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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1097 | September 7, 2017

NEW Resolution Passed (Sec. 404.3): NO SMOKING on EBRPD property, including all piers, parks & trails.

ATTENTION BOATERS - Mandatory Boat Inspections
(including motorboats, rowboats, kayaks, canoes and float tubes)
To prevent invasive Zebra and Quagga mussel infestation,
the East Bay Regional Park District is performing mandatory boat inspections.
All watercraft must be "clean and dry" to pass inspection.
Standing water or water from the motor being lowered means the craft will fail inspection.
Failing inspection means the craft will not be allowed to launch,
AND results in a 5-day quarantine period before another inspection.

Boat inspections are performed at the following lakes:
Lake Chabot, Del Valle, Quarry Lakes, Contra Loma.
 

Mandatory personal watercraft inspections are
REQUIRED at Shadow Cliffs .

We have a banding program for clean boats.
Intact bands will expedite launching at the above lakes.
There are no bands or inspections at Shadow Cliffs.
For more information, visit our invasive mussel program page or call 888-EBPARKS.

Fish Planting Information

The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) plants rainbow trout and channel catfish up to 6+ pounds each.
The California Department of Fish & Wildlife (DF&W) plants trout averaging over ½ pound each.
Note: Plants are subject to change due to weather conditions.

Water / Week EBRPD Rainbow Trout (lbs) DF&G Rainbow Trout (lbs) EBRPD Channel Catfish (lbs) DF&G Channel Catfish (lbs)
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Contra Loma  
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Lake Temescal
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Don Castro  
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Jordan Pond
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Attention Anglers

  1. DO NOT LET YOUR DOG EAT OR LICK RAW TROUT/SALMON. They may be infected with a parasitic disease which can be fatal to your pet. For more information call Fisheries Manager Joe Sullivan at (510) 544-2329.
  2. EBRPD recommends all bass be released. Please do not remove tags from released 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 kept bass to the marina or kiosk attendant. Length and weight (if possible), location and date would be helpful also
  4. Please remember to clean up any fouled line and bait containers. Wildlife can be injured or killed by fishing line!! Please use the special fishing line disposal tubes at Del Valle, Lake Chabot, Quarry Lakes and Shadow Cliffs. Recycling your broken fishing mono-filament helps protect wildlife.
  5. All park hours are 6am to 7pm unless otherwise posted.

General Activity

DEL VALLE (LIVERMORE)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
6am – 9pm; all watercrafts must be off the lake by 8pm.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather this week here at Lake Del Valle has been hot and humid. Temperatures ranged anywhere from the high-80s all the way up to about 107. The surface temp. hasn't varied much and is still sitting at 78 degrees. With the weather this week being so humid fishing was real tough from shore and boat. 
 
Our good friend Dr. Al Hurwitz came out to troll for smallmouth bass and here is his report:
"Rita Ferreyra of Pleasanton and Al Hurwitz and his wife, Marge, of Saratoga teamed up to troll the lake on 8/31/17. We trolled 1/4 oz Panther Martin Spinners, 15 feet below the surface, frequently applying scent to the lures. We caught 9 Smallmouth Bass. A big surprise was this nice 6.5-7lb catfish caught by Marge and pictured here in the net. It is relatively rare to catch catfish trolling spinners, but I and my fishing colleagues have done it a few times. Perhaps it's the scent applied to the lures.
It was extremely hot today, but the new canopy on the deluxe boat kept us cool and did not affect our trolling maneuvers because of its relatively flat shape and minimal air resistance. All in all, a great day!
     As always, staff very helpful and accommodating. See you soon."
     Dr. Al Hurwitz

CATFISH
  Catfish are always a good species to target. Catfish love cover like fallen trees, weed beds, tule patches, etc. I’ve had many anglers this week catching them on chicken liver, anchovies and night crawlers would work also.
TROUT 
  No report.
BLACK BASS
  No Report.
STRIPED BASS
  Stripers are a good species to target this time of year. Early mornings around 6-10am and evenings around 5-7pm are going to be the best time to target them. We have had many anglers come back with reports of seeing striper boils out by the dam.  If you come upon a boil I would recommend using either a small top water lure or a swim jig. If you get tired of throwing lures I would sit bait around rocky points and sandy beaches. Best baits would be either anchovies or chicken liver.

FEATURED ANGLERS

Dr. Al Hurwitz of Saratoga caught 1 catfish that weighed 7 LBS?

LAKE CHABOT (CASTRO VALLEY)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Monday — Sunday
Boat rentals are from 6:00am - 4:30pm
Boats are due in by 5:30 pm
Hours subject to change based on weather conditions and light levels.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
No Report.

TEMESCAL (OAKLAND)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
5am – 10pm, unless otherwise posted.  

GENERAL CONDITIONS
No Report.

HORSESHOE LAKE, QUARRY LAKES (UNION CITY/FREMONT)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours:
6:00am -- 7:00pm; boaters can go through inspection and launch up until 6:00 pm and get banded until 7:00 pm.

