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Anglers Edge

Vol. 1050  | November 18, 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!

A plea to all fishermen/women.
A bald eagle was recently entangled with a fishing leader at Contra Loma.
PLEASE pick-up after yourselves, leave no hooks, lines or any other garbage behind!

 eagle with 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 monofilament helps protect wildlife.

General Activity


Captain Dan’s Fishing Report for Lake Del Valle 11-13-15

Water temp is still right around 60 degrees and the mornings are getting quite chilly.  Into the afternoon it starts to warm up a little bit but, its short lived once the sun goes back down it gets down right cold in a hurry.  Trout are starting to pick up more and more as the water temp keeps dropping.  Still waiting for the temp to hit about 55 or lower and those trout will be very active and feeding.  Nightcrawlers are the only real bait the trout have been hitting this week.  They even stopped biting little lures, so drift a crawler under a bobber in shallow water or fling one out with a 1\2 oz sinker into the deeper water. P.S whenever fishing with worms be prepared to catch anything from Blue gills up to big stripes and sturgeon. 

Striped bass are popping the surface here and there in the EARLY mornings but no boils.  More striper activity has been happening in the evenings about 4 pm-5:30.  They come alive just as all the boats have to be off the lake.  So walk the shores of the West bank in the evenings and you will see what I mean!

Catfish are still on the bite eating cut baits on the bottom.  Lots of whisker action out by the Dam along with some smaller stripes.  Cats will continue to feed all winter long as they need the energy to stay in the cold water.  Thank you and good luck! –Dan 

Anglers of the week:

Lukas and Dylan of Alameda caught a five pound catfish on garlic scented bait by the Dam

Tyler Blaset and Chris Kaapcke of San Jose caught three Striped bass on anchovies in the Narrows

Armando Diez and Family caught a mixed bag of cats and stripes on anchovies by the Dam


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.
Download: Lead Fishing Tackle Awareness brochure Adobe Acrobat PDF

Quarry Lakes Fishing November 2nd – November 16, 2015
Trout fishing should be picking up in Horseshoe Lake with all the fresh water coming in and the weather cooling down. On the 6th, Peter Simpson of Fremont caught a nice five pound trout on mice tails near the deer fence. Jack Antrim of Hayward has caught his limit at least twice in the last two weeks trolling from his boatwith Rainbow Runners. On the 11th, Frank Yanagihara of Union City caught a limit of trout from his kayak on Power Bait.

On Thursday the 12th, Bill Sawasaki of Hayward caught a trout limit in 30 minutes! He was using green/ chartreuse power worms and eggs on the Peninsula. And last but not least, anglers are still catching catfish…

On Friday the 13th, Sam Spinks of San Lorenzo caught a 5.11 lb. and 8.7 lb. catfish using mackerel from Fishermen’s Row.

Also, note that the use of lead fishing tackle is prohibited at Quarry Lakes.
Currently our boat ramp and fishing pier are both open and the water is on the rise.
The park entrance gate hours are 7am to 5pm.


Fishing has been slow. But with water temperatures cooling, dissolved oxygen increasing and trout plants finally arriving we expect fishing to start picking up.
Keep on castin’ on!


Park Hours:
For November is 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; all water craft must be of the lake by 4:00 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.  
- Trout have been biting at the Boat Ramp area or from a boat on Power Eggs, Mice Tails or nightcrawlers.
- Catfish have been biting at Channel Point or Loma Island on nightcrawlers or chicken liver.
- Anglers are catching and releasing a lot of Black bass. They have been biting on artificial baits/lures or nightcrawlers anywhere around the lake. 
- Try fishing for crappie or bluegill with jigs or worms at the Boat Ramp area, Loma Island or Channel Point area. 

No Whoppers Reported


Trout action is starting to heat up! Andrew Falk of Hayward caught his limit fishing near Indian Cove on nightcralwers.  Bass fishing continues to keep anglers busy with a lot bass reported getting caught. Catfish also picked up a little too.  Sean O’ Malley of San Leandro caught a nice 10 lbs. catfish on hotdogs fishing near the Marina.  Water temperatures continue to remain in the mid 60’s with about 4 feet of visibility.
All of our boats are half off Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays! 

