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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1021  | October 8, 2014

*** 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


It started to warm up this week and the bite has picked up too. The water clarity is good with a 4 ft. visibility and temperature is at 72 degrees. The best time for striper boils is in the afternoons from the south end over to the Narrows by Hetch Hetchy. Top waters or jerk baits are best to use during the boils and you can try trout patterned swim baits. Catfish are back on the map and have been biting in various places. They will bite on anchovies, chicken liver or shad around the Dam, Heron Bay, or the Narrows. Largemouth are biting a little better now and you can try getting them on soft plastics, jerk baits or crank baits in shad patterns. Smallmouth are similar but you can get them on Panther Martins around rocky bottoms, points or rock walls. Happy fishing!

Doc Al’s Fishing Report September 25, 2014
Larry Fordyce of Monte Sereno and Al Hurwitz of Saratoga caught 12 fish today (11 Smallmouth bass and one Striped bass). All the fish were released. Trolling Panther Martin Spinners 20 feet below the surface, with shad scent spray on the lures did the trick. The fish were all caught on both the western and eastern shores in different sections of the lake. They related to structure, particularly a rocky bottom with adjacent rock walls. The fish were of various sizes, the largest Smallmouths weighing approximately 1-1.25 lbs. With the rain and low pressure system coming through, and the lake level being drawn down, we had to search a little harder to find the "Smallies". Furthermore, we had to change spinner colors frequently to match the hatch (shad) and the changing climatic and light conditions. Water remains clear, and the surface temperature is 75 degrees. Suggest trolling at 1.8-2.5 mph for the bass species; once the trout start biting, I would keep the speed at 2.0 mph or less. All in all, still good fishing--just requires more work as the lake level drops. Keep hoping for rain!
All the best, Dr. Al Hurwitz

Featured Anglers:

Joseph Aguilar of San Jose Caught a 10.1 lb. catfish on anchovies in the Narrows
Alan Simmons of Pleasanton caught a 5.4 lb. catfish on anchovies at the Dam
Chris Wilson of Pittsburg caught a 5.4 lb. catfish on shad in the Upper Narrows
John Wallace of Pittsburg caught a 3.3 lb. catfish on shad in the Upper Narrows
David, Lance and John of Livermore caught five stripers with the biggest being 4.6 lbs. on a Spook in Heron 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.

Quarry Lakes has monofilament recycling stations!
Park gate hours are currently 6am – 7pm.
Fishing has been slow, unless you’re trolling by boat.


Fishing is still slow at Temescal. Anglers are pulling in a few cats; but not many.


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

Reminder to boaters:  All watercraft (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 good.
- Catfish have been biting on nightcrawlers, anchovies, shrimp, or chicken liver at Channel Point or near the Swim Lagoon.
- Black bass have been biting on artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake.
- Crappie and bluegill has been biting on jigs or worms at Loma Island or Channel Point area.  Anglers have been doing well fishing from a boat with artificial baits or lures.
- Trout fishing slowed down. Try using Power Baits or nightcrawlers at anywhere around the lake.

No Whoppers Reported.


Overall, fishing has been fairly slow.  With the warm weather conditons bass and catfishing will remain fairly active this time of the year.  Catfishing is starting to pick up again, and two whoppers were pulled out by the sticks on October 6th.  Water temperature is currently around 70 degrees with 5 feet visibility. 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, we are currently open Monday through Thursday from 6 AM – 5 PM. Boat rentals will stop at  4 PM and are due back in at 5 PM. Friday through Sunday hours are 6 AM-6 PM. Boat rentals stop at 5 pm and are due back in at 6 PM

Attention all boaters we now offer food delivery 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. Also every third Friday of the month is free Friday! Free parking, boat launch, dog fees!!! No district fishing permits needed (but for all anglers 16 and older do need state fishing license).  

