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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1067  | July 15, 2016

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

Saturday, July 2: FREE FISHING DAY Saturday, July 2, anyone can fish without purchasing a State Fishing License or a District Fishing Access Permit. All fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements and fishing hours remain in effect.

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.

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)
Del Valle  
07/15/16 --- --- --- ---
07/22/16 --- --- ---
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07/29/16 --- --- 750
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Lake Chabot  
07/15/16 --- --- 1000
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07/22/16 --- --- ---
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07/29/16 --- --- 500
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Shadow Cliffs  
07/15/16 --- ---
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07/22/16 --- --- ---
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07/29/16 --- --- 500
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Quarry Lakes  
07/15/16 --- --- --- ---
07/22/16 --- --- ---
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07/29/16 --- --- 750
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Contra Loma  
07/15/16 ---
--- 750
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07/22/16 --- --- --- ---
07/29/16 --- --- ---
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Lake Temescal
07/15/16 --- --- 500
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07/22/16 --- --- --- ---
07/29/16 --- --- 500
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Don Castro  
07/15/16
--- --- 500
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07/22/16 --- --- --- ---
07/29/16 --- --- ---
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Shinn Pond  
--- --- --- --- ---
Jordan Pond
--- --- --- ---  

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 monofilament helps protect wildlife.
  5. All park hours are 6am to 7 pm unless otherwise posted.

General Activity

DEL VALLE (LIVERMORE)

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather this week has been superb with average temperatures in the mid 80s to low 90s with only 2-4MPH winds.  The lake surface temperature is sitting at 74 degrees and we've had fairly any wind. The best bet for fishing is going to be either catfish or stripe bass. With the warm water the bait fish are rising, which means the stripes are rising with them.  Top water action has started, we've seen many schools of stripers boiling chasing shad on the surface. Most of the boils seen have been early mornings and late evenings but we have seen a few throughout the day.

CATFISH
The catfish bite is picking up with many anglers catching them from 2-8 lbs. As the water warms up they are getting active. The best baits have been nightcrawlers, mackerel and sardines. If you target the catfish, look for areas with cover, downed trees, and grassy areas with some place for them to hide. Most of the catfish that that are being caught have been in shallow water.

TROUT 
Trout fishing is slowing down as the water temperature rises. Most anglers are reporting catches near the dam where the water is still fairly cold. They have been fishing in areas with deeper water. The best bait to use has been: Powerbaits with a garlic scent, or night crawlers. Some deep diving lures have also been working.

BASS
Black Bass are still steady with anglers catching them at almost any time of day. Most anglers are getting them on weedless Senkos or roboworms around tule patches, fallen trees and rocky points. You can also catch them on smaller jigs and crank baits.

STRIPED BASS
The hot bite this week is striped bass. Most anglers have been catching them out towards the dam off of points, but also in the lower narrows along the beaches. Best baits to use would be anchovies, chicken liver, or sardines. If you like to throw lures, I would recommend jerk baits (Yo-Zuri, Lucky Craft, Etc.) or jigs (chatterbaits, hair raizers, etc.).
 
CATCHES REPORTED

“On 7/7/16, we trolled the lake specifically targeting Smallmouth Bass. We caught 6 Smallies ranging from 0.75-1.5 lbs., most of them in Swallow Bay along a shoreline with structure and cover. The fish were caught between 10:15 AM and 2:45 PM. A seventh didn't stay hooked. The fish were caught with Panther Martin spinners trolled 10-15 feet below the surface in a 20-25 foot water column. Scent applied to the lures  probably helped the fish to strike. The Smallmouth bite keeps escalating as the summer progresses. They are definitely worth pursuing--a truly great game fish!”
     -All the best, Dr. Al Hurwitz, Saratoga

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John Kitta of Fremont caught two striper and a catfish the stringer weight was 16 LBS

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Isaiah Martinez caught two stripes fishing at the dam the biggest weighed 3 LBS 7 OZ

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Guillermo Martinez caught one catfish fishing in tarantula cove it weighed 6 LBS 10 OZ

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Rick Koscielniak caught one catfish fishing the south end it weighed 4 LBS 1 OZ

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Kenny Khu caught one striper fishing the dam it weighed 15 LBS

Derrick McCulloch caught two stripes fishing the lower narrows the biggest weighed 3.3 LBS

Rich Perez caught one striper fishing in swallow bay it weighed 15.7 LBS

WHOPPERS
No whoppers reported.