Catfishing had a rough year here at Chabot.  There was finally a report of our first catfish whopper since June.  Sean O’ Malley caught a nice 10 lb. catfishing using hotdogs fishing near the marina.  Typically catfishing this time of the year is fairly slow, but with rain last week it might be enough to stir them up and make catfishing a little bit more active.   

Good News!!! So far this fall we have planted 3,000 lbs. of trout into Lake Chabot. A limit was reported getting caught fishing near Indian Cove on nightcrawlers. With the water temperature cooling down, trout will become more active.  Anglers trolling deeper are having a higher success coming back from Bass Cove going towards the Dam.  Until then, check out our facebook page to keep updated on current fishing conditions.

Bass fishing has been steady for the last several weeks with some bass anglers catching and releasing good numbers. Reports of bass from 1 to 4 lbs. are coming in daily. If you are fishing for bass, the early mornings and in the evenings, mostly on plastics, jigs, hula grubs and top water will be your best bet. If you do want to try your luck a couple good spots to fish for bass are near the island or in bass cove. Please practice catch and release for bass, as they are not stocked into the lake and their population depends on you!

Monday — Sunday
Boat rentals are from 6:30am - 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.


FISHING REPORT for: 11/16/2015
November Park Hours:    6:30am-5:30pm
December Park Hours:    7:00am-5:00pm

- Jonny Ferriera of Livermore: 9.2lbs!! (Bait:  Rainbow Color Cast Master)   
- 11/14/15, Wayne Campiotti of Livermore caught a total of 13 lbs of catfish and a 4 lb. trout on blue Power Bait and he was fishing off the Stanley Shoreline.
- 11/13/15, Greg of Byron caught a 12 lb. catfish fishing by the marina on chicken livers.
- Larry Yee of San Jose caught a 5 lb. trout trolling from his boat.

All personal watercraft must be off the lake ½ hour before sunset.
* EBRPD Daily Fishing Permit as well as a CA State Fishing License
* Catch and Release ONLY
* Barbless Hooks
* Artificial Lures -  (no live bait)
* Float Tubes are the ONLY vessel permitted  (No Paddles)
* All personal watercraft must be off the lake ½ hour before sunset.

We encourage all Anglers to Please stop by our kiosk to report catches, stories, and have your picture taken with your fish! If you don’t have time to stop by; please email your pictures and information to:
Thank You for choosing Shadow Cliffs – Where We are Always Happy To See You :)


Fishing has been good this month and we received a delivery of 500 Rainbow Trout Monday afternoon, November 16th.


No report.


Eckley Pier has had continued slow fishing with the wind and rain. There have been only a few small stripers to report.


The fishing is slowing down at the Antioch/Oakley Shoreline


Fishing has begun to pick up at the pier, with striped bass caught daily, along with a few leopard sharks and a few runs of jack smelt.


No report received.

Construction Notice:  Miller/Knox Construction Project is now underway, and is expected to be completed in November 2015.   Ferry Point parking lot, restrooms, and drinking fountain are subject to closure from mid-August through the end of 2015.   A new plaza, restrooms, fish cleaning table, kayak wash, and improved parking lot will be installed.   Street parking on Dornan Drive is available during the project.  The fishing pier will remain open during construction.   For more information, see

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  
    11/16/15 1000
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    11/23/15 1200 ---  --- ---
    11/30/15 1000 --- --- ---
    Lake Chabot  
    11/16/15 1200
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    11/23/15 1000 --- ---  ---
    11/30/15 ---
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    Shadow Cliffs  
    11/16/15 --- 1000 --- ---
    11/23/15 1200
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    11/30/15 ---
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    Quarry Lakes  
    11/16/15 1200
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    11/23/15 --- ---
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    11/30/15 1000 ---  --- ---
    Contra Loma  
    11/16/15 ---
    11/23/15 1000 ---  --- ---
    11/30/15 ---
    Lake Temescal  
    11/16/15 800  ---
    11/23/15 ---
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    11/30/15 800 --- --- ---
    Don Castro  
    11/16/15 500 --- ---
    11/23/15 ---
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    11/30/15 --- --- --- ---
    Shinn Pond  
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    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