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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1028  | January 14, 2015

*** NOTICE > Asiatic Clam Sightings - What you Need to Know (Acrobat PDF) ***  
*** ATTENTION BOATERS - Please Prevent Mussels From Invading Our Lakes ***
To prevent the destructive Quagga and Zebra mussels from potentially shutting down the water delivery system, EBRPD is asking all boaters to prevent the spread of mussels into East Bay reservoirs and lakes.
Inspections include motorboats, rowboats, kayaks, canoes and float tubes.
If you are launching your own boat at Lake Chabot, Del Valle, Quarry Lakes or Contra Loma, be prepared for a mandatory boat inspection. There are no bands or inspections at Shadow Cliffs.

 An Annual Invasive Inspection Permit is now available for $40.

Wet boats, motors or gear will be denied launching.Read more...  

Attention Anglers - EBRPD Fishing Rules

  1. DO NOT LET YOUR DOG EAT RAW TROUT/SALMON as they may be infected with a parasitic disease which can be fatal to your pet.For more information call EBRPD at 1-888-EBPARKS (1-888-327-2757) or (510) 635-0135.
  2. EBRPD recommends all bass be released. Please do not remove tags from bass. Record the tag number, length, and weight of the fish to include in your catch report.
  3. Please report your catches and turn in all retrieved tags from trout.
  4. All park hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. unless otherwise posted.
  5. Please remember to clean up any fouled line and bait containers. Wildlife can be injured or killed by fishing line!

Fish Thrive in Christmas Tree Reefs

Our underwater camera caught some Gamefish Swimming around a submerged Christmas tree reef created by our fisheries management staff and volunteers.

Please use the special fishing line disposal tubes at Del Valle, Lake Chabot and Shadow Cliffs.  
Recycling your broken fishing monofiliment helps protect wildlife.

General Activity


The water is clearing up and the visibility has improved. Monster holdover trout are being caught on the south end along with striped bass. Trout are still on Power Bait and worms, the stripers are eating anything shad pattern and shape such as rattle traps, jerk baits, and A-rigs. There haven't been many catfish lately, probably because nobody's fishing for them. Largemouth and smallmouth are biting really well on jigs and artificial worms in the narrows and off the daycamp beach where there is a large gravel island/reef. The weather this week has warmed up and we enjoyed the sun on our faces, and it brought the water temp up to 56 degrees, which explains the bass bite doing so well. That will be short-lived as we head back into cold weather next week. Rain is in the forecast for next week and weekend. Don't let the drizzle and rain keep you indoors--sometimes right before heavy weather sets in, the barometer will either raise or drop, changing the pressure of the air, and that sometimes is the magic hour for catching tons of fish! See you soon and good luck!

Featured Anglers this week!
- Danny Lee of Hayward caught an 8.7lb. trout on mice tails off east beach.
- Bruce Moore of Hayward caught an11.7lb. trout on Power Bait off west beach.
- Frank Pollesel of San Jose caught an14.9lb. striped bass on jerk bait in narrows.
- Robert Bryan of Modesto caught an 9lb. trout on a rapala west dock.
- Pat Paper of San Jose caught an 9.8lb. trout on yellow jig in Swallow Bay.

NOTE: Use of Lead Fishing Tackle is Prohibited at Quarry Lakes
Download: Lead Fishing Tackle Awareness brochure Adobe Acrobat PDF


NOTE: Use of lead fishing tackle is prohibited at Quarry Lakes. Please come to the entry kiosk to exchange your lead weights for non-lead.

Good News for our Quarry Lakes boaters: Our Risk Manager has allowed us to re-open our boat ramp, at least for now! The water level has risen significantly in the last couple of months!
Park entrance gate hours are currently 7am-5pm.
All Anglers, including Boaters, please remember to keep at least 100 feet away from the swim area, the boat ramp and the fish tube.
It’s trout season! Anglers from both the shore and from the water are catching fish! On 01/02/15, Jack Antrim of Hayward caught seven trout, but released five of them. The other two trout weighed 5 pounds and 6 pounds! Jack was fishing from his boat. Also on 01/02/15, Joe Bintz of San Mateo caught a 7.5-pound trout and a 5.4-pound trout. Joe used a hatchery pellet to catch one of the fish and a marshmallow to catch the other. He was fishing along Fishermen’s Row. On 01/03/15, Bernie Helwig of Milpitas caught his limit of trout in 3 hours! His largest fish weighed 4.2 pounds! Bernie was fishing from his boat in the front of Horseshoe Lake and was using a custom runner. Also on 01/03/15, Shane Wilson of Hayward caught an 8.8-pound whopper!!! Shane was using a “live target lure” and was fishing the back side of Horseshoe Lake from a boat. On 01/04/15, Frank Yanagihara of Union City caught his limit of trout from his kayak in the front of Horseshoe Lake. Frank was using power eggs. On 01/08/15, Wilmer Magpantay of Hayward caught three trout using rainbow Power Bait. He was fishing from the peninsula. On 01/09/15, Rick Rubio of Fremont caught a 5.5-pound trout on green Power Bait! Rick was fishing to the left of the boat ramp. On 01/11/15, Jack Antrim of Hayward came back and caught and released 10 trout, the largest of which weighed 6 pounds! Jack was using rainbow runners and was fishing in the front of Horseshoe from his boat. On 01/11/15, Fred Omai of San Mateo caught a 7 and three-quarter pound trout using “micetail.” Fred was fishing from Fishermen’s Row.
* December 27th Christian Botardo of Union City caught his limit (total weight- 9.10lbs) at Fishermen’s Row using pink and white mice tails.


