. In addition to largemouth bass, the lake is filled with rainbow trout, crappie, red-ear sunfish, bluegill and channel catfish. Record fish in all categories have been caught throughout the years. Night fishing until 11 pm from the shorelines is held on selected weekends when the moon is full and weather permits.
All Vessels Subject to Inspection BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
All vessels are subject to a mandatory 35 day quarantine period
To schedule a boat inspection appointment call the main gate at (805) 649-2233 EX 103.
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Night Fishing Calendar 2015
(from the shorelines until 11:00 p.m.)
|Date||Day of the Week||Comments|
|Jan. 2 & 3, 30 & 31||Friday/Saturday/Friday/Saturday||Weather Permitting|
|Feb. - None|
|Mar. 6 & 7||Friday/Saturday||Weather Permitting|
|Apr. 3 & 4, 30||Friday/Saturday/Thursday|
May 1 & 2, 28, 29 & 30
|Jun. 25, 26 & 27||Thursday/Friday/Saturday|
|Jul. 30 & 31||Thursday/Friday|
|Aug. 1 & 27, 28 & 29||Saturday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday|
|Sep. 24, 25 & 26||Thursday/Friday/Saturday|
|Oct. 23 & 24||Friday/Saturday|
|Nov. 20 & 21||Friday/Saturday||Weather Permitting|
|Dec. 25 & 26||Friday/Saturday||Weather Permitting|
Bowfishing for Carp 2015 season is open at Lake Casitas!
Congratuations to Scott Stanford for winning the grand prize in the second annual bowfishing Carp Rodeo held June 28, 2014! Scott also won the 2013 Carp Rodeo! Carp are classified as an exotic species that can have devastating effects on spawning sites of other fish. Adult carp have almost no predators and are difficult to catch by standard fishing methods.
Program Parameters: The Bowfishing for carp program is subject to change. Bowfishing is allowed for carp only, no other species. Casitas offers an annual season application. The 2015 season began January 1, 2015 and will end December 31, 2015. All California Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations apply – bowfishing is an activity authorized by the Department of Fish and Wildlife and requires a valid fishing permit from DFG.
All Lake Casitas Recreation Area ordinances and regulations must be followed.
Program rules are outlined in the Bowfishing for Carp Permit Application and Agreement. The 2015 permit application includes signed liability release and an understanding of the parameters of the program. It will be kept on active file during the carp season. Each person can then be issued a daily permit. See the Bowfishing for carp boundary map.
Daily Permit Required / Issuance after 8 am Only. A daily permit may be issued after confirmation that a completed, signed application and agreement is on file. Daily permits will be issued at no cost after 8 am each day by our uniformed Park Service Officer staff. Once issued, the daily bright orange permit is required to be visible at all times.