First I'd like to thank Amy for making the booking process as painless and easy as possible. She also actually takes the time to hold a conversation rather than those short simple business only minded answers as well! Even if it has nothing to do with the trip she listens! Now on to our guide Marc, he was nothing short of phenomenal. He took the time to teach my girlfriend how to fish from beginning to end helping her land her first 3 bass. Throwing a big swimbait all day I didn't get one until the very end of the trip but Marc made sure he worked at getting me all the right angles to maximize my fish of a lifetime. Not only was he legitimately happy about me hooking into a swimbait fish but he even ripped his pants netting it! Something we all laughed about! We have definitely found our guide and friend for all our future Lake Casitas fishing trips! Eric March 2017

Marc & Amy- Wanted to let you know that I had a BLAST! The fishing was all I'd hoped it would be and more. I had good company, good instruction, good guidance and a GOOD TIME. Mark was a consummate professional, friendly, patient, and instructive and I WILL BE BACK. You can count on it.

Take care and thank you again! Pat Miller 1/24 and 1/25/17 trips.

Amy & Mark:
You guys are the best. Glad to hear H2O is up, I know Mark was getting a bit concerned. He's great. I mentioned to him, I have fished with about 10-12 guides and no one held a candle to him. he's fishing for the client, not for his next wanna be pro tourney. Turns out I out fished almost all of them.
Looking forward to April. Thanks, Al 1/2017

Dear Amy and Marc,

First off, I apologize for the lateness of this email. I don’t know where the time goes sometimes. We are already back on the East coast for several weeks.I just wanted to say Thank You again for another memorable fishing trip. My nephew and I really enjoyed the day. The weather is always crazy when I come and the 8th was no different. The fog and mist rolled in for a while and then the sun popped out with bluebird skies. I like using artificial’s and I had never used the drop shot method before. Marc taught us both how to fish with this method and I now can add that to my arsenal. It was a bit tricky at first but Marc instructed us well. We both landed some nice fish on soft plastics and of course some Lunker Potion. The sandwiches were good as usual too… Fishing with my nephew and Marc was a highlight of my vacation and I look forward to doing it again….. Thanks to both of you. Best regards  Gary and Niraj

FATHER DAUGHTER DAY! We have Doyle and Margaret today Monday March 23rd 2015 using live thread fin shad!

First, I want to thank Marc for a great day.  He did exactly what I wanted, and I did not have to say anything.  He took Margaret under his wing and I am sure she learned a lot from him.  So much so, I think she caught more bass than I did.  Not only did he teach her new things, he reinforced things I have been trying to teach here: some of which Marc taught me.  We had a wonderful day.  Thanks to both of you for a great day. Doyle

Paul, Christian and Carrie Sat. March 21st 2015 beautiful bass!

Dear Amy and Marc,
Carrie, Christian and I want to thank you for yet another amazing trip with the Ojai Angler!  That was two of the most exciting hours of fishing I have ever experienced in my life!  Every cast for two hours we were either catching a bass or getting bit and missing the fish!  Unbelievable, and all of the fish were big!  We cant wait for our next trip in two weeks.  Fourteen bass in two hours is phenomenal fishing!!  Having to release three pounders out of the livewell before pictures because you are running out of room for the five pounders coming over the side is something most people never experience!!

Amy, your patience and professionalism in our scheduling is always appreciated.  Marc, your guidance and expertise continues to amaze me! You always put us on the fish.  Your patience and professionalism is second to none in the fishing world.  Thank you for providing such wonderful service to our family and clients that we bring out with you.  You will see us for many years to come!  I will continue to spread the word that the only way to fish Lake Casitas is with the Ojai Angler!!
Thank you again.  Warm Regards, Paul

March 17th 2015 Brothers Steve and Joe had some fun catching lots of bass with live bait thread fin Shad!