Fishing at Temescal has been great! There was 3000 pounds of trout planted New Year's week in three separate plants, and our anglers are pulling in a lot of big fish!


Park Hours:
For January is 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; all water craft must be of the lake by 3:30 p.m.

Reminder to boaters:  All watercrafts (including float tubes) need to have a wearable Coast Guard approved personal floatation device (PFD) per person.  Children age 12 and under must wear personal floatation device (PFD) while the vessel is underway.

Fishing has been very good.
-Trout are biting anywhere around the lake with variety of Power Baits or nightcrawlers.
Try Channel Point area with garlic scented Power Bait.

- Try fishing for Catfish with nightcrawlers, anchovies, or chicken liver at Channel Point or Loma Island.
- Black Bass have been biting on artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake. 
- Try fishing for Crappie or Bluegill with jigs or worms at Loma Island or Channel Point area. 

Whoppers Reported:
- John Jorgensen caught a 6 lb. trout on Fire Tiger Rapala from a float tube.
- Kelly Jackson caught a 5 lb. trout on a Blue Fox Lure from a boat.
- Mark Silva caught a 5.2 lb. trout on Power Bait from a boat.
- Mark Silva caught a 12.3 lb. trout on a Broken Back Lure from a boat.


Trout fishing is amazing right now!!! Limits of trout are getting pulled out all over the lake from Indian Cove to Raccoon Point. Anglers fishing from the shore are doing extremely well using Power Bait, especially Rainbow and Chartreuse with the garlic scent. Trolling is also doing fairly well dragging a Mira Shad, Rapala, or Kastmaster about 100 feet behind the boat. Trolling from the surface down to 6 feet has been good. Catfishing is still doing fairly well, and more than a few big catfish got pulled out the past several weeks. Water temperature is starting to come down. Currently, water temperature is around the mid 50’s, with 5 feet visibility near the middle of the lake. The water level of the lake remains extremely low, with plenty of shoreline due to a lack of rain this season.
When you bring in your big fish, we will take your picture and give you a “Lake Chabot Whopper Club” button. If you catch a whopper over 5 lbs. (trout), 8 lbs. (catfish) or 3 lbs. (bass) you will receive a whopper club pin. For beginning anglers, if you have any questions on what to use, please come down to the Marina and one of our knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to help you get set up for your fishing adventure.

All of our boats are half off Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays!  Our schedule for the marina has changed to 7 AM-4:30 PM. Boat rentals will stop at 3:30 PM and are due back in by 4:30 PM. Starting in February we will start opening at 6:30 AM and closing at 5 PM.

Attention all boaters, food delivery is now offered to your boat! Call the marina and place an order of $25 or more and your food will be brought out directly to your boat! Credit/Debit only.
HALF OFF ALL BOAT RENTALS Including Patio Boats! Tuesday — Thursday. Excluding holidays

Catfishing is still great this time of the year. Limits and whoppers were reported getting caught throughout the week by Ken Kruse fishing near the sticks and behind the island. Water temperature will determine how active catfishing will be.  This time of the year catfish are going to be located by Raccoon point, behind the island, in coves by the dam and in bass cove. Anglers are using a variety of baits including mackerel, anchovies and chicken liver.  

Trout fishing is making a huge comeback here at Lake Chabot. Limits and whoppers are starting to come in on a daily basis. The bait to use right now when fishing on the shoreline is chartreuse and rainbow Powerbait with garlic scent. When trolling, make sure to let out about a hundred feet of line and let the motor do all the work, but also be wary of other anglers on the shoreline so your lines don’t get caught! The hot lures that are getting limits are gold Kastmaster and Mira/Flicker shads. Make sure to check out our fish plant video on our Lake Chabot Facebook page at

Overall, bass fishing is starting to slow down a little. There were reports of bass getting caught by the Burner and Coots Landing, but not of good size. If you are fishing for bass, they are biting mostly in the early mornings and in the evening on plastics, jigs and hula grubs and top water here and there. Silver Rainbow Flukes and Watermelon Senkos are also doing really well with a 3/0 wide shank hook. Live wells can be provided upon request thanks to Walton’s Pond. A couple good spots to fish for bass are; near the island or the tulles by Raccoon Point. Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you!

Josh Desrosier from Hayward caught a nice 6.58 lb. trout bait-fishing by Raccoon Point using Power Eggs. 
Greg Kaslin from Castro Valley caught a nice 6.28 lb. trout on Power Bait by Raccoon Point.
Gary Wong from Fremont caught a nice 8.13 lb. trout bait-fishing using Power Bait by Raccoon Point.
Garrett Moore from Pleasanton caught a nice 8.5 lb. trout trolling by Raccoon Point using a spinner.

