Lake Casitas Recreation Area is closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus. This includes closure to pedestrians, bicyclists, vehicles, boating, and camping. No new camping reservations are currently being scheduled, and existing camping reservations through June 14th have been cancelled. Refunds or credits will be provided to the patrons affected. Annual vehicle/boat decals will be extended on a pro rata basis relative to the closure period.
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.
Boat Inspections - Prevent quagga mussels!
Attention boaters! All vessels are subject to a mandatory 35 day quarantine period.
Schedule your boat inspection
Please review our Boat Access Restrictions at Lake Casitas here.
To schedule a boat inspection appointment, please email email@example.com. In your email, please include your phone number, so we can reach you by phone and explain the process in detail.
Lake Casitas Marina Bait & Tackle Shop
The Casitas Bait and Tackle Concession is located at the main Santa Ana Ramp about 1/2 a mile inside the park. It is a FULL SERVICE, ONE STOP shop carrying all your angling and boating supplies.
Please call for rental rates and to make reservations.
- Live Bait (night crawlers, etc.)
- Lures (the most effective lures for catching the "big ones"!
- Fishing tackle
- Boat Rentals
- Marine repair (all types by qualified, experienced mechanics)
- Slip rentals (by the night, week, month or year)
- Gasoline (all types)
- Fishing Licenses (by the day or year).
- Information and "Fish Stories" (upon request)
Reservations may be made by sending a full day deposit to:
Casitas Boat Rental
11311 Santa Ana Roa
Ventura, CA 93001
Boating & Fishing Resources
- Lake Casitas Marina
- Invasive Species Information and Prevention
- Take Action To Save Our Lakes
- Quagga Mussel Article - Threat to Western Ventura County Water, Supplies, Economy & Recreation
- CA Department of Fish & Wildlife - Fish limits apply
- Take Me Fishing - tons of useful information about California boating and fishing
- Bass Fishing Guided Services: our affiliated contractors may help enhance your fishing experience:
- Boating & Fishing FAQ
At various times throughout the year Casitas purchases Rainbow Trout for planting
Fishing Events and Programs
Recreation Updates Related to Coronavirus
Kids Fishing Day Scheduled for April 4th has been Cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Please read the below information regarding preventative measures and where to find updates:
Casitas Municipal Water District (District) is monitoring the Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19) situation closely and taking reasonable precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of our staff and citizens. Health officials indicate that individuals should consider strategies limiting exposure to this communicable disease such as decreasing social contact.
In light of current advisories related to large group gatherings, the District is cancelling the Community Appreciation/Kids Fishing Day that was scheduled for April 4, 2020.
Should you choose to postpone or cancel your camping visit, per our policy, credit vouchers and refunds will be made. Please contact Jhoward@casitaswater.com for assistance or call our guest services staff at: 805-649-2233 x 113, 112 or 124 any day.
Coronavirus Information and Resources
Everyone is encouraged to review the following important resources for latest information and updates:
Ventura County Emergency Information:
State of California Department of Public Health: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx
United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Moonlight Fishing on May 9th has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus.
2020 Night Fishing Calendar
(From the Shorelines Until 11:00 p.m.)
|Date||Day of the Week||Comments|
|January 11 & 12||Friday / Saturday||Weather Permitting|
|February 7 & 8||Friday / Saturday||Weather Permitting|
|March 6 & 7||Friday / Saturday||Weather Permitting|
|April 9, 10, & 11||Thursday / Friday / Saturday|
|May 7, 8, & 9 *CANCELLED*||Thursday / Friday / Saturday|
|June 4, 5, & 6||Thursday / Friday / Saturday|
|July 2, 3, & 4||Thursday / Friday / Saturday|
|August 6, 7, & 8||Thursday / Friday / Saturday|
|September 3, 4, & 5||Thursday / Friday / Saturday|
|October 2 & 3, 30 & 31||Friday / Saturday|
|November 27 & 28||Friday / Saturday||Weather Permitting|
|December 25 & 26||Friday / Saturday||Weather Permitting
Bowfishing for Carp at Lake Casitas
Program Parameters: The Bowfishing for Carp Program is subject to change. Bowfishing, which is allowed for carp only, no other species, is authorized by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. It requires a valid fishing permit from DFG and all DFG regulations apply. Additionally, all Lake Casitas Recreation Area ordinances and regulations must be followed.
Program Rules: Program rules are outlined in the LCRA Bowfishing Only for Carp Permit Application and Agreement which includes a liability release and an acknowledged understanding of the parameters of the program. With a signed Application and Agreement, each person can then be issued a Daily Permit containing a carp fishing boundary map.
Permits: A Daily Permit will be issued only after 8 a.m. and after confirmation by Park Staff that a completed, signed Application and Agreement is on file. Once issued, the daily bright orange permit is required to be visible at all times.