Amy and Marc,

My brother and I have been fishing together for nearly fifty years and our morning with Marc was one of the best outings we've ever had.   The fishing was great and Marc is certainly an expert but more importantly, Marc's easy manner and friendly instruction made us feel like we were fishing with an old friend.  
Thanks so much for the great day and I look forward to putting all that Marc taught me to work as soon as I can get to the lake again! Steve

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Thank you. The trip was amazing! Mark is a true master of fishing. makes it look easy. Except we know better. That takes years of prep and planning to make it look that easy. Best time we've ever had fishing! Mike and Cameron Castaic Lake Nov. 11th 2014

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Thanks so much for all the pics!  Thank the lord (and Marc) for that last cast! ;-)
I still do feel a bit guilty about using LIVE bait.  But it was the best day fishing
i have had in a long time.  Sometimes seeing a friend or a loved one pulling in a
lunker is better than catching it yourself!  I have fished with some of the best
charters/anglers all over the country (Florida, Texas, Alabama, New England,..etc),
both salt and fresh.  By far "Ojai Anglers" tops them all!  Anyone can say, "Okay,
drop your line here" or "Cast there".  It takes a special type outfit/person to
actually take the time to explain the how and why.  Thank you! Mark Surrette Lake Casitas 8/25/14

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Marc & Amy,

Thank you so much for the GREAT time........This adventure was AWESOME!!!
Nothing better than a day fishing with your son and one outstanding guide.
Great memories......You guys are very accommodating and really know how to
treat your clients.......Don't worry, we are spreading the
word........Again, thanks so much & hope to see you soon.......

Steve & Braden

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Dear Ojai Angler,

What an awesome 1/2 day of fishing we had on Sunday, October 12, 2008!! first of all, it was nice to experience a whole 4 hours , since the first time, June 2006, due to unfortunate everyone that attended my wedding that year, was able to view my prize catch, as i included that photo in my wedding video. LOL woulo u believe some people thought it was "computer enhanced!" all in all, my friend, maria and my sisters, Teri and Josette and myself had a wonderful 1 1/2 hours of fishing that day....which brings me to our October 12 fishing day......

A belated father's day gift for my husband, Tommy. it was a cool, blustery afternoon when we met Marc at lake Castaic. the bass boat with the mercury engine was absolutely beautiful and fully stocked with everything we needed.

After catching more live bait, pinheads, we continued our mission for the record breaking large mouth bass!! although, we didn't capture it that day, we did manage to bring in ten decent size bass. including my prize catch ....a nine pound catfish !!!!!! it was the biggest i have ever seen! caught on "4 lb. test line".. fyi!!

The fight was awesome!! Marc coached me every step of the way, making sure i was doing everything right, preventing line breakage, etc. every-time i thought the fish was close it would take the line and run deep. almost thought it was the "record breaking" bass, until Marc called out "CATFISH !!" WE FINALLY PULLED HIM IN FOR A PHOTO SHOOT AND I WAS ECSTATIC!!!! WHAT a rush that was !

all in all, even though the wind created a challenge we had a great day with Marc ! his expertise, patience, positive attitude, knowledge, and friendliness created a memorable, and fun fishing day with Ojai Angler !! on behalf of Tommy, christian, and myself, we extend a huge "mahalo" (thank you). we will definitely share our experience with our families and friends with high regard to your company, especially captain Marc! see you next year!!!!

much aloha,

Carla flight attendant, Tommy fire fighter and christian, avid fisher-boy

Hi Amy,

Thank You and Marc for another productive and fun trip.

You two put together a first class trip and I would highly recommend your services to anyone.
The weather wasn't the best but I have fished in much worse.

It really doesn't matter when the fish are cooperating though.

I caught my first striper ever and that was pretty cool. They really put up a good fight.

It is a very good learning experience when fishing with Marc and he always a lot of knowledge and techniques to share.

I am already looking forward to my next trip and hopefully it will be next summer.

Once again, Thank You ..

Best Regards,
10-19-10 - Castaic Lake
Thank you guys for absolutely one of the best days of fishing I have ever had. You will be seeing Jason and I again sometime very soon.

Todd Klawin
Publisher & CEO
Moon Tide Media, LLC
Hi Mark & Amy,

As usual, we all had a grat time fishing with Ojai Angler. We kept Marc busy baiting us up, netting fish and getting our lines free from the dreaded bottom lurking stump/wood fish.

You have another three loyal, happy customers that will be back for more fishing trips this year. The service you provide is the best in the business, and it keeps getting better, if that's possible.

Thanks for a great day at Casitas, and Amy, again, KILLER LUNCHES!

Jim Mika
West Valley Construction 

Hi Marc and Amy,

I wanted to thank you both for another enjoyable day at Lake Casitas. This was my fourth trip with you, and I have not been disappointed yet. I am sure that I will continue to use Ojai Angler from time to time. Marc is a great guy, and he has taught me a lot. Amy has always been helpful and a pleasure on the phone. I would encourage anyone considering a trip with Ojai Angler to go for it. You will have a great time. Marc will give you a great opportunity to catch trophy largemouth bass.