LAKE CHABOT (CASTRO VALLEY)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week

Monday-Thursday
Boat rentals are from 6:00am – 5:30pm
Boats are due in by 5pm

Friday-Sunday
Boat rentals are from 6:00am – 6:00pm
Boats are due in by 7pm

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 swong@calparksco.com. Thanks again for choosing Lake Chabot as your recreation destination.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Help support the East Bay Regional Parks Foundations by participating in the Lake Chabot 50th Year Anniversary Catfish Derby. Tickets are $5 dollars, they are valid for the entire month of July, and will benefit the Regional Parks Foundation. Tickets are available at the Lake Chabot Marina and are valid July 1- July 31. Prizes will be awarded to the top three fish, as well as tagged catfish!
Trout fishing has been starting to slow down for the last couple weeks, but anglers are still pulling some out.  Last catfish plant was 1,000 lbs. Water temperature remains in the mid 70’s and water clarity is about 4 feet visibility.  The visibility of the water should clear up in the next couple of days depending on the weather.     

All of our boats are half off Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays! 
CATFISH
Catfishing is starting to heat up.  A great shore spot for catfishing is either Raccoon Point or the first dock on the West shore trail.  Anglers have been using Mackerel and nightcrawlers to catch their limits! Also, Anglers have been renting out boats to go to Bass Cove, which is another killer spot for satfish using the same technique and baits.

TROUT  
Trout fishing is still keeping some anglers busy this time of the year.  Several reports of trout were reported getting caught early morning on the east shore trails from Indian Cove to Raccoon Point but as the water warms up trout fishing will slow down.  The trout are going to be in deep water so when trolling for trout play around with some weights about a foot from the lure. Fishing near the shore, near or across from Raccoon point and back by the dam should do the trick to pull them out.  Please follow our facebook page to keep updated on fishing conditions.    

BASS
With the warm weather we are expecting this upcoming week, bass fishing should be great. Bass fishing already has been steady for the last several weeks with some bass anglers catching and releasing good numbers. If you do want to try your luck a couple good spots to fish for bass are near the island or in bass cove using a drop shot rig, or weightless wacky senko. Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you!
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 swong@calparksco.com. Thanks again for choosing Lake Chabot as your recreation destination. 

TEMESCAL (OAKLAND)

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The lower west shore trail will be closed due to project maintenance starting: 7/18/16 until the work is complete, or further notice. The weather has been very warm. As the water continues to warm up, try targeting catfish, bass or carp.

CATFISH
Catfish have been the hot bite recently with several catches reported.

TROUT
No trout catches reported.

BASS
Some bass catches have been reported.

CATCHES REPORTED
One black bass was reported, and it weighed in at 4 pounds.

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HORSESHOE LAKE, QUARRY LAKES (UNION CITY/FREMONT)

HOURS OF OPERATION

OPEN Seven Days a Week
Gates open from 6am - 8pm
There was positive tests for blue-green algae in and around the swimming area. The swim area is currently closed and park visitors should be watchful of their dogs, taking care that they do not contact the water.
Currently our boat ramp and fishing pier are both open and the water is on the rise.

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.

No Report.

CONTRA LOMA

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
Park Hours:
May-August: 6:00am -- 8:30pm; all water craft must be off the lake by 6:30 pm.

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
Weather is going to be warm to hot this week. Fishing has been good for catfish, bass, crappie and bluegill.

CATFISH
Catfish have been biting at Channel Point, Loma Island or from a boat with nightcrawlers or chicken liver.

TROUT
Trout bite has slowed down.  Try fishing for them in deeper water at Channel Point, near the swim area or from a boat
using nightcrawlers or variety of power bait.