HALF OFF ALL BOAT RENTALS Including Patio Boats! Tuesday — Thursday. Excluding holidays

Several nice sized catfish were reported getting caught during the day but the real action is fishing in the evening.  Reports of big cats were caught fishing over by Catfish Landing on the west shore trail. Ken Kruse pulled out two nice whoppers both weighing over 10 lbs. fishing over by the sticks using mackerel.  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 extremely slow this time of the year.  But on the bright side the lake temperature is starting to cool down meaning trout fishing will start picking up again.   The best spot to fish for trout right now is down by the dam where the water is a lot cooler. If you are going to be trolling, the best lures to use are Flicker Shads, Firetiger Rapalas, Kastmasters and Mirashads, but make sure to use some split shots about two feet away from the lure to make them go down a lot more.  The bait to use right now when fishing on the shoreline is chartreuse and rainbow Power Bait 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!

Overall, bass fishing is starting to slow down a little.  A couple reports of bass were reported 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 evenings, mostly on plastics, jigs and hula grubs and top water here and there. Silver Rainbow Flukes and Watermelon Senkos are also doing really well with 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!

No whoppers were reported getting caught this week.
Monday — Thursday
Boat rentals are from 6:00am — 4:00pm
Boats are due in by 5:00pm
Friday — Sunday
Boat rentals are from 6:00am — 5:00pm
Boats are due in by 6:00pm
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.


Park Hours:  October     6:30am – 7:00pm
The first trout plant of the season has arrived! 750 lbs. were stocked on Wednesday, October 1st.  The water temperature is still quite warm though so it may be a couple more weeks before they really start to bite.  No reports of catfish this week.  However, there have been several reports of bass caught and released in the main lake.  An 8 lb. beauty was caught and released from the 1st dock along with 3 smaller ones.  Flukes and robo worms were the bait of choice.  Please practice catch and release for all bass as they are not stocked in the lake and their population depends on you!  

*Please remember that the back ponds have different regulations than the main lake.  They are as follows:  an EBRPD daily fishing permit as well as a CA State fishing license, Catch and release; barbless hooks; artificial lures (no live bait); and  Float Tubes ONLY.  No other vessels are permitted in the back ponds.

With the current drought conditions, water levels have dropped dramatically leaving all of our fishing docks grounded and making boat launching rather difficult.  Use extreme caution when using the boat ramp.  It is subject to closure without notice.  The Boat Rentals and Concession are CLOSED for the season so please purchase your CA State Fishing License and any other fishing supplies prior to arriving at the park.  All personal watercraft must be off the lake a half hour before park closing.  Water temperature is approximately 72 degrees.

We encourage all anglers to report their stories, comments, or concerns to the Kiosk staff.   Thank you for
Choosing  Shadow Cliffs for your fishing experience and enjoyment. We look forward to seeing you. :)


No report.


Fishing remains slow to moderate at Eckley with some stripers being taken on grass shrimp.


The fishing has been very slow here at Don Castro these past two weeks. Despite the slow fishing we have seen a steady flow of anglers still trying to catch those giant cats!


The fishing is slow at Antioch/Oakley Shoreline.

A BIG THANKS to our Fish & Wildlife Wardens that have been out lately catching the illegal poachers of the under size bass.

To Report suspicious activity in our park call Public Safety Park Watch (510)881-1833 
Fish & Wildlife Cal Tip line: 1-888-334-2258 for illegal poaching. 


Fishing has been good, with lots of striped bass, halibut, jack smelt and perch, as well as a few sharks and bat rays. Many of the striped bass are too small to keep, less than 18 inches but fun to catch and release. Remember, perch limit is 5 per day per person, and eating perch from the bay is not recommended.


Fishing has been slow.


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
10/06/14 1000 --- --- ---
10/13/14 500 --- --- ---
10/20/14 1000 --- --- ---
Lake Chabot
10/06/14 --- --- --- ---
10/13/14 500 --- --- ---
10/20/14 500 --- --- ---
Shadow Cliffs
10/06/14 1000 --- ---
10/13/14 500 --- --- ---
10/20/14 500 --- --- ---
Quarry Lakes
10/06/14 750 --- --- ---
10/13/14 500 --- --- ---
10/20/14 500 --- --- ---
Contra Loma
10/06/14 --- --- --- ---
10/13/14 2200 --- --- ---
10/20/14 --- --- --- ---
Lake Temescal
500 --- --- ---
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--- --- --- --- ---
Don Castro
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--- --- --- --- ---
--- --- --- --- ---
Shinn Pond
--- --- --- --- ---
Jordan Pond
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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