Monday — Sunday
Boat rentals are from 7 am — 3:30pm
Boats are due in by 4:30pm
Hours subject to change based on weather conditions and light levels.
We encourage all anglers to report their stories, comments, or concerns to the Marina. Please email us at Thanks again for choosing Lake Chabot as your recreation destination.


January Park Hours:  7:00am -5:30pm

The Boat Rentals and Concession are CLOSED for the season.  The Boat Ramp IS CLOSED until it has been made safe and accessible for public use. All personal watercraft must be off the lake a half hour before the park closes.  Water temperature is approximately 60 degrees

What a Cool Way to Start the New Year for These Featured Anglers!! On 1/1/15, Max out of Tracy had fun reeling in his limits off the Stanley Shoreline. His stringer weighed a total of 8 pounds, and he was using green Power Bait.

Zack from South San Francisco was “Super” Happy that he came to Shadow On New Years Day! He caught a Whopping 9.2 lb. trout while trolling. His bait of choice was Rapala.




We are still receiving reports of catfish being caught along the shorelines, and our regulars and newcomers have reported catching 1-3 trout on average. We apologize for the inconvenience of the temporary closure of the boat ramp, but we are diligently working on resolving this issue as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The Weather is Gorgeous, The Sun Is Shining, The Fish are Biting!
Come Out and Enjoy Your Beautiful Parks!

Please remember that the Back Ponds in the Arroyo have different regulations than the main lake.
They are as follows:
EBRPD Daily Fishing Permit as well as a CA State Fishing License.
Catch and Release; Barbless hooks; Artificial lures (no live bait); Float Tubes Only.
No other vessels are permitted in the back ponds


No report.


Fishing is picking up a bit at Eckley Pier, but still slow.


Fishing has been busier than usual at Don Castro. Anglers have been having success on the dock, as well as shores. Mostly trout, but there have been reports of luck with catfish, too.



The fishing is very slow at Antioch/Oakley Shoreline and the San Joaquin River and Sacramento River is full of water hyacinth, making it difficult for fishing and boating. .


Fishing out here at Pt. Pinole remains slow. Small sharks, stingrays, and bullhead are all that’s getting caught. Under-sized striped bass also.


Jacksmelt and leopard shark have been biting.


Fishing has been slow.

NEW STURGEON REGULATIONS:  Sturgeon must be between 40 and 60 inches, (fork length) to keep.
    Sturgeon regulations - California Department of Fish & Wildlife Adobe Acrobat PDF

      Fish Planting Information

      1. The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) plants rainbow trout and channel catfish that average 1 pound each.
      2. The California Department of Fish & Game (DFG) plants trout averaging over ½ pound each.
      3. Plants are subject to change due to weather conditions.

      REMINDER: Netting and snagging fish is PROHIBITED at any East Bay Regional Park.No fishing is allowed around the area where a fish plant occurs.

      Water / Week EBRPD Rainbow Trout (lbs) DF&G Rainbow Trout (lbs) EBRPD Channel Catfish (lbs) DF&G Channel Catfish (lbs)
      Del Valle  
      01/12/15 800 --- --- ---
      01/19/15 800 --- --- ---
      01/26/15 1000 --- --- ---
      Lake Chabot  
      01/12/15 800 --- --- ---
      01/19/15 800 --- --- ---
      01/26/15 --- --- --- ---
      Shadow Cliffs  
      01/12/15 --- --- --- ---
      01/19/15 800
      --- --- ---
      01/26/15 1000
      --- --- ---
      Quarry Lakes  
      01/12/15 800 --- --- ---
      01/19/15 --- 800 --- ---
      01/26/15 1000 --- --- ---
      Contra Loma  
      01/12/15 --- --- --- ---
      01/19/15 800 --- --- ---
      01/26/15 ---  800 --- ---
      Lake Temescal  
      01/12/15 800 --- --- ---
      01/19/15 --- 800 --- ---
      01/26/15 --- --- --- ---
      Don Castro  
      01/12/15 --- --- --- ---
      01/19/15 --- --- --- ---
      01/26/15 200 --- --- ---
      Shinn Pond  
      --- --- --- --- ---
      Jordan Pond  
      --- --- --- --- ---

      General Information

      General Information
      General Fishing information can be found at: Fishing Activities

      Guidelines for Fish Consumption information can be found at: Fishing Advisories

      Fees and Licenses:A California State License and an EBRPD fishing access permit ($5 per day for persons 16 years+) are required to fish at Del Valle, Contra Loma, Lake Chabot, Shadow Cliffs, Temescal, Don Castro, and Quarry Lakes.An annual EBRPD permit is available for $120 to residents 62 years+ and the disabled.Call (510) 544-2220.

      New regulations require possession of a Sturgeon Fishing Report Card.
      Fish Size Limit Number per day


      No limit



      No limit


      Black bass

      12 inches minimum


      Striped bass

      18 inches minimum



      40-60 inches in forklength


      Crappie, Bluegill
      & Sunfish

      No limit

      25 in combination