BASS
Black bass fishing has been good, biting on artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake. 

CRAPPIE/BLUEGILL
Crappie and bluegill have been biting jigs or worms at the Boat Ramp area, Loma Island and the Channel Point area.

WHOPPERS
No whoppers reported.

SHADOW CLIFFS (PLEASANTON)

2500 Stanley Boulevard, Pleasanton CA

HOURS OF OPERATION

OPEN Seven Days a Week
July: 6am-9pm
Boat Rental Hours: 8am to 6pm
Concession Hours: 11am to 5pm
All personal watercraft must be off the lake ½ hour before sunset.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather has been in the upper 70’s and 80’s with the water temperature reaching about 72 degrees. The water is crystal clear.

Please note boaters must be 100 feet away from the swim ropes, fish tube and the docks.
We encourage all anglers to please stop by our kiosk on the way out to report catches, stories, comments, and/or concerns.

CATFISH
The catfish bite is picking up. The best bait to use has been mackerel, chicken livers and sardines.

TROUT
The water temperature is heating up, so the trout have been diving to deeper water. Anglers are having success early in the morning using on rapalas, night crawlers, Kastmasters, and chartreuse Power Bait.

BASS
Bass are biting on swimbaits, but remember to release your bass back into the lake to keep the population up.

CATCHES REPORTED
Jon, of Patterson, caught and released 7 bass using senkos, while float tubing in the Arroyo.

Gabriel Rezendas, caught and released 5 bass in the Arroyo.

Zak Wilder caught and released 7 bass fishing in the Arroyo. Each bass weighed in at 4 pounds, and he hooked them on senkos.

WHOPPERS
No whoppers reported.

DON CASTRO (HAYWARD) 

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Sunny and warm, with some fish biting reported. Hot spots are typically the steep bank located next to the park entrance, and the fishing dock. The most recently successful lures are garlic scented, and colored bright green. Power-Bait has also been successful in recent trout catches reported.

WHOPPERS
No catches reported.

FERRY PT. (MILLER KNOX)

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
5am – 10pm
Parking lot open 7:00am-4:30pm

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The Ferry Point plaza is newly-remodeled, complete with a brand new fish cleaning table! Morning fog has been clearing by midday, with most afternoons warm and breezy.

Anglers reported bullhead and jacksmelt catches are on the rise.

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.
Park hours 7:00am-7:00pm

GENERAL CONDITIONS
Try fishing towards the end of the pier where the water starts to clear up. The best time to fish has been around the time high tide rolls in.

STRIPED BASS
Stripers have been biting, with most coming in anywhere from 18-33 inches. Midway, up to the end of the pier has been producing the best size catches. Best baits have been Pile worms, Anchovies, Shrimp and Live-lining Jack Smelt. Also plugging from shore is always a good bet with the stripers currently running through the San Pablo Bay.

OTHER SPECIES
Leopard Sharks along with Bat Rays are being caught daily off the pier. The best baits have been squid or cut baits fished on the bottom. Perch have been caught by a couple fisherman fishing up close to the pier pilings on both a high and low tide.

ANTIOCH/OAKLEY PIER

HOURS OF OPERATION
OPEN Seven Days a Week
7am – 6pm; all water craft must be off the lake by 5pm.
Pier open 24/7- free parking- No Overnight Camping

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather has been nice and warm, with temperatures reaching the mid-80s, but mostly staying in the 70s and 80s. Expect low wind and lots of sun.

ECKLEY PIER

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

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The weather is perfect conditions for fishing right now, with temperatures ranging from the low 70s to the high 80s. There have been a few striped bass coming in the last few weeks, with one report of a 32” striper. There has been lots of success with live minnows and anchovies.

GENERAL FISHING INFORMATION
Fishing information can be found at www.ebparks.org.
Click on Fishing Information from the index to the left.
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.


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. An annual EBRPD permit is available for $120 to residents 62 years and up, and disabled persons.  Call (510) 544-2203 for more information or to apply for a permit.
New Annual Invasive Boat Inspection Permits are available for $40.


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