If the kiosk is closed, please use the yellow Ventek machine to pay for parking (exact change only, please).  For fishing permits, you may either use the Ventek machine or the blue iron ranger posts across from the kiosk, from the entrance from the Isherwood Staging Area, and from the walk-through gates by the Sequoia Bridge and from the Niles gate.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU MUST BE 100 FEET AWAY FROM THE FISH TUBE, THE BOAT DOCK, AND THE BEACH AREA while fishing from the shore and from a boat. Also, note that the use of lead fishing tackle is prohibited at Quarry Lakes. You can exchange lead tackle at the kiosk in a “1 for 1” trade for stainless steel weights.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
No Report. 

CONTRA LOMA

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours:
For August-Labor Day is 6:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; all water craft must be off the lake by 6:30 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.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Nothing new to report.
Fishing has been good for Catfish and black bass. 

CATFISH
Catfish has been good at the boat ramp or Channel Point with anchovies, nightcrawlers or chicken livers. 
TROUT
Trout fishing has slowed down.  Nothing to report.
BASS
Black Bass have been biting with artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake or from boats. 
STRIPED BASS
Try fishing for Striped bass at the east side near the dam with artificial baits or lures.
OTHER SPECIES
Crappie or Bluegill has been biting with jigs or worms at the Boat Ramp area or Channel point.

SHADOW CLIFFS (PLEASANTON)

2500 Stanley Boulevard, Pleasanton CA

HOURS OF OPERATION
Park hours: 6:00am-7:00pm
Concession Hours: 11:00am -6:00pm Weekends Only until September 10.
Marina Hours: 8:00am-- 6:00pm Weekends Only until September 10.

Trail Closures: The third dock is only accessible via the levee trail. The trail between the second and third dock that runs alongside the lake is closed until further notice.
Boat banding ends at 6:00pm.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather at Shadow Cliffs has been very HOT with the temperatures in the high 80 to the low 100
Water Temperature: 75 degrees, depending on depth.
Water Clarity: Visibility seems to vary between 10-15 feet.BASS
G.Rezendez of Union City caught and released 10 bass float tubing in the arroyo and he was using Senko’s.
Zak Shepard of Santa Maria caught and released 7 bass fishing in the main lake and he was using top water frog.
C.Brown and his friend Brook were float tubing in the arroyo when they caught and released 8 bass.
CATFISH
Sam of Pleasanton reports catching 1 catfish and he was boating early in the morning and he was bait fishing and he reports catching 1 bass near the north side of the lake.

We encourage all anglers to please stop by our kiosk on the way out to report catches, stories, comments, and/or concerns. :)
All personal watercraft must be off the lake ½ hour before sunset.
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REGULATIONS FOR THE ARROYO PONDS
* EBRPD Daily Fishing Permit , CA State Fishing License
Catch and Release, Barbless Hooks, Artificial lures, Float tubes only.

DON CASTRO (HAYWARD) 

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
8am – 8pm

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather has been sunny and warm   

CATFISH
Folks are fishing from the Pier and off the banks around the lake. They are using Powerbait, worms, Liver (chicken and cow) etc. 

FERRY PT. (MILLER KNOX)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours 5AM- 10PM
Parking lot open 7:00AM-4:30PM

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Hot weather

PT. PINOLE PIER (RICHMOND)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
San Pablo Bay open 24 hours for fishing
Shuttle operates 7:30am – 3pm.
May park hours 7:00am-7:00pm

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Pier retrofit is complete, with all new benches, windscreens and cleaning station.
STRIPED BASS
Striper action has been slow, mostly undersize fish, only a few legal size catches
OTHER SPECIES
Sharks and jack smelt have been caught, and a few halibut.

ANTIOCH/OAKLEY PIER

HOURS OF OPERATION
Pier open 24/7- Free Parking- No Overnight Camping
NO SMOKING in the park or on the pier

GENERAL CONDITIONS
No Report.

ECKLEY PIER

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
7am – 6pm; all watercraft must be off the lake by 5pm.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Fishing has been slowly picking up, especially with the shoreline (and pier) providing some comfort with the much needed breeze. A small amount of legal striped bass were caught on the shoreline and on the pier at both Martinez and Eckley Pier. No reports of any sturgeon were caught. Fishermen that frequently target striped bass were using blood worms and grass shrimp.


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

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 Fishing 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.

Individual Membership Program

Angler
 - Includes all the benefits of Basic Membership plus boat launch and annual fishing permit for one named individual; state fishing permit also required for individuals 16 years and older $300.

Special Access Angler (Seniors, Students, Veterans and persons with disabilities)
 - Senior Anglers must be 62+ years of age
 - Proof of eligibility required. Please supply documentation to membership@ebparks.org or fax it to (510) 635-3478 (attn: Membership) $180.


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

Trout

No limit

5

Catfish

No limit

5

Black bass

12 inches minimum

5

Striped bass

18 inches minimum

2

Sturgeon

40-60 inches in fork-length

1

Crappie, Bluegill
& Sunfish

No limit

25 in combination

Carp

No limit

No limit