This is where it all started for me. At age nine I caught my first bass on a live shad at this beautiful Santa Barbara, CA impoundment. I guess it goes without saying, I have deep feelings for Cachuma.
Once again this is a "no body contact" lake, as Cachuma is used to supply drinking water for Santa Barbara. This is great because you are guaranteed to have that beautiful, quiet environment that all anglers love.
I like to start fishing Cachuma in the summer months. It a numbers lake. And almost all the trips I take here are for anglers that want to fish artificial lures only. It's a great place to take an angler who wants to learn the tournament game, whether it be as a professional, or to become a better bass club competitor. As a rule, the bass at Cachuma are not as large as nearby Lake Casitas. However, there is a special bonus at Cachuma, lots of smallmouth bass! It is the only lake in the Los Angeles area that has any real established population of smallmouth bass.
Specifically, I like to fish Cachuma from May thru November. If you choose Cachuma, it's going to be lure fishing, and I mean all kinds of lures. Since this lake has both smallmouth, Florida strain largemouth, and northern strain largemouth, you can catch fish on just about every lure in your tackle box. I can honestly say that my clients have caught bass here on just about every technique you can imagine.
As a basic rule, bring a variety of topwater lures, crankbaits, jerk baits, buzz baits, and a drop shot rod also. It's a great place to go fine tune your skills with a particular lure that you are having a bit of trouble with.
If you are bringing your wife, family, or significant other, world famous downtown Solvang, CA is just 5 miles from the lake.