Thanks again, Mike Sachs Bakersfield , CA.

Hi Amy,

I just wanted to send you and Marc a Very Big Thank You.

My wife absolutely loved the trip..... and so did I............. My wife loved the sandwich also.........it was a very nice lunch..............great home made cookies too......

I have been bass fishing for many years and I have never had a day like that on the water.......... I must say that I was a bit skeptical at first with the amount of time that we spent catching bait......but it was well worth it after we started fishing........... like Marc said each bait is a potential fish.......and one other quote from Marc......"All Day Long".......

Marc is an awesome guide and very knowledgeable and I learned a lot from him........... I am going to use some if this knowledge in Jersey and see how I do..........

I just can't wait to do this again........ All of my nephews want to join me in another trip............. So sometime next year you will be hearing from me again to book another trip.......

Thank you sooo much for everything.......You both run an outstanding service.

Gary and Gita Neal

What a great time!

"I like fishing with Marc, he is a WISE fisherman and always shows me something new. I will be back for shad season!"

Keith Covey
CEO - WorldWideFishing.com

Hi, Amy

Thanks for the great time.
It was hard getting my daughter out of bed to go fishing, but she later admitted that she was glad that she did!!!
You folks provide an excellent and thoughtful service.
Thank you for making our fishing trip so memorable.


"In 4 hours we caught the biggest fish of our lives. The Ojai Angler pulled us right on top of a 8 lb. and 12 lb. Trophy Bass and gave us memories of a lifetime!"

Jason Meugnio
Vice President / Guidance Solutions


I have to start by saying I have fished Lake Casitas for Bass as least a dozen times in the last 2 years, & I got lucky once this year and caught on 5 lb. Largemouth. That's a lot of time, money and effort for one fish.

Then on Jun 29th of this year, my son Kato, our friend Larry , and myself chartered Marc for a half-day trip. There was one other gentle man on the boat with us. In 4 hours of fishing we all caught fish, the smallest one being about 4 lb. and I was thrilled to catch a double digit Trophy Bass.

The service from Marc which included all the gear, bait & tackle was the greatest, but most of all it was the relaxed and easy way everything was presented.

After just a short time it was like we had all been doing this for years together. The three of us are already planning the next trip with "The Ojai Angler."

Dan Fransen
Northridge, CA



Hi Mark,

I Can't tell you how much I enjoyed fishing with you! True professional! Great boat handler and focused fisherman. We talked about bait fishing in May. I am as interested in catching shad as I am catching bass. I believe I will have a friend fish with us this time. You or Amy can call me this week and we will fix a date.

Daved Peruir
Franklin Industrial Minerals



Thanks again, Just a quick Thank You for such a great fishing trip on June 10, 2006. Our two grandchildren from Texas were coming to Ventura by themselves and wanted to go fishing. You certainly more than filled their expectations, and ours too. Attached is a picture of Carson Gunter 10, from Austin Texas who caught this fish, (from her height we guess this to be about 28 inches long) She is finally her brothers hero. Johnathan caught two bass and they get bigger with each telling

We had so much fun, we caught and released over 100 lb. of fish in under 4 hours. Our tournament arrangements couldn't have been planned and executed more smoothly.

Steve and Lynda Girtsman
Ventura, California



We practice catch and release for the treasures of the lake and the living resource it provides. We provide angling adventures for the next generation...and the next!


Who we have fished with!

  • Ritz Food Group
  • Franklin Industries Minerals
  • IDP Incentive Destination Productions
  • Young Presidents Organization (*YPO)
  • Sky Mall
  • Seagram Beverage Company
  • Lawrys Seasoning
  • PRA Destination Management
  • Total Child Safety
  • Allied Beverage Group LLC
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Edison
  • Cintas
  • Toyota
  • Crown Theaters
  • General Dynamics
  • Bechtel
  • The Glass Company
  • Pennant Foods
  • Sherwin Williams Paint
  • Guitar Center
  • GNC
  • Century 21
  • MGM
  • Are you next?


Things To Bring

  • Valid Fishing License
  • Adequate Clothing
  • Hat, Sunglasses and Sunscreen
  • Rain Suit (If Necessary)

The Fish

Lake Casitas is home to plenty of Largemouth Bass and other kinds of Bass. Catfish and Carp are also known to be found. Take a look at our fishing reports to see what kinds of fish you can catch.

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